Can you beat this 'brutally difficult' game built by 8th graders? - Philly


Jan. 5, 2015 10:21 am

Can you beat this ‘brutally difficult’ game built by 8th graders?

Because we suck at it.

Space Bounce is hard.


So, we keep dying, like, immediately in this game. The music is also weirdly addictive. Post your high score in the comments.

Play it here

Space Bounce was built in eight weeks by four 8th graders from North Philly public school William Dick, under the mentorship of a team of RJMetrics developers, including Ben Garvey and cofounder Jake Stein. It was part of Spark Philadelphia, a dropout prevention program that partners with local businesses.

The game “uses a great javascript library for making HTML5 games called Phaser,” Garvey wrote on his blog.

This is RJMetrics’ fourth time working with Spark, he told us via email. He called Space Bounce “brutally difficult.”

Juliana Reyes

Juliana Reyes became's associate editor after reporting on the Philadelphia tech scene for four years. She's co-president of the Asian American Journalists Association Philadelphia chapter and a two-time Philadelphia News Award winner for "Community Reporting of the Year." The Bryn Mawr College grad lives in West Philly, likes her food spicy and wears jumpsuits often.

  • jmaj

    A score of 237!

    Crazy addictive game, they should make it into a mobile app.

    • Ben Garvey

      It works great on mobile, but is a bit tougher.

  • John Smith 1882

    You can’t beat a game that has no ending. It’s a side scroller that just keeps going.

    • Juliana Reyes

      Touche, we were so bad at it that we thought maybe there was some sort of end that we just couldn’t see, you know

    • Ben Garvey

      It doesn’t go on forever. It stops when you get to the bus stop.

      • John Smith 1882

        can you get a screen grab so we can see it?


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