Brain Bashers

What is it Brain Bashers is a collection of free logic puzzles updated every day. The puzzles come in easy, medium, and hard varieties and are implemented in JavaScript so can be played on any computer or smart phone. Puzzles include: Sudoku, 3-In-A-Row, ABC Path, ABC View, Battleships, Bridges, CalcuDoku, Fillomino, Futoshiki, Hitori, Kakurasu, Killer… Continue reading Brain Bashers

Secret Coders

From graphic novel superstar Gene Luen Yang comes Secret Coders, a wildly entertaining new series that combines logic puzzles and basic coding instruction with a page-turning mystery plot! Follow Hopper and her friend Eni as they use their wits and their growing prowess with coding to solve the many mysteries of Stately Academy. What is… Continue reading Secret Coders

Adventuron

What is it Adventuron is a free web-based coding environment for creating text-based games. The games created in Adventuron are similar to the classic Infocom text-based games such as Zork or Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. (My personal favorite from that era was “Infidel”) Who is it for The user needs to be able to… Continue reading Adventuron

Mug Brownies

What is it A mug brownie, or brownie-in-a-cup, is a single serving of brownies made in a mug and cooked in the microwave. They take just a few minutes to make, are vegan, and very tasty. Mix equal parts flour, sugar, cocoa powder, oil, and water in a mug. Microwave for a minute. Done. i.e.… Continue reading Mug Brownies

Idle Human

What is it Idle Human is a game app that teaches human anatomy in a surprisingly fun way. It’s not easy to gamify a subject as dry as anatomy, but the developers of Idle Human (Funcell Games) have managed to do so. From the iOS app page: Have you ever wondered how the human body… Continue reading Idle Human

Fireboy and Watergirl

What is it Fireboy and Watergirl is a series of five free collaborative/cooperative online 2d platformer games. One player uses the WAD keys to move Watergirl and the other uses the arrow keys to move Fireboy. Watergirl can’t touch fire and Fireboy can’t touch water. They have to help each other unlock doors in order… Continue reading Fireboy and Watergirl

Knights Club: The Bands of Bravery

What is it Knights Club is a series of “Choose Your Own Adventure”-style comic books, in which the reader decides the order in which they read. On each page, they may be given a choice about where to go next. E.g. “To follow the merchant, go to page 93. To explore the forest, go to… Continue reading Knights Club: The Bands of Bravery

Blocksworld

What is it Blocksworld (not to be confused with similarly-titled games such as “block world”) is one of many Minecraft-inspired games, but Blocksworld stands apart in the quality of the game, the number of features, and the implicit instruction of programming fundamentals. What Lego is to Minecraft, Duplo is to Blocksworld. Who is it for… Continue reading Blocksworld

The Battle of Polytopia

What is it The Battle of Polytopia (or simply, “Polytopia”) is a free (ad-free as well) turn-based mobile strategy game. Who is it for Winning the game requires some strategic thinking and there is some very mild cartoon violence (about as much violence as in a game of chess) so I would put the lower… Continue reading The Battle of Polytopia