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The Grading Game by Mode of Expression

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The Grading Game casts the player as a hard-nosed teacher with the single-minded aim to FAIL their students. To do this, the player has to spot the grammatical and spelling errors in essays to give Jamie a C by spotting 7 errors in 30 seconds. The whole experience can feel very pressured and it’s a shame that a hard-stop time limit can halt the player before they finish the document but the mechanic is strong and the novelty of playing as a teacher is great fun!

Why we love it:

  • The essays are fascinating and educational to read.
  • Quick gameplay sessions keep the content fresh.
  • Great novelty of playing as a mean-spirited teacher!

Buy it for iOS

Full Steam Ahead by Aardman Animations & ss Great Britain Trust

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Full Steam Ahead is a game in which you design and build steam-powered ships in the spirit of Brunel. Gameplay is goal-focussed, with the player being tasked to create increasingly complex ship designs to meet ever more challenging criteria. The game gives the player the freedom to experiment, with ‘design tips’ orientating the player towards success. A simple currency system and strong art style round-off a very solid product.

Why we love it:

  • Game rewards experimentation.
  • Tip system scaffolds learning.
  • Strong art style.

Download for free now for iOS or Android or play it online

10 by iojoe

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10 is an addictive mash-up of Sudoku and a classic sliding block puzzler which will hone your mental arithmetic and problem solving proficiency. Slide number blocks together to create 10s, once a block becomes 10 it’s rendered immovable, encouraging you to plan your path to perfection. Initially simple it quickly descends into obsessive, head-scratching territory; your brain will thank you.

Why we love it:

  • Incredibly simple pick up and play mechanic.
  • Dozens of levels with an increasing variety of blocks.
  • Works your arithmetic and problem solving skills.

Get it on iOS (free) or buy it for Android

Sesame Street Family Play by Hide & Seek

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Sesame Street Family Play is more than your average game aimed at children. The app helps parents lead play, rather than asking them to hand their children over to the device. Each of the 150 games will help your kids build their key developmental skills, and the app makes suggestions based on where you are and how many children you’d like to entertain.

Why we love it:

  • Familiar characters, loved by kids and parents alike.
  • Huge number and variety of games.
  • Family bonding with the help of tech.

Buy it for iOS

Wuzzit Trouble by Innertube Games

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Set inside a trap-riddled castle, Wuzzit Trouble is an educational puzzle game which teaches mathematical conceptual thinking. Where other educational games use the gameplay as a mask to hide the learning, Wuzzit Trouble’s gameplay is the learning. The game introduces the idea of mathematical experimentation and encourages the idea of refining and improving your strategies for playing, all in the name of releasing the cute and fuzzy Wuzzits.

Why we love it:

  • Original gear-based mechanic.
  • Appealing characters.
  • Improves multiple skills- suitable for a variety of ages.

Buy it for iOS

Blackbar by Neven Mrgan

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Blackbar is an exercise in economy of development. It’s a text-based game which places word & logic puzzles within a dystopian future (or past) narrative to show the possible consequences of extreme censorship. Its barebones visual style detracts nothing from its message or gameplay, and the sense of satisfaction when you solve a particularly difficult puzzle is great.

Why we love it:

  • Strong story- equally humourous and chilling.
  • The puzzles are pretty challenging!
  • Multiple endings.

Buy it for iOS

Plague Inc. by Ndemic Creations.

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Plague Inc. is a strategy game where the aim is to kill off the world’s population. By engineering a disease, you affect transmission, mutation and possible cure rates. It teaches how diseases spread and can kill through factors like hygiene, economics and human transit. It also uses historic comparison of epidemics like The Black Death and Spanish ‘Flu. It’s unsettlingly satisfying to see each country turn a bloody red, and read the news of attempts to defeat you, but ultimately, the game is a reminder of human fragility.

Why we love it:

  • Sometimes it’s fun to be evil!
  • Unexpected teachings on world geography.
  • A great mix of science and horror.

Buy it for iOS or Android

The Land of Me by Made in Me

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The Land of Me is a suite of apps that encourage kids to develop their creativity by allowing them to influence the content. The collection includes Story Time, Songs and Rhymes, Making Things, and Shape, Size and Colour. Through an easy to use system of pictograms and dropdown words, children are able to guide their stories in which ever direction they please; build animals, monsters, vehicles or buildings; and sing songs. Each app is beautifully illustrated and improves your child’s English whilst introducing them to other subjects like Physics and Music.

Why we love it:

  • Charming hand-drawn style.
  • Simple and intuitive interface.
  • Sweet and engaging for child and parent.

Buy it for iPad

Nom Nation by Playerthree & Channel 4

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Nom Nation is a retro platformer in which you learn about nutrition. You play as Chef, whose mission is to defeat an evil fast food peddling clown, and return the Holy Book to the Noms. By eating different noms you get different powers, protein gives you super punches, sugar and caffeine give you speed, fat makes you, well, fat. But muncher beware, foods can have lethal long term effects too…

Why we love it:

  • It’s funny and irreverent.
  • Great chiptune soundtrack.
  • Teaches healthy eating without being worthy.

Play it online or on iOS (both free)

W.E.L.D.E.R. by Highline Games

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W.E.L.D.E.R. is a sophisticated word puzzle game in which you construct words by flipping and swapping letter tiles. It combines a classic word search with Scrabble in a hypnotizing and addictive game, improving player’s logic and language skills. Use the iOS dictionary to help build your vocabulary and earn points.

Why we love it:

  • Links to external dictionaries for spelling and definitions.
  • Pick up and play – simple and addictive.
  • Great for exploring archaic and dialect words.

Buy it for iOS or Android