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Kibalou is a learning adventure for children aged five to seven, in which players are encouraged to adopt a health-conscious lifestyle. In the game, learning content on the topics of nutrition, food chains, hygiene and exercise is taught in a playful way. The game is named after the main character, an avatar whose color, accessories and name can be modified as desired at the beginning of the game. During the game, which represents a day from the avatar's life, players can choose to behave in a healthy way, but also in an unhealthy way. Whenever a healthy decision is made that is good for the avatar, players earn a star. With each star gained, players advance in the categories of nutrition, hygiene or exercise. The progress of the game is always displayed to the players and evaluated at the end of the game. On the game map, players find three places: the farm, the supermarket and their home. Players walk or drive to the places by selecting them on the map. It is healthier to go on foot or to take the bike instead of the car. At the farm, players can help the farmer plant vegetables and harvest his crops. In the process, players also learn how the food is further processed and eventually gets to the supermarket. In the supermarket, players can buy all kinds of food and some hygiene items. Healthy purchases are rewarded. Once home, the groceries can be whipped up into a delicious meal: Food can be unpacked or cut on the countertop and prepared in the pot or pan. Then the food can be arranged on plates and eaten. Those who eat healthy food will receive stars. If players also wash their hands and clean their fruits and vegetables before eating, they get more stars. After eating, players go to the bathroom to brush their teeth. To do this, toothpaste is put on the toothbrush and then the teeth are brushed until the dirt visible on the teeth has disappeared. The players are instructed with arrows on how to brush. However, to be on the safe side, parents also brush again. In the bedroom, the players can exercise so they get really tired. To do this, they can jump rope or do child-friendly yoga exercises, which gives stars once again. Afterwards, the players go to bed and can view their daily feedback.
Mit Følgedyr’s goal is to teach children the need for medical examination performed on them while also offering the children a comforting tool. The children learn about the used technology in order to reduce stress and anxiety. To achieve this, the patient meets Theo and Thea, who are present during the medical examination. The player has to do different tasks, which should help them to understand their situation and to deal with it.
No one is alone to the road to Health!
A game inspired by Pokémon (Gameboy, Nintendo), Trainer gives Players the responsibility of caring for creatures who all have dietary and fitness needs. Unique to any other title currently on the market, the Player actually trains with the creatures. When one of the creature exercises, so does the Player! Both benefiting by this shared activity.
The Game 'Re-Mission2' is a tower defense game. The goal is, to fight monsters like "Lymphomia Warrior", "LeukeMutant" and "LeukmAccelerator" which are under the influence of "Nuclear Tyrant". As in the previous game "Re-Mission" too, the user plays the role of a nanobot. He/She has many weapons to choose from like "ChemoBlast", "PredniSoldier" and "TumorShaker" to keep the monsters from taking over the body...
In Re-Mission, the player controls an RX5-E ("Roxxi") nanobot who is designed to be injected into the human body and fight particular types of cancer and related infections such as non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and leukemia, at a cellular level. The player must also monitor patient health and report any symptoms back to Dr. West (the in-game doctor and project leader). Each of the 20 levels is designed to inform the patient on a variety of treatments, how they function, and the importance of maintaining strict adherence to those treatments. Various "weapons" are used, such as the Chemoblaster, Radiation Gun, and antibiotic rocket.
ExertyFish is an Exergame for individualized and personalized endurance training that was developed based on scientific basics and research. The game ist played using a bike ergometer as input device. By varying cadence, the player controls a little fish on its way through a system of tunnels. The goal is to collect as many coins as possible without hitting the walls or mines. The heart rate of the player is continuously recorded during the game play using valid sensors. Depending on the training program, the load of the ergometer is adapted individually to the individual strain of the player. This enables an individually optimal endurance training based on approved training principles.
Balance, coordination and strength training
BalanceFit resembles classic wooden maze-and-ball-games. The goal of the exergame is to navigate a ball through a maze into a target. The maze is presented on a screen and the player steers the game by moving the center of pressure (COP) of his or her body intentionally. The maze consists of walls that facilitate the task and game features that increase the difficulty of the game, e.g., holes or monsters that eat the ball, or narrow passages that require greater accuracy when steering. As input control, a regular Nintendo Wii Balance Board is used, which has four pressure sensors, one at each of its edges, which allows measuring the weight distribution of the player standing on the board. Optionally, the balance board is integrated into a robust installation offering more stability for users with gait impairments or difficulties in standing. Based on the weight distribution the COP is calculated. If the player moves in a specific direction, the COP also moves in this direction. Accordingly, the virtual maze is rotated into the same direction and the virtual ball follows. Furthermore, BalanceFit provides a configuration tool (for individual players or therapists) that allows game adaptation of visual style and difficulty (defined by the layout of the labyrinth and the sensitivity of the controller). Automatic difficulty adjustment of the game is offered in customized versions of BalanceFit for dedicated user groups. In general, the system can be used by agile and fit users as well as by gait-impaired users (with a standing frame as hardware to provide stability), and even by wheelchair drivers.
Personalized Exergames - Cardio
ErgoActive is a personalized movement games designed to improve player's endurance. The game is controlled via an ergometer, i.e. as the player either pedals faster or slower, the bird flies higher or lower. The physical strain on the player is recorded and the gameplay is adjusted accordingly in the event of over/under strain or the pedaling resistance is increased/decreased.