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“COVID-21, A Platformer Game”

A Game Design Project from the G4C Student Challenge
By Sebastian, Mattan, Nina, and Mya
Middle School Students from Mouse @ Stephen A Halsey JHS 157 Q
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About this Project:

Hi! We are a group of friends from JHS Halsey 157 and we made a game called Covid-21 run. In this game you have to do things to stay socially distanced and make the right decisions to stay healthy and complete the level. There are 12 unique levels so far to our game all with its own set of challenges and rewards. In the game the goal is to collect the things that help you stay safe during covid such as masks and hand sanitizers. The topic of this game falls under the category resilience through games. Games are a fun way to spend your time but when they have meaning they can teach something new in a way everyone loves to explore. In our game you can become fully immersed while learning lessons about what you should and shouldn’t do during the pandemic.

Our game is relatively simple in the movements and mechanics you or the character can move. The left arrow makes you move forward the right back and the up arrow makes you jump. And you can play on mobile by tapping on the screen where you want to go.We also have grappling features which allows you character to grapple onto walls in order to collect it’s reward, and teach its target. Each level you have to collect something and don’t touch someone or something to stay safe from COVID similarly like in real life. This game should advance your understanding of how to stay safe from COVID-19.

Project Media


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More About this Project

We have included a slide show and a slide presentation of our game that we created for Games for change. Our topic was Resilience through Games.

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Community Feedback:

Great Design
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Feedback from the Judges:

Josh Miller 👏 Professor at Kutztown University — Emoti-Con Judge
An incredibly impressive game with a lot of detail & unique interaction. The levels are challenging and the game play is engaging. A fun twist on a traditional side scroller, feels topical, and based on the feedback on the scratch site it's a hit! Great job

Sarah Judd 👏 Curriculum Manager at AI4ALL — Emoti-Con Judge
Avoiding COVID does feel like a platformer sometimes! I design games for fun and a key part is often figuring out how to tun the theme into mechanics, which you have done beautifully here (be 6 feet away! grab the mask). How did you figure out the physics for jumping? Where there any other games on Scratch that inspired your design?

Holly Tienken 👏 Assistant Professor, Communication Design at Kutztown University — Emoti-Con Judge
This game is so detailed! I found it equal parts challenging and fun and it certainly kept me engaged. The music and the graphic style complimented each other well, as did the pace of the game with the music. The different levels were visually distinctive and designed well. GREAT WORK!!!!

Feedback from the Community:

Michael 👏 a Middle School Student from New York
I like the fact that you added music to the game but in my opinion i think level 4 is impossible to pass.
👏 a Middle School Student
I though the game was cool and retable.
👏 a Middle School Student
Very original. Also, level 4 was very hard and pretty much impossible.
👏 a Middle School Student
This was a very good project. It had fun controls and a good amount of levels. Some feedback is to make the sound lower, and to possibly and more, even if its not needed.
Viola 👏 a Middle School Student from Nyc
I love how much effort you have put in to the game. It’s entertaining but level 4 is pretty impossible
angel 👏 a Middle School Student from nyc
it gave us lots of information and it was fun
Adil 👏 a Middle School Student from Queens
I like how much effort you put in this game, level 3 and 4 was also pretty fun.
Nayeli 👏 a Middle School Student
I like the game level 3 was my favorite
Naomi 👏 a Middle School Student
I enjoyed this game very much. The music was nice and I could see you put a lot of effort into it. There are many levels which was nice.
Sebastian 👏 a Middle School Student
This game is so much fun, the graphics, movement, art and design are all nicely done!
Yui 👏 a Middle School Student from Queens
It is a fun game