Every now and then, Complex Games has the opportunity to work on something a little bit different. For the past year, we’ve had the pleasure of working with a local company by the name of Centric Productions to create four games, two flipbooks, and a whopping, 55-inch touch table for the Assiniboine Park Zoo’s all-new Journey to Churchill exhibit. Many of us here at Complex Games have been visiting the Zoo since we were children, so it’s no surprise how excited we were to take on this project.
One of the first things you’ll notice about the Journey to Churchill exhibit is the wide variety of ways to view, learn about, and interact with zoo animals. Assiniboine Park project coordinator Catherine Whitecloud explains that this is no accident. “From the very beginning, we were committed to offering a variety of media and educational experiences to suit many different styles of learning. We wanted to appeal to the current generation by adding interactivity. We made that extra effort to ensure we were building what is truly a world-class facility.” This is especially evident near the entrance of the exhibit, where our games and touch table take centre stage.
The four games, titled Sneaking Bear, Sunning Seals, Den Smashing, and Fish for Dinner, are designed to be accessible to all ages and fun to play, while still focusing on an educational slant. In Den Stalking, players take on the role of an adorable baby polar bear following its mother along treacherous Arctic ice in search of seals to eat. You must follow Momma Bear’s footsteps closely, lest you crack the ice and alert nearby seals to your presence and scare them off. Each game offers a unique perspective into how polar bears and ringed seals survive life in the fragile Arctic environment.
The Story of Ice touch table is the real star of the interactive section. Looking something like a giant iPad, the 55-inch table features a bird’s eye view of an Arctic ecosystem, where visitors can touch and manipulate any part of the environment to learn more.
This was a truly unique and exciting project for us to work on, and we hope you’ll take the time to stop by the Journey to Churchill exhibit at Assiniboine Park Zoo soon! If you can’t head there just yet, fear not, we took some great photos for you. Check them out below or on our Facebook page and don’t forget to Like us while you’re at it! To see more screenshots, visit the project page.