“Evitch: After School Gaming”
About this Project:
Evitch: After School Gaming is a text based game made in Twine. It was created for the Games 4 Change Student Challenge part of the "Resilience Through Games" theme. We selected it because it relates to what we do in our Gaming Class and the importance of connecting to people through any means, such as games and remote activities. Especially now in the covid19 global pandemic with the quarantine and social distancing.
We met at least once a week since February to develop the game together and also had support from our G4C mentor Adeeb Syed. We were able to complete the game but we also wanted to include: a character customization option, type in text to have more player input outside of the game provided choices, more character artwork/images, and expand on the powers of Evitch more in the gameplay (more ways to use time travel and mind reading)
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Feedback from the Judges:
The storylines are really well constructed and again very fun. I did feel that the underlying message of the project - Resilience through Games - was somewhat obscured by the playfulness of the game itself. This is not a horrible problem to have afterall but I think the designers could rebalance the experience slightly to bring forward a little more about the message.
But otherwise there are a lot of little details in this game that are really well thought out and make it special. The graphic of the zoom display with half the kids having cameras off made me chuckle. The class agenda feels real enough to be from an actual classroom. Even the ability to go backwards with the back button was an excellent touch and encouraged exploration. There was a lot of really impressive planning and thought that comes through here and I'm excited to see where these game developers go next.
I can see that a lot of thought has gone into the game, especially the storyline. I would love to see more about the thought process and how you approach some visual treatments in the future. Keep up the great creative work!
You guys did an amazing job putting the player in the position of both teacher and student while remaining realistic and heartfelt throughout, the Evitch character is especially interesting. I'd be really excited to see what your next steps would look like!