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So, this semester (my last one with classes) is now over.  I was in a video game development class this semester, and had a ton of fun making an educational (and fun) video game targeted at the 1st grade level (in math).  It’s not all math problems – but rather primarily a space war in which you pilot your ship in order to catch up with Distractor and take him down.  The math comes in as you attempt to use power-ups found along the way… they are locked, and the only way to unlock them is by solving math problems…

(Intro Sequence for Space War)

(Molly helping you with a math question)

(Fighting the Boss “Distractor”)

… it was a true group effort – I was one of 3 in my team, and we spent quite a bit of time and effort coming up with a back-story, etc… which is somewhat integrated into this working demo.  You can listen to the story-line in the game by selecting the Story option — or if you want to just jump into the action – select the Space War option (the only module we had time to implement).  I’m actually interested in furthering the game a bit, as my kids actually enjoy playing it.  I’d love to hear any feedback you might have!

So, how do you install it then?  Not as easy as I’d hope — but you’ll first need to get some prerequisite applications on your Windows XP or Vista computer:

.NET 2.0 (Windows XP Only)

.NET 2.0 SP1 (Windows XP Only)

Vista SP1 (Windows Vista Only)

DirectX 9.0c (Both XP & Vista)

XNA Runtime 2.0 (Both XP & Vista)

Once you’ve got the above pre-requisites installed… then download and install EgdelWonk (26MB).  If you happen to have an XBox 360 controller – plug it into your computer and use it… as we designed/tested/developed the game specifically for the XBox 360.  You can play it with the keyboard – but the gameplay is much better with the XBox controller.

Again — let me know what you think!  It was fun to make, hopefully you’ll enjoy playing it (or having your kids play it)…  Bonus quesion — who plays the voice of Molly?

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