Daryl Hornsby is an affable guy. As the lead designer of the independent educational game, Machineers, he was on hand at the Game Developers Conference in March to give us a quick tour of the team’s puzzle adventure game that aims to teach programming logic to 10 to 15-year-olds.
The founder and CEO of Lohika Games, Henrike Lode, started making this game as a thesis project in school, but didn’t want to fall for any of the cliched edutainment tropes that kids sincerely hate. Hornsby came on to the team last year, and loves making a game he believes in.
“When you say you want to target 10 to 15 year-olds, you’re told you have to make it overly colorful and bubbly, and that no kids read text,” Hornsby told us on the show floor. “We’ve been able to prove that this is not quite the case. We’ve found that kids want to be treated like adults, but it still has to be approachable.”