Children & Creativity

Have you ever thought what children usually draw? Mountain with a single road? Well, I don’t even know why children usually draw that. Maybe our educational system which hamper their creative way of thinking.

So? How to improve it?

Kelli Cooper gave us several alternative to enhance their creativity here.

We can give them several games which unbind their way of thinking. Take a look at word games, like scramble or connect. Or maybe visual thinking games, show an image and let them tell you their stories. Or maybe drawing games, give them a sheet of paper, have them draw line or circle, and let them fill the rest with whatever they wanted. Don’t forget to give them crayon or colored pencil to make them experience with different color.

First thing first for children: don’t judge what they do, draw, or write. Just praise them for whatever they write/draw. Let their youth filled with fantasy, because the world is colorful in the eyes of children.

Well, if they can play PC games in their school, I would really recommend Scribblenauts, a creative game which tap your vocabulary and creativity to it’s fullest. It’s really a playground for you and your children. Don’t miss it.

Scribblenauts Unlimited

Oh right. Don’t forget about Lego. It’s the only plaything where you can make anything from those bricks. Literally, anything :D.Lego City

Imagine Cup 2013, Feline Project: Niew’s Tale, and Wonderworks Studio – Part 1

It’s the continuation of my previous post about Feline Project. I still working in this project since Nov 2012, and yeah, I’m still the programmer in Wonderworks Studio.

Wonderworks Studio now consists of:

  1. M. R. Al-Ghazali — Project Manager
  2. Rido Ramadan — Programmer
  3. Faisal Ibrahim Hadiputra — Programmer
  4. Septiana Wahyudianingsih — 2D Artist
  5. Karina Utami Putri — 2D Artist
  6. Amalia Setyowulan — Motion Graphic Artist
  7. Hendrianto Soegianto — Sound Composer
  8. Taruma S. Megariansyah — Sound Composer

Niew’s Tale

Niew’s Tale is platformer game abut cat. You will control a male calico (tricolor) cat called Niew. Niew belongs to a kid who lives at a mansion owned by a cat collector. Unbeknownst to its owner, this mansion is always under threat. Who knows, that Niew and all other pets in the world have a duty to stop that incoming threats without anyone notices. Cat has secret, and that what makes Niew’s Tale is.

In Niew’s Tale, you will have an adventure inside a mansion. Explore the mansion. Protect the house from threats. Unleash the barrage of cat’s hunting techniques. Kill every pest in the house. And ultimately, become number one in the house. Niew’s destiny is in your grasp.

Niew’s Tale uses inovative gameplay method: combo creation. Unlike simple hack-and-slash, one must properly time & plan their strategy to achieve best combo at given time. Take a look at these video:

Our Journey

Phase 1 : The Deliverable

We’ve been working on this project since Nov 2012. Back in Sept 2012, it was just the four of us, wandering aimlessly to search for an idea to create a great game. Two months since Sept 2012, suddenly a cat walk in front of us while we ate, then the idea just came out. How about we make game about cat? Since then, it was never be the same. Our group expanded. Each member loves cats, ergo we make Niew’s Tale based on our passion.

For months we’ve spent a lot of time in library to create Niew’s Tale. The path we took was harsh and full of hardship. Game development was not easy, that’s why I make this project as my thesis.

The first deliverable was the game description + gameplay video, March 15. We’ve strived really hard to make both game and video as appealing as possible. By the end of the deadline, we celebrate our efforts by having dinner and birthday celebration for our project manager, Algo.

From left to right:Faisal, Amel, Algo (the birthday boy), Septi, Me, Karina

From left to right:
Faisal, Amel, Algo (the birthday boy), Septi, Me, Karina

Right, for the gameplay video about the game can be seen below:

It’s not over yet. By March, 18, we got a news that we succeed becoming Indonesia Imagine Cup 2013 Semi-finalist in Game Competition. Well, it’s quite a feat, and thankfully, our works was not in vain. We still have to strive for Russia.

— To be continued…