Inspiration

The outbreak of Covid-19 had impacted our lives drastically and it is a tough time for everyone. Many had mental health problems during this pandemic.

We started off by having an idea of building an app that collects motivational stories by web scraping, convert to animation and help people to focus on the positive side of things.

After several long discussions, we decided to go for building a game instead, as it would provide a more immersive experience.

Ideally, we would like to build an app that could automate the story-to-game conversion process.

What it does

Players can input their worries/ desires/ frustrations into the web app. They will be drawn into Wonder Town and act as the main character of a motivational story. As the story progresses, players will interact with the story characters and make decisions.

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How we built it

  • Web development using Vue

  • Game development using unity

  • Story web scraping using Python (bs4)

  • Story text analysis using NLP

Challenges we ran into

We are an international team with over 4 timezones, we can hardly find a time to meet and discuss. We overcame this by effective communication via discord and planning.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We had a lot of ideas bouncing back and forth, many fruitful conversations, and a lot of fun XD. And we built a game!

What we learned

We learnt a lot about storytelling, game planning and development!

What's next for Wonder Town

New Features/ Directions

  • Customizable stories according to age group/ mood/ frustrations

  • Mini-games

  • AR game for immersive storytelling

  • Conversational games using Google assistant interactive canvas

  • AR buddy - a customizable imaginary friend comes true for younger kids, assisting them in adventures

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