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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!

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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.

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. caleb dunbar

     /  November 7, 2019

    ur game sucks everything is blocked

  2. knarlymarly

     /  October 22, 2019

    Great site!

  3. caleb dunbar

     /  October 11, 2019

    this is such a fun game but can u ad theme games if you didnt

  4. jayden.d

     /  September 25, 2019

    this game is awsome can you add a build a tower game

  5. cat and dogs

     /  September 17, 2019

    yea i agrey whith alyssa the cat game is to hard fr me couse i die every second

  6. alyssa

     /  September 17, 2019

    you shoud make the cat game esayer

  7. Isabella

     /  May 28, 2019

    maybe something with UNICORNS!!!!!

  8. bre

     /  May 21, 2019

    Some of these games make me so stressed out because I am always having to restart when I get a question wrong.

  9. unknown

     /  May 6, 2019

    can you add more games? poetry cat is fun!

  10. jose

     /  April 18, 2019

    i like this

  11. Wyatt Burns

     /  April 12, 2019

    Your games help with my English Class and I like to use it for reviewing.

  12. Jason Gray

     /  April 12, 2019


  13. lauyeewei

     /  April 8, 2019

    i think reading is a good thing

  14. happy baby

     /  February 26, 2019

    i love grammer ninja its a fun game i love it but u should add in grammer ninja madusa in there like a boss battle please :”)

  15. Dhilip S

     /  February 20, 2019


  16. S Campbell

     /  February 13, 2019

    One of my students found a glitch in the Orpheus game. If you are up high enough in the sky when you get to the end of the second level and continue going to the right, you will turn into an invisible sprite that can move anywhere on the second level. However, you cannot do anything else and have to restart the game.

    • Yeah, that was the first game I programmed. I’ve gotten better over the years. There might be some other rough edges too in that old chestnut. Anyway, thanks for playing and sharing!

  17. Bob

     /  February 12, 2019

    Maybe a pirate game

    Text Structure Pirate

    • I love it. I’m finishing Context Clues Climber now. Then I’m working on a horse game. But I love pirates! Thanks for the suggestion.

    • chas and amauria

       /  October 22, 2019

      no no no no no no pirate game at all maybe a car game

  18. Angela Waltnerr

     /  February 5, 2019

    First of all, thank you so much for all of the effort put into the resources that you provide. My partner and I really love how some of the genres and writing examples are broken down.
    Just a suggestion: I have noticed quite a few spelling and punctuation errors on some resources. For example: Persuasive Essay Examples. First side. Third paragraph has caring twice instead of carrying. Additionally, same paragraph uses why instead of when or while, and overall the paragraphs need some commas combining the dependent to independent clause or be rewritten.
    Thanks so much,

  19. Karl Miller McKimpson

     /  February 3, 2019

    These games are amazing. Students love to play them, and through playing, they quickly master the skills,and far faster than is typical.

    Is there one for learning high frequency vocabulary?

    • Thank you so much. I am working on Context Clues Climber right now! I think it’s going to help a lot of students build vocabulary.

      I’m hoping to have it done by the end of March. Sign up to my email list and be one of the first to hear about the release. Thank you for visiting my site and sharing it with your students!

  20. PreAP kid

     /  January 30, 2019

    Maybe like one that has food for weapons like fruits and you try to destroy the meat but every time you have to choose if a certain word is a noun, pronoun, adjective, verb, or adverb? I came up with that idea myself. If you miss there could be something like checkpoints that save certain Points that you’ve passed in the game?

  21. brock

     /  January 28, 2019

    hey nice games

  22. Erin Falk

     /  December 13, 2018

    Thank you for the games and great resources! Looking forward to seeing your context clues climber!

  23. haha

     /  December 11, 2018

    this is fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  24. Mark Fletcher

     /  December 5, 2018

    I love this game

  25. Stephanie Crawford

     /  November 29, 2018

    Your grammar game has indirect object as the answer for objects of prepositions. There is a definite difference. You need to fix this or take it down before you confuse any more kids.

    The train hit a car on the tracks and derailed.
    Tracks is the object of the preposition on not an indirect object.
    Jacob hit me the ball.
    Me is the indirect object.

    • I appreciate your concern. Please use this as a teachable moment if you disagree with the way the content is taught and would like to continue to use the free games. That codebase is done and I have no plans of returning to it anytime soon. Best wishes!

  26. COolCaMpBell

     /  November 29, 2018

    This is a cool website

  27. kyra

     /  November 29, 2018

    I lovea ll of this this! Is like the best thing that ever happened to me!

    • Wait until you see the new game that I’m working on:

      Context Clues Climber

      You’re going to love it!
      Thanks for playing and taking the time to comment.

  28. Lila

     /  November 2, 2018

    I am going to be a desiner/ for games!!

  29. Annibelle

     /  November 2, 2018

    I love all of them! I want to be a game developer to!

  30. ceecee

     /  November 1, 2018

    i love these game beacuse they have learning in it

  31. Angel Reed

     /  October 30, 2018

    This needs more fun games

  32. mak

     /  October 19, 2018

    it needs more games

  33. Mason

     /  October 5, 2018

    love it

  34. fornite

     /  October 4, 2018

    i hate it it needs more games

    • Anthony Klein

       /  November 26, 2019

      you know these were all programmed by a single person right? it takes time to make a good game.

  35. 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

    • 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.

  36. jackie

     /  July 19, 2018

    very true

  37. Breanna

     /  May 31, 2018

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

  38. cheerios

     /  May 22, 2018

    i like the cat one

  39. aslhy

     /  May 21, 2018

    i liked

  40. danyelle

     /  May 14, 2018

    it seems kinda fun but not easy

  41. jaxon nash

     /  May 11, 2018

    cool games

  42. Monana

     /  April 30, 2018

    gude gaym!

  43. Monana

     /  April 30, 2018

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

  44. issac

     /  April 9, 2018

    make more games

  45. pretty

     /  March 16, 2018

    nice game that has been played

  46. Anonymous

     /  March 16, 2018

    great games

  47. 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)

    • Well, I used ImpactJS as the game engine:

      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!

  48. Krejci

     /  March 1, 2018

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

  49. Elroy

     /  January 31, 2018

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

  50. Cathy Malone

     /  November 3, 2017

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


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