Zoo Academy is a social-emotional learning game that I am the lead game developer of at Centervention. We have released 18 levels for it so far, and our team is continuing to develop new episodes. Zoo Academy is used by tens of thousands of Kindergarten and 1st grade students across the country to assess and teach skills that aren’t normally taught directly in schools like cooperation, and empathy.
Zoo Academy was built with the Godot game engine. It is a dialogue-driven game where players choices impact the story. It also has mini-games sprinkled throughout to keep players engaged.
In order to manage the Zoo Academy project effectively, I was able to successfully transition our team to the Godot game engine. This included designing and building the internal engine-level requirements such as the dialogue and menu systems for the game. I also built out the integration with our web servers for cloud-based saves, as well as storing data to the server to later be used for reporting purposes.
I played a key role of automating various parts of the development process. This including automating aspects of the art pipeline as well as the build and deploy process through effective Python script development to improve speed and advance corporate priorities and goals. As a senior leader I have hired and mentored a Junior Game Developer, including effective on-boarding and prioritizing daily tasks to help them become a strong contributor to Zoo Academy. This leadership has allowed me to identify and prioritize opportunities and develop solutions as well as effectively manage client expectations by planning, scheduling and aligning personnel and resources to define requirements, and set priorities to achieve expectations.
You can learn more about Zoo Academy and request a free account to play it at Centervention.