We were given the task to design a game for kids aged 5-8 that was supposed to teach them some basic math. However, the game had to be 90% fun and 10% learning. The game had to be for android devices. There's already a bunch of android games out there that teach kids basic math. However, most of them have the gameplay and the math separated. For example, you'd have to solve a simple sum like '47 + 23' to progress. Kids usually find this to be boring, because it's just doing addition and subtraction with some pretty visuals. Our goal was to create a game that would teach kids how to add and subtract without them noticing. I was mostly responsible for the programming of the prototype, however because there were only 3 of us, I was also very involved in the desinging of the gameplay. I designed all but the first three puzzles.
Ever since I can remember I’ve had a passion for figuring out how things work. This lead me to creating websites when I was 11 years old. Which in turn lead me to programming. As with many projects I thought I’d move on from it eventually, but I never did and till this day I’m still programming with the same passion as the little 11 year old me. From 2014 to 2018 I studied at the Fontys University of Applied Sciences for software engineering and game design. During this time I worked on various projects ranging from websites for an art center to a game that teaches children basic math.