Mihi Maker – when Code meets Culture

Gamefroot has made learning your pepeha even more awesome! Based on your feedback, you now get to edit the underlying code for each section of pepeha.

These changes reveal the underlying code and thus the magic of gamefroot, giving you a more authentic digital technologies experience.

We are happy to announce the following improvements available right now!

  • Code View! Edit the blocks and gently familiarise yourself with visual coding – no prior coding knowledge is necessary, we promise!
  • Optional coding challenge – if you’re feeling confident we’ve added a section on coding your own collision detection algorithm (step 10).
  • A default “game thumbnail” has been added for published games.

So please give it a whirl and let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

» http://make.gamefroot.com/activities/mihi-maker

Using Makey Makey® with Gamefroot

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Makey Makey® is a circuit board that allows you to turn anything into a keyboard. It plugs into your computer and can be safely hooked up to all kinds of things to create interesting and creative ways to interact with your computer. Perfect for making your own game controllers!

Using some aluminium foil and a paper template I printed out, I was able to make a basic game controller!

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I really liked the simplicity behind this scratch game, so I tried to make something similar with Gamefroot. Here’s what I came up with: (Click the image to play)

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You can use the left, down, and right arrow keys to control where to whack.

 

Originally I had it so you would use the foil-wrapped stick to hit the foil squares that would activate the keys…

 

… but then I realized I could hold the foil stick and directly tap the foil tabs with my hand to complete the circuit! Tap-a-duck!

 

 

Here’s the A4 template you can print out.

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Play Whack-A-Duck now! And don’t forget to remix the game to find out how it was built.