"Adding a digital dimension to a physical plaything... [and] getting it right."
"Students will find that designing is more intuitive and easier to iterate when using hand-held blocks rather than traditional on-screen drag-and-drop programming tools."
"A perfect platform for the group to collaboratively create a game which not only did they have control over how it looked, but also the story behind the game...fantastic."
"The thoughtfulness of this learning tool literally blows me away..."
“To say I wasn't disappointed would be an understatement. I never realised quite how versatile this new toy would be until I began to delve into it.”
"With its colorful squares and simple-to-understand game board, the video game–creation platform Bloxels grounds digital game design in physical, tactile creativity."
What makes Bloxels different than other game builders?
An Open-Ended, Storytelling Experience
Bloxels enables kids to make and play video games, but its core is built around telling interactive stories. It's open ended, so you can tell the simple story of a cat climbing a tree, or build an entire adventure with heroes, villains, challenges and more.
The hands-on toy components of Bloxels help create balance through kinesthetic learning. Kids get the fun experience of playing a game, and the values that come with building one through collaboration and socialization.
Topical Research and Design Thinking
With its storytelling capabilities, including the ability to add dialogue, Bloxels encourages kids to tell more complete and accurate stories which requires deep research in a given topic. Further, it requires design thinking to express those ideas in creative ways.
Rewards Hard Work with Meaningful
Games can be created in as little as 5 minutes but can have a level of complexity that can take many, many hours. Players are rewarded for their hard work when they share their game. They'll see the appreciation (and play counts) they receive from other players who enjoy their game.
Enables Paced Growth and Gets to Creativity Faster
The Bloxels experience can start with kids as young as 4 and expands with them as they grow through grade school and beyond. As important, the simplicity of pixel art means the visual design can grow with them, rather than become socially alienating like many age specific games.
Multi-dimensional, Specialist, or a Planner?
Bloxels combines writing, art, animation, design, architecture, logic and experimentation. This means kids are learning various career components of creating in a digital world. Creators can assume all the roles as individual creators, or break into groups and be a specialists, or even act as the group planner.
Develops Social Intelligence and Emotional Skills
Creating and sharing anything complex is made better by bringing people together and working as a group. Doing so requires social and emotional skills that we start developing from an early age and never stop improving. Bloxels as a multi-dimensional and collaborative tool can help kids develop these skills at a younger age.
Bloxels is an experience that walks the line between entertainment and educational, and we want to keep it that way. As a result, we're focusing on play patterns that bridge the gap between learning at home and being motivated by fun experiences in the classroom.
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