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Back to School: Prison Edition IOS/Android and SCHOOL SUCKS

Noroup

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Back to School Prison Edition

I am a 17 year old app developer and honestly, I'm disappointed with our current education system. Thus, I decided to make a game out of it called "Back to School: Prison Edition". It's available on both Android and IOS App Stores.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.iwinner.ihateschool
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/back-to-school-prison-edition/id1294114365?mt=8

Back to School: Prison Edition is an addicting game where one tests their reflexes in a satirical classroom setting. The concept is quite simple, the goal is to dodge books and rack as many points possible by staying in motion and catching fidget spinners. Yes, you read that right. A fidget spinner is worth 10 points.

Each book gets stacked on your backpack and if you hit five books, you collapse. Catching an eraser removes one book from your backpack! Also, avoid black trash bags which slow you down.

The game gets harder as you progress and soon you're watching out for books flying in all directions clicking away at the screen running and jumping in a frenzy.

The game is fun, addicting, and heart-stopping  because you're always under constant threat of being hit by books. The game itself carries an interesting real-life concept which will be described below

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My app is a spitting image of school. We're stuck in a crappy classroom being hit over and over by books. Yeah, "learn this and get ahead in life". Unfortunately,  there isn't much learning.

Here's a realistic example of what our education is like:

*Memorize this for the test*
*takes test*
*forgets all the info the next week*

Why did we even learn the material in the first place if we're going to forget it? It's ridiculous. Also, the reason we forget the info in such a short time is because we simply don't use it.

For instance, when was the last time someone asked you to recall a literary device? Or prove a math formula? Or balance a chemical equation? Or recall some specific historical event? The chances are slim to none.

Unfortunately, we're just judged by our transcripts and GPAs. It's not about how creative or intellectual you are, it's about how much you can memorize and pass tests. That's just sad. The worst part is that we have to go through this 5/7 days of the week and bear homework on weekends.

School is like a prison. In fact, I've even added some prison elements to my game to express this. For instance, the main character is in jail clothes. Within the game you'll find handcuffs, and assortments which contribute to a prison-like environment. But at the end of the day, it's a really fun, satirical game based on a real life issue.

I'm hoping to get exposure on the matter and my app.  Education isn't talked about much and it seems like everyone goes with what's given instead of questioning it.

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Developer's Note

Please share with your friends and write a 5-star review if possible! I appreciate it so much! I've spent countless Friday nights working on it, fixing bugs, drawing, and uploading to the App Store with certificates to ensure a great user experience. This is by far my greatest feat in life which I only accomplished through envisioning, determination, and self-discipline to remain focused.

JeffreyDriver

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I had a play for a while. First impressions:

The controls are a bit difficult - jump feels unintuitive as you need the press the top of the screen. Otherwise the gameplay is fun, but I found myself not using jump at all.

Need some more contrast between items/background.

Noroup

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I had a play for a while. First impressions:

The controls are a bit difficult - jump feels unintuitive as you need the press the top of the screen. Otherwise the gameplay is fun, but I found myself not using jump at all.

Need some more contrast between items/background.
Thank you sir!

merrak

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Here's a realistic example of what our education is like:

*Memorize this for the test*
*takes test*
*forgets all the info the next week*
...
Education isn't talked about much and it seems like everyone goes with what's given instead of questioning it.

Not to get too far off topic, but this made me chuckle. I was just talking to one of my classes about this. (Half of them are working toward being high school teachers themselves). We all agreed there are a lot of shortcomings in the US education system (motivation and disconnection between the classroom and application being two of them), but maybe we can turn things around.

I'll download your app and give it a try next opportunity I have.

When was the last time someone asked you to...prove a math formula?
  http://community.stencyl.com/index.php/index.php?topic=41034.msg292639#msg292639

Noroup

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Here's a realistic example of what our education is like:

*Memorize this for the test*
*takes test*
*forgets all the info the next week*
...
Education isn't talked about much and it seems like everyone goes with what's given instead of questioning it.

Not to get too far off topic, but this made me chuckle. I was just talking to one of my classes about this. (Half of them are working toward being high school teachers themselves). We all agreed there are a lot of shortcomings in the US education system (motivation and disconnection between the classroom and application being two of them), but maybe we can turn things around.

I'll download your app and give it a try next opportunity I have.

When was the last time someone asked you to...prove a math formula?
  http://community.stencyl.com/index.php/index.php?topic=41034.msg292639#msg292639
I am so glad people can relate to it, really it's such a big issue everywhere.

We are essentially learning a whole bunch of... nothing.

NickamonPoppytail

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I like the game's concept... also I agree that there are some issues with education systems. I'm not American, but where I live it's pretty much the exact same system.

Anyway, good luck with the game.

Noroup

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I like the game's concept... also I agree that there are some issues with education systems. I'm not American, but where I live it's pretty much the exact same system.

Anyway, good luck with the game.
Thank you so much! :D