Pentland Primary make games
Pupils at Pentland have been discovering Scratch as an easy way to make their own games. This has allowed their creativity to shine through without being restricted by the type of game they can make.
I have been mentoring the P5/6 teacher at Pentland, supporting her when she teaches using games design. I have been amused by the pupils' questions that are waiting for me each week:
- How do I get The Wanted to chase One Direction?
- How do I get the lifeboat to sink if it crashes into the iceberg?
- How do I get the background to move?
- How can I make a lever / button / gate?
- How do I make a flappy hippo game?
It was quickly apparent the first week that a number of pupils wanted to make Flappy Bird clones, but they have learned a huge amount about how to get multiple objects to scroll across the screen and make their bird / hippo / cloud to 'fly'. Playability is an important consideration for them too - in fact a think their flappy games are more playable than the original.
My favourite game was one where you had to guide a snoozing character to his bed avoiding all the moving obstacles that might wake him up, although it was a tough choice. I am very impressed at all the games these young designers have created.