Matching Game Maker

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  • Matching Game Maker 1.4

    Windows 7, Vista, XP (3.8MB) To install click on the link, select 'Run' (or 'Open), and follow the prompts.

  • Matching Game Planner

    (pdf 26kb) A one-page worksheet for students making their own game.


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Matching text and text

Matching voice recordings and text
Matching voice recordings and voice recordings

How the game works

In the Languages Online Matching Game there are two columns. Each column contain six lines. To complete the game the player must drag a line between the matching pairs from each column. The Matching Game Maker allows you type in or record your own text or voice recordings in each column.

Some suggestions about the types of tasks you can make:
  • Match a question and answer i.e. 'How old are you?' - 'I'm 12 years old'
  • Match the begining and endings of a sentences. i.e. 'My favourite colour' - 'is blue.'
  • As a translation task. Match a sentence in the LOTE with the English
  • A listening exercise. Match a recording of a sentence with the text of that sentence.
  • A comprehension task. Match a recording of a sentence or statement with a corresponding statement.
  • Match a sound with a word. i.e. the sound of a dog matched with the word 'dog'.
  • Complete the sequence. 'Monday, Tuesday" - "Wednesday"


When your students make their own multimedia language games, they are practising important skills:

  • they can revise a wide variety of linguistic and cultural concepts
  • they are actively using the languages in a fun way
  • thinking about the purpose and audience of their game, and making decisions about the content
  • ICT skills: file management and creation, making voice recordings, sourcing and saving images, understanding different file types

Using the Matching Game Maker games can be made in any language. Any script (for example Arabic or Japanese) that can be typed on your computer can be used.

When complete, the game is saved on your computer in the location you specify. From here you can copy the game to a disc, memory stick or onto another computer or network to share with others.

The simple step by step design of Game Makers are easy to follow.

In the completed game the player must drag a line between the matching pairs.

Saving and playing your game

All finished games are saved as a web page with a 'data' folder containing all the resources included in your game. If you like, the Game Maker can package the game folder into a 'zip' file. The two options are described below:

Option 1 Option 2

As a web page

A windows folder called 'my gamme'

This is the default setting. If unsure, use this option. This saves your game and all resources in a new folder with the name and in the location you specify.

When copying this game make sure you copy the whole game folder.

To play game: Open the game folder and click on the web icon.

Folder containing a subfolder called 'data' and a html file called 'my game.html'

  • Easily included as part of an intranet site, website or digital portfolio
  • Easy to open and play
  • Works on PC or Mac
  • Harder to include in learning Management system
  • harder to email

As a zip file

zipped game icon

This option packages all the games resources into a standard zipped folder.

To play game:The files must be 'extracted' first. Operation is then the same as option one.

  • Ready to add to leanring management system*
  • Easy to email
  • Player must 'Extract' the zipped files before they can play
  • Can't be included in a website

* Learning Management Systems vary in their operation; in many games can be added by uploading the zipped game folder as a 'resource', and then specifying the webpage inside the zipped folder as the file to open. For example, if including the above zipped game in a Learning Management system the file name for students to view would be 'My Game.html'.

Correcting a mistake in a game

The Game Maker allows you to open and make changes to the content of a Matching game. When you load a game into the Matching Maker, you can make the following changes:

NOTE: When you load a game back into the Game Maker, you cannot change the type of content in each column. For example if your game uses a recordings in the 'question' column and text in 'answer' column, you cannot change it to a game that uses text in both columns. To do that you need to make a new game.

Translating a game into another language

Games in one language can easily be translated into another language using the Game Maker.

For example, to translate a French game with pictures into Italian, load the French game into the Game Maker, change the text to Italian and then save the changes as a new game.

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Installation and operation


The Matching Game Maker requires the following:

Installation of software in school systems is often restricted. This may mean that only your IT technician is able to install software. Check with your IT support if you are unsure.

Game Makers must be installed on individual computers. They cannot be run over a network.

Playing a finished game

Finished games do not need the game maker to be played. They only need a web browser and Flash Player 8 (or better).

When completed the following files are packaged together:

Some schools' IT systems prevent students from saving these files. If you have problems check with your IT support that students are permited to save these files. If not, it may be possible to create a new folder without these restrictions where students can save their games.

The default save path for completed games is the users 'My Document' folder. Voice recordings are temporarily saved in the users 'temp' folder. To change these default paths see the Technical Notes page

Version history

Version 1.5 (released 2nd April 2012) Version 1.4 Version 1.3 Version 1.2 Version 1.1

Further Information and help

At each step of the Matching Game Maker, students can access a detailed 'Help' page by clicking on the question mark icon.

For futher assistance contact the Languages Online Team (

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