CSE498, Collaborative Design, Spring 2016
Computer Science and Engineering
Michigan State University

Michigan State University Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is the world’s largest university-based credit union, offering a full range of personal and business related financial services to Michigan State University, Oakland University and their surrounding communities.

As a university-based credit union, MSUFCU is committed to educating its customers about finances. To improve financial literacy among people of all ages, Money Smash Chronicle educates players while providing a simple yet fun and engaging gameplay experience.

Money Smash Chronicle is a tile-matching puzzle game similar to other popular games such as Candy Crush. Like other puzzle games, our app uses the gameplay design philosophy of being easy to learn yet difficult to master. However, in lieu of requiring payments for extra lives and power-ups, players earn these bonuses by taking quizzes covering topics ranging from financial terminology to financial responsibility.

In addition, gameplay obstacles and goals are modeled after real-world situations like surprise expenses and bills with upcoming due dates. These obstacles keep gameplay exciting for all skill levels while giving players more “hands-on” financial knowledge.

Money Smash Chronicle can be played in any web browser, as well as iPhone, iPad, Android phones and Android tablets. Our web app is written in JavaScript and WebGL. The mobile versions are native apps written in Swift for iOS and Java for Android.