An Analysis of Game Difficulty in ''Game Panjol''


“Game Panjol” is an educational game that was developed by the researchers of this study. The educational theme discussed in this game is the diversity of ethnic groups and cultures in Indonesia for fourth grade elementary school students. This adventure game has a mission to save friends from different tribes and cultures. The purpose of this study was to determine the difficulty of this game. First the game difficulty was identified from the point of view of the game designers. Next, the game was tested with respondents and its difficulty was analysed from the players’ perspective. From the point of view of the game designer, this game is divided into 3 levels, which are easy, medium, and hard. The difficulty levels is based on the number and weight of obstacles in the game. From the point of view of the game player, the difficulty level is determined by the number of times their attempts are successful, how long it takes to finish, how many coins are earned, and how many friends are saved. For the 14 respondents, the success of the rescue mission at each level was 100%, while the collection of coins at easy, medium, and hard levels was 88.124%, 89.881%, and 80.382% respectively. Based on the comparison between the average number of trials and the maximum number of trials, each level is 20.476%, 28.151%, and 30.357%.

Keywords: adventure, education, game

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