CS 369: Assignment 1

Game Reviews

Course Wiki


Play three 2D computer games for 20 minutes each (not including setup time and time to learn how to play). For each game, write a review that answers the following questions. Write the review on the wiki, making a page for each game.

When choosing which games to evaluate, coordinate with other people in the course so there are at least three reviews for each game. Try to avoid playing exactly the same set of games as another person.

Note that, when reviewing, the first nine items are descriptive of the game. When we are done, each game should have a single wiki page, with a single answer to each of the first nine questions. Coordinate amongst the other players of the game to generate the first nine answers. Each player should then provide their own rankings for questions 10-14.

You have two hours during class time for this assignment, but you'll need to finish it up outside of class. Use the first 20 minutes to coordinate which games you are going to test. With 18 people in the course, there can be up to 18 different games with three reviews each. After the coordination time, take a few minutes to learn your first game and play it for 20 minutes. Then coordinate with the other people playing that game to jot down some notes and move on to the next game. You'll likely need to play the last game outside of class.

Each person should be responsible for questions 1-9 for one game. You'll contribute your answers to 10-14 for the other two (and maybe some suggestions or editing for questions 1-9).

  1. Name of the game
  2. Game platform
  3. Write a brief description of the game
  4. What is the game's genre? Does it follow the rules for the genre? Does it have any unique characteristics relative to other games in the genre?
  5. Describe the game interface. What controls are available to the user, and what aspects of the game do they control?
  6. What is the goal of the game?
  7. What are the major challenges of the game?
  8. What is the complexity of the rule set?
  9. What kind of competition exists?
  10. Is the game fun? Rate on a scale of 1 (not fun) to 5 (very fun)
  11. Is the game difficult to learn? Rate on a scale of 1 (easy) to 5 (difficult).
  12. Rate the visual quality of the game between 1 (poor) to 5 (very good).
  13. How engaging is the game? Rate on a scale of 1 (not at all) to 5 (extremely).
  14. What is your overall recommendation for the game? Rate on a scale of 1 (Do not recommend) to 5 (strongly recommend).

Give each game review wiki page the label

cs369j11review