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In my hometown, around the beginning of March, there is an annual science fair that I attend. Every year, I create a video game for it, and they always work out quite well. They are educational games, but are designed to be fun and engaging.
For this year, I am creating an educational video game based around math. It is a vertical shooter; think of it as an educational version of Space Invaders (with a little Guitar Hero mixed in).
In this game, you play as a blue claw-shaped spaceship. Similarly to Space Invaders, you can only move from left to right and shoot things.
On your playing area are circles with numbers on them. By aligning your ship with one of these numbers, you can then shoot down enemies with the same value. For example, if an enemy has a value of 4, you can align yourself with a ?4? circle and shoot it down. You can only shoot enemies when you are aligned with a number circle.
Enemies have certain values displayed on them. As the game gets harder, these values will be replaced with math problems (This functionality is not in the game at the moment of posting). If the value of the circle you are aligned with is the same as the enemy?s, you can fire a shot at it and destroy it. If the values are not equal, the shot will bounce off harmlessly.
This game is being developed for use on a Windows PC I am building. The game will also use a custom arcade stick and a monitor in portrait orientation.
I?m hoping that this will be my best educational game yet! This game is still in development, so if you have any ideas or suggestions about the game you would like to share, please let me know!