If you own a phone, a computer tablet, or a computer, you are likely to have played a casual game at some point in your life. Even those who do not consider themselves to be "gamers" will admit to having played at least a few rounds of Angry Birds, Candy Crush or Windows Solitaire. These are all examples of casual games: easy to learn, easy to play on a range of devices, and highly addictive.
This badge focuses on game design using a software package called Construct 2. Scirra -- the company which makes Construct 2 -- describes the software as "a powerful ground-breaking HTML5 game creator designed specifically for 2D games." Because it uses an entirely visual development environment, the software is an ideal entry point for beginners who are new to the world of programming. Scirra claims that "no coding is required," but they should really describe this as "a different type of coding." In fact, Construct 2 is an ideal tool for learning about core programming principles such as variables, conditional logic, loops, functions, and objects.
Visit the "Trinity Mobile Gaming Arcade" to see examples of casual games created by students enrolled in the mobile gaming course (COMM 3344) during Fall 2016. To earn this badge, you will use Construct 2 to create (and publish) a simple platform game. Special note: This badge is not an option for students who have already used Construct 2 in the mobile gaming course. Those students should, instead, pursue the intermediate game design badge.