Inspiration

Today's International Earth Day, so we came up with an idea for a project regarding this special annual event. Although we would like to use hardware, most of us are more comfortable working with PyGame and Python-related subjects, so we made a arcade-esque video game platform with the PyGame libraries in conjunction with Python 3.

What it does

Within Earthcade, you get to select from one of the three available minigames - TypeRacearth, which is a spin-off of TypeRacer which measures your WPM by challenging you to type a Earth Day-related passage as fast as you can; Earth Invader, which is a game similar to Space Invaders, but re-designed to fit the Earth Day theme; and Earth Defenders, where you play the role of a garbage truck volunteering to remove trash from the ignorant pedestrians dropping litter everywhere.

How we built it

We built this project using PyGame libraries and Python 3.

Challenges we ran into

This is the first time we worked in such a large group of people, and we were having trouble initially with the distribution of tasks. We also had trouble with the time constraint, as it is not a full two-day hackathon.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

Although we are unable to complete our projected, four-minigame arcade, we were able to mitigate this problem by re-arranging the games in a different manner while holding true to the ideals of Earth Day.

What we learned

We learned how to cooperate in a very efficient manner, and we learned how to use the debugger properly. This is also the first time that two of our teammates attended a hackathon, therefore it was quite a learning experience.

What's next for Earthcade

We plan to host this on a website, where it can be freely accessed by the public. We also hope to complete the final minigame of the program in the future.

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