Marshall Bros. Adventure is an educational game for children to learn about their computer and improve their typing competency and spelling skills. The player follows the characters, The Marshall Brothers on their expedition through temples and ruins to solve spelling puzzles. It is the player’s responsibility to use their typing and spelling skills to unlock the doors and obtain the secret treasures.
My professor assigned a project for PBDS 662 to develop a product or service to a technological illiterate audience. At the time, I was a teacher for a summer school program. I was teaching the technology course to first grade to fifth grade students between the ages of three to ten. I have noticed my students were learning their way around the computer, but they became confused or frustrated, finding the keys they were looking for. Therefore, students were discouraged about computers.
I have started my observation of the classroom and monitored my students’ behavior for a week. I have recognized their constant confusion and discontent with their computers. Some students were grunting, and other students raised their hand for help. These behaviors became useful information to assist the direction of my project.
Then, I have created a brainstorming web with the main subject at the center and developing any ideas related to the subject. I have written many terms, but I’ve highlighted the words, “video game”, “puzzle”, “typing”, “spelling”, “key”, and “mouse”. Those words gave me an idea to create a typing, spelling game involving a mouse character to guide the player to spell words to unlock rooms and treasures.