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.

Conflict Cars: Reading Game

This is a gameplay image from Conflict Cars.
Arcade style racing!

Students choose one of 15 different vehicles and race in 5 different circuits. Players zoom past CPU players and answer hundreds of questions about literary conflict along the way. When they bump into another vehicle, they must answer the question correctly or spin out. Some of the vehicles (like an ice-cream truck and a dune buggy) must be unlocked. Students practice reading skills while trying to score the fastest time on each track. Check it out now!

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Idiom Unicorn: Reading Comprehension Game

This is a gameplay image from Idiom Unicorn.
Colorful worlds and tricky idioms!

Students play as a unicorn in this bright, colorful reading game. They rainbow blast their way through hordes of evil knights and wizards and jump over challenging obstacles. This game features hundreds of challenging idioms. Students will gain exposure to these commonly used phrases and decode meanings based on context-rich sentences. This one is a lot of fun!

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Context Clues Climber: Vocabulary Game

This is the title screen of Context Clues Climber, a vocabulary game.
Hundreds of challenging vocab words!

Climb mountains. Fight beasts. Answer hundreds of vocabulary questions. Context Clues Climber has classic platform action with some cool new moves. Players can climb on the ceilings, hang from the walls, and break bricks with a pickaxe. They will have so much fun playing through 50 mountainous levels, they won’t even notice how many new words they are learning. Everyone wins this game.

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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.

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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.

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Poetry Cat: 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.

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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.

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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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269 Comments

  1. Trenton

     /  January 24, 2023

    when are you gonna make a context clues climbers 2?

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  2. rivar

     /  January 23, 2023

    please make a new game please

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  3. miels

     /  January 20, 2023

    hi can you make a new game

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  4. bryar

     /  January 11, 2023

    We need context climber 2.0

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  5. bboy the master

     /  January 10, 2023

    also please make a context clues climber 2 for me and my friends. Please and thank you!!!!

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  6. Davida adebiyi

     /  January 2, 2023

    These games make me learn thank you

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  7. Bennett

     /  November 30, 2022

    have you made a game yet

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  8. Bennett

     /  November 30, 2022

    It is so great i love the zombie one.

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  9. A Classroom

     /  November 29, 2022

    You see,25 people would be playing if this wasnt public network we were on.

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  10. Juan

     /  November 28, 2022

    Your
    game is fun and hard at the same time!

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  11. Juan

     /  November 28, 2022

    You’re game is fun and hard at the same time

    Reply
  12. Maddie

     /  November 21, 2022

    You should add some more games with suffixes and prefixes like a survival game

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  13. Adrian B. aka bluelobter

     /  November 17, 2022

    You should make a cause and effect game!

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  14. Bluelobster

     /  November 9, 2022

    There is no cause and effect game. Can they make one?

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  15. Lillian

     /  November 9, 2022

    hi there. I suggest a game about roleplaying of any sort. Just no prince and princesses!

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  16. Antonio

     /  October 5, 2022

    i love all of these games

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  17. maddy

     /  September 14, 2022

    i love all of these games

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  18. jay

     /  September 9, 2022

    yo u should make a nother game

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  19. cade l

     /  August 29, 2022

    I was playing poerty cat and I was level 18 then I got back on hit continue and it took my back to level 8 and make it easyer

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  20. dylan

     /  August 19, 2022

    your game are are goood

    Reply
  21. unknown

     /  August 19, 2022

    this game is so mean i get bullied the rat and etc

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