Another day, another neat project rolling out of LuGus Studios. Today’s special is CosmiClean, an educational mobile puzzle game teaching players young and old the importance of recycling through a thrilling space adventure.
Players adopt the role of an AI helping astronaut Bob repair his crashed spaceship. Bob – not the sharpest tool in the shed – works for CosmiClean, a futuristic megacorp that collects garbage all over the galaxy. After the crash, you’ll have to sort, sift and separate your way through the so-called worthless cargo to get the ship back online and return home.
The player’s goal is to build a series of 3D printed parts and machines by recycling trash into useable resources. The tools and processes are inspired by real-world recycling and in over 50 levels teach players about the logic, cost, and benefits of recycling.
CosmiClean has been created in association with KULeuven, Arkema, Newcastle University, BASF, and Tallinn University of Technology. The project is an EIT Raw Materials project made possible by the European Institute of Innovation & Technology.
The game isn’t out for the public yet, but it’s still a great example of how video games can make complicated subjects easy to digest and turn boring information transmission into an exciting interactive experience.