TreeQuests

Client

Forestry Commission

Platforms

iOS, Android

Summary

  • Youth oriented mobile game for a heritage site
  • Bluetooth beacons for location services
  • Atrium CCS deployment

Task

The Forestry Commission's National Arboretum at Westonbirt tendered for a mobile game that would engage, educate, and encourage, teenagers - their hardest to reach visitors!

The Challenge

  • Engage a hard-to-reach audience
  • Enhance visitors' experience of the Arboretum, not distract from it
  • Supply location services and navigation without using GPS or internet connectivity
  • Allow for regular content updates without Airsource involvement

The Result

Wanting to fully address the requirements of the brief, we decided to design two game types within a single app:

  • TrailQuest. A single-player treasure hunt game with smart path creation and an engaging variety of clues and challenges
  • TeamQuest. A multi-player only game - designed specifically for the youth groups who frequently visit Westonbirt - in which teams must capture trees to build-up their own digital Arboretum.

Both games use Bluetooth Low Energy beacons, mounted on the trees of the arboretum, to trigger challenges and 'capturing' of trees.

TreeQuests is backed by our Collection Curation System, Atrium, that enables Forestry Commission staff to make changes to the app's content via an online portal, and see these changes reflected in the app within minutes. No need to plan an app update release months ahead!



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