Spring 2013»CITA 210 Homework 1

CITA 210 Homework 1

Assigned Date: Wed, Jan. 16, 2013
Due Date: Wed, Jan. 23, 2013
Due Time: 2:00pm

Last modified on January 17, 2013, at 02:47 PM (see updates)


This assignment focuses on:

  • developing computer games from the ground up
  • using effective skills and strategies for working collaboratively
  • paper prototyping and user interface design
  • using appropriate critical thinking skills and problem-solving techniques

This is a pair assignment. You may discuss the assignment only within your team or the instructor.


Develop a fun game using two of the following: an index card, a paper clip, a rubber band.

By "fun" we mean a game that an average person would be interested in playing for at least 10 mins. It may be a single-player game, or involve an opponent (or collaborator) - your choice.

You should try your game with sample users - ask your friends to help you. Be ready to listen - see Ch. 1! Be open to making substantial changes to what you have. The more useful feedback you get early and often, the better your final product will be.


Submit the following a typed, one-page paper (PDF) describing your game. Include the following:

  • Your names, course, assignment no., date
  • Name of the game
  • Idea/objective of the game
  • Object(s) used (e.g., goal post made from paper clip, ball made from rubber band, etc.)
  • Rules of the game
  • A photograph (from a sample game, or for demonstrating how to play the game - explain, in the photo caption)
  • How to calculate score
  • Describe how your game has evolved, as a result of listening to your users.

Aim for simplicity and elegance.


  1. You will submit your assignment on OAKS, by the due date.
  2. Also, bring a printout at the beginning of class, on the due date.


Your grade will be based on how well you followed the above instructions, and the depth/quality of your work.