Students love playing games so much that they are willing to tolerate a little learning in order to play. How as teachers can we make the most of this? It is difficult because the state of educational games is depressing. So many “educational” games either don’t offer quality educational experiences or aren’t are fun to play.
Orpheus the Lyrical is an exception to this. It is a traditional platform game. Students will recognize the style of gameplay immediately. They need no instructions to play. The fun twist is that when the players get hit, rather than taking damage they are asked a figurative language question. If they answer the question correctly, they continue playing unscathed. If they answer incorrectly, they will lose their power-ups or perish. This provides students with a strong incentive to think about the questions. Over the course of the game, students will answer hundreds of figurative language questions. The best part is that they won’t even notice how much they are learning and reviewing.
While using this game in my classroom, I’ve seen students with no interest in learning master figurative language. Some unlikely duos have formed to access the later levels. And everybody who has played has learned something about figurative language. I’m pleased to say that this experience is now available through the App Store. There is a free version of this game available with advertisements and there is a version with no ads available for $2.99. Bulk discounts are available to learning institutions and all of the proceeds will benefit Ereading Worksheets.
If you don’t have access to Apple devices, you can still play the game on desktop or laptop computers for free. I’d also like to create an Android version of this game, but I’m a few steps away from making that a reality.