The Game

TileAttack is a two player game whose aim is to identify the parts of a text that refer to objects - e.g., people, places, locations. (These parts of a sentence are generally known as noun phrases; we call these parts of text mentions). In the game you are randomly matched with a second player and score points for agreeing on a mention, but even more points for finding that mention first. There are many different types of mentions, both simple ones (e.g., He, Bob, the CEO, London) and more complex (the classical music fan, the capital of the UK). Your aim in the game is to identify as many of them as you can. Keep in mind that markables can be nested: e.g., the capital of the UK is a markable, but the UK is a markable as well!


Interface

The short video to the left will show you the basic controls and operation of the game.

Please note: the game is in development, so there may be subtle changes between the video and the current state of the game

This will walk you through:

  • scrolling left and right (you can also scroll up and down if many annotations are made)
  • making a selection by clicking on the start and ending tokens then clicking annotate
  • deleting a selection by double clicking
  • clearly incorrect mentions, reserved mentions
  • how an agreement between two players is shown
  • and how to finish a round of the game

Pause and rewind the video if you miss anything.


Rules

The Rules

  • You will not be able to see your opponents moves, unless they have matched yours
  • You will get a 1 for identifying a mention, but the real points come from agreeing with your opponent
  • The longer the item you mark, the more points you will receive
  • The first player to mark the item that you both agree on receives double points, so get in quick!
  • The game is against the clock, you will have 180 seconds for each round
  • Once you have finished you will be able to see your opponents moves


One last thing!

We're trying to work out how to improve the game, and your thoughts would be very welcome. If you have a moment after playing, we've prepared a short Google Form.

If you'd like to help you can click the survey button now, it will open in a new tab/window that you return to after the game.

Survey