ICT 9: Scratch Assignment 4 – Platformer

Platformers are a video game genre in which the player controlled character must jump and climb between suspended platforms while avoiding obstacles. Environments often feature uneven terrain of varying height that must be traversed. The player often has some control over the height and distance of jumps to avoid letting their character fall to their death or miss necessary jumps. Other acrobatic maneuvers may factor into the gameplay as well, such as swinging from objects such as vines or grappling hooks.

For this assignment, search and select a featured Platform game from the Scratch website such as Jumper by Depicklator. Because not all games are created equally, play a wide range of platform games to determine what game mechanics really stand out the most and how it is programmed into the game. Your task is learn the game physics by studying the code and modifying the game to meet the following criteria:

  1. Title Screen: include instructions and credit the original game/creator. (1 mark)
  2. Redesigned Levels: start with easy levels and increase in difficulty. (4 marks)
  3. Added Features: keep original game elements but add at least two features not in the original such as enemies, icy floors, moving ramps, etc. (3 marks)
  4. Game Play (Video): record a walkthrough of the game (3-5 minutes) using Screencast-O-Matic (or another similar software) and include some possible ways to die; then submit onto YouTube as a private video. (4 marks)