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TRUTH

Ernesto Diaz

Ernesto started with Code Ninjas Burlington in 2021, and since then he's been honing his game development skills and having a blast at the same time! In his spare time, Ernesto loves to develop his own games in a variety of engines, and also publishes videos on YouTube! His Black Belt project "Truth" is a horror game, where you are tasked with finding the hotel owner of Cenivard hotel. You were summoned by a disturbance caused by an unknown entity inside. Can you discover the truth, or will you too become a part of the hotel's mystery? For an extra challenge, bring the laptop in the elevator with you!

Burlington, ON

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THE SHOPPING LIST

Katilyn Schuhler

Katilyn has been coming to Code Ninjas for 3 years, and enjoys video games, playing softball and basketball, and singing. She likes to cook and always goes shopping with her mom, which inspired her Black Belt project, “The Shopping List”. Her game is a shopping game with a twist: there is a timer and shopping carts that aim to take you out of the grocery store! Not only do you have to race against the clock, but you also have to watch out for the carts while picking up the items on your shopping list!

Oswego, IL

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A NINJA'S JOURNEY

Marco Magnelli

Marco has been at Code Ninjas for the past 4 years, where he has created many games and used patience to work through difficult projects. In his spare time, he enjoys playing video games, working on coding-related projects at home, and helping others learn how to code. His Black Belt project, “A Ninja’s Journey”, is a Code Ninjas-themed platformer game, where you control a ninja through 9 progressively harder levels, starting at white and ending at black. Avoid the obstacles and grab the key at the end of each level to belt up!

Glenview, IL

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LEGEND OF THE AETHER

Naveen Domadia

Naveen has been hard at work completing his Black Belt project, “Legends of the Aether”. His inspiration for this game is from mobile RPGs, such as The Way Home. He has been coding this game, revising bugs, and improving gameplay for 10 months.

Morrisville/Cary, NC

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BRUTAL BATTLE

Carter Whitley

Carter has been enrolled at Code Ninjas Viera for three and a half years, and wants to be a professional game developer. He persevered through the COVID lockdown and used that time to further hone his coding skills by completing all of the available projects. He’s a talented artist that modeled his own main character in his Black Belt project, Brutal Battle, and he created the title screen music on his own, too!

Viera, FL

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ENIGMA

Haley Dave

Haley started her Code Ninjas journey in 2018 and has worked diligently to make it to Black Belt! Her Black Belt project, Enigma, is an interactive RPG where you play as the Code Ninjas mascot Codey, exploring a world full of fun riddles with interesting NPCs you'll meet along the way. Can you find them all?

Riverstone, TX

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JOKE QUEST

Gavin Finucane

Gavin has been at Code Ninjas Stone Oak since it opened. The idea for his Black Belt project, Joke Quest, came to him during a brainstorm session, and he went with it because he thought it was funny. He intentionally focused on the game development process for his project, and believes his game turned out well!

Stone Oak, TX

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DUNGEON

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Julian Rosadi

Julian Rosadi has been a ninja at Code Ninjas Hoffman Estates for three and a half years. Julian's hobbies include coding and playing video games, and he will continue to be part of the Code Ninjas community as a Sensei. His Black Belt project, Dungeon Escape, is a challenging, trap-filled platformer inspired by a similar game, Trap Adventure 2. Julian hopes that whoever plays his game has fun trying to figure out how to pass its difficult levels.

Hoffman Estates, IL

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HAPPY ANIMALS

Husyn Khaled

Husyn has spent 3 years at Code Ninjas, learning game development skills while having a blast with senseis and other ninjas. Her Black Belt project, Happy Animals, showcases her passion for gaming and animals. The game is a single-player puzzle shooter with several levels that each bring changes in gravity, obstacles, and scenery. Take on rubber ducks, water hazards, bombs and eagles! Are you up for the challenge?

London, ON

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ROBO RUMBLE RUN

Carter Young

Carter started with Code Ninjas Burlington in 2019. He received the Ninja of the Year award at NinjaCon 2021 and has already created and published two games called Smiley Run and Kyub Quest. For his Black Belt project, Carter created a 3D platformer game called Robo Rumble Run. The player is tasked with moving Robo across obstacles throughout 5 levels. Once the player completes the course, they must activate the Orb, and then turn around and rush back to the start, avoiding the spikes before the timer runs out.

Burlington, ON

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SKY HIGH

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Zachary Nicholas Hawley

Zach has been at Code Ninjas Chanhassen since 2018. He is dedicated to learning to code and hopes to one day create a video game that will be played by thousands. Zach's Black Belt project, Sky High Escape, situates players inside a crashing plane. They must escape by solving riddles and finding clues. Zach created all of his own models, using Blender, for this project.

Chanhassen, MN

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SNOW ON

THE BEACH

Keri Kapuscinski

Keri Kapuscinski has been at Code Ninjas for the last four years and loves to code in C-script and Python. Keri’s Black Belt project, Snow on the Beach, was inspired by the Taylor Swift song of the same name. In this clicking game, the player must build a tower before the enemy can make a hole in the tower and reach the player!

Westfield, NJ

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NUCLEUS

Cruz Peterson

Cruz has been attending Code Ninjas Weddington for the last two years. His Black Belt project, Nucleus, is a complex puzzle game that requires players to think critically and strategically. Cruz's dedication to programming and game development is impressive, and his project has received high recognition and praise from his Code Ninjas community. He plans to continue pursuing his passion for game development and will be starting at a magnet high school next year studying either cybersecurity or game development. Cruz hopes to create even more engaging and challenging games in the future.

Weddington Indian Trail, NC

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LABYRINTH

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Barrett Ragan

Introducing Barrett, a dynamic ninja who excels in both coding and basketball. His remarkable black belt project, Labyrinth Escape, brilliantly merges his expertise in these two fields. In this captivating venture, participants find themselves immersed in a labyrinthine virtual world, where they must navigate intricate puzzles, overcome challenging obstacles, and evade the evil spider to achieve the ultimate victory. Barrett's Labyrinth Escape showcases his exceptional skills as a ninja while captivating and inspiring adventurers from all backgrounds, whether they're coding enthusiasts or basketball fanatics.

New Braunfels, TX

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CUBE PLATFORMER

Ethan Chan

Ethan is one of the original ninjas who has been at Code Ninjas Palos Verdes since 2018. He has shown great commitment towards learning programming and problem solving. His Black Belt project, Cube Platformer, is a multi-level platformer game in which the player must navigate around obstacles to win. Ethan aspires to be an engineer, working in artificial intelligence or robotics, so that he can contribute to the development of innovative technologies that will improve day-to-day life.

Palos Verdes, CA

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NINJA PARTY

Griffin Mclaughlin

Griffin has been at Code Ninjas West Springs, Calgary, since September 2021. He is a dedicated ninja and is always enthusiastic about building his coding skills. Griffin's Black Belt project, Ninja Party, contains several different mini-games, inspired by projects from the upper belt curriculum, that the player must pass through to win the game!

West Springs Calgary, AB

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BYRDSHOT

Kellan Patrick Rainey

Kellan was the first Ninja at Code Ninjas Georgetown and has excelled all the way through the belts. For his Black Belt project, Byrdshot, Kellan created a flying first-person shooter. Kellan first thought of the game as a Purple Belt, and it allowed him to focus his learning during all the upper belts. In Byrdshot, you blast through space and destroy enemies with your double barrel shotgun. As you progress watch out for the enemy projectiles.

Georgetown, TX

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NEIGHBORHOOD HERO

Raelyn Larkin

Raelyn is an avid gamer, and enjoys food and animal related games! She also enjoys sharing her knowledge with other ninjas at Code Ninjas Memorial City. Her Black Belt project, Neighborhood Hero, is based on the game, The Cat Burglar, where the objective is to find the missing cats. In Raelyn’s project, the user must save the missing kids to win the game!

Memorial City, TX

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GHOST DEFENSE

Carson Blue

Carson’s Black Belt project, Ghost Defense, is inspired by the Purple Belt project, Robomania. In Ghost Defense, the user fights ghosts across four different levels that get progressively harder. Try and beat all four levels to win the game.

Concord, NC

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JUNGLE DOLLAR

Sharvi Kulkarni

Sharvi has worked hard on creating an exciting adventure platform game at Code Ninjas. In Sharvi’s Black Belt project, Jungle Dollar, the user is a thief in the jungle. Try to collect all of the coins without hitting any snails, which will cause the level to be reset. Reach the moon after the coins have been collected to move on!

Trumbull, CT

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SPACE ESCAPE

Efe Gocmen

Efe has been attending Code Ninjas Hilliard for the past two years, and he would like to continue building his game developing skills. Efe’s Black Belt project, Space Escape, challenges the user to escape the space station by solving levels of increasing difficulty.

Hilliard, OH

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FOOD NINJA

Jyotsna Krishna

Jyotsna’s Black Belt project, Food Ninja, is inspired by the game Fruit Ninja. However, it uses food instead with explosions, music, and different difficulties as the levels progress.

Trumbull, CT

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DRIVE!

Nirvan Beniwal

Nirvan is a persistent and motivated coder who has used grit to succeed in his projects in various belts. He is super friendly and a great peer to younger ninjas at Code Ninjas Rancho Bernardo. His inspiration for his Black Belt project, Drive!, comes from his passion for racing cars.

Rancho Bernardo, CA

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ROBOT ESCAPE

Joey Schrey

Joey has been developing and expanding his programming skills at Code Ninjas Windsor for the last 3 years. For his Black Belt project, Robot Escape, you must use your problem-solving skills to solve escape room type puzzles to win! When you solve a puzzle, you can advance to the next level. Can you complete all of the puzzles in time?

Windsor, ON

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ESCAPE

NORTH CAROLINA

Ritika Shah

In Ritika’s Black Belt project, Escape North Carolina, the user helps a college student escape North Carolina by solving puzzles, locks, and more! Visit and learn about North Carolina's main attractions, like the Blue Ridge Parkway and Charlotte, in order to escape!

Concord, NC

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