Application Crunch

In Application Crunch, players take on the role of a college applicant who needs to balance academics and extracurricular activities as she applies to colleges and scholarships. To win, the player must get into college, save enough money to pay for tuition and other expenses, and build up the kind of character who can succeed in her chosen school. Application Crunch focuses on critical lessons of time management and application building.

As the PI for the project, I worked with a team of game designers at the lab to develop and iterate the underlying game design so that player use would align with our desired learning goals. The team also includes our partners at the Pullias Center, as well as high school teachers and students, who participated in our “junior design camp” for the project.

Application Crunch has been used by more than 3000 students across the U.S. and is found to produce higher efficacy around college-going in players after two or more sessions. The game was also favorably reviewed by several commercial board game sites and was a finalist at IndieCade 2011 for the Impact Award.