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Saving player game progress and app saves

The game saves automatically at regular points.

The game saves automatically at regular points. There are save points after each mini game in the first 2 games (First Steps and Fun With Words) and there are save points after each planet (about every 10-12 minutes) in the third game (Champion Reader).

For example, if your player has created their monster then played one mini game (i.e. with the ducks) then closed the app or logged off, then when you log back in to the player's game, it should restart just after the first duck game.

For any mini game a player plays (i.e. the spaceship, sun, teddy bear, duck or sheep game) the game should save their progress so when you log back in, you begin after the most recent mini game you played.

The save points are less frequent in the third game (Champion Reader) and come at the completion of each of the 47 planets, roughly every 10-12 minutes.

If you are experiencing something different to the above, please read the below: 

Check that your device is connected to the internet.

Check that your device is connected to the internet. If your player uses login details (i.e. a player name and player password or star code), then the device needs to be connected to the internet in order to send us the save data. Please check this first and see if the progress saves once you're connected to the internet. 

If the problem persists after you've tried the above, please can you send us your responses to the below questions?

1.     What are you experiencing? Where did the player start their game session and where did they finish it? What mini games did they start on and finish on? How many did they play? 

2.     When they logged back in, where were they in the game? Was there any progress? Did they end up back to the monster creation? 

3.     What device(s) are you using?

4.     Was the player created on the app, or did you first create the player on our website?

5. Do you use login details (i.e. player name and password), or did you get some login details from school?

Please contact us with your responses to these.

I was stunned to see how much they enjoyed this. It blew me away.

Matt Lovegrove, Cippenham Primary School

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Why Play?

  • Covers letters and sounds to reading full sentences.
  • Designed in collaboration with leading academics.
  • Computer version is 100% free.

FAQ

Why is the computer version free?

The game has been funded by the Usborne Foundation, a charity set up to support initiatives to develop early literacy.

Our mission is to help as many children learn to read as possible. The computer version is 100% free and we put profits from the app back into the Usborne Foundation, to continue to create new and exciting ways for children to learn.

The charity was founded by Peter Usborne MBE and his children, Nicola and Martin, one of the world’s leading children’s book publishing companies and Children’s Publisher of the Year 2012. He was previously one of the founders of the magazine Private Eye.

What age is it for?

The game is for children in the first stages of learning to read, or for older children who need a bit more practice. Read more details about the three games.

How do children learn from the game?

The game takes children on a magical journey, meeting colourful characters along the way and collecting fantastic rewards. When children are engaged, they’re motivated to learn.

As they progress, they rehearse a range of essential reading skills; matching letters to sounds, blending, segmenting, tricky words and reading full sentences.

Find out exactly what the game covers.

Will it work on my device?

The game runs on any normal laptop or desktop computer (including Apple Macs) and the app works on iPhone, iPad, Android and Kindle tablets.

Who are The Usborne Foundation?

Peter Usborne is the founder and Managing Director of Usborne Publishing, one of the world’s leading children’s book publishing companies and Children’s Publisher of the Year 2012. He was previously one of the founders of the magazine Private Eye, and was recently awarded an MBE for services to publishing.

Testimonials

"I was stunned to see how much they enjoyed this. It blew me away."

Matt Lovegrove,
Cippenham Primary School

"The kids absolutely love this game - and they're learning!"

John Hole,
Wray Common Primary School

"This is a fun and engaging way to help your child learn to read. My son warmed to the game quickly and didn't want to stop playing it!"

Sarah Fox,
mum to Leon aged 5

This is a fun and engaging way to help your child learn to read. My son warmed to the game quickly and didn't want to stop playing it!

Sarah Fox, mum to Leon aged 5

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