Skills and Ideas Taught: Chronopticon helps players understand relationships between movements of the earth, sun, moon, and stars, as well as how their motions relate to the passage of time.
Goal or Challenge: Players must guide the game heroes, Tim and Moby, from the 19th century back to the present day.
Primary Audience: Students in grades 5-12.
Assessment Approach: Chronopticon records the number of tries (up to nine) players take to solve each of the four problems per level.
Description: Chronopticon is a discovery game in which players must figure out how to use a 19th century time machine. With minimal clues and some conceptual priming from the Chronopticon’s eccentric inventor, players are presented with a steampunk dashboard containing a model of the earth-moon-sun system. Manipulating the physical position of the model’s celestial bodies advances time to a corresponding degree.
Game Engine: Adobe Flash
Operating System: Windows (Web delivered)
Platform: Personal computer
Special Hardware: None