Travel back in time and witness the horrors of slave trade firsthand. You will be working as young slave steward on a ship crossing the Atlantic. You are to serve the captain and be his eyes and ears. What do you do, when you realize that your own sister has been captured by the slave traders?
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Mixed (41 reviews) - 58% of the 41 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 13, 2013

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About This Game

The Playing History game series revolves around experiencing engaging and personal stories set in exhilarating points in world history. The series have won the category of ‘best learning game’ in Europe. The series puts the student in the middle of important and interesting points in history.

Why play Playing History?
To gain the opportunity to take part in history, within in a living breathing world. You will be able to learn about historic events that they cannot alter – instead, they witness how the historic events altered humanity as a whole. The learning process is autonomously conveyed throughout the story of the game as it progresses, this occurs through decisions and actions taken by the player throughout the course of the game. This kind of interaction is a unique learning method, which encourages the player to relate to the world and actively seek out knowledge.

Slave Trade: Travel back in time to the 18th century and witness the horrors of the trans-Atlantic slave trade firsthand. In this episode, you will be working as young slave steward on a ship crossing the Atlantic. You are to serve the captain and be his eyes and ears – reporting any suspicious activities is your duty. But what do you do, when you realize that your own sister has been captured by the slave traders?
Target audience: 11-14 years old.

UPDATE: [/b The game and trailer has been updated. Slave Tetris has been removed as it was perceived to be extremely insensitive by some people. This overshadowed the educational goal of the game. Apologies to people who was offended by us using game mechanics to underline the point of how inhumane slavery was. The goal was to enlighten and educate people - not to get sidetracked discussing a small 15 secs part of the game.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel Graphics / 512MB VRAM
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • OS: Snow Leopard (10.6)
    • Processor: Intel
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: SM4 512MB VRAM
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Story tells about bad history part, not so bad. Graphics are for a small indie titel not so bad, but could have a few more details, sound is okay too. Gameplay is like first part not good or bad. The save file broken/ buggs the steam achievements and there could be more achievements for look this or that, or take a good way or a bad way (slave deals & other spots) or finishing the game. Like first game its more for people that like easy point & click games and the price is much to high. Get it with a high discount of maybe 75 % or higher & sadly no Trading Cards, but i enjoy it and give this part 55%. Thx 4 reading.
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131 of 198 people (66%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 2, 2015
It's really not as bad as the outrage over it is making it seem. It's a somewhat educational game with a lot of little minigames designed to educate children about the slave trade.

What most reviewers and the media would have you believe is that this is a grotesquely insensitive work that whitewashes the slave trade and makes light of its horrors, but that's simply not true. You can't exactly teach children that slaves were often sexually abused, beaten viciously, all of that stuff. It's for kids, they're not going to showcase a lynch mob to illustrate the horrors of the era, are they?
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52 of 73 people (71%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2015
Playing History 2 - Slave Trade is a teaching tool of a game, but will you want to try it or will you want to go to the books instead ?

In this game we play as Putij, a young boy who is sold into slavery, but becomes a a hand man of a captain. This game is a tool to teach people about slavery.

Gameplay wise it's an adventure game and a very lazy adventure game. The entire time you have all your goals listed down below and it tells you exactly what to do making the game a breeze. There's also a few mini games, one of them is the now infamous Slave Tetris which has been removed at the time of writing this review, I have not played it. It also has a travel mini game where you control a ship with horrible controls and there's a maze like game.

The graphics are alright for the most part. I like the art style of the game and I would say it's the games biggest strength.

The game is incredibly short. It took me 1 hour to finish the entire thing. Apart from the one playthrough there is next to no replay value.

The voice acting goes from terrible to incredibly terrible. Some of it is incredibly funny and some of it is just painful.

In the end I'm struggling to find things to talk about this game. The game is now infamous for the Slave Tetris part, but apart from that the game isn't that offensive as one might think. The game fails at teaching anything about slavery. I learned more at school than from this game. So if you're looking for a fun way to learn about slavery just get a book.

Final Rating:
5/10 - Not Worth it

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51 of 79 people (65%) found this review helpful
56 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2015
Where's my slave Tetris?!?! >:L
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119 of 201 people (59%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 29, 2015
TL,DR: If you are looking for a way to teach your children about the slave trade. . .maybe buy a book. Playing History 2: The Slave Trade is not a good game, nor is it a particularly effective teaching tool. The gameplay is sparse, lazy and boring. The best thing that could be said about it is that it is not as offensive as it looks.

Which is not saying much.
EDIT: Apparently, Slave Tetris was removed. This is good for the obvious reason, but bad because now there is even less to do in this game.

Q: How do you make a game about the horrors of slavery that is also kid-friendly?

Do you:

A. Throw in mini-games like "Spot the Difference," "Memory" or "Tetris"?
B. Put in an anthropomorphic talking mouse and wacky characters like the sailor who loves fishing or the doctor who writes poetry?
C. Mention the horrible conditions and high loss of life involved in the middle passage, but don't really get into it?
D. All of the above.
E. Maybe just don't?

The correct answer is E. The developers chose D.

I am sure Serious Games interactive had nothing but good intentions. Let's teach kids about history, about how awful the process of slave trading is, about the historical aspects of slavery and hint at how it continues today. And, since kids don't necessarily want to learn, let's make it a game. The problem is it fails at everything.

Can kids learn from the game? Sure. Not just about the triangle trace, but there's little facts sprinkled around about other things. Like globes and alcohol. However, the slave trade is horrific. Making it into a kid's game requires the explanation of it to very glib and simplistic. When you give it cutesy graphics and make a game out of it, you lessen the impact of what you're trying to say. Is there a way to explain such things to kids in a way appropriate for them? Sure. A game is not the way.

On top of that, the game itself is not great. Granted, it is meant for children, but the puzzles are ridiculously simple. Most of them are "Get this thing that is right in front of you and go talk to this person on another screen." The mini-games are standard and they're not especially fun or engaging. The memory game is literally just them showing you a color-coded map. The colors stand for the number of slaves imported to that region. Then, they take the colors and key away and quiz on on the numbers. It's short and by the end you haven't done much. There are a few points where you get to make decisions. These decisions seem to effect nothing.There are glitches and lazy programming all around.

There's bugs. Most notably, achievements will not unlock if you've loaded your game. You pretty much have to play everything in one straight shot. This is not too taxing as the game is about 30 minutes long.

Surprisingly, the game is not as offensive as it appears. Yes, slave tetris is the worst thing in the game. Again, it is kind of offensive in how glib, incomplete and shallow it is, but that is a side-effect of the whole mis-guided venture.

Oh, and it has a happy ending. THE HORRORS OF THE SLAVE TRADE!
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
Lets the slave steer the boat 10/10
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14 of 19 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
"Become a famous slave trader and trade your own sister"
"Playing History" are nice little educational point-and-click adventures. Slave trade is certainly a non fun topic. So it comes that some elements of this game don't seem political correct if you care of them. Nevertheless you get explained reasons and causes of the slave trade. You even have to prevent a slave from suicide and argue with the captain why they shouldn't be thrown over board. Thankfully the devs skipped the slave tetris this time.
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15 of 21 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
I only have one complaint about this game; the censorhip. Someone invovled with this game had parts cut out of this game making it much shorter. Whomever, is responsible, I ♥♥♥♥ on you. I hate anyone who denies sharing history. I hate anyone who hates this game. People who deny the sharing of history for others is ignorant.
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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 14
Playing History 2 - Slave Trade is the infamous, educational point and click title that ticked off a ton of people due to it initially brandishing a mini-game called Slave Tetris; wherein you attempted to sardine as many mangled slaves as possible into a trade ship. However, due to the overwhelming amount of complaints and general backlash that this mini-game received, the developer eventually removed it from the title altogether.

You take on the role of Putjin, a boy who was captured from Africa and forced into slavery. At the start of the game, you find out that you have been given the Christian name of Tim; which is what the white slave masters will refer to you as. You perform errands for your master, who is the captain of a ship, and earn his trust or distrust through dialogue choices along the way. Early on into the game, you are given an item called "chrono goggles", which are to be used whenever you see something that doesn't belong in the 1700's. Each time you find an object, you are given a new mini-game to complete; this mechanic could have been better utilized if there were more than two objects that require these special goggles.

Playing History 2 - Slave Trade only lasts about an hour, depending on if you decide to talk to every available character; I personally didn't, thus finishing the title in roughly 45 minutes. All of the dialogue is equipped with decent voice-overs, though in the grand spectrum of the title there are few dialogue choices to be had. Keeping in mind that this game is in fact intended for 11-14 year olds, the overall script is cheesy and generic, and it doesn't convey just how badly slaves were treated. In fact, for the majority of the game I was given the impression that so long as you did what you were told, you were treated well; this is due to how nice the interaction is between Tim and the captain, who gives him free reign to run off, do errands and have "play time".

If you're a parent or a teacher who is thinking about picking up Playing History 2 - Slave Trade for fun educational purposes, do yourselves and your children a favor by skipping it. There's very little in the way here in regards to education, and the game dumbs down just how truly horrific the slave trade days were. I can't say that I felt bad for Tim at all during the time that I spent with this game, he was treated really well; the only part that seemed to even attempt at conveying the brutality of this historical era was when 25 slaves had to be dumped overboard due to food shortages. However, if you're into achievements, this game is an easy and short one. Otherwise, just avoid this title completely.

Rating: 2.0/5.0 - It's not awful, but it's not great.
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30 of 51 people (59%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 5, 2015
Education on controversial matters is hard. Because finding the right equilibrium is hard. However, occulting everything will bring nothing but ignorance in the matter. Slave Tetris is a fine example of that. Yes, I'm maybe a white woman from Europa. But I happen to love history. And if Slave Tetris is a way to make understand how terrible slave trade was, why not? Because I don't find that as shocking as what the TV can show sometimes. But to rage because it was cutted and that you want a refund is to miss the entire purpose of the game. And that's not better too.

But focus on the game. It's very linear and the rare decisions you can take isn't really influencing on your journey, unless you decide to be distruted and meet a darker fate. From London to Barbados, you're travelling as a young slave, apparently more destined to be an educated servant than to be a slave exploited to death. You find your sister also... but as a slave ready to be sold. Your decision is taken: save her. But at which cost?

Besides, Slave Trade is an excellent starting point to explain that matter. Because only the idiots will let their kids play that game and think that it will educate them. It's not a game that you can let kids alone without answering their questions. After all, there are many serious games out there that are only a starting point and that are more "violent" than Slave Trade.

Yet, Slave Trade could have been more documented. I feel like because it's aimed at children, the developers felt like they had to put the minimum of information. They showed that the Roman Empire had slaves too and that still now, slavery can still be seen in some parts of the world. I would have preferred a game that spanned on several eras. Because slave trades and slave markets aren't exclusive to the slaved Africans and that would have perhaps opened more opportunities to document that matter.

And if I looked at the game with the gamer lens, I will say to you that the steer game is a pain in the ♥♥♥, that there are not many minigames, that the game is more like a discussion simulator (where you get all the information on slave trade) and that I still don't know how I managed to blow up the gunpowder in the end. The graphics are clearly aimed at the children and the adding of the Chronogoggles is perhaps a fresh idea but I've used it only twice because I couldn't find stuff out of time.

So, it's up to you to see if the game is worthy or not. I find it good as a starting point for explaining slavery to children. But for an adult gamer, it will be more boring than anything else. Besides, be sure to understand English or Danish.
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