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"Space Race Blast Off" Facebook Trivia Game

This was NASA's first multi-user Facebook game. I was the sole programmer for this project. I coded all Flash animations, coded all socket server communications, created and implemented the database, and integrated the game into Facebook.

Space Race Blastoff pits players in remote locations in a test of their knowledge of NASA history, technology, science and pop culture. Players who correctly answer questions earn virtual badges depicting NASA astronauts, spacecraft and astronomical objects. Players also earn points they can use to obtain additional badges to complete sets that earn premium badges.

"We're hoping Space Race Blastoff opens up NASA's history and research to a wide new audience of people accustomed to using social media," said David Weaver, NASA's associate administrator for communications. "We're really excited to see what the interest will be."

NASA chose to make the game available through Facebook to take advantage of the social media site's large audience and enable players to compete against others. Individuals can also play solo games.

Once in the game, players can choose an avatar and answer 10 multiple-choice questions. Each correct answer earns 100 points, with a 20-point bonus to the player who answers first. The winner advances to the bonus round to answer one additional question for more points. Answering the bonus question earns the player a badge, which may depict an astronaut, a spacecraft, a planet or other person or object. Additional badges can be obtained for 1,500 points.

Team lead: Scott Hanger, Graphics: Jami Noguchi, Programming: Todd Powell


Project Details:

  • Technologies - Flash CS5, Actionscript 3, MySQL, SmartFoxServer, Facebook API, Adobe Premiere
  • NASA's first multi-player Facebook game
  • Multi-player or single player
  • Video questions by astronauts, NASA officials, and even Alex Trebek
  • Over 550 badges to collect
  • Monthly and all-time leader boards

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