Media Computing Project SS2013 (Bonn): Mobile Gaming

Note: MCP will take place every Wednesday 15:00-17:00 starting April 10, 2013 at the Mac lab in the B-IT building.


Mobile games are a big hit in mobile app stores because people love to play! This lab offers you the foundation you need to start designing mobile games, in particular, for the iPhone. The chair is programming a city-wide mobile game, and we want you to be involved. The mini games that you will design might become part of a complete game, so get your design and programming skills prepped, and let the games begin!!!

What you will do

In MCP SS ’13, students will design mini games on iPhone devices. They will use core iOS frameworks (e.g., CoreMotion and CoreLocation), design simple gestures and animation to create unique and fun interactions.

What you will learn

After the course, you will understand the user-centered design cycle, prototyping, and several interaction techniques. You will understand the requirements and constraints of designing for a mobile device, get to know core iOS frameworks, and will be able to get your next idea up and running on an iPhone.

Preferred student background

DIS1 (Designing Interactive Systems) is a prerequisite or co-requisite (being taken in the same semester) of the course. The project will be evaluated based on usability heuristics presented in DIS1.

Objective-C and iOS programming will give you a big advantage in the project. Nevertheless, we will refresh them for you in class during the semester.

Hint: Mention your background and a link to your portfolio in the free text field in your application for the lab. This will increase the chance of being selected.

Assignments and Learning Material

You will find the course slides, references, and assignments in the L2P learning room.


1-2 Mini assignments
3 Prototypes
4-7 First design iteration
8 Heuristic evaluation
9-12 Final iteration
13 User evaluation
July 17, 13 Final presentations


  • 20% assignments + class participation
  • 10% prototypes & documentation
  • 60% final project deliverable
  • 10% final presentation

Administrative info

Language: The course will be held in English and all submissions are expected to be in English
Tutors: Nur Al-huda Hamdan and Gero Herkenrath Credits: 10 ECTS.
General information: The course description is in the MCP landing page Grading policy: Once the project phase has started, course resignation will result in grade 5.0.

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