Best Game Ever has not received any positive reviews. In fact, nobody’s ever heard of it, but why not give it a go? As you eagerly await what’s to come, your browser sputters and glitches; a skull and crossbones ominously glows onto your screen as you see your very own Facebook photos floating through the blackness. You’ve just fallen for the ploy of a cybernetic supervillain, intent on hijacking your identity.
With the help of a mysterious guide, you delve into a virtual cityscape intent on getting back what’s yours. A monolithic billboard looms over the metropolis, and only then do you realise the gravity of what’s occurred: you are now the poster child for Evil Corp’s newest product: 100% freshly squeezed panda juice.
Embark on an epic adventure through the Evil Corp cityscape deleting your private data, handling cyber bullies, ordering in payloads through secure connections, and battling pop-ups. Using your expert knowledge of cyber security, bring down Evil Corp and take back your identity.
The Best Game Ever is a concept created for the Open University in order to raise awareness in young people of cyber security issues. We created an interactive game linked to a social media account (Facebook or Instagram), that would break the fourth wall and take the user on a quest through a dystopic internet city in a quest to remove their own online pictures from the world. Taking a satirical approach and introducing a variety of original characters and narratives, the beautifully illustrated world would not just hammer in the oft-stated lists of potential dangers, but truly immerse the user in it.
The aim was to strike a balance between an immersive storyline, visual distinctness and crafted and innovative gameplay mechanics, ensuring the game stands above the market and generates a high level of virality and exposure. In a highly saturated market where all manner of games are immediately accessible through various mediums,and a target audience with higher standards and lower attention spans than ever before, meeting this objective was vital.