How I Use It
My 7th graders use Gamestar Mechanic for our Game Design and Digital Storytelling unit. They start by playing through the Quests. Next, they write a comprehensive design document including the story for their game, character descriptions, level descriptions, design elements, etc. Finally, they create their game with built in checkpoints for iteration based on peer review and revision. Kids love it!
Gamestar Mechanic provides a great introduction to design thinking and Game Design. Students play through missions to experience game design elements and apply them as they fix broken games and create their own games.