City of Immigrants

Mission US: City of Immigrants is now on GameUp

Posted by SM Bruner on

We’re proud to announce the addition of City of Immigrants to our growing collection of wonderful Mission US games. These games immerse students in U.S. history through interactive role-playing experiences.

In City of Immigrants, players navigate New York’s Lower East Side as Lena, a young Jewish immigrant from Russia. The mission immerses young people in the dynamic, modern, and sometimes dangerous world of New York City in the early twentieth century.

As the game begins, Lena is in the midst of a life-changing transatlantic journey. She manages to join her brother and his wife in their tenement apartment on the Lower East Side, and finds that poverty has followed the family to America. Lena must work in the burgeoning garment industry and seek out other opportunities and adventures.

When a general strike eventually breaks out, Lena must weigh ethical, financial, and familial needs to decide whether or not to join the picket lines with her fellow workers. The strike represents one of the several turning points when players’ decisions shape Lena’s life and reveal, in turn, how the story of America was shaped by immigrants.

Throughout the game, students will have the opportunity to earn badges based on their achievements and decisions at critical turning points.

Check out our Lesson Ideas page for City of Immigrants teacher support resources, including a full lesson plan and a complete educator’s guide designed by Mission US.