UNSW Engineering Physics

Play the well known game of Jenga while learning STEM concepts related to engineering

University Of NSW
Game Design and Development
Web and Mobile - Cross Platform

Together with UNSW and science educators from Reaction Media, we developed a STEM learning game.

This game is part of a series of educational games created by UNSW. The purpose of this game was to teach the fundamental engineering concept of free body diagrams to first year engineering students. In addition to the game, there will be future games created to market pre-tertiary education to students.

The game was built with our bespoke Mode HTML5 game engine, which makes use of third party libraries such as Web Audio API, PIXI, and Box2D.  We built this game in HTML5, which allows it to be played on any device and is versatile. Its fluid resolution and 100% fit resolution provided a great cross-platform experience.

We provided the following services:

  • Game design and development
  • Level design
  • Custom HTML5 game development
  • UI/UX development
  • Music and sound design

The first game design we developed is a variation of the popular block game "Jenga". UNSW students are challenged to maintain the tower's structural integrity, while trying to remove a set number of blocks. Based on the amount of structural shift of the blocks in the tower while removing them, the player is awarded a status. A total of ten stages are presented with short, exciting levels that at times can be challenging to complete.

Physics + HTML5 = Awesome

PIXI and Box2D, two of the most popular open source JS libraries, are used in this game engine with Mode's bespoke light-weight HTML5 game engine. The result is a stunning cross-platform game that is playable on almost any web enabled device.

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