Cambridge University Press

Sentence Stacker game for learning

This was one of the first set of HTML5 games for learning the Cambridge University Press & Assessment English Language Teaching (ELT) department asked us to develop, along with a Games Editor tool, back in 2014.

The aim of the game is to build a stack of eight containers, by selecting the correct phrase or sentence, before the annoying forklift driver takes them away.

All games included easy, medium and hard level options, a timer, scoring, pause and feedback screens. Music, sound effects and animation enhance the gameplay and learning. Editors at Press & Assessment can create multiple versions of Sentence Stacker using a bespoke Games Editor tool.

Other games in this range included Spell or Slime and Name the Picture. They were initially built for Cambridge University Press’ Touchstone 2nd edition online workbooks but have since been used for a huge number of courses.

Learners can access and play the games through the CambridgeOne platform on all desktop, tablet and mobile devices.

If you’re interested in the technical info…

The games are built using HTML, CSS and JavaScript. They utilise the React library and are rendered using PixiJS with the game and theme content being loaded via JSON files. The games adhere to the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.0 Level AA where possible

The Games Editor is built using the Laravel PHP framework.