With some of our readers heading back to school, the team at Joystiq started to discuss the games that have mechanics or stories that could apply to standard school curriculum.

Of course there are obvious choices: the Civilization series can teach players about history and planning, Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego can teach players geography and critical thinking. But here are a few less obvious choices for you to consider playing while you try to get a leg up on that school work.

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