The beginning of the game:
A cartoon is played at the beginning of the game. There is two characters, a male and a female dressed in armors talking in a foreign language and then the language switch to English. They are talking about finding the worker of secrets. They promise each other not to get killed and then both go there separate ways. At the same time they are talking the subtitles are on. Once the female character is gone and the male is by himself, a blue flashing circle is on the left hand side of the screen. The music is playing in the background but nothing happens, I click on the circle. An opponent arrives, he raises his sword the image froze and on screen there is a message saying :hold to block. After 3 blocks, I get a second message telling that I have done a great job and underneath there is another instruction saying: swipe to strike with an arrow. Another few instructions come up on screen that I have to execute to finally beat my first opponent. In big letters the word victory appears on the screen. I then get a bag of coins and xp points that goes to each of my inventory items.
Infinity Blade 2 screenshot by Gabrielle Mizzi (CC)
What were the educational benefit to this game:
The game is taking the gamer to a new world, by immersing him into a Japanese type setting with bamboo plants, cherry blossom trees and oriental buildings. Cleverly the game introduced itself with a little explanatory cartoon, which gave me a good starting point for assuming my new character identity. In the first minute of the game I found out the context of where I was, who I was and what I was here for.
As well as setting the scene, the game was very efficient at teaching me how to play. The mini training session at the first battle is very effective in teaching how to perform the attacks by just playing the game. The training session was a rewarding activity and every time I performed the right attack I was complimented with a well done or good job. And after killing my first opponent I was rewarded with money and points. Within the first five minutes of playing the game, I learn the goal of my mission (to find the worker of secret), as well as essential fighting skills and the way to make money and gaining experience points.
Overall the game has engaged me in an active learning journey by teaching me new skills while playing, and this really motivated me to play more.