Schoolyard Snodown

LQ: 8.4


Brain grade: 7.8
Fun score: 9

Game Type: ESRB Rating: N/A Platform/Console: LWK Recommended Age: 6+ Thinking Skills Used: ,

Scirra Arcade

Schoolyard Snodown is an online snowball fighting sidescroller, where players must single handedly take on opposing students at “Joe Shmoe Middle School. Players use the control pad to move throughout the schoolyard. Additional moves are conducted on the alphabetical keys. To gather new snowballs, players press and hold “x” when standing in a snow-covered area. Players can block using “z,” throw snowballs with “c,” and perform evasive ground pounds and rolls by holding “c” and double tapping the directional buttons. When opposing students are knocked down, players are encouraged to collect their drinks for an extra energy boost. We recommend Schoolyard Snodown to players 6 and older.



Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations.

All techniques are introduced before players fight the first boss, or after about 15 minutes of play. In order to move through hoards of enemy students and defeat older, stronger upperclassmen, players must execute a number or combinations and advanced techniques. The execution of these moves requires players to be flexible thinkers and gamers, as they adapt their style of play to the increasing number of opponents and new terrain. For example, when players fight a group of students, it's important that they can find cover so they have enough time to make more snowballs. Additionally, players have to master a roll and throw technique. This particular technique is more effective later in the game because it helps players avoid being hit by an incoming snowball. Usually players are vulnerable for a moment right after the throw.


Developing a systematic approach for setting and achieving goals. Improving short-term planning.

Players move through different fields of play. Because each field is a little different from the last, players need to develop a strategy specific to each field. Players are encouraged to take a moment before entering one of the snowball fighting zones. This allows them the chance to take into account the positions of each barrier as well as any other obstacle in the field. Once they are familiar with the environment, players can try to obtain strategic positions that will allow them cover. Taking cover affords players the opportunity to make additional snowballs and prepare for the next set of opposing students.

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