1. About Scottie Go!
Scottie Go! is an innovative hybrid educational game that makes learning fun by combining both the virtual and real-life space. The game is made up of two components – an application and a set of cardboard tiles used to build programs which can then be scanned with your mobile device or a webcam. Designed for both youngest and older players, Scottie Go! features nearly a hundred of quests of increased difficulty that let you design simple and more complex algorithms while learning the fundamentals of programming along the way.
Scottie Go! is available in two versions: an education version (for school and education institutions) and a home version. You can distinguish the version by the inscription located in the top corner of the game box.
Scottie Go! Labyrinth (the Adventures series) is intended for use at home.
Scottie Go! – the plot
The aim of the game is to assist a friendly alien called Scottie, whose spaceship malfunctioned and crash-landed on Earth (or in the Scottie Go! Adventures series somewhere else in space). By programming Scottie’s moves, you can help him collect the missing parts for his spaceship or crystals fueling the vessel, that enable Scottie to return home.
Which competences are developed when playing Scottie Go!?
• improved spacial orientation
• ability to tell left from right in a short time
• groupwork and communication
Mathematical and computer-related competences:
• analytical thinking
• performing simple mathematical calculations
• writing, understanding and interpreting algorithms
• understanding, interpreting and creating sequences of commands
• understanding the notions of a digit and a number
• calculations: addition, multiplication, division
• understanding the basic notions related to programming: parameters, loops, nested loops, variables, conditional expressions, functions, etc.
• understanding a coordinate system (interpreting simple vectors)
Will there be a sequel to Scottie Go!?
A few versions of the game that are already available, including: Scottie Go! Magnetic Tiles and Scottie Go! BASIC. We’re working on new plotlines that are going to hit the market soon.
The first of these is Scottie Go! Labyrinth with a dedicated application that initiates the Scottie Go! Adventures series for the home user.
More about other versions of Scottie Go!:
Scottie Go! Magnetic Tiles
Scottie Go! Magnetic Tiles can help teachers to present the fundamentals of programming to their pupils. The kit features 47 large, magnetic tiles that can be used to illustrate the basics of algorithm building, the notions of a parameter, a loop and/or nested loops. The tiles allow you to construct solutions for the first 24 quests for Scottie Go! Edu. Scottie Go! Magnetic Tiles is compatible with the Scottie Go! App.
Scottie Go! BASIC
Scottie’s adventures for the youngest programmers. A board game to teach and learn programming for kids as young as 4 allows them to code with no need to use either a mobile device or a computer. Scottie Go! BASIC features enlarged tiles, special tokens, challenge cards and counters. It allows the players and a teacher to create their own gameplay, improve teamwork skills and use algorithms along the way. Scottie Go! BASIC might be used to encourage pupils to move in the classroom and be creative. It was developed in cooperation with teachers specialising in early and pre-school education. Scottie Go! BASIC can be used both with the ScottieGo! Edu App or without it.
Scottie Go! Space Coding
Scottie Go! Space Coding is an excellent introduction to teaching and learning programming and mathematical thinking. The set features an educational mat, special tokens, and 53 magnetic tiles to construct algorithms.
The educational mat stimulates pupils’ movement, creativity and imagination. Scottie Go! Space Coding is compatible with the Scottie Go! Edu App.
Can various versions of Scottie Go! be used independently of one another?
Yes. Every education version of Scottie Go! is compatible with the same Scottie Go! Edu App. Scottie Go! home version is compatible with the Scottie Go! app. Scottie Go! Labyrinth is compatible with the Scottie Go! Labyrinth app. Each version of the game is an independent educational resource.
2. Where can I buy Scottie Go!?
Scottie Go! Starter Mini contains a promo code to use when purchasing the full version of Scottie Go! – the home version (in Polish language only).
3. Scottie Go! application
Where and how can I download the Scottie Go! App?
You can download our app directly from our website or from your dedicated platform store:
• From our website at https://scottiego.com/en:
In case of the education version – Scottie Go! Edu
In case of the Scottie Go! Labyrinth app:
In case of the home version (Polish language only) – Scottie Go!
• From you dedicated platform store:
NOTE: In case of computers with Windows 7 or higher operating system (only Scottie Go! Edu or Scottie Go! Home application)
To download our game application, you need to have your own account at your respective platform store.
Without entering your licence number, the game app remains a trial version. This means you will be able to use it for 3 days and solve the first 4 quests in the first module.
You will find the licence number for your app on a separate sheet of paper inside the Scottie Go! box.
To enter the licence code, just run the app or tap the button with a key inside the app.
Do I need to have Internet access to use the app with Scottie Go! tiles?
The app runs in an offline mode. Internet access is required only during installation and when activating the licence code.
4. Account and licenses
On how many devices can I use the game?
You can install the home version of the game/app on 2 devices, whereas the education version (Scottie Go! Edu) can be installed on 3 devices.
How many player accounts can I create in the game?
Depending on the memory available in the device, you can create even dozens of player accounts.
How can I restore the licence in case one of the devices where the game was installed and activated gets damaged or is no longer available?
In the case described above you just need to install the game on another device and register it again by entering the licence number. The number of re-installations is unlimited, provided you do not exceed the allowed number of devices that use the same licence code.
What will happen if I exceed the limit of devices on which the game is installed under one licence?
When the number of installations exceeds the allowed limit, the first installed and registered app will be deactivated.
What is the difference between licences for the home and education version of the game?
There are two versions of Scottie Go!: the home version and the education version. The licence code for the education version comprises four groups of four characters each, whereas the licence code for the home version comprises five groups of four characters each. If the number of characters you try to enter is different, try downloading and installing the appropriate version of the game.
What will happen if I delete a player accounts?
All the data and progress will be lost (we are working on making it possible to ”inherit” accounts).
However, if you delete a player account, there’s no need to play the game from the very beginning. You can continue from any module you choose.
How to start the game from the module of your choice?
After you create a new player account and tap this account to choose it, you can select the module from which you will start the game.
Is it possible to unlock all the game levels and to switch between players in the education version of the game?
Yes. It is possible to do that if you use a special teacher account. You can find the code to unlock the teacher account in the Teacher’s Guide at: Scottie Go! Teacher’s Guide.
How to create a teacher’s account - step by step:
1. Choose ”Player”
2. New Player
3. Enter the code from the Teacher’s Guide
A new account called”Teacher” will appear among the already created accounts. If you choose it, you will get access to all the modules and quests.
5. Camera and scanning programs
What should I do if, while trying to scan the tiles, the app fails to recognise the tiles or recognises only some of the tiles?
There are two scanning modes in the app:
1. Video-camera (top right-hand corner of the screen in the scanning mode). It’s the default mode for scanning and recording tiles, but you can switch between modes any time to improve the scanning results.
In video-camera mode just scroll your device over the tiles you want to scan, not too high, and then check the accuracy of the recorded tiles.
• You can try moving your device up and down, which will help the camera to focus.
• Make sure the room where the scanning takes place is well lit.
• Always use the primary camera on your device. It has the best quality and it’s usually the back-facing camera.
• The board on which you can assemble the tiles has two sides - white and grey. Make sure you use the white side in poor lighting conditions, whereas in extremely well-lit spaces use the grey side.
• Make sure there is always enough memory space on your device for the Scottie Go! app to function properly!
In case of Android devices: if the app can recognise only some tiles while scanning, make sure you calibrate your camera. In order to do that choose”Settings” from the Main Menu, then choose ”Calibrate camera” and follow the on-screen prompts.
What should I do if, while scanning the program, the camera fails to cover all the tiles on the game board?
As you progress in the game, the level of difficulty increases along with the number of tiles that should be used to complete quests, so it’s important to switch to video-camera mode when scanning the program. Make sure you intuitively try to move the camera field of view over the assembled tiles until they all appear on the screen. When finished, scroll the program on the screen and then run it on your device.
When completing the final quests in the game that require using functions, make sure you start with building and scanning functions (A, B, C) and then build, scan and run the program in which those functions are called. In one quest you can have the maximum of three functions and one program that utilises them.
How can I play the game on a desktop or laptop computer?
• You need to attach a webcam with autofocus and minimum 2 Mpix resolution. You also need Windows 7 operating system or higher.
• The types and configuration of the webcams differ a lot, so we recommend testing the device before the purchase.
• Due to the quality of graphics cards, older computers may experience problems with webcams. Solving a problem like this may require separate tests that are performed on the user’s computer remotely with the user’s consent.
• An ideal solution is to use computers with detachable screen, the so called 2 in 1.
• We do not recommend using the built-in laptop camera as it requires turning the device which makes it hard to see if the program has been scanned correctly.
The app fails to recognise the camera or the screen gets black?
Older devices may not support the new game update, so we prepared older versions of the game and drivers available for download under the links below:
EDU version for Windows 1.2.6b
HOME version for Windows 1.1.6 b.
What should I do if the app displays a warning that the scanned tiles belong to the version of the game that is not suitable for the app I use?
• Scan the program again or restart the app. If nothing else works, re-install the app. Make sure you choose the correct version: the Scottie Go! App in case of the home version; Scottie Go! Edu in case of the education version, Scottie Go! Labyrinth app in case of Scottie Go! Labyrinth.
• Make sure the reverse side of the tile contains a correct description or if there is no description at all. In the education version there is the word ”EDU” on the reverse side of each tile.
• Make sure you are not scanning some tiles that might be scattered on the game board within the camera field of view and that do not belong to the scanned program.
6. How to use the Scottie Go! kit?
What is the player’s minimum age?
Thanks to graphics and description-based communication, Scottie Go! can be played both by children who can already read and those who can’t read yet. Even a 4-5 year old player can recognise short commands such as begin, turn to the left etc.
The youngest players should play the first quests with the support of an adult person. Scottie Go! BASIC is the version of the game that is ideally suited for kids as young as four.
Scottie Go! Edu is an ideal choice for elementary school students.
The game can be played individually or in teams - we recommend two players per one kit. In this way the game will facilitate not only algorithmic and programming competences but also communication between players related to cooperation.
What is the optimal number of mobile devices to scan programs?
The optimal number of devices to scan the tiles depends on where and how the game is used.
At home: one device (tablet computer, a smartphone or a computer with a webcam)
At school: at least one device per one class (min. 5/10 game kits) with paper work charts/progress charts and guidelines for teachers available for download at https://scottiego.com/en/education
Media centres, community centres, libraries, individual classes, etc.: one device per each game kit.
At school the one device per class model allows your students to work in teams. The teacher displays game objectives or other tips on the wall or interactive whiteboard using a multimedia projector. Pupils participating in the lesson can read the in-game instructions, build their programs using tiles from their game kits and then check their solution using the device and work cards provided by their teacher. You can find a detailed description of this work model at www.scottiego.com/education in the Education/Materials tab.
7. Education versus Home version of Scottie Go!
There are two versions of Scottie Go! The home version features 61 quests in 7 modules, whereas the education version comprises 91 quests in 10 modules.
Scottie Go! Labyrinth is dediated solely for the home market. It comprises of 52 quests.
On how many devices can I install the game?
Scottie Go! Edu can be installed on three devices. The home version can be installed on two devices.
Which version of the app should I use at home and which version should I use at school?
Home users should download and use the Scottie Go! app, or the Scottie Go! Labirynth app. Schools and educational institutions should download and use the Scottie Go! Edu app.
Scottie Go! education version - benefits and functionality
Education version of the game (Scottie Go! Edu) gives you access to:
• A range of accompanying materials, including educational materials and solutions, lesson scenarios, syllabi, descriptions of implementations, etc. The downloads are available at: https://scottiego.com/flatsg/edu-scottiego/teaching-aids
• To access the materials for teachers, enter the licence code for your game (the code that you will find inside the game box).
• A special "Teacher” account.
• High quality quest description charts that you may use to create work cards for your students or that you may display for your pupils during your classes
• Networking and support through Scottie Go! School Clubs on Facebook.
NOTE: If you use Scottie Go! in an educational institution, we recommend that you mark each separate game kit (the box and the tiles) with a different colour or symbol before playing the game for the first time.
Can tiles from the education version of the game be used with the app dedicated to the home version and vice versa?
No. Sets of tiles are prepared for the respective version of the game and they must not be mixed. If you use the wrong version of the app and tiles, the game will inform you about that. In order to avoid losing or mixing the tiles up, never mix up tiles that belong to various sets.
The Scottie Go! app is compatible with the tiles from the following sets: Scottie Go (home version), Scottie Go starter mini.
The Scottie Go! Labyrinth app is compatible with the tiles from the The Scottie Go! Labyrinth set.
The Scottie Go! Edu app is compatible with the tiles from the following sets: Scottie Go! (education version), Scottie Go! BASIC, Scottie Go! Magnetic Tiles, Scottie Go! Starter mini Edu.
In addition, there is a separate product called Scottie Go! Basic tiles. The tiles from this set are compatible both with the educational and the home version. They can only be used to test the Scottie Go! and Scottie Go! Edu apps during the first four quests in the first module.
Can I upgrade the game licence from the home version to education version?
It’s not possible to change the licence from the home version to education version or the other way round.
Can I unlock all the game levels in the education version of the game?
Yes, just create a teacher profile.
When creating accounts, you can also choose to start the game from the module of your choice.
8. Tiles and the box
What should I do if some of the tiles get missing?
If some of the tiles from your kit get missing or damaged, you can buy them at Buy additional Scottie Go! tiles here.
I can’t find the BEGIN/END tile in my box.
Those tiles might have fallen out of their slots and are hidden between the paper overlay and the plastic tray inside the box.
Complaints related to the product, including the game box, can be made to the game seller within 12 months from the date of purchase. Remember to supply a detailed explanation, description of your complaint, a proof of purchase.
The licence code is part of the game and it undergoes the same regulations as the product itself. Should you lose your licence code, you can generate a new one on the basis of a shop receipt or invoice within 12 months from the date of purchase.
You can read the detailed information related to our refund and complaint policy at the following link