2024 Emoti-con Home | Past Events | Judge Login Virtual Emoti-con


Creators: Aissaiyah, Joyce
High School Students from Mouse Design League (DIIT) @ Bronx Academy for Software Engineering (BASE)
Type of Project:
  • Game Design
Themes of Project:
  • Animal Rights

About this Project:

My game hardboiled is a game where an egg escapes a boiling pot of water by jumping through platforms into stars to escape. The game takes a perspective such as "if it was still alive would you eat it" as the egg has eyes a mouth and can move. By putting together elements of platforming and collecting stars, the game aims to show people how our treatment of animals is wrong. After all who could harm such a cute egg. The game originally started as a challenge as apart of a game design course where we had to create a game using a random verb which was boiled. We then expanded on the verb thinking about how being boiled wouldn't be very fun and made it the main threat of the game. At the time we were reading about how billions of eggs are harvested each year so we made the main character an egg who wants to beat those odds. We then added more game like elements like double jumping and platforming to make it a fun way to save an egg from being boiled and eaten. The game was made in a short period of time however if we could work or build on it further we would add more direct messages or subtle imagery showing more of the importance of saving the egg however we also think players becoming the animal acting for survival is an interesting way to get the player to connect to the animal personally and want to treat animals better. We would also for the end of the game have the egg become a bird as it would be able to grow up and live life without being threatened by humans or boiling water.

Project Media

Share this project:

Community Feedback:

Great Design
Makes Me Think

Feedback from the Judges:

👏 Sr. Integrated Marketing Manager at Microsoft — Emoti-Con Judge
Aissaiyah and Joyce - what a fun game! I really enjoyed the design (it made me very nostalgic for video games that I used to play...) You called out in your description that you would create a clearer connection to animal rights in a later iteration of the game, and I would be really interested to see where that goes. Overall, this was a very engaging user experience, your lead character in the game is adorable, and you've created something both fun and challenging -- well done!

👏 Associate Partner - AI & Automation at IBM — Emoti-Con Judge
:>)) Firstly, this took me back decades when I was playing such games, though none with a social theme that you have brought in. Kudos.
I am sure you would do even better in the next version of this game to bring in more graphics to show what happens when egg touches the water and make this game more impactful for your base issue of "show people how our treatment of animals is wrong".
Overall, a very nice, refreshing and thought provoking attempt to this big issue in a very simple and fun way. Would love to see the next version of this game. All the very best.

👏 Director of Learning Design at Mouse — Emoti-Con Judge
Wow! I love the design of this game! Cool characters and I really enjoyed playing it. I loved the story you outlined too, and your ideas for the ending - I hope you keep working on it!
I did find the game to be pretty hard, to be honest - I couldn't get very far without dying. I would love to have an easier setting, at least for the first level, or maybe a way to adjust the difficulty setting, and some instructions on the first page. At first I didn't realize how to move the egg to tap the other one. But overall, this is a really great game! Congrats and keep it up!

Feedback from the Community:

👏 a High School Student
The game was very fun! I think it presents a moral problem that's really interesting to think about.
Sol 👏 a High School Student from Queens,NY
i liked your game it was really hard to beat i wanted to keep playing it
jj 👏 a High School Student
very fun game
John 👏 a High School Student
This game was very fun, it was great to play and very satisfying to win
Reminds me of platform games such as Mario
jon 👏 a Community Member from USA
Very detailed and thought provoking

Thank you for your support! Comments are closed for this year. Join us to look forward to next year's projects!