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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

Context Clues Climber: Vocabulary Game

This is the title screen of Context Clues Climber, a vocabulary game.
Check it out!

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.

Play Context Clues Climber Now

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.

Play Super Grammar Ninja Now

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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  1. R. Kierans

     /  March 26, 2020

    I’m obviously doing something wrong as when I open any of the games in the browser, I can hear music, I can move the figures etc. but there are no questions being read out on any of the games and no educational element. I love all the work you do here on this website.
    Thank you!

    • Hello.

      Thanks for visiting my site and taking the time to comment. The questions appear when the player bumps into the enemies. Students must get the questions right or start over. It’s pretty effective way to get them thinking about this stuff.

      Best wishes!

  2. Jessica

     /  March 18, 2020

    Hello. I don’t know if you still respond here. I assigned Orpheus the Lyrical for some of my kids to play and they keep getting stuck at the end of level 3. Once you kill the Grim Reaper, there is nowhere to go. Youre stuck in the room. I played through and got stuck here too. We LOVE the game, but were wondering if you could help us figure out what to do next.

    • Hello!

      Thanks for playing the game.
      I’m glad that they are having fun.

      When players defeat the Grim Reaper boss, he turns into a key.
      Once the player grabs the key, level 4 begins.

      Best wishes!

  3. dominick martinez

     /  March 6, 2020

    games wont load on my laptop

  4. robert

     /  February 20, 2020

    good games to play and have fun …

  5. mrs. Morrow

     /  February 7, 2020

    My students loved the Context Clue Climber game!

  6. Alexandra Southe

     /  January 25, 2020

    Hi Mr. Morton i like you game. it helps me both find out the differentiation of different genres. but it is challenging the mind. Like I always say the battle to train the mind never ends.

  7. ereadinggamesfan

     /  January 21, 2020

    Hello Mr.Morton! I know the game is still in development but, what will the unicorn game be based about and what is its name?

    • It is about idioms. It is called Idiom Unicorn. It is a runner, where the player can turn into a rainbow. I think it will be fun. My daughter likes playing it. I can’t wait to share it with you.

  8. Ana

     /  January 20, 2020

    Hey Mr. Morton, first timer. Why isn’t there something for cold reads here? Just saying.

  9. elizabeth

     /  January 14, 2020


  10. elizabeth

     /  January 14, 2020

    its blocked for me also what is wrong with it…..

    • Yeah, you should talk to your teacher about that. He or she can talk to your network administrator and have them whitelist so that all my great content can flow into your computer labs.

  11. nichols

     /  January 2, 2020

    how do I share the link for the students to play?

    • Hello, you should be able to just copy and paste the link from the address bar in your web browser.

      I should make a share button for you though.
      I can’t do that today, but that is a good idea and maybe I can get it done soon.

      Thank you!

      • sarah T

         /  February 13, 2020

        hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii your games are litterally the bestttttt

  12. James Glenn

     /  December 17, 2019

    All the games are blocked for me, as well πŸ™

  13. Kyle

     /  December 13, 2019

    This would be better if it were on Google Sites because it wouldn’t be blocked in some districts as Google isn’t usually on a block list. My district didn’t block this, but I’m just saying that.

    • The list of blocked sites is controlled by the network administrator at your school. Ask your teacher to ask the network administrator to unblock

  14. Michael

     /  December 12, 2019

    I’m so excited to play the game.


     /  December 10, 2019

    can you make a game that allows you to change settings?

  16. Kasey

     /  December 6, 2019

    add a game for sensory language with stuff like in Orpheus the Lyrical MR.MORTON as a student

  17. MR.NEAL

     /  December 6, 2019

    is good for kids who need help with work

  18. abby

     /  December 3, 2019

    i don’t like this very much because they should be more games and also they should be better they only good on is the cat.

  19. Anthony Klein

     /  November 25, 2019

    So, Mr. Morton, you programmed all of these, correct? if so, you did a fantastic job. I couldn’t program to save my life. I admire your dedication to making these games. They are honestly pretty fun. Keep up the great work! πŸ™‚

    • Thank you so kindly for saying that. I believe that you can learn to do whatever you want. Maybe start with building websites? Best wishes with all you do…

  20. destiny

     /  November 21, 2019

    I like poetry cat it is great!!

  21. Natalie

     /  November 15, 2019

    These games are great!

  22. Anthony

     /  November 13, 2019

    why do teachers always suggest these terrible games that are not fun in the slightest?


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