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My favorite game in the classroom from the early 90s

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This article is an entry in our AppInnovation Contest. Articles in this sub-section are not required to be full articles so care should be taken when voting.


Back in the early 90s when I was in grade school, the most popular game in the classroom was Math Race. It was on these ancient computers called ICONS with the old-school ball attached to the keyboard instead of the mouse. This game was so much fun, but today I can't even find a screenshot of it. I want to revive this classic.

How It Will Work

This educational game will be very simple. It will deal with Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division. Back in the day, you had to type in the correct number and press enter. To make things a bit easier and more action oriented, the game will instead have 4 multiple answers to choose from. Players will choose the correct answer with touch.

The game will be 1-2 players. If a player gets the answer correct, the car will move forward a step. If they get an incorrect answer, there will be a 2 second penalty until the next question appears. The first player to cross the line wins. The players win% and answer% will be displayed at the top to drive the competition between the 2 friends playing.


My ultimate goal is to make a game that the players will CHOOSE to play for fun... improving their math skills is simply a by-product of this fun.

Competition Details

The platform and category you're targeting (Entertainment or Games for All-In-One and Education, Healthcare, Finance or Retail for Tablets)

  • This game will be for the Tablet in the Education Category.

Overview of the application and what it does (a one sentence pitch/tagline will do!)

  • A fun, competitive game that will improve your math skills.

Description of the intended uses for the application presented in writing and/or visually (this is where you can get into more detail)

  • Look above under How It Will Work.

The approach taken to develop the application (tell us a little bit about how you'll turn your idea into a working demo app if you're chosen as a finalist to move onto Round 2 and receive a Windows 8 touch-enabled device from Lenovo)

  • I think an important thing to focus on during the development of this game is to make it child friendly. First the game needs to work, but after that it will be important for the game to be simple to use and visually appealing to children, without alienating older users.

The coding languages to be used (pretty straight forward, tell us what languages and development tools you'll be using)

  • I will be using Game Maker Studio, which uses the Game Maker Language.

Updated CodeProject bio with some information about your software development history

  • Updated profile below.


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)


About the Author

Cappa Games
Founder Cappa Games
Canada Canada
I have been making games for over 3+ years now and even longer if you include Little Big Planet, RPG Maker for PSX and the map editors for Warcraft 3, Starcraft 1 and 2. I love the limitless possibilities of game making and want to bring new experiences to gamers.
Aug 9-11 2013 I participated in the first ever ROM (Royal Ontario Museum) Game Jam.
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Question5* PinmemberMember 1052178413-Jan-14 11:16 
AdminThanks for entering the Intel AIC 2013! PinstaffKevin Priddle15-Aug-13 11:46 
GeneralRe: Thanks for entering the Intel AIC 2013! PinmemberCappa Games15-Aug-13 15:14 
GeneralMy vote of 5 PinmemberArash M. Dehghani6-Aug-13 7:47 
GeneralReally interesting. Pinprofessional@AmitGajjar6-Aug-13 6:47 

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