Cockroaches vs. Algebra

Gamifi-ed score: 19
Choose your kill and kill all the roaches before they reproduce too many times. All the cockroaches are moving in a straight line. Your mission is to find the equation of the line slope-intercept form.
http://hotmath.com/hotmath_help/games/kp/kp_hotmath_sound.swf


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Summary of Evaluation

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Learning Game Evaluation Criteria
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Learning Game Evaluation Criteria
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Problem Solving
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Purpose
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Player Freedom
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Narrative Context
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Game Play
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Organization/ Problem Solving
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Motivation
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Engagement Level
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Real-World Connections
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Collaboration
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Teamwork
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Scaffolding and mastery
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Creativity
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Feedback
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Utility
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Educator Review(s)


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I really like this game - rock star! It begins with instructions that are very easy to understand. You simply name the equation of the line that the roaches are traveling upon. You get to choose a weapon to destroy the cockroaches. I liked this aspect because it makes the game personal. (I picked a shoe even though I absolutely hate killing bugs with my shoe! It just seemed appropriate :)) The game starts with simple horizontal lines - zero slope. As you progress through the game, the equations get harder. It is very challenging, and feedback is immediate. If you name the wrong line, the line appears red and the weapon misfires. Then, you get to try again. It also becomes interesting when more cockroaches appear. They keep increasing in number and speed until you get the equation right. I believe you have a time limit on each equation - until 16 cockroaches appear. I have to admit I never got that far. Reviewed by Brandi Portie on March 6, 2014 (@bsportie)

Student Review(s)


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Cockroaches vs. Algebra is an overall a rock star game. It has problem solving, player freedom, and motivation. It is poor at game play though. This game does not have any real world connection, teamwork, or creativity. This game is Browser based only. It is a great game for helping students with Algebra. -Leahh4 3/5/14

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Game Link:
http://hotmath.com/hotmath_help/games/kp/kp_hotmath_sound.swf



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Game Mechanics and Player Types


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Player Type(s) this game appeals to:

Game Mechanic Construct
Included in this game?
If included, an explanation of how.
Achievements
Yes
The player is awarded with a moving picture
if they enter the correct y intercept.
Appointments
No

Behavioral Momentum
Yes
The player wants to keep on killing the cockroaches
because it's funny and educating.
Blissful Productivity
No

Bonuses
No

Cascading Information Theory
Yes
The players are given simple algebraic equations at
first, but as the game goes on the levels get harder
and harder.
Combos
No

Community Collaboration
No

Countdown
Yes
There is not a timer countdown, but the cockroaches
will keep on spawning, and the player doesn't want
cockroaches to keep spawning.
Discovery
No

Epic Meaning
No

Free Lunch
No

Infinite Gameplay
Yes
The player can keep on going, and go through all the
levels.
Levels
Yes
The player can successfully beat a level and go on to
the next one.
Loss Aversion
No

Lottery
No

Ownership
No

Points
No

Progression
No

Quests
No

Reward Schedules
No

Status
No

Urgent Optimism
No

Virality
No




Screenshots


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