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How to Make a Data Set

Sugarcane is all about games, but to make a game you first need a data set. A data set is simply an organized collection of knowledge. It’s easy to get one started, and once you have one, you’ll be able to create any of Sugarcane’s 18 games in a matter of seconds.


To make your first data set, think of a topic you’d like to learn. It could be absolutely anything: a foreign language, geography facts, movie trivia, SAT vocabulary… you name it. Don’t think yet about what games you want to make; those will come later.


Start by adding a few rows to your data set. It helps to think of each row as an item: one vocabulary word, one country, one person, one sports team, etc. And the columns are facts about that item: a definition, a capital city, a birth date, a team logo, and so on. You can begin with just two columns, like this data set listing top countries by GDP and their capitals:

Here are a few examples to explore. When you go to a data set's page, click the TAKE A LOOK button.

Those are quite simple, but even so, look at the amazing variety of games you can already make:

Now, here is where it gets interesting: over time, you can keep adding to your data set. Besides adding more rows, you can also create additional columns to hold new facts. For example, in a data set about countries of the world, you might add columns for population, area, primary exports, official languages, world happiness ranking – really anything you might imagine. Take a look at the same four data sets from above, after they have “evolved” a bit:

You're probably eager to get started, so here's the minimum you'll need to do:
  1. If you haven't done so already, log in or create an account.
  2. Go to the data set editor.
  3. Give your data set a title and description.
  4. Create two columns and choose titles for them. Add a few rows. Aim for at least eight rows, although fewer will still be fine.
  5. Click SAVE.

Now it's game time. After saving, you'll see a page with links to all 18 game varieties. Choose one and follow the easy instructions. Hint: Grid Matching is a great one to start with.