Peanuts and Crackerjacks was the most visited feature on Bostonfed.org from its release in May 2013 until they removed it as part of a site redesign in July 2016. I would never recommend removing the most popular feature on your website but when the project began in early 2007, iPhones weren't a design consideration yet and since the game was designed, animated and built in Flash there were some concerns about its incompatibility with the iPhone. Unfortunately, they lost sight of the fact that Peanuts & Crackerjacks' target users were students and teachers in a classroom environment and almost all of the people playing the game were doing it from a desktop. I think the Boston Fed is missing a great opportunity to educate people.
The game was organized into nine innings with nine questions each, like a baseball game. That was a lot of questions to expect a middle school student to sit through but removing questions was not an option. To solve this problem, I created a scored version in which a user could play from inning one through inning nine and an unscored version in which the user could try the game and answer questions from any inning without the time commitment. Take a look below at some animation from the game.
The customer gave us a soft deadline and we made the game a high priority. I was the only Flash Designer at the company so I took the project with me when I transferred to a different department in 2008. It wasn't a high priority for the new department so it took longer to release than we had originally planned. However, working on other projects and attending UX, UI and IA courses during this time helped refine my User Experience and Usability Testing skills. Peanuts and Crackerjacks definitely benefited from that.
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I worked on both the game and Sports Page answer website. I tested them on students and interns and refined them based on the results. The end product was very successful.