2021 AMI Online Salon

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  Shiyu Chen
  • Other Contributors: Ben Halverson
    Client: University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Copyright: Sydney Agger, Ben Halverson, Shiyu Chen, 2021
  • Medium/software used:Unity 3D, 3Ds Max, Adobe Illustrator, Blender
  • Final presentation format:PC game
  • Primary Audience:The general audience

Project Description

Coral reefs around the world are necessary to support marine life, protect coastal land from erosion, and produce food for millions. Coral Defense is a single-player desktop tower defense game that draws attention to coral reef conservation, with a particular focus on the human impact. The player must strategically place marine animals commonly found in reefs to destroy enemies that pose serious risks to coral reefs, before the coral reef is bleached to an extent where it is no longer salvageable. In the demo level, the enemy is a swimmer/diver wearing typical sunscreen containing oxybenzone, a chemical used for its UV-protective properties but increases coral’s susceptibility to bleaching, causes deformities, damages DNA, and interferes with growth and reproduction