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“Narwhal Escape”

Creators: Cesar
High School Students from Thomas A. Edison CTE HS
Type of Project:
  • Coding,
  • Game Design
Themes of Project:
  • Animal Rights,
  • Entertainment,
  • Environment/Sustainability
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About this Project:

My project addresses how sea animals are taken from their homes in the ocean to be put into an aquarium and mistreated while they’re there, forced to do tricks or put in containers too small for them, etc. The project is a 2d game where you are trying to escape from an aquarium, and this octopus helps you escape and use your new powers to defeat anything in the way. My design began with a lot of brainstorming with some prompts, trying to figure out which one would be best, then I started sketching out the layout for my games, from there I began to design the actual game pages and coding came last, putting it all together.

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More About this Project

In my featured project image is the final title screen once you start the game. My slideshow shows my thought process when creating the game and my final thoughts on it afterward. Each image I uploaded is one of the screens from the final game. The figma link is a link to a slideshow with all the prototyped information. Finally, the code.org link is the final playable game itself.

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Community Feedback:

Great Design
Makes Me Think

Feedback from the Judges:

👏 Associate Director - Systems Analysis: AI Contact technologies at Verizon — Emoti-Con Judge
I love the design thinking process, mood board, and style guide! Very well thought out. I agree that taking animals out of their natural habitat can be harmful to them. I also see the benefit from rescues and aquariums who help house animals who are injured or wouldn't survive in the wild. Have you considered adding that maybe some animals are too sick to escape the aquarium and need to stay there? Might be an option for another level or dimension to this game.

👏 Software Engineer at AWS — Emoti-Con Judge
Incredible job creating a working solution! The game is super fun and creative. It's great that you are able to connect a great cause to a fun and interactive activity. Raising awareness is a great first step in the effort to protect our ocean wildlife.

I love the color scheme and the artwork. While the overall theme is beautiful, we should also consider accessibility. There are ADA guidelines regarding the minimum color contrast to use between text and text background, and there are online tools to check whether a color combo is considered accessible. It would be good to double check this! It's usually pretty easy to fix -- you simply make one color darker and one lighter. You wouldn't have to change the overall color scheme.

I'm impressed with the effort you put in to this project. I would have liked to see more of the behind-the-scenes design process. You hint in your slides that you had more ideas that you would have included if you had time for it. What were those ideas? Outlining "next steps" or "future work" is a great way to show your audience the greater potential of a project, even if you don't have the time or expertise (yet!) to do it.

Fantastic work, and keep building!

👏 Founder, Lead Designer at Bitesize UX — Emoti-Con Judge
Hi Cesar! Awesome work! I usually leave feedback for students in video form, and created a quick recording for you to check out here!


I also included the summary transcript of my feedback below, and some key points for you to think about. Awesome work!

⭐️ Highlights (Glows)
- Excellent storytelling, creating a clear and engaging user flow.
- Well-thought-out interactions familiar to players of text-based decision games.
- The prototype shows detailed dialogue and interactions.

🌱Visual Detail
-Cohesive color scheme and overall visual design.
-The style guide reflects a lot of effort, aligning well with the game's theme.
-Attention to Detail
- The project feels complete and on-brand with its narrative.

Areas for Improvement (Grows)

- Relevance and Actionability
Consider ways to raise awareness or provide steps for players to address the issues highlighted in the game.

- Challenge yourself to create designs that not only tell a great story but also inspire action and make real-world changes.

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