Created for the National Safety Council's My Car Does What campaign, this frantically paced time management game has you scrambling to help visitors to your auto expo booth learn about different, real life, car safety features. Purchase upgrades and unlock new features as you progress through all 30 levels. Play for free!
Right off the bat, we encounter a design issue that comes up every now and then: learning objectives that aren't easily translated to game mechanics. That's Your Right experienced this too. Basically, you're trying to teach people facts about a variety of different things, and there are a lot of them. The fact that the back-up camera doesn't work well in direct sunlight or harsh weather isn't a game system we can play with, especially considering the scope we had.
What we do in these cases is come up with our own game system that's not pulled directly from the learning objectives. We try to think of an engaging way to feed players knowledge and have them use that knowledge even when the actual mechanics are unrelated. We settled on a fast-paced customer-helping game that had the player dealing with only small pieces of safety feature information at a time. It ended up being a very addicting and enjoyable game!
A Lesson Learned...
If you are choosing your own objectives, learning or otherwise, keep them focused. Avoid trying to use a game to teach pure factual information that's unrelated. If you must though, don't waste time trying to pull mechanics out of it; think of mechanics that can help feed that information in a pleasing way.