Does your history knowledge let you down? Engaging new comp game could be just the answer
The game ‘Dignity, Freedom and Independence’ [Godność, wolność and niepodległość] has been designed by the Ministry of National Education for use in primary and secondary schools and takes players on ability-adjusted missions to explore Poland's rich history and test players' knowledge.
Although the aim of the interactive game is for Polish children to learn about their country making use of computer gameplay techniques, it can also be played by adults who want to brush up on their knowledge of history.
“Today’s Poland has its roots in its history. That is why today we live in dignity, freedom and independence,” says a video on YouTube promoting the game.
Three missions have been developed for 6 to 8 year olds and include going inside Marshal Józef Piłsudski’s home to find specific items which teach players children about his life and interests, and delivering an important map to a nurse working for the Polish Underground during the Warsaw Uprising, players have to deliver an important map to a nurse working for the Polish Underground.
Older pupils can go on missions showing how the country changed after regaining its independence in 1918, and taking part in a mission to free a colleague from a Gestapo prison in WWII Warsaw
Other missions include bringing together all the regions of Poland to create the new Polish state, which was revived after 1918, and preparing time capsules for future generations by answering questions related to contemporary history such as when did Poland join NATO, when did it enter the Schengen zone, when did Wislawa Szymborska receive the Nobel Prize, when did Andrzej Wajda received an Oscar, and when did Polish computer game Witcher 3: Wild Hunt became the RPG game to win the most awards.
Costing 1.89 million PLN, the browser-based game is available online for free and was produced as part of the Independence for 2017-2022 project, which aims to strengthen the sense of citizenship among Poles.
The game can be accessed here: https://niepodlegla.men.gov.pl/#/