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The Grading Game

For: iPad   Also on: iPhone


Product: The Grading Game | Developer: mode of expression | Publisher: mode of expression | Format: iPad | Genre: Puzzle | Players: 1 | Version: Europe
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The human brain is a wonderful thing. It fills in blanks for us, rights wrongs, and lets us understand the basic thrust of sentences even when they're complete and utter gibberish. In essence, that lump of grey matter in your head is what you're fighting against in The Grading Game.

The game itself is all about uncovering spelling and grammar mistakes in a series of short pieces of writing. You need to find enough of these to mark down the offending student and appease the vengeful wrath of their hated teacher.

It's a battle against bad writing, and against the machinations of your brain as well.

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Things start off easily enough. You have a handful of glaring mistakes to dig out of a short piece of writing, and easily find them all in time to collect your reward. That reward takes the form of student loan payments, with the ultimate goal being to pay off your debt.

All you have to do once you've found an error is tap on it. Tap on something that's not a mistake, though, and you'll lose a chunk of time from the ever-ticking clock. Once that time's gone, it's Game Over, and your efforts are totted up. If you've done well enough you get paid, but if you've missed too many errors you get the chop.

Each marking test is preceded by a snide letter from Professor Snerpus, usually with a reason why the student deserves to fail culled from their social networking profile. These letters are usually pretty funny, although they rarely give any hints about what to expect in the coming essay.

It are good

There are two modes to play through. In Career you have loads of papers to mark, in batches of three, and you need to make sure the grade of the student gets below a certain level. Failure means starting the batch all over. The second mode sees you grading until you slip up, at which point you're fired and have to start all over again.

The game is a fun mix of wordplay and grammar policing, but once you've played through for a couple of hours things do get a little repetitive.

The Grading Game isn't going to be for everyone, but if you've a penchant for pointing out errors and you're able to switch off the bit of your brain that ignores double words and lets you understand misspelled words, it's likely to be right up your street.
The Grading Game
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Harry Slater | 27 December 2012
It might lack a bit in variety, but if the idea sounds like a good one to you, there's plenty here to enjoy
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