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Reading Games

Students love playing games. Teachers love when students learn. When you put the two together, you get Ereading Games. As a reading teacher, I struggled to find reading games that were both educational and fun, so I developed my own. Now students around the world can play these games for free on any Internet connected computer.

Here’s how Ereading Games work. The rewarding gameplay gets students involved. They want to explore the levels and unlock secrets. But when they make in-game mistakes, students have to answer reading questions correctly or face in-game penalties. This provides students with an instant incentive to learn. They aren’t learning because of a grade that is seven weeks away; they are learning because they will “die” right now if they don’t. Students have fun and meet learning goals. Everybody wins when students play these reading games.


My Reading Games


Genre Piranha: Literary Genre Game

This is a screenshot of Genre Piranha: Literary Genre Review Game. An eel is shooting electricity at the player.
Eat worms and avoid enemies.

Students play as a fish trying to make it to a lighthouse. Eat worms, hide in the weeds, and answer HUNDREDS of questions about literary genre. Did I mention that players occasionally transform into a giant fish that rules the waters? Or that you have to shoot yourself out of a cannon and blast through brick walls? It’s a lot of fun. This game is mobile-friendly.

Play Genre Piranha Now


Viewpoint Pilot: Point of View Game

This is a screenshot of Viewpoint Pilot. The player is surrounded by enemies and is firing a plasma weapon.
Collect power-ups. Blast enemies.

Students blast through space in this awesome arcade-style shooter. Collect advanced power-ups, charge attacks, and identify the narrator’s perspective in hundreds of questions. The game starts out simple. Students just identify whether each passage narrated from first, second, or third-person perspective. But as the levels progress, students must soon distinguish between objective, limited, and omniscient modes of narration as well. This game is mobile-friendly.

Play Viewpoint Pilot Now
Download the Viewpoint Pilot App for Free in the App Store


Poetry Cat: Figurative Language and Poetic Devices Game

This is a screenshot of Poetry Cat. The cat is surrounded by enemies and about to get hit with a rock.
Collect yarn. Avoid enemies.

Play as a cat who can climb up walls. Collect all of the yarn balls to pass each level, but beware of dogs. This game has bouncy mechanics and a fun, cartoon feel to it. Also, students will identify HUNDREDS of figurative language techniques and poetic devices as they play through the game. Students and teachers really seem to like this one. It is my most popular reading game. This game is tablet-friendly.

Play Poetry Cat Now
Download the Poetry Cat App for Free in the App Store


Super Grammar Ninja: Parts of Speech and Sentence Structure Game

This is a screenshot of Super Grammar Ninja. The player is in a school learning about sentence structure.
Learn about sentence structure.

Journey through 5 environments. Battle the most powerful warriors in the world. Learn parts of speech and sentence structure. Super Grammar Ninja combines elements of classic platform games like Megaman and Castlevania and adds language arts instruction. It’s a winning package. Students will battle bosses and unlock secret ninja attacks. They will also answer hundreds of questions about sentence structure and the parts of speech.

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Orpheus the Lyrical: Figurative Language Game


This is a screenshot of Orpheus the Lyrical. He is in a graveyard with a zombie and a skeleton.
Travel through the underworld.

Students must guide Orpheus through the underworld to save his beloved. He charms and subdues the beasts and monsters with the sorrow of his song. He collects power-ups and unlocks abilities, and he answers hundreds of figurative language questions. This was the first reading game that I ever made, way back in 2010. If you compare it to my newer games, you can see that I’ve grown as a programmer. Nonetheless, this is still one of my most popular games. Beat the whole game and you can unlock a sidekick.

Play Orpheus the Lyrical Now
Download the Orpheus App for Free in the App Store

I hope that your students have as much fun playing these games as I did making them. I tried to do right by both the classroom and the gameroom. If you want to let me know how I did, sound off in the comments. I am continuing to develop new reading games. Next up: Context Clues Climber! Of course, I’d love to make a text structure game too. I better get back to work. Thanks for playing!

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24 Comments

  1. Matthew

     /  July 24, 2018

    Great games
    I am admitidly 37 and play them regularly
    I have found them very useful for writing group
    maybe you should put them on steam for a low price
    there are not many educational games on steam
    I would buy them to support the developer
    https://partner.steamgames.com/steamdirect

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    • Thank you for the kind words. I am 37 myself, with the better half of it spent gaming . I’ll look into Steam. Thank you for the suggestion and for playing the games. It is very motivating to read these things.

      Reply
  2. jackie

     /  July 19, 2018

    lol
    very true

    Reply
  3. Breanna

     /  May 31, 2018

    I love the cat game although maybe a horse game would be fair…

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  4. cheerios

     /  May 22, 2018

    i like the cat one

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  5. aslhy

     /  May 21, 2018

    i liked

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  6. danyelle

     /  May 14, 2018

    it seems kinda fun but not easy

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  7. jaxon nash

     /  May 11, 2018

    cool games

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  8. Monana

     /  April 30, 2018

    gude gaym!

    Reply
  9. Monana

     /  April 30, 2018

    hi, im a stoodent, my name is monana and i like dis gaym very much thank you.

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  10. issac

     /  April 9, 2018

    make more games

    Reply
  11. pretty

     /  March 16, 2018

    nice game that has been played

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  12. Anonymous

     /  March 16, 2018

    great games

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  13. CDL

     /  March 14, 2018

    You’ve gotta shed some light on how you created these games! This will be my summer project! Is it a template, or will I have to finally learn to program? (hehehe)

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    • Well, I used ImpactJS as the game engine: http://impactjs.com/

      It simplifies a lot of stuff, like you won’t have to program your own runloop, entity objects, collision mechanics, etc. But you still have to learn JavaScript and create pixel art. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. 😀 Good luck!

      Reply
  14. Krejci

     /  March 1, 2018

    My students absolutely LOVE this game! Many of them have even been playing it at home!

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  15. Elroy

     /  January 31, 2018

    Maybe we should remove the weapons from history books as well.

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  16. Cathy Malone

     /  November 3, 2017

    You need to remove the weapons from the games so we can use them in school.

    Reply

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