The Historical Adventures of Daniela Was Designed By a Class of Ten Year-Olds

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The Historical Adventures of Daniela is the result of a successful collaborative classroom project from Primary Education Rural School Miguel Hernandez and Software Development Vocational Education and Training School IES Campanillas at Technological Park of Andalusia in Malaga, Spain. The 2D puzzle-platformer is now available on PC (itch.io) and Android for free, and serves as an interesting glimpse into how kids design games.

Although it was obviously developed and designed in Spanish, it’s also available in English, German, and Italian. The video game project took both groups of students six months as they worked through 2D and 3D design, development, audio, testing, and release.

In the game Daniela travels back through history, traveling through six different levels to return to her own time.

The Historical Adventures of Daniela has won several awards, including Digital Skills Awards Spain 2019, Best Entrepreneurship Educational Project, and Best Indie Game from Gamepolis 2019.

IES Campanillas is a vocational school that specializes in website and app development to teach programming skills. Creating full video games serves as an important output for motivation and executing design practices.

The Historical Adventures of Daniela is available now for free on PC and mobile devices.

Girls’ Game Lab Teaches Young Women Design and Production Skills for Gaming Careers

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A new non-profit organization has been founded in the UK called Girls’ Game Lab. It’s designed to host workshops and classes exclusively for girls ages 8-12 to teach the basics of coding, game design, and production.

Girls’ Game Lab was founded by veteran game designer Caoimhe Roddy (Producer, Chucklefish) along with producers Rachael Gregg-Smythe (Producer, PlayStation and Regional Coordinator, Women in Games), and Lucy Smith (Designer and co-founder, Women Making Games).

“When we were kids, we didn’t even know it was possible that making games could be our actual jobs,” said Roddy. “There were no workshops, or any guidance whatsoever at school for this sort of career, especially for young girls. With Girls’ Game Lab, we want to show this next generation of girls that they can be the next prominent game designer, and build a career out of something they’re truly passionate about.”

The first planned workshop event will take place on August 3 at Playground Games’ studio in St Albans House. The four hour workshop will include building levels, animating and programming characters using Stencyl, and showcasing local developers’ games. Girls’ Games Lab has partnered with several game studios across the UK, including No More Robots and Playground Games.

Girls’ Game Lab is based in the UK. For a US-based girls-centric workshop, check out Girls Make Games, which has actively been running workshops around the United States for the last five years.

Learn Math by Playing Mahjong in Math Facts Mahjong

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Indie developer Crave Creative has released Math Facts Mahjong, an educational mobile game designed to teach math using, you guess it, the classic tile-laying game Mahjong. Math Facts Mahjong is available on iOS and Android mobile devices.

The goal in the game is to remove tiles by pairing true math equations, such as “1+ 10” and “11.” Removing tiles will free up more tiles and unlock more possible equations as players try to get rid of as many tiles as they can.

The game features addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division equations on the tiles. It includes 12 different layouts, 15 background pictures, and 15 tile designs. If you get stuck or make a mistake, there’s an easy undo button and hint feature to keep the action moving.

Math Facts Mahjong is designed to be fun for kids while teaching them basic and advanced math equations. The app is a one-time purchase of $1.99, and features an age rating of 4+ on iOS and 6-12 on Android. It’s rated E for Everyone.

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Over 30 90s Kids Games in the Humble Humongous Entertainment Bundle

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The Humble Humongous Entertainment Bundle at the Humble store features over 30 educational kids games from the 90s from software developer Humongous Entertainment. If you were a kid in the 90s chances are you recognize the likes of Putt-Putt, Pajama Sam, and Freddi Fish.

The games are available to purchase in three different tiers, with the lowest as Humble’s familiar Pay What You Want tier. Each game is rated as being appropriate for kids age 3-8, and all are redeemed through Steam (PC, Mac, Linux).

Pay at least $1 to unlock:

  • Big Thinkers 1st Grade
  • Big Thinkers Kindergarten
  • Fatty’ Bear’s Birthday Surprise
  • Junior Field Trips: Let’s Explore the Airport
  • Junior Field Trips: Let’s Explore the Farm
  • Junior Field Trips: Let’s Explore the Jungle
  • Putt-Putt and Pep’s Balloon-o-Rama
  • Putt-Putt and Pep’s Dog on a Stick
  • Putt-Putt and Fatty Bear’s Activity Pack
  • Putt-Putt: Pep’s Birthday Surprise
  • Spy Fox In: Cheese Chase

Pay more than the average (currently $10.75):

  • Spy Fox 2 “Some Assembly Required”
  • Putt-Putt Travels Through Time
  • Freddi Fish 2: The Case of the Haunted Schoolhouse
  • Pajama Sam 4: Life Is Rough When You Lose Your Stuff
  • Pajama Sam’s Lost & Found
  • Pajama Sam’s Sock Works
  • Pajama Sam: Games to Play on Any Day
  • Spy Fox In: Hold the Mustard
  • Spy Fox in “Dry Cereal”

Pay $14 to also unlock:

  • Pajama Sam 3: You Are What You Eat From Your Head to Your Feet
  • Freddi Fish 5: The Case of the Creature of Coral Cove
  • Freddi Fish 4: The Case of the Hogfish Rustlers of Briny Gulch
  • Spy Fox 3 “Operation Ozone”
  • Putt-Putt Joins the Circus
  • Putt-Putt Enters the Race
  • Pajama Sam 2: Thunder and Lightning Aren’t so Frightening
  • Freddi Fish 3: The Case of the Stolen Conch Shell
  • Freddi Fish and Luther’s Maze Madness
  • Putt-Putt Goes to the Moon
  • Putt-Putt Joins the Parade
  • Freddi Fish and Luther’ Water Worries
  • Freddi Fish and The Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds
  • Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo
  • Pajama Sam: No Need to Hide When It’s Dark Outside

Purchasing through Humble offers the option to support certain charities. For the Humongous Entertainment bundle, you can choose to donate any or all of the purchase to St. Jude Children Research Hospital or the Boy Scouts of America.

Many of the Humongous games are also available on mobile devices, and are slated to arrive later this year on consoles.

The Humble Bundle ends March 22.

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Little Shopping Helps Teach Preschoolers Counting Skills on Switch

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While many games on the Switch are kid-friendly, few are explicitly educational, and even fewer aimed at the under six crowd. Little Shopping is a counting game for toddlers and preschoolers to teach and foster counting skills. It’s out today on Switch for $1.49. Best of all, there are no ads or microtransactions.

In Little Shopping, your preschooler can shop at four different kid-friendly stores, such as grocery, pet, and toy. They have a shopping list to identify which products they need to buy. Then they’ll need to pay the appropriate amount in coins. The touch screen controls let your little one drag the items they or coins they need.

Using coins for counting is a tool that kids will learn throughout their early years in Kindergarten and first grade.

Little Shopping was developed by Polish company Baked Games and published by Ultimate Games S.A., a Polish producer best known for Ultimate Fishing Simulator. Baked Games has developed a number of kid-friendly mobile titles, including Guess Word, Theater Tales, and Pet Care.

Little Shopping is available today on Switch. It’s also available on the Polish App Store and Google Play digital mobile stores. Naturally, it’s rated E for Everyone.