Healthcare Tycoon is a Facebook game that was developed in Adobe Flash as part of an internship with the upstart company, the No Insurance Club. The player assumes the role of a med-school graduate who must now work his/her way up the healthcare ladder. The player can complete medical tasks by consuming energy, receive promotion by succeeding in a medical mini-game, or purchase clinics to create a network of healthcare professionals. The player is able to request support from Facebook friends in in order to progress together.
This project was a very unique experience for me. For this project, I worked on a team of 2-3 people. We spent quite a bit of time at the start of the project just trying to figure out what sort of direction of wanted and would be able to pull-off. We knew we wanted to make a game that had an educational element to it that informed players about medical practices and insurance. We also knew that we wanted to fit the theme of some other No Insurance Club projects that revolved around comedy. Ultimately, we decided that an multi-player Facebook game where the player was fulfilling a medical practitioner's career would fulfill our objectives.
For this project, I was primarily responsible for programming the game in Actionscript 3. For the most part, programming the game was a comfortable experience due to the low intensity of the gameplay. However, when we got into the Facebook aspect of programming, we found that we had overlook an important detail, storing player data. Since Flash programs are not permitted to write data we had to have someone learn some PHP to be able to communicate with a server and store player data such as their stats or account information. Aside from a vast amount of Facebook programming knowledge, I learned a lot from this experience about working with servers and overall web-development.
*Ignore the graphical "hiccuping" in the video below; there was an issue with the codecs that I was unable to resolve. I apologize for the error.