Created in conjunction with Learning Technologies, VOiD were approached to judge and eventually create the winning games from this competition.
The format for this section of the Digis was named Junior Apprentice. A handful of schools in the Wolverhampton area took part and lucky students from each school would compete against each other in a day of planning, creation and learning. Each school would have a winner from the day with Learning Technologies who would make up the finalists. Each schools finalists would then present their game idea to VOiD for the final judging. After a lot of thought the winners were Super Run and Loco Loco Llama from Hill Avenue Primary School and Penn Fields School respectively.
Super Run saw players running through the seasons as they collected candy bars and avoiding obstacles. Loco Loco Llama took place in Mexico, and featured a llama who would run through Mexico collecting healthy fruit and avoiding sweets and treats. And for those who could last long enough collecting his Laser goggles would really send your score rocketing.
Both games took into account healthy eating and the negative effects that unhealthy foods have on you. They also incorporated the endless runner mechanics of collecting and trying to beat your high score. Both games were built for iPads and used simple mechanics to create an engaging game for all ages.
The target for this project was to teach all the students a range of skills from the day with the Learning Technologies team at the schools. Design, literacy and creative thinking skills are just some of the areas the students would work on during the project. The icing on the cake comes from the competition style setup, the awards and the final finished app project.