2019 AMI Online Salon

Project Details

  • Entrant Name: Lisa Revette

  • Membership Type: Student Submission

  • Other Contributors:                         

  • Address: Newton,MA

  • Client: Samantha Bond

  • Medium/software used: Unity Game Engine

  • Final presentation format: Video

  • Primary Audience: Middle School Students

Project Description

The game aims to teach the audience about the concept of mutualistic symbiosis, using a specific example found in nature between the acacia tree and the ants that live on it.  Game play focuses on resource management, where the player has to feed their queen, and themselves, in order to dig out a home, defend the tree, and add more ants to the colony. The first level focuses only on digging and feeding the queen so the player can the controls and how to use their nectar supplies at an easier pace. The next level adds bacteria and the game’s win state of growing the colony, using the new collectable of protein bodies. By engaging the player and adding stakes to these overlapping tasks, they gain an understanding of the specific benefits these ants provide the tree and vice versa, which can be applied to a greater appreciation of how organisms interact with each other in nature.