Oscar and friends
The idea is to have a story driven game about a group of sea creatures on the quest for a treasure chest. By a series of images we could teach pre-school kids some elementary knowledge. At the end should be some kind of advice like that the greatest treasure are friends you have...
Characters are: Oscar the octopus, Sandy the sea star, Charlie the crab You can see all these characters and style I would like to draw them on images http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/28406794/ and http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/37145859/ .
It will be implemented in GCompris as a dedicated python activity. There will be a next/forward button to display each images and their text. The story will include questions about itself at pertinent moments to make sure the children does read. There will be several set of question picked randomly to keep the activity fun to play several times. Questions may require the children to click on items or enter a response with the keyboard.
I had original writer who wrote me two pages some time ago but now he has no other time, maybe these two "pages" can help in creating the story. For the first page I've WIP here: http://www.vybiral.info/illustrations/oscar/progress/Oscar-scene1-render.png
The ocean had been stormy for the past couple of days. Below the surface, Oscar the octopus and his friends sat on a rock, watching the bad weather above them. They were all happy that the storms never reached all the way down to them. No matter how bad it was up there, the bottom was always calm and quiet. Oscar's best friends were Charlie the crab, Seamus the seahorse and Sandy the sea-star.
â€œI heard my parents talk last nightâ€ said Charlie. â€œThey said something about the surface coming down to the bottom, or something like that.â€ â€œThe surface coming down to the bottom?â€ said Seamus. â€œI have never heard anything so silly! How could that happen?â€ â€œI don't knowâ€, said Charlie. â€œI'm just telling you what they saidâ€. â€œI have heard that too!â€, said Sandy. â€œIt's called a vortex, the water goes round and round very fastâ€. Oscar looked a little worried. â€œThat sounds pretty scaryâ€, he said. â€œHow often do things like that happen?â€ â€œNot very oftenâ€, said Sandy. â€œmaybe once every hundred yearsâ€. The four friends sat quiet for a while, trying to understand how long time a hundred years was. â€œGuys, I gotta go home and eat dinner nowâ€, said Oscar. â€œSee you tomorrow at schoolâ€.
The next morning it was storming more than it had the day before, Oscar could see that on his way to school. Suddenly he saw something strange: The water was moving. He stopped swimming and just let the current take him. After a minute or so, he was back at the same spot where he stopped swimming... Was this the â€œvortexâ€ Sandy had talked about? Oscar didn't notice that he kept going round and around faster and faster. And in smaller and smaller circles. Then he saw it: the vortex was so wide that a part of the bottom was cleared of water! â€œThe surface coming down to the bottom!â€, he thought, just when something hit him in the head so hard that he felt dizzy. When he woke up, he had a bump on his head, and something was poking him in the side. Oscar looked down and saw something sticking out of his book bag. A bottle! He pulled it out. It had a piece of paper inside it. It looked very old.