Whack-A-Mole to Weeping Angel

Image of Weeping Angel App

In my continuing effort to learn App Inventor for use in computer science education, I used the MoleMash tutorial here to create a Whack-A-Mole-like game where a mole appears and you have to whack him with a mouse click to score. The tutorial is very straight forward if you have followed other tutorials and built a few apps already. This one expands on earlier ones, in particular, showing how to create a procedure to be used over and over again so you don’t have to build up the same steps again and again. This is a very useful step in any programming education.

My app worked fine, but I always like to take a tutorial and make it mine. So as I was playing my Whack-A-Mole game I tried to think of a way to change it. I thought of the Dr. Who Weeping Angel that came closer to you when you were not looking at it. So I decided to change my game so the Weeping Angel would move at random, like the Whack-A-Mole, and also get closer. Tapping the angel would send it back.

I wanted to figure out how, when the angel filled the screen, that “YOU’RE FROZEN!” would appear to show that you lost the game, but I couldn’t figure it out. Maybe as I learn more I’ll be able to add that to the game.

Here’s the QR code for the game if you want to play it. It only works on Android devices.

QR code for Weeping Angel App


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