Coding Education STEM

Games by me—all in one place

This page is a single, nifty starting point for various games I developed for desktop and mobile for intellectual curiousity and fun. They are all free, and ad-free. No cookies. No gimmicks. These will run on any modern smartphone, tablet, PC (see each description below as some are made to run on any device, and some are platform-specific).

Below is a short list. As I update some of the code, they will be deployed in the Cloud or made downloadable as a package; so clicking on the link will always give you the latest version. Note that due to the nature of certain games, some are best played in larger screens/monitors while some are best played with mobile tactile inputs…I note them each accordingly below.

Enjoy!






Memory Card Game by Numbers (May 2022)
Storyline: This is a memory card game where you need to match two cards based on their face values. Suits and colors don’t matter. So, King=King of any color or suit is a pair or matchi, Queen=Queen, Jack=Jack, Ace=Ace, card numbered 3=3, etc.).
In this game you’re playing against the CPU.

Type: Memory, agility.
Levels: Unlimited
Interface: Mouse, and/or Touch
Platform: Windows (written and tested on Windows 10)

Sound: Yes

PLAY OFFLINE. Get the free app.
Download the ZIP file to any folder (e.g. Desktop) then unzip the file contents into any folder by right-clicking on the ZIP file and choosing Extract All…this will automatically create a new folder (say, on the Desktop) called ‘memorynumbers’ (same name as the zip folder) and will put all the extracted files in there. Now just double-click memorynumbers.exe inside the new ‘memorynumbers’ folder to run it.

Library: PyQT





WAR Card Game (May 2022)
Storyline: This is a classic War card game implemented in Python for Windows. It’s a very easy game to learn and play. The coding of it was actually more fun and challenging. It’s a 2-player game that even kids can play and is a great time-spender. In this game you’re playing against the CPU.

Type: Luck!
Levels: Unlimited
Interface: Mouse, and/or Touch
Platform: Windows (written and tested on Windows 10)

Sound: Yes

PLAY OFFLINE. Get the free app.
Download the ZIP file to any folder (e.g. Desktop) then unzip the file contents into any folder by right-clicking on the ZIP file and choosing Extract All…this will automatically create a new folder (say, on the Desktop) called ‘warcardgame’ (same name as the zip folder) and will put all the extracted files in there. Now just double-click warcardgame.exe inside the new ‘warcardgame’ folder to run it.

Video: https://youtu.be/IiX9RhNoM5E

Library: PyQT







HIDDEN OBJECTS (Nov 2021)
Storyline: Inspired by a Highlights magazines for kids (which I used to get for my son but now my wife gets for her grandkids), I snapped a photo from their page and instead of paper as they have, I turned it into an interactive online game. Player drags the objects to their correct places in the larger picture. Great for kids!

Type: Strategy. Concentration. Cognition. Sight.
Limits: None
Levels: 1

Interface: Mouse, and/or Touch
Suggested: Touch or Mouse are equally preferred. Larger screen helps in seeing the images easier so a PC or laptop is suggested.

Sound: Yes (+ music)

PLAY ONLINE
(This is the same game as PICKOUT shown below but each update contains different images in addition to being randomly placed for added enjoyment!)

(c) image is copyrighted by Highlights. This is for digital demonstration purposes only.



PICKOUT – UPDATE 2 (Nov 2021)
Storyline: A set of images will appear with each set containing only one image that does NOT belong there (“odd one”). Your job is to find it within the time limit. Play as many times and it’ll be different EVERY TIME! Memorization isn’t going to help.

Type: Strategy. Concentration. Sight.
Limits: Number of lives. Time.
Levels: 5 (progress from easy to hardest. Different images)

Interface: Mouse, and/or Touch
Suggested: Touch or Mouse are equally preferred. Larger screen helps in seeing the images easier but it depends on how well your eye sight is.

Sound: Yes

PLAY ONLINE
(This is the same game as PICKOUT shown below but each update contains different images in addition to being randomly placed for added enjoyment!)



BACTERIAL GROWTH SIMULATION (Binary Fission)
Storyline: A simulation app for visualizing population growth of bacteria that mutiplies following binary fission reproduction. You input the starting population, frequency of division, and how long you want the simulation to run. There’s more to read about this, so please check the link below and then play!

Type: Algorithm. Math. Education. Programming.
Limits: Memory, CPU depending on size of simulation

Interface: Mouse, and/or Touch
Suggested: Bigger screen the better. Easiest with mouse.

Sound: No

READ MORE (free source code, and PLAY ONLINE)



Ants vs Beetle
ANTS VS. BEETLES
Storyline: Swarm of ants are trying to get to its target hole in the ground through a maze. You control the beetles (varying numbers depending on level) by spitting at the ants to prevent as many as possible from reaching their target.

Type: Strategy. Agility.
Limits: Number of lives/beetles. Time.

Interface: Mouse, and/or Touch
Suggested: Bigger screen the better. Easiest with mouse.

Sound: No

PLAY ONLINE



Monsters Vs. Cannon
MONSTERS VS. CANNON V2.0 (MOBILE OPTIMIZED)
Storyline: Monsters (2 kinds) will continue to appear from “nowhere” and if any of them touches the cannon, you’re kaput! You control the cannon and its firing…shoot to kill. Each game is a rapid 1 minute long…score as many points as possible within the period.

Type: Strategy. Agility. FPS.
Limits: Number of lives. Time.

Interface: Mouse, and/or Touch
Suggested: Touch on smartphone for quicker access to controls with both hands. See the PC version for a similar game optimized for PC.

Sound: Yes

PLAY ONLINE



Monsters Vs Cannon - PC
MONSTERS VS. CANNON V1.0 (PC OPTIMIZED)
Storyline: Monsters (2 kinds) will continue to appear from “nowhere” and if any of them touches the cannon, you’re kaput! You control the cannon and its firing…shoot to kill. There’s no time limit (but you won’t survive long anyway!)

Type: Strategy. Agility. FPS.
Limits: Number of lives. Time.

Interface: Mouse, and/or Touch
Suggested: Mouse as the cannon can be rotated in any direction just by moving the mouse, which is not possible with touch. See MONSTERS VS. CANNON V2.0 for mobile version.

Sound: Yes

PLAY ONLINE



PickOut
PickOut
Storyline: A set of images will appear with each set containing only one image that does NOT belong there (“odd one”). Your job is to find it within the time limit. Play as many times and it’ll be different EVERY TIME! Memorization isn’t going to help.

Type: Strategy. Concentration. Sight.
Limits: Number of lives. Time.
Levels: 5 (progress from easy to hardest. Different images)

Interface: Mouse, and/or Touch
Suggested: Touch or Mouse are equally preferred. Larger screen helps in seeing the images easier but it depends on how well your eye sight is.

Sound: Yes

PLAY ONLINE



Guinea Ping Race 2.0
Guinea Ping Race 2.0
Storyline: Watch SNOWY and BEAR the guines pigs race to catch the broccoli through blockages and the perils of bouncing balls! You pick one for each race and see if you bet correctly. There’s enough external factors that make it UNPREDICTABLE and NEW at each race! One the race begins, you cannot control the guinea pigs (they’re driven purely by AI), but there are some things you can control such as: Starting gates (drag and drop), broccoli (can be dragged in real-time). There are subtle but interesting differences between version 3.0 and 2.0 for you to discover.

Type: Strategy. AI. Educational. Luck. Gamble.
Limits: Time. Draw if neither can catch the broccoli in 90 seconds (yes, it can happen).

Interface: Mouse, and/or Touch
Suggested: Touch or Mouse are equally preferred. Larger screen helps in seeing the animations easier but it depends on how well your eye sight is.

Sound: Yes

PLAY ONLINE



Guine Pig v 3
Guinea Ping Race 3.0
Storyline: SNOWY and BEAR the guines pigs make a reappearance in this newer version with new looks as they race to catch the broccoli through blockages and the perils of bouncing balls! You pick one for each race and see if you bet correctly. There’s enough external factors that make it UNPREDICTABLE and NEW at each race! One the race begins, you cannot control the guinea pigs (they’re driven purely by AI), but there are some things you can control such as: Starting gates (drag and drop), broccoli (can be dragged in real-time). There are subtle but interesting differences between version 3.0 and 2.0 for you to discover.

Type: Strategy. AI. Educational. Luck. Gamble.
Limits: Time. Draw if neither can catch the broccoli in 90 seconds (yes, it can happen).

Interface: Mouse, and/or Touch
Suggested: Touch or Mouse are equally preferred. Larger screen helps in seeing the animations easier but it depends on how well your eye sight is.

Sound: Yes

PLAY ONLINE






Let’s Etch Drawing Game (April 2022)
Storyline: In one of my past posts, I demonstrated an Etch-a-sketch-like program using Python’s Turtle library. In this post, I demonstrate writing a similar app using pygame library with new twists.
The idea is similar…you use up/down/right/left arrow keys on your keyboard to move the drawing cursor…however, you can also press up+right to make it go up at an angle; and down-left to draw down at an angle. Additionally, you can press SPACE key to jump over some pixels creating a boxed/windows effect.inst the CPU.
For more details and animations, see http://flyingsalmon.net/?p=3438

Type: Creativity
Levels: Unlimited
Interface: Keys
Platform: Windows (written and tested on Windows 10)

Sound: No

PLAY OFFLINE. Get the free app.
Download the ZIP file to any folder (e.g. Desktop) then unzip the file contents into any folder by right-clicking on the ZIP file and choosing Extract All…this will automatically create a new folder (say, on the Desktop) called ‘etchsketch-pygame’ (same name as the zip folder) and will put all the extracted files in there. Now just double-click etchsketch-pygame.exe inside the new ‘etchsketch-pygame’ folder to run it.

Library: PyGame


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