Some new aspects to our game as of today include: making a story book, changing the trivia boat to a school of fish, making the keys 3D, and adding maybe adding pictures to the rules. Having a story book may help to tone down the rules - they are filled with theme related stories, so by having a separate story may help make the game more clear. Having a story might also provide our characters with more of a trademark that kids can actually relate to and get excited about. I think this is much better than the farm concept that we originally had where kids are merely herding animals to the other side. The mystification and fiction of it all will further hide the fact that it is an educational game to kids - something that is very important in my eyes when coming up with an educational game that actually works. I mean, come on, what kids are really going to get excited about doing math word problems if all there is to mask it is an uncreative story like farm animals? And so, the story continues. To see the story in action click here.
The following are the comments that we received from our play testers: Jonathon, Keith and Scott... Our reactions to their comments are written in italics.
Are the Rules clear? Were there any particular sentences, terms, or concepts in the rules that you found difficult to understand or use?
- The "Ending the game"explanation sentence caught me off guard with jumping off the bridge.
- Really like the rule layout, clean
- Could have some small images of the sqaures
- The key card concept was a little confusing, didn't know whether to wait at the gate for all animals or move each one separately.
- Rules are mostly clear. When you land on two spaces do you answer both questions?
Are there rules you don't like? are there rules you like a lot? Are there any rules you'd suggest adding or deleting?
- the rolling rules are good
- the rule "lily pads" car a nice concept
- I like the rule of moving by difference and then also the choice to divide between animals. Highly mathematic.
How might you improve the game coherence? Does the game concept make sense at every level of play? Is the board image consistent with the theme? Is the game play consistent with the game concept and intended audience?
- the lily pads are incoherent
- yes, game concept made sense, yes, yes, yes
- Yes, game is very clear and easy to understand.
- Why lily pads? No frogs? What are the yellow squares?
Length of Play
How long did it take you to play? Did you think this was about right?
- 20 minutes, yeah it was a good time length
- 20 minutes, sure
- 20 minutes good length
Questions (if applicable)
Are the questions appropriate for the audience? Are they too easy? Too ahrd? Which ones?
- some questions were too boring... Example: would you rather have 300 brothers or sisters?
- possible, hard to tell
- yes, maybe add more division and multiplication questions
How would you improve the board design or the visual appeal of the game board?
- Board design is great
- Add some color or engaging pictures, game concept allows for an elaborate board design
- I like the fence, but the actual board is kind of shabby and incoherent. However, I realize we have not had that much time or resources so considering that, the board is amazing. Especially the cards.
What aspects of the game did you enjoy most and least? What's the most fun element? What's the least fun element?
- most fun: jumping the fence, enjoyed most: educational slant, least fun element: some bad, horrible questions
- animal choice was fun and lily pad rule was interesting
- some of the questions got monotonous
Do you like the idea of ahving a "Stuck in the mud" lose a turn space?
- it works for little kids
Did you understand from the rules that there are only two animals allowed on the board at one time?
- per player right?
- no, should be said more distinctly