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What’s It Like? 

Kids and adults alike will enjoy creating their own games in The Infinite Arcade. Begin by selecting a game type such as pinball, ball and paddle, platformer, maze, or start with a blank world and create your own. Game designers then have to decide how to end their game. Will you win by entering a victory portal, gathering all the collectables, killing all the enemies, or simply staying alive? Regardless, when the player’s character or ball runs out of lives, they lose.

Price: $3

Grades: 2-5

Rating: 4/5

Pros: Students get to learn the design process, testing their game and making improvements.

Cons: No way for kids to publish their games online for others to play.

Bottom line: Design, play, and improve your own arcade games.

About the Author:

Stephen Noonoo

Stephen Noonoo is a former editor of eSchool News. He has served as a consultant for CUE, California’s ISTE affiliate, and as managing editor of its quarterly publication, OnCUE. He has worked as a freelance writer, an education editor for SmartBrief newsletters, and as a staff editor for a well-known publication focusing on education technology.