"Navigate the endangered animal through a series of environmental obstacles while collecting food and power-ups"
Savvy G., Kim L., Vivienne P.
In Extinction Evasion, the user plays the role of an endangered animal that must navigate through its habitat and avoid environmental issues like litter and air pollution while collecting food and power-ups. Currently, there are three levels: a turtle that must collect jellyfish while avoiding plastic bags, a falcon that must collect fruit while avoiding clouds of air pollution, and a panda that must collect apples while avoiding tractors. Before each level, a screen pops up with an image and fact about the animal the user is about to become. The rest of the website features more information about how users can get involved, the creators of the website, and a leaderboard that doesn't currently function while the website is hosted on Github.
Over 200 species go extinct each and every year. That extinction rate is believed to be 1,000 times the natural extinction rate. The current era is sometimes called the 6th extinction crisis, but unlike the other five, it appears that this crisis was caused almost completely by human action. Habitat destruction and hunting make it nearly impossible for vital species to survive. Adding on the effects of pollution and global warming, it really is almost a miracle that the species that exist have made it this far. Over 25% of the world’s biodiversity has been lost over the last 35 years alone - leaving lasting effects on all consumers of the environment - so, every living thing on this planet. Ecosystem services, such as the water cycle, soil formation, and recovery from natural disasters, have additionally generated a net worth of 33 trillion United States dollars every single year. That’s over 400 Bill Gates, or about twice the national debt. This is what we stand to lose, what we are actively destroying.
Another large challenge we faced was our leaderboard. Because our project was mainly local and hosted on specific computers, it was hard to make the database to store any users. When we finally set up a database and created a functioning leaderboard, we had to transition to hosting through Github, which didn’t allow for the use of a database.