Game design site promotes creation and sharing.
Popular with kids

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Good sense of empowerment for kids with mostly encouraging user comments. Games can be kept private so only friends can comment.


User-created game categories include "kill games," and some games feature shooting and electrocution.


Generally the user-created games and comments seem to be clean.


Except some questionable misspellings, like a FUC3K and Bitch4h Fit username, inappropriate language is well monitored. Try and enter a swear word in a game title, and it'll be replaced with "BLEEP." "Hell" slips through the filters, but "damn" is replaced with "splode."


Ads for Comedy Central shows, online game design programs, and other items are on most pages, including the homepage.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

You can opt to keep your game private when you publish it and just promote it by emailing a link to friends, or share your game with other users and let them comment on it.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that kids must register to save and share their creations on this game design site, but they can play other user-created games without signing in.

What kids can learn



  • motion
  • physics


  • drawing



  • making new creations
  • imagination

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support


Kids will enjoy creating games, sharing them, and playing games created by other kids -- the quality can vary, but there are dozens to choose from. Gives kids a chance to be creative, then test and share the results.

Learning Approach

In theory, Sploder could reinforce learning by pointing out how grids work and what math and science principles are being displayed. The site activities are really more for fun, and aren't likely to give kids much experience building a game.


Some feature demos with usage tips, but younger kids may still find the game-building process a bit confusing. Users can post questions and game comments, but there also isn't much opportunity for individual feedback.

What kids can learn



  • motion
  • physics


  • drawing



  • making new creations
  • imagination

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • using and applying technology

Kids can learn how to build shooting, maze, and other games using online tools. The Physics Puzzle Maker is the best educational option; it doesn't directly address math problems, but physics principles are illustrated in the effect movement, material, and other factors have on objects. However, the site fails to really make a connection between making games and math and science. Users can post questions and game comments, but there also isn’t much opportunity for individual feedback. Sploder doesn't really try to connect the math, science, and creation skills learned to anything outside of the site.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Brereton

What's it about?

Using several online tools, users can create and share a variety of games on SPLODER. The functionality is fairly easy to figure out; users can pick from prefab images or create their own graphics and drag and drop items into place. However, only two of the tools feature demos, so some kids may still find the game building process a little confusing, and instead opt to play, rate, and comment on dozens of user-submitted games; friend other users; add to their online profile; or post questions on the site's forums.

Is it any good?


SPLODER lets kids design different types of games using four tools. Some feature demos with usage tips; but younger kids may still find the game building process a bit confusing without help from an adult. You can also play user-submitted games -- the quality can vary, but there are dozens to choose from. The site has a few iffy aspects: Games and comments, for example, appear almost instantly once you create them, which could allow questionable language to be posted. However, the overall content is pretty tame, and Sploder gives kids a chance to be creative, then test and share the results. Just to be safe, though, parents may want to change their child's profile settings to block comments and the ability to friend other users, since it's easy to connect with strangers who have also registered.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how anything you publish on the Internet can be seen by the general public -- along with any profile information. What information would you not want to include in your profile? Would you list the town where you live, even if you don't include your real name?


  • When you played some of the other games on the site, did you find them fun or confusing? What kind of directions would help your game be very easy to understand?


  • You can drag and drop many of the game elements right onto the game you made, but if you look closely, you're working off a grid, just like you would when creating a graph in math class. Why did you choose to place the objects and other game elements where you did? If you were to draw your game on graph paper, how would it look?


Website details

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Teen, 14 years old Written byStargon February 2, 2013

A Great Site with Value!

Sploder has transformed me not just in potential but in maturity. The site gives you many options. I grew up with this through middle school. I joined when I was 11 or 12 and now I am 14. It has given me a home. There are many updates and things to hope for, and each creator has its own special thing that I have come to appreciate. The moderation system is ok. The site's owner has a full team of moderators who I can count myself amongst the ranks of. The commenting may not be well moderated because we as a team of about 50 people cannot get every single comment and game and delete it or report it to the site's owner. The only way to have total moderation of games and comments would that a bot would have to sort through everything or have very strict limits. That would constrict us kids from expressing our opinions. Unfortunately there will always be conflict and that is impossible to completely topple. Now you may think "MODERATORS AS KIDS?" Yes, we may not be as intelligent or efficient as bots or "adults" however the role teaches us how to handle vast responsibilities, so do the other two jobs available. Onto the actual learning content, each creator may not offer direct learning like science, but it does offer math. Not traditional math, but more like deductive reasoning. It also teaches people that every action has a reaction. In order to make a successful game you have to use logic to determine whether your trap or puzzle will work. Looking at the ppg creator, which is by far the most advanced, it is the most experimental of the bunch. Cause and effect is the biggest aspect in making a ppg game. While it may not be the most kid friendly because it is complex, once you get a hold of it after some persistence, you can go far. Each game creator also teaches perseverance, a skill that can take any person far in life. Obviously the site isn't made just to teach you math and other academic values, but it does it anyway. The biggest thing this site has going for it is its creativity factor. When you open the creator you are left with a blank canvas and you have to, shall I say, paint a masterpiece. Starting from nothing and building a full scale adventure does not happen overnight, but with persistence and intelligence it can happen quickly. As the site and creators expand, more options become available and things become better and more fun to play. When creating a game your ultimate goal is to make it fun, no? Using all of the skills to make a game and your own "set of paint" or style, you can make a fun adventure that reflects your skill as a maker. You can play others games and learn and grow from each trial you play. Negative qualities? Other than the fact that we don't have the most efficient moderation staff in the world due to the size of the site, there isn't anything noticeable. You can join the community, meet new people, and just enjoy what the site has to offer. Obviously privacy is an issue on sploder, but privacy is an issue almost EVERYWHERE you can comment. It is at the user's digression to how much they reveal. The main site offers some privacy options of course, but again, sploder, or the internet for that matter, cannot protect all children at all times. The internet is a vast ocean full of beautiful reefs, such as this site, and toxic dumps, such as some other...not so nice sites. Overall I think this site is worth a visit at least. It has a lot to offer, many great options, and it is just an overall blast to be on. I have enjoyed it and I still do. Of course this is just my opinion, find out for yourself!
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Kid, 10 years old February 3, 2013

A decent site.

Ah, Sploder. What a brilliant site, and while it does have the simplest creators ever (obviously excluding the Physics creator), so much potential can be unleashed, you won't even believe it. Amazing and enjoyable games can be found easily on the site, and if you are a hardcore or intelligent gamer, you may want to try out some of those extremely hard games. The site also has a forum, which you have contact with many users. Swearing is unavoidable, but thankfully, there's a censor. However, because of it's advantages, the site can be full of annoying kids who simply wreck the experience at times. The forum, while much more mature, can also be unpleasant, due to certain incidents such as spamming, hacking, ect, and the forum moderators can be pretty inactive, as most of them are nearly adults. While you should hesitate about letting your child join this site, it really isn't a bad site. It's not perfect at all, but it also lets your child have opportunities to show responsibility by getting MS badges, which can be received when the child turns worthy enough. Overall, this is a great site, and Geoff, the creator of Sploder, is making the site even better. Think about making your child join soon.
Kid, 12 years old December 1, 2012


This is a cool website. The most popular members make brilliant games, but these are difficult to make. There is a lot of spammers, swearers, hackers and online daters, but to be honest which online games dont have these people.


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