I grew up playing many different educational games – everything from Carmen SanDiego to Treasure Mountain. I poured so many hours into these games because I truly enjoyed them, and also happened to learn quite a bit about math or english or geography at the same time. I make educational games because I want to create those same experiences for today’s kids! I picked math right off the bat because it’s an area that can be very stressful for both kids and parents. Math is fascinating and yet interest in the subject is at an all-time low, and kids as young as five are developing math anxiety. We make math games with the hope of having a positive impact on this situation, and because I want to show kids that math can be exciting!
We’ll see! The studio is pursuing a few different options right now, so I can’t yet answer this question for certain.
Thank you! It’s truly hard to find the words for how it feels to see so much wonderful recognition for The Counting Kingdom. It’s both validating and exciting to know that people are enjoying and appreciating the game, and I hope it can lead the way for more educational games that go beyond the quiz model. It’s wonderful to be recognized with awards, but the moments that truly make it worthwhile are when I see a kid enjoying the game, or hear about a student’s math scores improving because of the time they spent playing The Counting Kingdom.
This is a great time to be a kid interested in game development. Kids can learn programming logic and reasoning with apps like Move the Turtle or My Robot Friend. For those who want to jump in and make games there are programs like Scratch, GameMaker and Twine, all of which are designed to be accessible for a wide range of ages. I am also a huge fan of Minecraft and how kids can use the Lego-like blocks to create amazing worlds!