Crafty Cut


A handy puzzle game packed with levels to help students get to grips with the geometry of 2D and 3D shapes

The brief

Amplify is a US-focused educational publisher reimagining the way teachers teach and students learn. At the heart of this ambition is a groundbreaking digital curriculum for K-12, focusing on Maths, Science, English Language and the Arts.

We’ve been working with Amplify to produce a series of games to be sold along with this core curriculum, designed for the Amplify Tablet and a variety of other platforms including iOS.

As part of our focus on Maths we created Crafty Cut to allow players to explore geometry and the relationship between 2D and 3D objects.

Our response

Crafty Cut is a unique puzzle game that helps players develop spatial reasoning and explore the geometry of shapes across three exciting game modes and over 100 levels.

In Cut mode, players use an intuitive slicing mechanic to reveal new 2D facets from a sries of ever more complex 3D shapes. Performance is based on the quality of the match and graded on a three-star criteria: correct number of sides, correct internal angles, and correct length of sides.

The star system controls the unlock of new modes, with Combine and then Rotate becoming available as the player progresses. Over 100 levels are available, offering progression through ‘Easy’, ‘Tricky’ and ‘Fiendish’ difficulties.

Combine mode really puts the player’s powers of spatial reasoning to the test: three-dimensional shapes must be composed by correctly aligning smaller geometric fragments. Rotate mode is endless and requires quick-thinking and even quicker shape-shifting to fit 3D shapes through 2D cut-outs in an advancing ‘wall’.

The game gives students a hands-on experience of manipulating 3D objects, breeding familiarity with the names and properties of 2D and 3D shapes and creating confidence with them generally. The broader aim is to make maths less intimidating by presenting it in a fun and visually arresting way.

As the player progresses, new materials are unlocked for use in the creative sandbox. Sandbox mode allows the student to cut, sculpt and craft their own shapes for sharing with other students.

The game was inspired by the geometry covered in the Common Core Standards and developed in collaboration with the Amplify Math Curriculum Team. Crafty Cut has been rolled out to a number of US and is now available for purchase on the AppStore.

"Preloaded are a rare breed, extraordinarily talented in the craft of making great games and passionate about finding new ways to help people learn."

Justin Leites, VP Games, Amplify Learning

The Results

  • Awards

    Serious Play 2014 - Silver

  • Nominations

    TIGA - Originality (2013)