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Deals with Middle School // Physics
  sound, problem solving,
Intended for 5th - 9th grade
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Prisoner of Echo

In Prisoner of Echo, students learn about the properties of sound by attempting to escape an asteroid base that's been overrun by acoustical robots; blind robots that understand the world purely through sound.

In Prisoner of Echo, students play a researcher trapped on the asteroid 60 Echo, in a facility patrolled by robots gone haywire, relying exclusively on sound to navigate their surroundings, communicate, and detect escapees. To foil the bots and escape the base, students must use their wits, their knowledge about the properties of sound, and a Sonic Visualizer (a special device that allows them to see sound waves).

This game is designed to be used in inclusive science classrooms that have a diverse range of students (e.g., average and above average students, students with high incidence disabilities, English language learners, and students who struggle with reading). It is designed using the Universal Design for Learning framework, strategically aligned to key state standards, and formulated to integrate seamlessly with existing curricula.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Describe wave interactions including interference, reflection, refraction, and diffraction
  • Describe the characteristics and parts of sound waves
  • Explain the Doppler effect

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9.9 / 15
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3.8 / 5
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2.4 / 5
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3.7 / 5

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Prisoner of Echo

February 2, 2013

patriotstech

patriotstech
Player

I think that this game is to slow but you read all during the game. It would be better if you could use arrows. I also am learning characteristics of sound and properties of sound in my science class...

Fun rating: 2.0 out of 5

Learning rating: 0.0 out of 5

Science rating: 5.0 out of 5

Total:

7.0 / 15

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The idea of navigating levels based on the mechanics of sound is original and well translated into the game. The game also feels fairly polished for what it offers, but misses a bit in the balance of complexity in design and presenting the complexity of the science being presented.

There is a lot of fancy science-sounding dialog in the character narrative, which is sometimes actually entertaining! But this leaves the real science of sound which the game is oriented around seem a bit left out. The dialog is also a bit drawn out in the beginning, though again, at least it does manage to be entertaining and suggests questions about greater science questions.

Further, while level design was generally interesting, the decibel measuring dashboard lacked refined purpose and useful tooltips, which could be a good opportunity to explain some of the science. If the game were augmented by a teacher's explanation to the science demonstrated in the gameplay, it could definitely be a powerful learning tool. On it's own, however, it plays at science without necessarily explaining it. I enjoyed it!

Fun rating: 4.0 out of 5

Learning rating: 3.0 out of 5

Science rating: 4.0 out of 5

Total:

11.0 / 15

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Interesting

September 12, 2012

BillyEye

BillyEye
Player

I found this game interesting. I do like the stealth mechanic of the game.

however I need some kind of indicate of where the player is going to move if they click on a tile. Some kind of line indicator would bee good.

The art work are pretty good.

I don't think I learn much except what sound waves looks like.

Fun rating: 4.0 out of 5

Learning rating: 3.0 out of 5

Science rating: 4.0 out of 5

Total:

11.0 / 15

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Prisoner of Echo

September 12, 2012

JulianOfThePatriots

JulianOfThePatriots
Player

First Impression: gives off the impression that it is a time consuming game. Seems you would sort of need to be technologically literate, or have a love for sci-fi to follow the storyline with anticipation.

Fun rating: 4.0 out of 5

Learning rating: 3.0 out of 5

Science rating: 5.0 out of 5

Total:

12.0 / 15

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Seems fun, non progressable.

September 12, 2012

DaveDubKing

DaveDubKing
Player

Game seems solid. Art of the character portraits is pleasing, art of overhead gameplay is pretty vanilla but serviceable. Pacing is a little slow - options for dialog speed, etc., might help this. Voice acting is inconsistent - some lines have VA work, others do not (or at least, the lines are not played intermittently).

Biggest issue is that after getting sonar goggles and encountering first attack bot, I get locked in a room and cannot progress. The 'objectives' menu asks me to click on the room's terminal, but doing this yields no results, and I cannot progress beyond the room.

The interface for the sonar goggles is a little clunky. Practically speaking there are only two useful bits of this - the amplitude and frequency toggles. These need to be bigger, more precise, easier to use. The other bits of this interface are unimportant.

I like the concept - solving puzzles with sonar-related things. Interesting strategic/critical thinking aspects could be leveraged using the 'turn-based' mode of gameplay flow. Don't know if these things are put to good use, as I can't get far enough.

Didn't really get into the core gameplay, can't tell if it's really fun or not. I would update this review if I could get further.

(If in fact I'm just utterly failing to grasp what I need to do in this room, shame on me. Please feel free to embarrass me if this is the case.)

Fun rating: 3.0 out of 5

Learning rating: 3.0 out of 5

Science rating: 3.0 out of 5

Total:

9.0 / 15

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Kleptobot

Kleptobot
Player

...and there are killer robots out to get me! What could go wrong?

Let me start out by saying I really loved this game from what I played on the demo. Letting you use soundwaves and pathfinding to solve your problems instead of shooting many robots. And the snarky robot companion was a nice touch to explain the world and the story without getting too preachy or too annoying. Having said that, a lot of the science seemed to be science fiction. Maybe there's more explanation as to how we can hear and sense sounds in the air along with other sentient beings. But from what I saw there was only a little "science" in the game.

Even so, if coupled with a proper lesson, I would play and recommend this again.

Fun rating: 5.0 out of 5

Learning rating: 3.0 out of 5

Science rating: 4.0 out of 5

Total:

12.0 / 15

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fun but difficult

September 12, 2012

bam bam

bam bam
Player

the game would be good with head phones and a mouse so it would be less difficult to make moves.

Fun rating: 4.0 out of 5

Learning rating: 2.0 out of 5

Science rating: 1.0 out of 5

Total:

7.0 / 15

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Flippinpony

Flippinpony
Player

Prisoner of Echo provides players with an exciting journey navigating mines and using sound waves to unlock doors and hide from enemies. The story is compelling and the gameplay is interesting, but I feel like more could have been done to educate the player on principles of sound waves. The player picks a sound sample, frequency, and amplitude to match the requirements of the door they are trying to open, but the game depends on players to study the changing wave shape as they adjust values to deduce the actual principles at work.

Fun rating: 4.0 out of 5

Learning rating: 2.0 out of 5

Science rating: 4.0 out of 5

Total:

10.0 / 15

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japtar

japtar
Player

I found this game to be very fun and interesting. Seeing how sound reflects off walls is a great visual flair, and the simplified stealth mechanic is certainly thrilling. The menu-based commands, though, felt both unresponsive, and difficult to navigate. It makes opening locked doors a daunting tasks. Additionally, I found myself getting stuck in-between rocks. Lastly, I found the long dialog a bit annoying.

Fun rating: 4.0 out of 5

Learning rating: 3.0 out of 5

Science rating: 3.0 out of 5

Total:

10.0 / 15

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