PurposeGames Help Center

    Getting Started

    What is PurposeGames?

    PurposeGames is a site that lets you create and play games to help you learn new things.
    It can be used for studies, procrastination, or simply for the fun of it.


    Is PurposeGames a FREE service?

    Yes. PurposeGames is completely free of charge. No fees whatsoever.


    Do you offer Google Sign-In



    I never received a mail with the activation code.

    This is only relevant if you signed up with your email address, not if you used Google Sign-In.
    First, make sure you have used the correct email address.
    If you still don't receive a mail, you should check that you are allowed to receive mails from the domain 'purposegames.com'. Check your spam filters to see that all is OK.

    It is unlikely that it got stuck on our side.


    How many members can I follow?

    While there is no upper limit as to how many people can follow you, there is currently a limit of following 500 members at PurposeGames. This limit may change in the future but for now it is a security measure for being able to maintain a solid performance of the site.


    When playing a game, it stops and tells me to turn off my adblocker

    If, when a game is being played, it stops after a little while saying you need to turn off any adblocker, please do so in order to continue playing games at PurposeGames.

    If you do not have an adblocker on your computer, and still get this message when trying to play games, it is most likely a network problem (someone on your network is blocking our ads). To test if this is the case you can try and play a game on a cell phone that is not connected to the same network as your computer. If you are able to play a game from your phone using a different network/wi-fi than your computer, you need to contact the one responsible for your network to unfilter calls to PurposeGames.


    Do I need to create an account to use PurposeGames?

    No. Anyone can play games without an account.
    To create games or to set tournaments, and have your scores saved etc., an account is needed.


    Does PurposeGames use any "old technology" like Flash?



    What domains do we need to unblock, in order to run PurposeGames?

    Technology question, mostly for network technicians et al
    PurposeGames uses Google and Amazon as ad partners.

    From a technical standpoint, you need to make sure that the two sources, Google and Amazon, are not blocked on your network. Specifically, these two addresses:



    Creating Games

    What is the difference between public and private games?

    A public game is visible to all and shows up in the play section of the site, and also in search.

    A private game is not visible to anyone but you on the site. It is however possible for anyone to play, given that they have the URL (address) of the game, so you can send it to friends, share it on Facebook etc, even though it is private.


    What image type (JPG, PNG, or GIF) is best to use?

    The PNG format is absolutely the best format to use for uploading images to games (and avatars). The GIF format is restricted to 256 colors making it unsuitable for resizing. The JPG format is a compressed format where distortion effects can occur, depending on the level of compression.


    What are advanced options when creating games?

    These are tweaks that a game maker can put into a game when it is created/edited. They do not affect the way a game is made, but do affect the way the game is played. So they are used by the game maker, but affect the game player. Advanced options are accessed during game creation or editing via a link just above the "Save", "Preview" and "Publish" buttons in the game creation engine.


    How do you make the shapes in shape games?

    It's pretty easy. Go to the 'Create' section of the website, and select 'Create a Quiz Game (shapes)'. Then select a background. When that comes up, select the 'Draw' function. This allows you to draw shapes by creating line segments which will eventually form a polygon. Each time you click, it anchors the next line segment, and finishes the previous one. At the end, you must click on the start of the first segment to close the polygon.

    HINT: right click to zoom in: this allows you to follow the background shapes more closely. Several levels of zoom should be available. You can zoom in and out as you need to in order to delete dots, move the view and so on. [TIK]


    How do hints work in dot games?

    When you play a dot game and hit an incorrect dot, a text block will appear giving the correct answer next to that dot. After three incorrect, active (green) dots in a row, the correct dot (or dots) will turn purple.

    Note: there is an exception: if the author has chosen to hide hints, the text block will not appear. Instead, the text "Wrong. Try another." will appear. This makes games more challenging to play.

    There is no button click or keyboard command which will show you the correct response in advance. [TIK]


    How do I reset highscores in my game?

    Go to your profile page and click "Games"to go to your games page.

    Underneath each of your games, you will see five icons underneath each one. These all have game management functions. If you hover the mouse pointer over the icons it will say what each one does.

    The fourth icon from the left (second from the right) resets the highscore. [TIK]


    Why does my game not show up in site lists or search, after I created it?

    The usual reasons are:

    1) You have not made the game public
    2) You have not published it yet

    Check to make sure these are not true. If neither is the case, then it is likely that:

    3) It contains obscene or offensive images or language
    4) It is a too-graphic anatomy game
    5) It contains material identified as copyrighted
    6) It potentially violates someone's privacy (find my friends or family type games)

    In some cases the game may be forced private, in others, removed entirely.

    Please note, if you do not see your game at all, and end up in a 404-page, make sure you didn't delete the image you based the image on since that image need to remain in your account in order for a game to be playable.


    Can I turn off the sound in a game?

    Yes. When you open a game, you should see a small speaker icon in the lower right of the game window. Click on it to toggle the sound off and on. [TIK]


    I created an image game but when I go to it, I end up in a 404-page

    Most likely, you have removed the image used in the game from your account leading to the game being removed as well.
    You need to make sure that the images you upload for games stay in your account.


    Groups & Tournaments

    How do I create a tournament?

    Tournaments are created within groups. So you need to be an administrator or a moderator of a group to host your own tournaments.

    Step by step:

    1) Create a group
    2) Publish the group
    3) Visit the tournament section of your group and press "Create tournament"
    4) Choose a title and description for it, choose the time span (how long it should last)
    5) Pick one or many games as base for your tournament.

    Done. Have fun


    How many games can I have in my tournament?

    The current limit is set at 100 games per tournament. If you make a tournament from a playlist containing more than 100 games, only the first 100 will be taken into the tournament. [TIK]


    How do I add a game to a tournament?

    There are 2 methods. You can add games from the tournament creation area in its group. This is best for adding many games at one time.

    Sometimes, however, you can't get to the game you want (for example, because too many games have similar names). In that case, go to the page of the game you want (the actual game page, not the info/comment page). Find the icons above and to the right of the game. Clicking on the third icon from the right allows you to add the game to a tournament. [TIK]


    How can I see what games I have played in a tournament?

    Find your name in the list of tournament players and click on the "view" link. Your played games will be displayed. If you don't want to go through the list to find your name, click on the corresponding link for any player. A list of that players played games vs your played games will appear.

    Something like this exists for playlists, as well. In that case, however, you click on the date of play behind the name. [TIK]


    Can I create simultaneous tournaments?

    No. Tournaments may not overlap. The end of the first must be at least 1 hour before the start of the second.

    If you need to run simultaneous tournaments, you'll have to create another group. [TIK]


    Your Profile Settings

    How do I change my password?

    This is only available if you signed up with your email address, not if you used Google Sign-In.
    In your profile page (which you get to by clicking the PurposeGames logo at the top of the screen) you click settings. Under settings, you can change your password.


    Why does the game counter on my profile page show a different count than the leaderboard?

    The profile page holds all statistics on what you do here at PurposeGames.
    When playing a game, it increases the number of games played by one.

    The leaderboard shows how many games you have played that qualifies your status at PurposeGames. The number of games that counts when calculating your status may be lower than the number of games played showed on your profile due to the fact that not all games count. Games that are completely new or in other ways are made just to raise your status level, are not counted.

    So while your profile page makes no distinction between what games you play, but will count every game, the leaderboard and status logic does.


    How do I delete my account?

    As we don't ask for any personal information, there's really nothing to delete.
    However, if you still want to remove your account you can do so in Settings > Delete Account in your User Profile page.


    How do I change my display name?

    In your profile page (which you get to by clicking the PurposeGames logo at the top of the screen) you click settings. Under settings, you can change your display name.

    Please note that this does not change your user login, which is always the same.


    I uploaded a new avatar, but my old one shows up

    This is because the old image is still in your so-called browser cache.
    You need to press refresh a couple of times in your browser for it to renew that image.


    Teaching Resources

    I'm a Teacher. How Can I Use PurposeGames?

    There are a number of different ways to use PurposeGames in school.
    A common way is to use Groups, typically one group per class, and then host so called Tournaments in these groups.

    Tournaments can be a recurring part of your curriculum to make students earn extra credit.
    This is a simple and fun way to have students essentially compete to learn.


    How Do Teachers Typically Use PurposeGames?

    It's basically a variation of the following process:

    1) Creating one or many groups
    You create a Group. Typically one group per class. Most use "private" groups to make sure only the intended audience joins the group, but this is of course optional.

    2) Creating an assignment (Tournament)
    In a group, you can create something called Tournaments.
    A tournament is one or more games that you set as a weekly "assignment" if you will, or daily, or monthly or whatever time frame fits you best.
    You can use playlists or games to create your tournament.

    3) Having students join your group
    You can either invite your students from your member administration, or have them lookup your group and ask to join.

    As soon as the tournament starts, all group members get a notification and can start playing the games you have assigned.


    Our school email does not allow for mail from outside entities. How can we use PurposeGames?

    You can use Google Sign-In.


    How Will My Students Know A Tournament Has Started?

    Whenever a tournament starts, a notification for anyone who is a member of the group where the tournament is hosted, is being sent out.

    The notification contains a direct link to the tournament.


    Badges, Playlists and more

  • What is ATH?
  • What are Nods?
  • How do I add a game to a playlist?
  • How do I create a tournament from a playlist?
  • How can I copy (branch) a playlist to another playlist?
  • I published my public list, but it does not show up. Why?
  • Is it possible to embed a game in another website?
  • I've seen an ad on PurposeGames I do not like - what can I do?
  • Why can I not use your site with my favorite ad blocker?
  • Do you offer paid memberships to have an ad-free experience?
  • What is ATH?

    The ATH is the All-Time High in a game: the best score by any registered player to date.
    It has three factors: accuracy, speed and primacy.

    If 10 people have played a game and have different accuracies, the one with the highest accuracy (percent right) holds the ATH, no matter how fast the other players are. Among players with the same accuracy, the fastest time wins the ATH. Among players with equal accuracy and speed, the first one to reach that mark holds the ATH. In other words, for equal speed and accuracy, primacy is the tie breaker.


    What are Nods?

    Nods are rewards you can give out to members whom you like, or who have done something you like. Nods may be given out to someone who makes a game or tournament you like, someone who helps you solve a problem, or the winner of a tournament or challenge. They can also be given for any other reason or for no reason at all. You can give more than one nod to the same person, but you are limited to a total of 5 nods per calendar month. The person who receives the most nods in a given month becomes the 'Member of the Month' for the following month.

    It is very common for people who host tournaments to offer a nod to the winner of the tournament, but this is not required. [TIK]


    How do I add a game to a playlist?

    There are two options.

    Either press "Add/Remove Games" link, when standing in your list page, or visit the game you wish to add, and press "Add to playlist" in the top right of the game.


    How do I create a tournament from a playlist?

    You press the tournament icon, available near the top of each playlist. That will take you to a page where you get to choose the group that shall be host to the tournament.


    How can I copy (branch) a playlist to another playlist?

    If you find a playlist you like, or have a "base list" that you want to use for copying to other lists, adding and removing to them further, you need only press the "branching" icon available near the top of every playlist.


    I published my public list, but it does not show up. Why?

    Just as with games, PurposeGames.com has a reviewstep for each list that gets published. Though you can use your playlist immediately, and others visiting your profile can see the list as soon as you have published it, it will take a little while before it shows up in the playlists section of the site.


    Is it possible to embed a game in another website?

    This is not currently possible nor allowed.
    Please see our Terms of Service.


    I've seen an ad on PurposeGames I do not like - what can I do?

    Advertising is currently our only source of revenue to make this site continue to operate and we only use reputable advertising sources (we partner with Google and Amazon for ads).

    In this day and age, most advertising is targeted i.e. your browsing habits, location and other things can play a part in what ads are shown to you. That said, should you find an advert you do not like, there is usually a way (in one of the corners of the ad in question) to make choices about the ad in question.


    Why can I not use your site with my favorite ad blocker?

    We need the money to keep the site going.


    Do you offer paid memberships to have an ad-free experience?