Make A Scape - an adventure in engineering

Make A Scape is an apocalyptic structural engineering game for iPad. The Sketch People have wasted their resources and destroyed their environment. Use structural engineering principles to help them rebuild their world.

Build in real time
- Engineer a tower, a bridge and a shelter
- Build simple structures by dragging your finger across the screen
- Your structures respond to gravity as you build thanks to Make A Scape’s real-time structural solver
- See how the forces in your structure change as you build
- Tip or shake the screen to see how your structure responds to lateral forces

Build efficiently
- Manage how much material you put into your structure
- Recycle unwanted materials for use later
- Keep your structures as light as possible but don’t go too light or it will come crashing down

Test your structures under live loading
- Will your shelter survive a shower of giant ice blocks ?
- Will your tower survive a storm ?
- Will your bridge survive a strong earthquake ?
- Get scored on structural strength, stiffness and efficiency of material use
- After each test go back and re-engineer your structures from where you left off

Have fun !
- Multi-touch (up to 10 fingers/touches)
- Pull on any node of your structure or throw giant ice blocks at it to check if it is strong enough or just have fun knocking it down !!

Learning Outcome
- Reactions, and their proportions
- Internal forces in structures
- Effect of gravity on structures
- Different types of triangulated structures
- Simple mechanisms
- Qualitative understanding of displaced shape
- Simple bracing
- Slenderness
- Stiffness of structures
- Tension and compression elements
- Live loading (wind, snow, earthquake)
- Types of spanning structure
- Value of material conservation and reuse

Make A Scape builds upon the pioneering work led by Gennaro Senatore to create online structural engineering simulators built on real-time structural solvers. The journey began with the development of the web-based app PushMePullMe (
Make A Scape is the next major step on this journey - putting a real-time structural solver into the hands of learners using tablets and smartphones.

Development team
- Gennaro Senatore, lead design and software development
- Charlie Banthorpe, UI design and development
- Jack Bardwell, graphic design
- Leah Harrison Bailey, graphic design
- Oliver Broadbent, educational design
- Max Perryment, sounds and music

What's New

Version 1.2.0


- Massive improvements to Tutorial level
- Enhanced multitouch drawing and editing


- Issue with mis-matched drawing hint positions resolved
- Moving two nodes at the same time caused app to crash (now fixed with enhanced multitouch editing)
- Nodes could be moved inside the floor section (fixed)
- Energy level bar showing incorrect level when loading a model in the Proving Ground (fixed)
- Map clipped on iPhone 6+ (fixed)
- Energy score corrected in save/load screen
- Targets do not expand unexpectedly when using the undo button
- Added a confirmation step when restarting the level

Ratings and Reviews

Hyphen 26 ,

Cannot open

This app fails to open properly. It seems to crash when I try to open it, not even offering a menu page. The concept of a game that would test your abilities at self supported designing a structure in a given environment is very creative, however this app does not allow you to do that as it advertises.

Developer Response ,

hello, I am really sorry to hear you experienced issues opening Make A Scape. Can you please tell us your device type and iOS version ? Does the app open and then crashes immediately or after the introduction movie ? I would really appreciate your further feedback.

Rsplayer00 ,


This game is unresponsive, unintuitive, and insanely difficult. Why do you need 3, 3 stars to pass the level. That is asking for perfection every time and that is nearly impossible. It had the potential for a good game but is unplayable

Developer Response ,


I'm sorry to hear you find Make A Scape difficult to play. Something must have gone wrong because this is the only negative review we have so far. It would be very useful for us to understand what went wrong in your case. Any chance you could give us more information ?


Useful Simple Projects LTD
149.7 MB
Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2014 Useful Simple Projects LTD, 2014 Gennaro Senatore


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