Game “Life without Raw Materials”
What must be done to find different raw materials and to create items which are used in our everyday lifeDuring playing the game on the smartphone, tablet etc. (with the Android operating system), the player has to help the boy find proper deposits and produce semi-finished products to make the selected device at the final stage. The following objects/devices have been selected for reproduction: house, media, computer, smartphone and car. For each mission - the reproduction of each device, the player must provide the four most important raw materials for their production. Game screenplay (scenario): the game begins with an introductory story, e.g. a child (about 10 years old) falling asleep at home and waking up the next day in the world without everyday life devices. His task is to reconstruct (recreate) them from available raw materials. To build each object or device, the child has to use the raw materials that will have to be found, exploited, extracted and processed. It is assumed that the player has to obtain four key raw materials for the construction (creation) of each object/device. The first mission starts from building the house, the second is to provide the electricity, water, light, the next have to create the car, phone and computer. Each player has to go through the following path (after selecting the object for creation):
- to determine the four main raw materials that will be needed (e.g. clay, iron, copper, sand)
- to choose the type of mine (open pit, underground, hole mine)
- to choose the method of exploitation (e.g. refinery, power plant, metallurgical plant, recovery of metals from solutions)
- to choose the method of processing and production of the final raw material (crushing and grinding ore, flotation, leaching)
On the screen, it will appear the hints to make the choice easier. When the player obtains the proper raw material, the object/device that contains it will gradually appear/display on the screen (e.g. the lamp will light up). At the end of the game, the certificate of its completion will appear. The game content was transformed into stories relating to each of the raw materials occurring in the game and recorded being read by lectors, which has increased the availability for visually impaired or younger children.
The educational game is available in 8 different languages: English, Polish, German, Spanish, Greek, Slovenian, Slovak, Ukrainian.