START SQUARE

GAME DESIGN

 

DESIGN CONCEPT

Instead of pens and paper, the idea is turning learning process from pens and paper to a game. The Star Square is an educational game aiming to help children to concentrate on the learning subjects.  

Are children concentrating on the learning subject?

 Being concentrating on the things will get the better learning result. However, how to help children concentrating on the study subject is a challenge for the educator. “Learning can be defined as the process of remembering what you interested”. From the suggestions of motivating model forms what Richard Wurman was promoting. The goal is looking for what kind of the object is the targeted users already learned and understood. Adding gamification ingredient in the learning process is a workable solution which can keep children interesting in the learning subject. There are many successful cases which can keep children engaging in the school activity, such as the rewarding points. 

CHALLENGE

Education is about how to learn not always about what to learn. Instead of pens and paper lets turn education into a game. The possibility of making a tool which could provide an advanced learning experience for children.

 

TARGET AUDIENCE

 

CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT

 

The development process began from brainstorming the possible components. The first stage developed a card game which is related to the experience from playing with UNO. The context of the card game is  using numbers and math functions at a quick speed to make the number 10. The game is about training the brain to think quicker and understand the concepts of math. Moving forward in the design process when changing the mechanics of the game to study how the target audience can be altered through simple changes. 

 

STAGE ONE

 

CARD GAME

Players: 2-4 players ages 7 and up.
Game Contents: 1 deck of cards, 1 board and 4 player pieces
Types of Cards: Number Cards: Cards that have a number value on them that is used to add, subtract or multiply in the game.
Subtract number cards: These are cards that have a minus in front of the number so it can either help the player or harm
the next player.
Block cards: These cards are only used when the game has 3-4 players. When these cards are played they can block the next players turn.
Action cards: Action cards are the subtract, multiplication and addition cards

 

STAGE two

 

DICE GAME

Players: 2-4 players ages 7 and up.
Game Contents:  5 number dices, 4 function dices
Mission: To have the most points at the end of the game.
Game Setup: Whoever wants to roll first starts the game and then the next turn is given to the person on the right. The game can be played in rounds of 10, if you want a short game play 10 rounds and longer games 30-40 rounds. In each game all dice will be used, and to change the difficulty of the game add the timer in.

 

STAGE three

 

BIDDING GAME

Players: 2+, ages 18+

Game play/rules:
The game starts with each player putting two dollars (or wanted amount) in the finish line jackpot area. The first player rolls all the number dice to get 5 numbers, and then use the math functions to make a formula to get 10. Every time you make 10 you move up on the board. If you choose to re-roll your dice it will cost you another dollar in the jackpot pile, You get three re-rolls to make 10. If you make 10 with all 5 number dice you win the jackpot instantly. These rules cycle to all players, be the first player to win the jackpot and to get your money back.

 

STAGE four

DIGITAL SHOOTING GAME

Game objective: To have the most points at the end of the game.
Mission: To be the math master of the universe
Goal: To make 10 using math functions.
Players: Single Player
Game rules:
The player begins in a spaceship defending their galaxy against invading aliens. As the player shoots at the aliens, they must capture the falling battery packs that have both math numbers and applications  on them. If the player gathers battery packs that equal 10 then they will get a power boost which will increase their shooting power. This helps the player achieve their goal of defeating the aliens and move on to the next level. StarSquared is a game of knowledge and speed which makes education a fun and enjoyable process. 

INSPIRATIONS

PROTOTYPING 

Platform: Scratch 

                                  Behavior structure.

                                  Behavior structure.

                       Building behavior in scratch.

                       Building behavior in scratch.

                                Gameplay screenshot.

                                Gameplay screenshot.

 
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