Activities: Game

mod_game
Maintained by Picture of Vasilis Daloukas Vasilis Daloukas
The game activity module makes use of questions, quizzes and glossaries to create offer a variety of interactive games.
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Michael de Raadt
Monday, 7 December 2015, 7:52 AM
General comments

A fun set of games that can be associated with glossary terms and quiz questions. I have concerns about the quality of this plugin, though.


Plugins survey usage
15%
A relatively widely use plugin as reported in the Plugins Usage Survey (2015). 28% in schools
Supported versions
2.0 to 2.9
No Moodle 3.0 version yet.
Update frequency
Semi-regular
A spurt annually, it seems
Feedback about plugin
Mostly reporting issues
On Plugins directory and own Discussion forum.
Installation process
Zip only
Nothing in the Git repo except a readme file
Documentation and help
Some, but not linked
Usability
Poor
It's a simple concept, but not well explained. The games are easy to set up, if you have an appropriate glossary/quiz in place. The games themselves are not all intuitive either. It's only because they are relatively familiar games that they are playable. This module can contribute to grades, but it's not clear how.
Tracker issues
Lots
Lots of open bugs
Translations Plenty
Basque, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Dansk, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Spanish - Mexico, Turkish
Dependencies Glossary and Question bank

Error messages
None encountered

Coding style
Poor
When I tried to run this through the Code Checker, it crashed the server. On visual inspection, there are a lot of coding problems, such as hard-coded HTML. It doesn't attempt to comply with Moodle conventions.
Themable
No
The games add their own CSS
Backup/restore
Yes

Performance
OK

Security
Concerning
Implements own input filtering system.
Tests
None

Accessibility
Poor
Most games are not usable without a visual browser and pointer device.

This module is really a great idea for schools. It has many problems and I'm not sure if they can all be overcome. The module would probably be better if it were broken up into separate games.

General recommendation: As much as this would enhance the schools offering, I can't recommend it based on the poor code quality and lack of documentation.