Emotion and Coping Game: v4.0 Release
Detailed release notes:
- Complete redesign
- The app has been completely redesigned for a more modern, user-friendly, and consistent experience
- Many aspects of the app have been updated to help ensure everything works properly regardless of device size
- New feature: Full game experience with multi-player support
- The app now has several features to support 2-5 players
- Prompts while playing tell you whose turn it is, and what the player should do
- By default the app now keeps track of scores for you, complete with animations
- Game interrupted? No worries! Progress is saved, and you can pick up right where you left off
- Updated: Information about emotions and gameplay suggestions
- A lot of the text has been updated to be more helpful and user-friendly
- There is now general information about emotions, based on the research by Lisa Feldman Barrett
- Several typos have been corrected
- Many of the same great features as before
- The app can still be customized, including app colors and the coping skills used for the game
- Many of the settings are saved to user profiles, so different children can have their own settings and colors, and you can easily switch between them
- Aspects of the gameplay (e.g., whether coping cards are used, whether score is kept) can still be enabled/disabled to fit your desired game style
- Bonus feature: Sounds!
- Animations during gameplay are now accompanied by fun sound effects
- You can easily enable/disable sounds in the app settings or during gameplay
- Plus many other small improvements and bug fixes
Well, it's been long over-due, but I'm excited to be writing this post. As I mentioned in another blog post giving an update on my personal life progress (spoiler: done with grad school!), I'm getting ready to transition to post-doc and early career work. During that transition, I'm trying to get a lot of things refreshed and better focused so I can hopefully continue to make more consistent progress with a lot of public-facing things. And one of those things is definitely my first app, the Emotion and Coping Game.
The game was originally designed based on a game I came up with to play with some of the patients I worked with. I've found that a lot of young children (primarily ages 6-8) don't have a good understanding of their emotions (what we would call "emotion identification"), which makes it hard for them to learn coping strategies and when to use them. But the first version of the app was very basic; it required creating your own board and getting pieces, with the app just randomly selecting and displaying the emotion and coping cards for you.
But that's no longer the case. I'm excited to say that with version 4.0 of the Emotion and Coping Game app, it now provides the full experience for you. That includes accommodating 2-5 players, keeping track of whose turn it is and what they should do, giving you prompts, keeping score, saving your progress in case you need to resume your game, and all with a completely new design that is more modern, consistent, user-friendly, accessible, and customizable. Plus a lot of the information in the app, like explanations of the primary emotions for kids, has undergone a revamp as well to make it more helpful. Oh, and kids can still choose their own colors, and the coping skills can be enabled/disabled so kids can focus on the ones that work best for them.
I put the app through a lot of testing while I worked on it, so it should also hopefully be a much more consistent and reliable experience compared to previous versions; there are numerous small bug fixes that I made along the way. But because this is such a big update, there may be some new bugs I haven't caught. If you notice anything, let me know and I will work to fix things quickly! I'm also hoping to improve several things now that I have a better understanding of how some of the code works (e.g., the sound effects could be better), so if you have ideas for improvements (e.g., type of sound effect, changes to the layout), please let me know!
The updated version of the app is rolling out now through the Google Play Store. And it's still completely free. To see pictures of what it looks like, and a quick teaser video, take a look below.
For those interested, the updated code can be found on github (will merge to the master branch soon; up-to-date code already in the working-draft branch): https://github.com/ddecator/coping-game