27 November 2010

Digital Play

Have you ever wanted to be James Bond?

Princess Natasha is a digital game where the character is a bit like James Bond, except that she is a female. The game has messages that help you solve problems and hints on how to continue playing. It's a great way to be reading in English while playing a digital game. 

If you enjoyed Princess Natasha, then I would recommend that you have a look at Graham Stanley's latest blog, Digital Play. Graham Stanley and Kyle Mawer explore uses of digital games for English Language learning and you will find up-to-date information on digital toys and games. There is also a section which explains how games help the brain learn, a section for teachers, and a top ten selection of games which help you improve your English language skills. It's an easy site to navigate and offers a  great source of inspiring, on-line games to play and enjoy. 

Two other game sites which you perhaps may like to explore are This is Infinity and Evoke.  I enclose 2 short videos on Evoke which may open your curiosity to find out more about this new online game:

EVOKE trailer (a new online game) from Alchemy on Vimeo.

What is an EVOKE? from Alchemy on Vimeo.

Samorost is an intriguing game created by Jakub Dvorsky. Samorost1 mixes natural and technological concepts and is followed by a sequel, Samorost 2, which is equally fascinating.  The goal is to solve a number of puzzles and brain teasers; once you have solved a puzzle, you may proceed to the next level. 

In Samorost 2, the gnome goes on a quest to save his kidnapped dog and safely return home.

Machinarium is also another game well worth exploring though only the demo is free. If you enjoy the creativity and excellent graphics that these games offer, find out more about Jakub Dvorsky and his design agency at Amanita Design

Are you ready to become the new James Bond of digital online games?


  1. I'm going to try these games with my students, thank you for the great idea!

  2. Hi Oksanochka,

    Thank you for dropping by and leaving your feedback. I've given students digital games to play/experiment with, and they have found them stimulating and fun. I've also posted some other games here - http://cristinaskybox.blogspot.com/2010/11/frog-octopus-and-viper.html

    Hope you may find them useful as well.

  3. Just posted a link to this on TeachingEnglish facebook page. Please feel to post there whenever you have something you'd like to share with us.



  4. Hi Ann,

    Thank you! Will join your page as well.