Bendominoes Junior

Game: Bendominoes Junior

Players: Yan-Ling Chen, Dustin Harris, Chih-Pin Hsiao, Nathan Weitzner, Andrew Harbor

Strengths:

  1. Players collaborate to produce an appealing visual design
  2. Simple instructions allow players of all ages to participate
  3. Ambiguity in instructions can teach kids creative problem solving

Weaknesses:

  1. Does not allow for sophisticated strategies for advanced players
  2. Success in this game is dependent upon luck
  3. Instructions do not account for all possible player moves

Opportunities:

  1. Should be more complicated if you want to appeal to older players
  2. Example: you could have several types of birds, and kids could either make exact matches or match by category

Digital Version:

  1. Add sounds or animations. There are seven types of dominoes in this game, so they could play music notes A-G
  2. Uses pieces as a “fence” and try to trap a digital animal running around on the screen

Other Uses:

  1. For healthcare: Alzheimer’s patients could place family members’ pictures on the tiles and match them
  2. For learning: Students of foreign languages could match images with foreign words (for example, an image of a butterfly and the word mariposa)
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