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The Numbers Game

An unlikely pair of Filipino explorers creates the best arithmetic game in town

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If there’s one job that a lot of people want, it’s to become a game designer. Who wouldn’t like making computer games, right? For 20-year-old Filipino game designer Admor Aloysius Aguilar, or Water as he’s known among friends and colleagues, there’s more to game designing than just, well, making games. It’s a way for him to realize a dream.

Water, who also goes by the moniker Wishful Droplet, took an early interest in games, mathematics, and programming. Fueled by his desire to create games based on his imagination, he took up Game Design and Development at De La Salle-College of St. Benilde (DLS-CSB). He also specializes in PC, mobile (Android and iOS), and VR/XR games and apps. A passionate game programmer and code junkie who likes creating immersive worlds, he co-founded Water’s World with boat captain Jay Jaboneta, shortly after graduation from college.


 

‘Our goal is to inspire and nurture human imagination, one person, one game, and one community at a time.’


 

Jay practices imaginative storytelling. He wanted to be an explorer growing up, until he realized that most of the world had already been discovered. But that didn’t stop Jay from exploring, deciding that he could instead create his own worlds. He is also the co-founder of the Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation, which provides school boats to children in the Philippines.

Together, Water and Jay set out to conquer new worlds in the fields of education, technology, and gaming. Last month, they released their first game called World of Numbers, and they call it the best arithmetic game in town. Their goal is to inspire and nurture human imagination, one person, one game, and one community at a time.

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As for their World of Numbers game, the goal is pretty simple and quite easy to accomplish. A test of the arithmetic skills in addition and subtraction of players, World of Numbers requires them to subtract numbers to reduce the middle tile to zero. Every time players do that, they get a point. To make things a bit more challenging, players have to complete the tasks in 60 seconds.

“I realized there is little interest in mathematics and engineering among students, and this frustrated me,” Jay says. “I figured we could use games to generate interest among students for this particular field. This is why Water and I are introducing World of Numbers. With hope, it will help children and their teachers in the Philippines—and even across the globe—practice arithmetic skills and learn to love math even more.”

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World of Numbers is the kind of numbers game that people won’t be able to stop playing! It’s a perfect fit for both math geniuses and those challenged by numbers the world over!

World of Numbers is available for both Android and iOS.

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