I’m on a Quest


I’m on a quest for good learning game engines.  When I do talks about games for learning, I always get the question:

“I/we thought that was great! I/we are a 1/2/3 person team, and we just have an lms guy/part time web developer/high school student using dreamweaver/old copy of powerpoint.  How do we do learning games?”

And it’s always hard to know what to tell them.   A quick look around either suggests up Jeopardy-clones or fully 3D rendering engines most appropriate for learning how to spot IEDs in Baghdad.

So, I am looking for learning games that:

1) Do not require a full blown programmer (some technical aptitude is okay)

2) Do not cost a gazillion dollars (preferably a license that is <$1500, ideally a lot less)

3) Are not game-show themed (I like Jeopardy as much as the next trivia geek, but it strips all the context out of the learning experience)

4) Is web-delivered (LMS enabled or SCORM compliant is too much to hope for, I know).

Any ideas?  I think this going to take a while, and intend to review stuff as I find it.

2 thoughts on “I’m on a Quest

  1. Check this out – here’s a game I made in Multimedia Fusion (MMF2 for those in the know). It was very easy to make and quite a lot of fun to work with. Sure, I was following a walkthrough, but this was very easy to understand with zero programming or scripting required:


    unzip and run the exe. Use your mouse to move the little guy around. Warning, this game might be seizure inducing what with all the candy canes and bright colors 🙂

    I understand that MMF2 games can be delivered as Java applets which would fulfill your web delivered requirement + MMF2 is nearing the completion of a publish to swf/Flash option.

    In looking through the options, it looks like there’s a way to create data driven games via an ODBC component. ODBC makes me think that we could get this to talk to a variety of different LMS’ without too much hassle.

    The ‘Developer’ edition to MMF2 costs $370

    I’m going to insert some more flavors of chocbricks that do different fun things and see if I can figure out a way to add some violence to this thing 🙂

    oh, you can learn more about MMF2 here:

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