Last modified on 26 September 2014, at 21:47

FunBrain

FunBrain
Web address FunBrain.com
Commercial? No.
Type of site Youth education
Available in English,
Owner Pearson Education
Alexa rank 11,066

FunBrain is an educational browser game website for children and adults. It was on this site that Diary of a Wimpy Kid was first published before being turned into a successful book series and movie.[1][2]

HistoryEdit

The website was founded in May 1992 and is owned by Poptropica Worldwide, a division of Family Education Network, itself a division of Pearson Education. The current publisher is Jess Brallier. The company said the site has 65,000 teachers registered, 35 million visits per month, and 60,000 page visits per day,[3][4] and provides mathematics and kid style games.

FeaturesEdit

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid. A popular feature of FunBrain.com is the continuous story Diary of a Wimpy Kid, which was published as a novel in April 2007.[1][2]
  • Math Arcade The Math Arcade, a collection of 25 math related games such as Ball Hogs, Mummy Hunt, or Bumble Numbers, is a game with fairly simple basic math, with difficulty varying depending on the age of the player. This arcade is completely finished.
  • Fun Arcade. The Fun Arcade is a collection of 25 fun games, though only 13 are available and currently running. It has games such as Pig Toss, Mighty Guy/Girl (depending on the gender of the player) and Planetary Pinball.
  • Playground. A collection of 24 games and activities aimed at younger kids, it has significantly easier games like Helipopper and Desert Dive. It is officially known as the Mom and Kid's Playground.
  • Galactic Hot Dogs

Alexa ratingEdit

On January 31, 2007, the site had an Alexa rating of 3,723.[5]

On April 4, 2009, the site had an Alexa rating of 2,259.[6]

On March 31, 2013, the site had an Alexa rating of 11,066 with a 16% bounce rate.[7]

SafetyEdit

Funbrain is a game with no interaction with other players, limiting conversation and other adverse conditions of chatting. The site was KidSafe certified. CommonSense Media rates the site good for a 7 year old based on parent and child reviews.[8]

Funbrain does have ads, both banner and sponsored limited time games for products such as Air Buddies, etc.

AwardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Phillips, Michael (18 March 2010). "Author explains why ‘Wimpy Kid' works". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 11 April 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Rich, Motoko (13 December 2007). "Crossover Dreams: Turning Free Web Work Into Real Book Sales". New York Times. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Boston.internet.com article
  4. ^ Writenews.com article
  5. ^ Alexa rating
  6. ^ http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/funbrain.com Alexa rating
  7. ^ http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/funbrain.com
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ "FunBrain.com: A Smart Place to Play". Heartlander. 1 November 1999. Retrieved 11 April 2013.