We were inspired by classic Flash games that we played during our childhood.
What it does
It's a simple game where you have to sort garbage and recycling correctly for as long as possible.
How we built it
We used Pygame to spawn the trash and recyclables on a random timer (about every 1.5-2.5 seconds). We had it affected by gravity unless it was grabbed by the mouse. When it hits a bin or the floor, it takes away a life unless it is put in the right bin.
Challenges we ran into
We were originally planning to have people drag the garbage, but it wasn't following the mouse correctly. We decided to change it to simply grab items with space/click and it would "stick" to your mouse until dropped into a bin.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We were actually getting frustrated and competitive when playtesting, which is a sign it was at least a bit fun.
What we learned
We experienced the complexity that makes up even simple games.
What's next for Recycle It!
We plan to do more "green" related programs in hackathons in the future.