Rebuilding a classic flash game for modern day play

Family / PBS Kids: Cyberchase

For the last 2 decades, Cyberchase has been helping kids learn how to solve problems using math and sciences. PBS Kids wanted to keep a good game going.

Mission Motherboard is one of the most popular online games that reinforces those lessons from the hit TV show. Both were created by PBS Kids in 2002—the show stayed on the air for so long that the game eventually became outdated. They looked to the team at Two Bulls/DEPT® to help bring this classic game into the modern era with a story and technical revamp.

We updated and streamlined the gaming experience.

In order to make the game more accessible on modern platforms, we had to rebuild the whole thing from the ground up as we converted it from Flash to HTML5. This process is really detailed and takes a ton of time so we got to know the game really well. As we worked, we also found ways to streamline the user experience, providing simpler interactions while promoting ease of understanding.


Aiding comprehension through constant reinforcement. 👏

The updated experience teaches classic Mission Motherboard lessons streamlined into four types of mini-games: multiple choice, prioritization, classification, and sorting. Kids are directed to replay these minigames throughout the journey. This way, each game’s core concepts can be fully internalized and understood at a deeper level.