We've just added a sizable chunk of new cool-stuff to the site, to celebrate the new subjects that we're now supporting! Here's a list of all the changes, in rough order of importance...
Many new sets for: Chemistry, Latin, Geography (KS3&4), French (KS3), Literacy (KS2)
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Questions, and even answers, now allow some fancier formatting. So if you wanted to quiz your students on the formula for sulphuric acid, or the result of squaring 'x', you've just acquired some much more appealing ways to do it.
The games will now automatically apply suitable subscript to student answers on PlayBrighter chemistry sets.
Charge bar will now appear on suitable chemistry sets, making it easier to enter ionic charges.
Sets which have numerical powers in their answers will now automatically display the 'power bar', which makes input of powers easier.
Billionaire will now apply a glow effect to a buyable building after a period of inactivity. This should help confused players.
Billionaire wrong answer prompt redesigned.
Musica accent buttons redesigned.
Fixed a bug where Billionaire's endscreen was freezing.
Fixed a bug where some accented characters were not displaying properly.
Answers containing commas (e.g. 'I, Claudius' should now work properly in multiple choice questions.
Answers containing slashes (e.g 12 km/h) should now work in multiple choice questions, if a 'pipe' (this character: | ) is used to separate answers.
Strict spelling mode should now be less fussy about full stops.
Ionia no longer displays an answerbox on multiple choice questions.
Pressing an accentbutton will no longer cause text to lose anti-aliasing.
Fixed a bug with accentbuttons on billionaire, which could sometimes make it impossible to enter answers on some devices.
Conspiracy now picks up keyboard input more smoothly.
Fixed a bug in which some images in conspiracy were too narrow to fit the game window.
Fixed a bug that was causing one type of star to display incorrectly during Musica live performances.
Fixed a bug that was causing the billionaire tutorial to display charles rather than chuck as the rival.
Fixed a bug in Musica which was causing the TOTP hostess to add one to the position of your debut single.
Fixed a bug in Billionaire which caused the question to reset if the chart was clicked repeatedly.
Fixed a bug in Conspiracy which caused a minor error if enemies were hit after the battle.
Fixed a bug in Musica which caused a minor error if the game was completed too quickly
Have your capitalist ventures been lacking a certain Southern-Hemisphere flair? Do you find yourself wishing you could own beaches, carnivals, shanty towns, and 40 metre high statues of Christ The Redeemer? If so, you might want to check out Billionaire again to see what's new.
Do you like [new features / bug fixes / silly news post formats]? Because if so, or indeed if not, there are lots of all of those things that we've been busy adding over the past month or so.
Multiple choice has been probably the most requested feature since we started asking people what they wanted PlayBrighter to do - it's now live, and hopefully tolerable to use. Teachers can read more about it on the 'create a question' page.
Mission preview is probably the second most-requested, and that's now live as well. That one should make everyone's life easier - as soon as you click the button, the lovely Tina Teacher will be summoned to give it a run-through.
Its also now possible to upload questions from a spreadsheet, to tick students into and out of SEN mode, and to play Billionaire and have it definitely not crash. For real this time!
Also - lots of questions. Questions are definitely a priority right now, and those should be appearing all the time. ICT should be pretty much finished, and literacy is getting lots of work right now.
Analysts today united to hail the latest build of Billionaire, stating that the impressive package of new features, speed improvements and bugfixes would lead to strong first-quarter returns for players.
William Dreary, associate vice president at Nordicbank, paid specific tribute to the new 'magazine thing' which will 'decoagulate flows in the product's Dixon ratios, dispersively asset-linking into the near-medium term and beyond'. Sandra Macpherson-Yates of Philips & Philips seconded the rosy verdict, singling out for praise the 'less jerky' processing, which technical experts attributed to better derivational profile-positioning and sunspots.
A small number of dissenting voices did remain, however. "Gameplay is still a little slow", argues PlayBrighter's Greg Pallis, an irrelevance who used to be a teacher or something. "Probably there'll be more changes coming". Various important people could not be reached for comment.
Previously, words like Frühling, frère, français and español were rather difficult to type into our games, at least on a standard English keyboard. We've hopefully just made that a lot easier - as of now, any unusual characters that show up in the answers will also appear as nifty buttons that you can press.
(We're also crushed the last of the Peeble bugs. We think. If you manage to crash your Peeble again, let us know - we'll be the ones wailing in the corner.)