The Underground Railroad: Journey to Freedom plays on a PC or Mac computer through your Internet browser with the aid of a plug-in called "Sandstone." To play the game on a computer, you need three things:
The game is also available as both an iOS and an android app. It is intended for play on tablets. After downloading the app, players do not need an Internet connection to play. The game will not work on a mobile browser.
To play The Underground Railroad: Journey to Freedom on a computer (see below for information about mobile devices), you must download and install the free Sandstone Player software on your computer via your web browser through an Internet connection. Sandstone is required to support the 3-D style interaction in the game. You should be prompted to download and install Sandstone the first time you try to play the game. You can also click here to find instructions for downloading Sandstone on a Mac or PC.
Google Chrome can run in the background, even if you do not have a browser open. Here is how to change that: Open Google Chrome. Click the top-right "Customize and Control Google Chrome" icon Choose Settings Click "Show Advanced Settings" link at bottom. Scroll down to "System" options De-select (Un-check) "Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed" Now, close Chrome, and try to install Sandstone again.
Yes, but you must download the app and play on a tablet. The game will not work if you try to play it via a browser on any mobile device. The game is available as both an iOS and an android app. It is not intended for play on phones.
The first time you play the game, all the models and sound files need to download, so it might take time, depending on your Internet speed. Be patient, it will complete. Subsequent replays will load much, much faster.
If the "Downloading" progress bar never goes past 0%, you might have a problem. You should try to close and restart your browser and then attempt to open the game again. If it still won't download, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
System Requirements for a PC:
Note: The game will NOT RUN on virtual machines.
System Requirements for Mobile (iOS and Android):
The game will not work on mobile browsers. You must download the app to an iOS or Android device. The game is intended for play on tablets.
If the game won't start downloading, there are a few things that might be happening.
Common problems include:
The game's Options Menu (in the upper righthand corner of the game) includes Sound Options that allow players to control the music and special effects of the game. Use this menu to adjust your settings.
If you have tried all of the above and are still not able to get the game to run, email us at email@example.com.
If you have feedback about the game (other than technical issues, which should be reported to the email address firstname.lastname@example.org), we appreciate your input. Click here to tell us what you think.
We have developed an educator guide to support using game-play to explore history with students in Grades 6-10.
The classic version of the Underground Railroad is still available here. However, the new game is based on the original and greatly expands upon the experience, so we encourage you to try it.
If you are getting an error message when you try to open the game in Google Chrome, you need to update to the latest version of the browser. The free download is available here. When you have the latest version of Google Chrome, you can play it in that browser.