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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

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!

Play Idiom Unicorn Now

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.

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

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.

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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.

Play Orpheus the Lyrical Now

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. Ms. H

     /  January 10, 2021

    I can’t wait for my kids to play Orpheus. They’ll love it and I’ll love that they’ll get practice. Thank you for creating this!

  2. kamal

     /  January 3, 2021

    Thanks a million for the tremendous fruitful resources you supply to teachers and parents. Massive!!

  3. Nancy

     /  December 5, 2020

    Does anyone know where to find good free games with phonics skills?
    If Mr. Morton could create similar games with sentences with fill in the blanks with vowel teams, that would be great!
    Kids don’t remember vowel teams.

  4. Kiersten

     /  December 4, 2020

    I like the idiom unicorn it was kinda fun! but sometimes i kinda got annoyed when i had to answer the questions…

  5. Alex

     /  November 25, 2020

    great game keep up good work and don let anybody stop you

  6. Carson

     /  November 19, 2020

    These are GREAT games love it keep up the good work
    (PS:maybe a racing game)

  7. john

     /  November 19, 2020

    great game love the unicorn one

  8. jimmi

     /  November 19, 2020

    this game is great especialy the unicorn game

  9. Cayden Bement

     /  November 17, 2020

    I really like view point pilot

  10. Carson

     /  November 12, 2020

    can you make an among us game?

  11. Vincent Duran

     /  November 7, 2020

    i love the viewpoint pilot

  12. carson Dowden

     /  November 5, 2020

    The plane game is very fun except lvl 4. Can someone show on youtube how to beat lvl4

    • The easiest way to beat the game is to get really powered up on levels 1 and 2 and never answer a question incorrectly.

      Best wishes!

  13. Ryan

     /  October 28, 2020

    Is there an end to level 4 of Orpheus? My son has defeated every monster and collected everything there is to collect, but it seems to be a dead end. Thanks!

    P.S. The music is the best part of the game, imo… Especially level 2!

    • After level 2, every level has to be cleared by collecting a key from the level boss. The keys spawn from the dead bosses. In some cases the key can get stuck inside the wall if the boss was too close to the wall when he or she died.

      I’m sorry if your son experienced this. I wrote this game a long time ago. It was my first game and I was terrible at coding then.

      I’m glad that you like the music.
      Thank you for playing!

  14. lila

     /  October 26, 2020

    hi i love your games!!

  15. lila

     /  October 23, 2020

    can you make more games please?

    • I am going to make a bee game next.
      Then maybe a car game.
      Or maybe a pirate game.
      I’m not sure.
      Thank you for playing.

  16. Melanie Allen

     /  October 20, 2020

    Are there more games?

  17. Melanie allen

     /  October 16, 2020

    Can you add more games?

  18. Gamer

     /  October 15, 2020

    make more games

  19. Valeria Iannone

     /  October 13, 2020

    Thanks for your free materials. My students were really challenged by Genre Piranha. Keep the games coming!!

  20. Valeria Iannone

     /  October 1, 2020

    Thank you so much for all your FREE resources. I have been using your worksheets for years now and recently discovered the games. All of your materials help with the remote learning/ virtual learning (All students use ipads even in class) that my school is doing. I have spent so much of my own money buying stuff to help with the transition, but I love the fact that I won’t go broke with your materials.

  21. giovanni

     /  September 18, 2020

    I like poetry cat its so fun

  22. Carrie Vega

     /  September 11, 2020

    Isn’t there an idiom game? I am certain 2 students were playing a game of idioms earlier today. If I am wrong, please consider an idiom game in the future.

  23. Claudia

     /  August 31, 2020

    Love all your games! Maybe another game can be added such as making connections and making inferences while reading.

  24. Alison

     /  August 16, 2020

    I love assigning your games and watching kids compete to get the highest scores! I came by to grab the link for Context Clues Climber for back-to-school. I assign all of your games at some point throughout the year to my middle schoolers–the only problem is that they sneak onto the games when they are supposed to be doing other work on their computers! If you ever develop a text structure game I would be first in line to assign. Thanks for your awesome resources! I frequently use the worksheets as well!

    • I’m so happy to hear this.

      I have been thinking about making a text structure game for a long time.
      I hope to do it soon.

      Thank you for the kind words.

  25. Judy Habani

     /  August 5, 2020

    Dear Sir,
    I did the online practice sheets as a test and sent a mail to myself which did not arrive. Could you please check if this feature works and maybe add to the SHARE feature other tech platforms such as GOOGLE classroom or Whatapp.
    Thank you

    • Hello,

      The most common reason why people don’t receive emails from this site is because of aggressive firewalls. Many schools try to protect staff and students by limiting who can contact whom. You can ask your IT people to whitelist my site. Or, try using a personal email address (Google, Yahoo, etc.) and see if it works.

      Let me know if it doesn’t.

      Best Wishes!

  26. Maiora V Tadros

     /  April 20, 2020

    Mr Morton,

    I am so grateful that you developed these games! I am a recently graduated Speech-language pathologist working with middle school children and I spent hours of labor trying to motivate my students and find engaging language activities.
    I cannot thank you enough! You have allowed me to suffer less!

  27. Typ1ngR08OT

     /  April 15, 2020

    What does the blue ring do in super grammar ninja? I’ve bought it, but it doesn’t seem to do anything. Can you tell me what it does?

  28. Stephanie R. Mundy

     /  April 9, 2020

    Is there any way I as the teacher from home can tell what level each student stops

  29. 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!

  30. 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!

  31. dominick martinez

     /  March 6, 2020

    games wont load on my laptop

  32. robert

     /  February 20, 2020

    good games to play and have fun …

  33. mrs. Morrow

     /  February 7, 2020

    My students loved the Context Clue Climber game!

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. Ana

     /  January 20, 2020

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

  37. elizabeth

     /  January 14, 2020


  38. 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.

  39. 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

  40. James Glenn

     /  December 17, 2019

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

  41. 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

  42. 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?

  44. Kasey

     /  December 6, 2019

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

  45. MR.NEAL

     /  December 6, 2019

    is good for kids who need help with work

  46. 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.

  47. 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…

  48. destiny

     /  November 21, 2019

    I like poetry cat it is great!!

  49. Natalie

     /  November 15, 2019

    These games are great!

  50. Anthony

     /  November 13, 2019

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


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