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VR Whack-a-Mole

In this first programming project you need to create a simple Whack-a-Mole game for your smartphone with your VR viewer.

The idea of the game is to find the highlighted sphere among a 2D array of spheres, and click on it. The player has one minute to click on as many highlighted spheres as possible.

Project Description (100 Points)

Download Unity and do a Unity tutorial. Learn how to make Unity apps for smartphones and build an app (any app at this point) that runs on your smartphone. (10 points)

We recommend this tutorial from our edX course CSE 190x.

Use Unity to develop a VR application for your smartphone which implements a simple Whack-a-Mole inspired game.

Here are step by step instructions for it:

  • Create a thin box that you use as a wall as the backdrop of your application. The wall's height should be approximately equal to your vertical field of view.
  • Take a picture of your surroundings (indoor or outdoor) with your smartphone and import it into Unity as a texture asset.
  • Paste the picture onto the wall so that it faces the user.
  • Create and place a 3D array of 5x5 = 25 spheres in front of the wall. Each sphere should be the size of a tennis ball (0.07 meters diameter), and the balls' center points should be 0.14 meters apart from each other.
  • Create C# code to highlight a random sphere in a different color.
  • Create a cursor (eg, small sphere, line, etc) to allow the user to select a sphere by pointing their head at it.
  • Start the game when the user pushes the action button. This should start a 1 minute timer, which does not need to be displayed visually (see extra credit).
  • When the user clicks the button on the viewer, check if they hit the highlighted sphere and if so draw a copy of the sphere above or off to the side of the play area as a counter for how many spheres have been hit.
  • Un-highlight the selected sphere and highlight a different one.
  • Repeat the above until the timer is up. Then highlight all spheres at once.

Extra Credit (Max. 10 Points)

Options for extra credit are:

  • Display text in the app:
    • Instead of displaying the score as a number of spheres, display the number of "whacked moles" as text within the VR environment.
    • Display a message prompting the user to start the game
    • Display a countdown timer that shows the remaining seconds in the game
    • Display a message that the game is over, along with the number of correctly clicked spheres. (10 points)
  • Instead of (or in addition to) highlighting the sphere that is to be clicked on, wrap a picture of a mole around it as a texture (5 points), or find (5 points) or create (10 points) a 3D model of a mole and load it instead of the spheres (10 points).
  • New game play: come up with a game that also involves clicking on things but is more fun than the homework project. (up to 10 points)