Northridge High School students scored high marks in a recent Games By Teens computer programming contest.
Superintendent Chris Briggs said some of the honored students are part of a new Computer Information Systems class started and housed at Northridge High School in collaboration with C-TEC.
Games By Teens, founded in 2009, was hosted by Jay Shaffstall at Muskingum University Nov. 16.
The fall contest, providing teens a chance to program a computer game, included 14 contestants who created 11 games.
Teacher Jason Vanasdale said he's very pleased with his students' performance.
"Typically in a contest a lot of people start a game and it's too much to finish," he said.
"Each student had a bug-free game that was challenging and had a beginning and end," Vanasdale said.
"They were noted on how their games performed. They had plenty of color and sound, adding to the liveliness of the games."
They spent about a month creating their entries, he said.
Northridge senior Sara Pribonic created Maze Runner, a game of collecting presents and bouncing off walls.
She won an award for Most Addicting Game.
"To make it hard to get through the maze, you have to pick up little presents in order to get to the next level," Pribonic said.
"You have to pick up presents and get to a door before your time runs out."
Pribonic said she appreciates the CIS class, because she's considering computer programming for college.
"It was cool they offered the class," she said.
"I got to try it out to see if I liked it. I would definitely recommend it to underclassmen, thinking about computer programming."
Northridge seniors Arick Lee and Chance Webb teamed up to create Duck Quest, where players collect coins and avoid or shoot trolls.
They were awarded Best Use of Simple Gameplay.
"We made a troll game, taking what's popular on the internet and putting it into one game," Webb said.
"I really like the class," he said.
"I learned stuff I didn't know about computers."
Lee said he wants to study computer engineering, so the class and contest were beneficial to him.
The three senior classmates paid entry fees and each competed against about a dozen others for Amazon gift cards.
Northridge underclassmen also participated in the contest, although they aren't students in Vanasdale's class.
"For four Wednesdays, I answered any questions they had," Vanasdale said.
Sophomore James Hoopes won second place for Prison Escape, a stealth game where you need to avoid the attention of guards to escape the prison.
A branching storyline gives you choices throughout the game, leading to one of four different endings.
Freshman Josh Shaffer created Space Marines, a game where the main character is floating through space.
Even when a player shoots a weapon, it affects the character's movement.
Best was awarded Best Use of Physics.
The students' games can be downloaded and played by going online to gamesbyteens.org and selecting contest.
The games were judged according to criteria including the visual look of the game, the sophistication of the programming, and how much fun they were to play.
Judges included volunteers from 1st Playable Productions LLC, an independent game development studio with a focus on handheld games for kids.
Vanasdale said the contest's founder is considering Northridge as a branch to host the contest next year.