Game designer quizzes pupils

The Grammar School Leeds Rose Court pupils Oliver, Amber, Vignesh, and Hannah with Dean Tempest of Dinkee Linkee. (S)
The Grammar School Leeds Rose Court pupils Oliver, Amber, Vignesh, and Hannah with Dean Tempest of Dinkee Linkee. (S)
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Coming up with questions for a new quiz game was child’s play for local primary pupils, who saw their ideas in print for the first time when the game’s inventor popped into school to say thank you.

Former Wetherby resident Dean Tempest is one of the trio behind Linkee Ltd, a new independent games publisher which launched family quiz game Linkee in 2012.

Linkee proved such a hit last Christmas that its inventors were inspired to develop Dinkee Linkee, just for children.

With each box needing at least 1,000 questions, Dean and the Linkee team appealed to schools across the UK to contribute.

Pupils in Years 1 and 2 at Rose Court, part of The Grammar School at Leeds, rose to the challenge, working in groups to write lots of questions which they submitted to the Linkee team.

Each set of questions is published on a card with the child’s names and school.

And by way of a thank you Dean presented all 18 Rose Court contributors with their own outsize card to keep.

Dean, who lived in Wetherby until he started university, said: “Linkee isn’t written by boffins in a library, it’s written by real people to make the questions more fun and relevant.

“Who better to write a game for kids, than kids! “

Dean added: “We received so many good Linkees from Rose Court that we wanted to come in and say thanks.

“We met lots of teachers at Christmas gift fairs last year who said that Linkee for children would be a great way of serving up educational content in a fun and creative way.

“ Plus we think ‘Dinkee Linkee’ sounds brilliant!”

Anne Campbell, Rose Court deputy head (pastoral), said: “It’s been fun and thought-provoking for the children, who worked out for themselves how to go about it.”

Year 2 pupil Hannah Taylor took part in the challenge and said: “At the beginning we found it hard but then we chose the category and wrote lots of questions and the clue.

“We’d like to work on more cards.”