Rollama Game Modes
How we designed our grammar, punctuation, and spelling practice games
Game Modes Explainer Series
Our 15 game modes have grown through two years of development and improvement. In this video series, I explain the concepts and design choices we made to rigorously maximise learning, while maintaining fun and accessibility for students.
Scoop Snatcher is a multiple-choice quiz game which students play to fill in the blanks in a sentence, answer a question, or classify a word.
Ice cream scoops are stacked up for correct answers, while incorrect answers remove a scoop, to make this into a grammar game rather than a grammar test!
Some of our grammar-focused pages in this game mode include:
Common Noun or Proper Noun – Learners are shown a word and must choose the class to which it belongs. This is relatively simple reinforcement of the 'proper nouns need a capital' rule, which beginners (and some forgetful advanced learners!) should remember.
Change to Present Tense – Similar to the above, but the target tense for the sentences is present.
Space Race is another MCQ variant, this time with a streak points scoring system, designed to focus players’ attention and inspire hard thinking to avoid losing height on Rama’s journey into the outer atmosphere.
There are 10 Space Race pages – try one here: www.rollama.com/spacerace/homophones/index.html
Risky Roll is a multiple-choice quiz with a twist: points increase exponentially with each correct answer, but must be banked to count. Get one wrong and lose the lot!
We have 21 Risky Roll pages – try one here: www.rollama/pickapair/pickapair-antonyms/index.html
Egg Game is our ‘risk/reward’ multiple-choice quiz game mode, where users must protect their eggs by showing their conviction or spreading the risk.
There are 9 Egg Game pages – try one here: www.rollama.com/egg-game/egg-game-confusingwords/index.html
Pick-a-Pair is our matching game, where an array of 12 cards is displayed, and players must find the pairs to clear the board.
There are 19 Pick-a-Pair games – try one here: www.rollama.com/pickapair/pickapair-antonyms/index.html
Tricky Trios is our most recent addition, released in September 2022. Players match up three related words – homophones, word families, etc.
Topping the world leaderboard (for members only) will be easier for a while, since the game is new… [Nerd note: the red of the title matches Nottingham Forest (my team) – occasionally known as the Tricky Trees 😅]
We have four Tricky Trios pages so far – try one here: www.rollama.com/tricky-trios/homophones/index.html
Arrange-a-Rama is our sorting game, where players categorise word cards into sets. Tap the category, then tap the cards which belong in that set.
There are 15 Arrange-a-Rama games – try one here: www.rollama.com/arrangearama/arrangearama-spelling-ar-er-or/index.html
More coming soon!