Habitat the Game
Adopt a bear and help save the world's habitats!
Habitat the Game is designed to educate players about the effects that climate change will have on different species around the world while also encouraging players to examine how their own behaviors and ecological footprint will impact the planet.
In the game, players adopt a polar bear and must keep the bear alive and healthy by completing virtual tasks – like washing, grooming and feeding the bear. Additionally, players are challenged to complete real-world ‘missions’ such as turning-off lights, conserving water, recycling, taking public transportation and other ‘speedy missions’ that decrease the player’s ecological footprint. The game further challenges players to make these actions a part of their daily routine, by awarding more rewards and a bonus mini-game to players who successfully complete 5-day missions. By completing these virtual tasks and real-world missions, players will progress through levels, increasing the health of their bear and earning badges of recognition for their efforts. Ultimately the goal is to save the world by improving the bear’s health.
Habitat also encourages players to get out into nature and collect virtual ‘Habitat Pins’, which function like trading cards and can be shared and traded with friends, family and other players (currently there are more than 100 Pins in over a dozen countries around the world). The pins add a co-op aspect to the gameplay and also encourage players to continue interacting with the game, nurturing their bear and living a ecologically-minded lifestyle. For more information on the game, including curricular materials, videos and more, visit Habitat’s Digital Chalkie
Sydney University, The Rainforest Alliance, The Wildlife Conservation Society
2015 iKids Award Nominee: Best Learning App