As promised, the Spaceteam IGD Special Event is here! Libraries around the world can download this free game and display their skills at keeping their spaceship in working order through cooperative shouting.
- Make sure your players have the latest version of Spaceteam: 2.1 (available now on the App Store or Google Play)
- Make sure your players use the official Event Code: IGD and pick their own team name. This must be done in the app in Upgrades -> Events (see image)
- Players will need an internet connection for their score to show up on the leaderboard but they can play offline and the results will be cached and sent as soon as they are connected again.
This is the web page you should use at the event: http://leaderboard.spaceteam.ca/event/IGD
(Ideally, this page would be prominently displayed somewhere everyone can see it, eg. on a projector or large monitor or TV.)
As each team finishes a game, their score will show up on the leaderboard and on the map (there is a separate tab labeled "Map"). The page automatically refreshes every 60 seconds to show the latest data as it comes in.
You are encouraged to test this feature ahead of time using a different arbitrary event code of your choice (eg. "igdtest" and corresponding web page: http://leaderboard.spaceteam.ca/event/igdtest). There is a chance that your library Wifi network will not allow devices to connect to each other. If this is the case then you may have to set up a Wifi hotspot or have a dedicated Wifi router for the event.
The International Games Day Committee wants to give a special thanks to Henry Smith for this great event!
Vested Interest has kindly donated their abstract puzzle experience, simian.interface++, to libraries participating in International Games Day. This award-winning digital game has no explicit rules, no instructions, and very simple controls. Simian.interface++ is a single-player game that presents challenges that must be solved using pattern recognition, intuition, and experimentation.
This game is suitable for children of all ages. This game displays properly in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Japanese, but is designed to be played by applying spatial reasoning and intuition, so users don't need to be able to read the text to play.
Register here to receive one of the 2000 promotional codes for this digital game. Any worldwide IGD or Nordic Game Day participant can register. Registration for the drawing will close on November 17th.
Thank you Vested Interest for donating to International Games Day!
International Games Day would like to thank Bridgeside Interactive for donating 20 codes for the two-player cooperative rhythm and clap game currently available for iPad, Clapper. Players perform five different types of claps with their partners, recognized via the device camera, to the beat of the music.
Take a journey through the jungle as you unlock new songs in this interactive musical game! Clapper offers four levels of difficulty, making it a great for beginners and experienced players of all ages.
Register here to win one of the 20 promotional codes for this digital game. You must be registered for International Games Day to be eligible for this free donation. Registration for the drawing will close on November 11th.
Thank you Bridgeside Interactive for supporting International Games Day!
In a previous post, Philip Minchin mentioned another inter-library activity for this year's event. Well, it's a pretty amazing one!
IGD has another new sponsor for the year: Henry Smith, creator of the legendary indie local-cooperative tablet & phone game Spaceteam!
Spaceteam is a game where people with Android and iOS devices connect to each other (yes, Android and iOS play together!) over a local wifi network and... you know what, I shouldn't be trying to describe it, watch this video.
It is completely free (there are in-app purchases and/or a supporter's subscription, but those are optional and only add cosmetic stuff - nobody will need to pay anything to participate!) and it doesn't snoop on players.
It's made by a bloke with AAA pedigree (he's worked on the Mass Effect, Dragon Age, and Dead Space series), who quit to make his own independent games because of some pretty cool ideas about how game making could work.
It's a bit rowdy, but a wonderful way to get people interacting. And it can even be used for literacy purposes - Concordia University commissioned a version that uses the 1000-5000 most common English words instead of the silly randomly generated pseudo-sci-fi terms. Trailer here!
ON TOP OF ALL THIS...
If all goes well, we will be the first event IN THE WORLD to use a brand new feature of the as-yet-unreleased version 2.1 of the software - Special Events. This will enable us to track everyone who registers as playing Spaceteam (not the ESL version, sorry) as part of IGD, tally their achievements, compare who gets furthest and generally connect people in different places and time zones.
(I might not be able to run the Global Gossip Game this year but I wasn't going to let IGD go without SOMETHING to connect us all together if I could help it!)
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE...
In addition to setting up this global special event for us, Henry has generously agreed to donate memberships of the Spaceteam Admiral's Club. If you'd like these, contact Henry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks, everyone - and remember, the game is completely FREE to users and works on Android and iOS phones and tablets, and is available in many languages, making it one of the most accessible video games around. Download it with some colleagues now and give it a try! Helpful tips on getting the game working are here.
OnePlay is back! They have once again generously offered to donate a code for a one-year single user subscription to any library. This single user license can be used as a prize at your IGD event. Please contact Lasse Jensen, at lasse [@] oneplay.com to receive a code.
OnePlay now has a library license offered through Recorded Books. This subscription enables library services to offer patrons access to over 3,000 popular games from 125 publishers. It includes both PC and Android games with unlimited access and no download restrictions. This is a great way to provide access for your patrons that they can use anywhere!
Thanks once more to OnePlay for supporting games in libraries and International Games Day!