Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Aditi D, Iesha J, Annie L, Jasmyne R

Corporate Crusher is a side-scroller game that educates individuals about eco-friendly substitutes to bad products.

Pollution has always been a prevalent and insidious problem in the world. While blame is placed mostly on individuals, corporations impact the ecosystem on a much greater scale. Major companies tend to sacrifice eco-friendly materials for inexpensive alternatives that are detrimental to the environment. For instance, many cosmetics contain microbeads, which are non-biodegradable plastics that are harmful to aquatic animals.

Corporate Crusher is a game that educates individuals about the disastrous effects that some brand-name goods have on the environment. In the game, the user has to jump over harmful products and collect the eco-friendly substitutes. Each time the user encounters a product, a blurb of text informs the user about the product’s effect on the environment. In addition to the game, the website has a learn page which further explains in detail what materials the product contains and its consequences.

In order to create a browser-based game, we had to familiarize ourselves with javascript, a programming language we previously had minimal experience with, and its libraries. Learning the intricacies of the p5.js and p5.play libraries was a daunting and time-consuming task. We also encountered another issue when animating the sprites: some products that moved across the screen were spaced too close together and others were too far apart. At times, sprites moved too quickly for the main character to successfully dodge them. However, as a team we persevered and were able to overcome the obstacles.

You can view the project here.

This project was made by Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program students at IAC.