The advent calendar of educational iPad apps day 11 – Sketch Nation Create

At first sight Sketch Nation Create is an app which fits well into the computing curriculum, however, delve a little deeper and there is plenty of scope for cross curricular use.

It’s basically a platform for game development. You begin with a choice of game type with examples such as platform, side scroller and match games available. You then choose your level of expertise, which dictates the number of parameters you have available to modify the game play. Regardless of which you choose, you have the opportunity to develop your own characters and backgrounds, so any game can be easily personalised. This also means that you can easily link it to topics – in maths, why not create a match two game based on Roman Numerals?

Children switch on to it really quickly, they are familiar with the gameplay of most of the game types through games such as flappy bird, candy crush or crossy road so can focus on the gameplay and design element. The option of adding levels means they have to test their games to ensure the level of challenge is appropriate. I have found it very useful for emphasising the importance of testing during development.

One of my favourite features of Sketch Nation is that it is truly cross platform. You can create a game on an iPad and then, if you have an account, save it and access and modify it on any other device which supports the app. Currently that includes Android, IOS and online.

The team at Sketch Nation are very helpful too. They are very responsive on twitter to any development requests, whether they be improvements or bug fixes.

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The advent calendar of educational iPad apps day 11 – Sketch Nation Create

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