In Focus: USATestprep Game Philosophy
When we created the site back in 1998, we always wanted to create a tool for teachers to help their students. One way to encourage students was to introduce game play into the practice question environment. Our first game was titled “Head of the Class.” It involved students answering questions correctly to be able to advance through different levels of the game. There was no arcade game play element, but it was a nice alternative to traditional practice.
The rudimentary game was popular with students and teachers, so we began adding more games. Both students and teachers let us know that future games needed more excitement, so we added arcade bonus rounds between questions. If you notice, most game scoring is weighted heavier to question performance over bonus arcade play. We didn’t want our high score boards to only reflect skilled gamers: you must be skilled and do well on the questions.
Our latest game to be released, Arrrrrmagedddon, is a brand new type of two player game. It may be played by two students at different computers. So one player may make a move, then player two can respond next period, during lunch, or when he/she gets home. Again, our goal was to create an engaging game with the #1 goal of getting students to participate in meaningful question practice.
We hope you and your students enjoy our games, and keep an eye out for more. We have a lot of ideas on the way.