‘BE RICH MAN:’ Student develops Android game to spur tourism in her country

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Sasithorn Hannarong is only a freshman in computer science, but she’s been programming for five years now.

Hannarong built an Android game, “Be Rich Man,” during 2014-2015 as part of a Thailand digital programming contest called the Thailand Digi Challenge, and she took home 1st place for the topic: traveling.

The objective for her game is to inspire growth and tourism, since Thailand is a developing country.

The topic for Hannarong’s game is traveling through Thailand. It’s like Bejeweled meets Monopoly meets Fable, all in an Android app.

The player travels across the board by rolling die, but the player only has so many chances to do so.

The player can purchase more rolls with coins she’s earned, as well as special extras like 15 extra seconds on the clock, a glove that lets you wreak havoc across the jewels, and other special items.

Hannarong had only the help of her boyfriend during the tedious six-month period of programming and graphic development for the app.

Hannarong was then able to earn the budget and licensing rights to the app, which was supported by the Software Industry Promotion Agency and Thai Digital Content Center, and also by a Thai traveling agency.

A cross between a board and puzzle game, it has more than 100 challenges for players to conquer.

Hannarong came to Florida Tech on a scholarship from her country, and she said she already has a new project started for this year: a Thai boxing app.

She said she thinks there should typically be more than two people to a project, between artwork and coding. Her favorite program to use for artwork is a Japanese drawing tool called “clip studio paint,” as well as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

Her development fanpage can be found at www.facebook.com/BRabbit.dev/?ref=hl