When presenting at the Microsoft Partners in Learning forum, I was asked if it was possible to create a quiz-style game using Kodu. At first I thought this would not be possible but after giving it some more thought, I realised that this is actually fairly straight-forward. After reading this blog post from Alfred Thompson I thought using a tagged conversation was the way forward. However, I decided to simplify this by just listening for a particular button to be pressed. In my game players can answer multiple choice questions using A, B, X or Y on the gamepad.
The screenshots below show pages 2 and 3 of the character (Stick) who asks the question when bumped into by the player (Sputnik):
First the Stick asks a question then goes to Page 3. On this page it responds to the answer pressed on the gamepad. In this example the correct answer is given with the A button, in which the player is awarded with a pushpad (key) for the next part of the game. If the player gives a different answer the Stick will respond telling them they have the answer wrong and to try again. In my game I allow the player to have as many guesses as they like but this could be changed to make the game more difficult.
Currently the game does have a couple of bugs, one example is that the sticks are supposed to be closed until their key has been collected but this only seems to work sporadically and I haven’t quite figured out why?!
You can download the game here. Please feel free to try it out, use or adapt in any way!