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Habitat the Game video tutorials

There are so many aspects to Habitat the Game – real world actions, bear care, glacier park, player profiles, mini games and more.

A number of players have asked us “how to” so we have begun to film a series of player tutorials with the game’s creator Kylee Ingram.

They will be available on our YouTube channel.

Check out the first video, all you need to know about Bear Care:

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Habitat the Game Walkthrough

The Game
This walkthrough was written in July 2014. The game will continually be updated so look for the latest walkthrough documents. 

The world’s habitats are in danger and you can help save them.

Habitat is a touch-based (phone and tablet) mobile-social game experience that combines traditional mobile-social mechanics with gamified real-world activities and imaginative play to engage kids between 7-12 years old to help protect the environment with their everyday actions.

In Habitat, the player will take care of polar bears living in Glacier Park — an arctic wildlife refuge. They’ll clean, feed, and play with the bears, maintaining the animals’ happiness, but more is needed to keep them and their park healthy. Special bear care items, park items and potentially a baby bear will become available as users earn Habitat points and eco tokens. Points and tokens are earned by completing real world missions and playing the minigames. Real world missions earn more Habitat points than the mini games. To earn maximum habitat points, real world missions prompt kids to complete activities in their homes in order to reduce their ecological footprint.

A leaderboard system will keep track of Habitat points the player earns by caring for their bears and completing real world missions. When the game starts, players will be able to view their progress relative to their friends (see privacy and security section) and the global game.


 Walkthrough

Login

After you have rubbed the bear at the  start of the game the game goes to a screen where you will fill in.

Your Bear Name
A User Name
A Password

Habitat the Game login

Habitat the Game logi

01 Home screen

The home screen has the bear front and centre.

The three icons above the bear represent the three areas of bear health. Players need to keep these in balance to keep the bear healthy. The bear has a number of different levels of health. Like a tamagochi the aim is to take care of the bear in a persistence play model. If the bear is not cared for it sails off.

1. The fish is the way you feed the bear,
2. The heart is how you “love your bear, and
3. The paw is where you do your real world actions.

A player presses these icons to action the activities.

Players can also navigate through to Glacier Park, Rewards and their Profile.

Home Screen Habitat the Game

Home Screen Habitat the Game

02 Bear Care
When a player presses the heart icon they are able to interact with their bear. They will chose to either love their bear by grooming, petting or feeding it from the options in the tray below. These interactions make the “heart” metre go up.

Kids have to do real world actions to gain the eco tokens needed to acquire more of the care icons in the tray at the bottom of the screen.

 

Bear Care Habitat the Game

Bear Care Habitat the Game

 03 Mini Game – Feeding
When a player presses the fish icon they go to a “Temple Run” Style game where the player tries to collect as many fish for the bear as they can.

Once they have finished the game the “fish” meter goes up.

Feeding Game Habitat the Game

Feeding Game Habitat the Game

04 Real World Play
Clicking on the paw icon takes you to the real world play which is the unique point of Habitat. Kids can chose to do fast (daily) or slow (weekly) missions.

Each of these missions are backed up by algorithms from Sydney University who are measuring the kid’s savings in terms of water, land and carbon saved. By completing real world missions the parks health remains high. If real world missions are not completed then the parks health falls into neglect. The parks health is visually reflected in the game.

 

Real World Missions

Real World Missions

 

Quick Missions

These quick missions are a mixture of quick actions ie turning off a light and answering quiz questions that are about their bear or about topics relating to their real world actions.

Weekly Missions

Players can do harder missions where they plot their behaviours across a week.
They will receive daily reminders to log their behaviour for the day.

If they complete one of these missions they level up and unlock a secret mini game.

 05 Profile Page

The players are able to see a number of things on their profile page:

  1. Their savings – how much they have saved in terms of water, land and energy
  2. A Leaderboard – players will be able to see where they stand in the overall rankings and amongst their friends.
  3. They are able to invite a friend to join the game.
  4. Players will also be able to see their Habitat points, eco tokens, bear health, park health and their bear photo album.
The calculations of my real world behaviours

The calculations of my real world behaviours

 

 06 Rewards

Players head to the rewards page which acts as a shop where they can spend their eco tokens.

They can add items to love, groom and feed their bear in the bear care screen. They can also buy power ups to help them in the feeding mini game, such as a magnet to attract more fish.

 

 

07 Glacier Park
Players can see a wider shot of where their bear is in glacier park. They can also see a couple of other bears roaming around.

Players earn achievements items each time they level up and can add these as structures in their glacier park. By placing an item in the park they are rewarded with an animation of their bear interacting with the achievement item. Achievement items include a slide, swing, hot tub, deck chair and a castle.

Players are trying to make their bear grow and they will get a baby bear once they have levelled up enough times. See below.

Hidden Rewards

  1. Completing a weekly real world mission

After players continue a real world mission for a week, they wil be taken to a bonus mini game where the bear runs across the top of the ice.

Bonus Game

Bonus Game

 

  1. Level 7

When kids get to Level 7 they receive a baby bear. They grow this bear with its parent until the parent leaves the screen heading to the family photo album and the baby bear grows up and becomes your main player.

 

To activate the bears “breeding” the player needs to go to glacier park and click on their bear with the hearts over it. The two bears then “date” and a sequence of images show them playing together, living together and ends with the presentation of their baby bear.

Baby Bear Habitat the Game

Baby Bear Habitat the Game

 08 Trading Pins

 There are currently over 150 Habitat pins in 13 different countries around the world; to find the virtual pins make sure you turn on the location services and sign in.

When you are near a Habitat location you will be notified about the location and which unique virtual pin you will find.

There are a number of ways you can search for pins:

-        Use the map to see the pins around you and around the world,
–        By country; will show you what pins are available in each country,
–        By Pin; type in the name of the pin you would like to find.

 

Habitat the Game pin trading

Habitat the Game pin trading

At each Habitat location there is a unique virtual pin you can collect. These pins can be traded at a later date.

WA Tourism's Whale Shark

WA Tourism’s Whale Shark

When you are close enough to the pin, tap on the pin to collect. The pin is instantly added to your Pin Gallery.

Virtual Pin - Sea Lion

Virtual Pin – Sea Lion

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For additional Habitat points answer the multiple-choice questions on the reverse side of the pin.

 

Collecting more than one pin

 

You can collect up to three of each pin at any one time. Although you do have to wait 30 minutes after collecting your first pin before you can receive your second pin at that location.

You Pin Gallery will show which pins you own, how many of each pin you have and what pins you have up for trading.

Trading

Once you have collected a pin it automatically goes into your trading list, ie the trading icon is on. You can turn off the trading icon by simply tapping it when your pin is full screen.

To trade with someone press the trade pins button

Trade Virtual Pins

 

If another player puts one of your pins on their wish list you will be notified they would like to make a trade. You will be able to see what pin/pins they will offer in return for you pin.

 

You then have three choices:

-        accept their offer,

-        reject their offer or

-        ask them to make another offer.

Trades between two players will stay open for an hour.

Habitat the Game pins can be collected from across the globe

Habitat the Game pins can be collected from across the globe

Any pins you would like to add to your gallery can be added by tapping them on your wish list. You can find pins to add to your wish list by doing either a search by country or by pin name.

There are currently 150 pins you can collect. They are located in the following countries:

USA
Guatemala
Venezuela
Brazil
Costa Rica
Honduras
Belize
Nicaragua
Kenya
Mexico
Peru
Australia
Scotland
New Zealand

You will need to work with other players around the world to get the full set of pins.

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How much have you saved?

Captain P is my Habitat user name. I have 3268 Habitat points which places me in 45th position on the leader board. A couple of weeks back I received an email from 7 year old Madeline telling me she loved the game and she was top of the leader board with over 5000 points.

I can’t see Madeline from my position but I am sure she has racked up many more points by now.

When players sign in we are all asked to sign onto the honour system by ticking a box that says we promise to tell the truth about our real world missions. So there is no way for us to verify if players are lying about what they have done in the real world but I am able to tell you about what I have achieved in the month I have been playing. I have tried to be as accurate about my behaviours as possible and according to my profile I have saved:

-       240 buckets of water,
–       103.8 feet of land, and
–       5181 balloons of carbon.

The calculations of my real world behaviours

So what does this mean? It is the team at Integrated Sustainable Analysis at Sydney University who have up with the algorithms and our measurement tools.

The number of buckets represents the litres of water based on an averaged sized 10 litre bucket or 2.64 gallons.

Buckets of water represent the number of litres of water you have saved

Buckets of water represent the number of litres of water you have saved

The number of footprints represents the area of land that a player has NOT disturbed by their actions. The measurement is based on a typical human footprint area of 300 cm2 or 47 square-inches.

Represents the area of land you have NOT disturbed

The number of balloons represents the volume of greenhouse gas emissions measured in terms of volume of C02 gas, 1 kg or 2.2 pounds.

The number of balloons represents the volume of greenhouse gas emmissions

Remember all of these actions are based around rewarding players when they are under the national average.

So if we add all of my measurements up I have saved:

-       2,400 Litres of water or 576 Gallons of water
–       31,140 cm2 or 4,878.6 square inches of land
–       5181 kg or 11,398.2 pounds of carbon

I could keep calculating to tell you that each gallon of gas you put in a car produces 14 pounds of carbon dioxide. My behaviours equate to about the equivalent savings of over 800 gallons of gas.

Although we can never verify the actions of our players, right now we have a couple of thousand kids playing and collectively they have saved:

Community Saved Water Buckets: 32703.48

Community Saved Soccer Fields: 882965.09

Community Saved Light bulbs: 2935397.98

And who said kids can’t make a difference? It is going to take top down and bottom up approaches to address global issues like climate change and we need our kids to know they can be part of the solution.

We are keen to know what you have saved and what that equates to. Please share your profile with us on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/habitatthegame

To learn more about how Sydney University came to calculate these savings go to our previous blog post:

http://habitatthegame.wordpress.com/2014/03/22/incentivising-players-to-reduce-their-footprint-by-25-below-the-national-average/

 

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Feedback for Habitat the Game

Habitat has enjoyed it’s first month in the hands of players young and old.

We have had a lot of feedback from parents and players. See some of our favourite comments below:

Sally mother of Lachlan aged 9
Lachie found Habitat on my phone, he loves it!! When he gets a turn on my phone he’s choosing Habitat over Minecraft!

Mat father of Alex aged 8
Given that he only has about 30 minutes a day on an ipad, habitat held its own against games like clumsy ninja, and lego star wars for play time.

Jane mother of  Will aged 9
Will loves Habitat. He has taught his siblings and neighbours how to play. Will has a life’s amount of ‘screen time’ each week but he manages to check on his bear – and if he doesn’t his brother or sister do!  It has been great to see some of Habitat’s lessons put into action in our home – shorter showers, lights turned out and a keenness to recycle their old toys and clothes.

Olivia aged 7
I liked taking care of the bear and feeding it so I knew the bear was healthy and could have a baby. I liked the swimming in the Arctic looking for fish.

Krissie mother of three
Habitat allows a child to imagine and create with a positive environmental focus. This is the best app of it’s genre. It is a positive and challenging experience for children. It encourages children to think about the environment and the positive choices they can make as independent thinkers.

 

Madeline aged 7
I LOOOOOOOOVE your game. (Today at my brothers soccer my mum said do you want to play on my phone I said no I,d like to play on dads phone can you guess why?)
I soooooooooooo like your game I am the leader. I have 4594 points already.

 

 

 

 

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Mannahatta pins are being added to the game!

After a decade of research the Mannahatta Project at the Wildlife Conservation Society un-covered the original Ecology of Manhattan.

Manhattan then and now

Manhattan then and now

The Mannahatta project brings to life the original ecology of Manhattan prior to European settlement. It shows us that the centre of one of the world’s largest and most built-up cities was once a remarkably diverse, natural landscape of hills, valleys, forests, fields, freshwater wetlands, salt marshes, beaches, springs, ponds and streams, supporting a rich and abundant community of wildlife that sustained people for thousands of years before Europeans arrived on the scene in 1609.

Manhattan now and recreated pre European Settlement

Manhattan now and recreated pre European Settlement

Habitat aims to bring some of the research of Mannahatta to the streets of New York and into the hands of a young audience. We hope to place over 60 virtual Mannahatta pins throughout New York – rewarding players for finding these locations, while providing some historic background information and fun quiz questions.

The Mannahatta Virtual Pin Collection - The Beaver

The Mannahatta Virtual Pin Collection – The Beaver

Players will collect the unique Mannahatta pins and they will be able to trade these pins with other players from across the country and around the world.

One of the aims of the Mannahatta project was to bring greater environmental awareness to people in New York City.  We hope the Mannahatta pins will help with this objective by encouraging kids reconnect to their natural environment. Helping them appreciate the environmental diversity of Manhattan, which supported over 45 different ecosystems, thousand of species (including wolves, black bears, bald eagles, beavers) and it was also home to the original Native American people, the Lenape.

There are currently five Mannahatta pins sprinkled around the city.

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How to trade pins

How to trade pins. This is the article we posted on the help section of the game for kids. We have included here for parents with pictures of the screens.

Become a global trader!

We are keen to see Habitat players head outside and explore the world.

We will reward you for going outside and finding Habitat locations.

There are currently over 100 Habitat pins in 13 different countries around the world; to find the virtual pins make sure you turn on the location services and sign in.

 

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Habitat the game virtual pin

When you are near a Habitat location you will be notified about the location and which unique virtual pin you will find.

There are a number of ways you can search for pins:

-       Use the map to see the pins around you and around the world,

-       By country; will show you what pins are available in each country,

-       By Pin; type in the name of the pin you would like to find.

 

Habitat the game virtual pin board

How to search for virtual pins

At each Habitat location there is a unique virtual pin you can collect.  These pins can be traded at a later date.

 When you are close enough to the pin, tap on the pin to collect. The pin is instantly added to your Pin Gallery.

 

Collect your virtual pin

Habitat virtual pin collection

For additional Habitat points answer the multiple-choice questions on the reverse side of the pin.

Collecting more than one pin

You can collect up to three of each pin at any one time. Although you do have to wait 30 minutes after collecting your first pin before you can receive your second pin at that location.

You Pin Gallery will show which pins you own, how many of each pin you have and what pins you have up for trading.

 

Habitat virtual pin gallery

Habitat’s virtual pin gallery

Trading

 Once you have collected a pin it automatically goes into your trading list, ie the trading icon is on. You can turn off the trading icon by simply tapping it when your pin is full screen.

 

If another player puts one of your pins on their wish list you will be notified they would like to make a trade. You will be able to see what pin/pins they will offer in return for you pin.

You then have three choices:

-       accept their offer,

-       reject their offer or

-       ask them to make another offer.

Trades between two players will stay open for an hour and you can trade up with 5 different players at a time.

Any pins you would like to add to your gallery can be added by tapping them on your wish list. You can find pins to add to your wish list by doing either a search by country or by pin name.

 There are currently 102 pins you can collect. They are located in the following countries:

 USA
Guatemala
Venezuela
Brazil
Costa Rica
Honduras
Belize
Nicaragua
Kenya
Mexico
Peru
Australia
Scotland
New Zealand

You will need to work with other players around the world to get the full set of pins.

For more information on pins you can find us on instagram at habitatthegame or twitter @habitatthegame 

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Habitat the Game Launches

Habitat officially launched at Central Park Zoo this week.  We invited a bunch of NYC’s mommy bloggers to attend the event.

We filmed a little video of the event.

Below is the press release that will be sent out later today:

New Environmental App, Habitat the Game, Sends Kids on Real-life Missions to Save Virtual Endangered Species and Reduce Their Carbon Footprint

Habitat’s point system incentivizes players towards a 25% reduction in their carbon, water and land use

New York, NY – May 14, 2014  – The Wildlife Conservation Society and the Rainforest Alliance have announced an environmental app, Habitat the Game, during a media event in the Central Park Zoo in New York City. In an era where kids spend less than four minutes a day on unstructured outdoor play, this free app rewards kids for undertaking environmental actions and exploring the outdoors.

Designed to teach seven to 12 year-olds ecologically sustainable habits, Habitat encourages players to adopt an endangered animal, a virtual polar bear, and keep it happy and healthy. Players earn points through games in the app and by completing real-life “missions,” like recycling or checking in at more than 30 parks around the world, including the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo and Central Park Zoo, as well as national parks and other iconic sites. The virtual pins collected at these sites can also be traded with players around the world.

“Kids today spend 70 percent less time outdoors than they did two generations ago,” said Courtney White, Director of Education at the Rainforest Alliance. “This app helps get kids outside while educating them about biodiversity and simple steps they can take to reduce their environmental footprint and create a healthier future for the planet.”

The Habitat team worked with the Integrated Sustainability Analysis team at Sydney University to develop algorithms that measure players’ ecological footprint based on indicators like water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to promoting outdoor activities, the point system in the game incentivizes players towards a 25% reduction in their carbon, water and land use and shows their impact through an ecological footprint calculator.

Additional game features include:

-       Individual animal care, similar to Tamagotchi games
–       Temple Run-style feeding games
–       Challenge a friend invitations to see each others’ progress
–       Leader board to track progress against other players
–       Location services to note when a Habitat pin location is nearby
–       Pin trading to swap pins with other players around the world

“Our aim was to create a game that was entertaining, but also had crossover into the real world,” said Kylee Ingram, the game’s developer. “Kids who play Habitat will be encouraged to change their real life behaviors.”

Habitat the Game is available to download for free on all iOS, Android and tablet devices. Visit www.habitatthegame.com to learn more, or find the app on iTunes and Google Play.

About Habitat the Game:
In the vein of the Tamagotchi persistence play craze of the 90s, users undertake actions to keep an endangered animal alive. In Habitat, game players adopt a polar bear. To keep the bear alive and healthy, players need to successfully complete events in the game, undertake real world actions and find locations. By completing these tasks players progress through levels, increasing the health of their bear. Ultimately the goal is to save the world by improving the bear’s health. Follow @habitatthegame http://www.facebook.com/habitatthegame

About Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS):

MISSION: WCS saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. VISION: WCS envisions a world where wildlife thrives in healthy lands and seas, valued by societies that embrace and benefit from the diversity and integrity of life on earth. To achieve our mission, WCS, based at the Bronx Zoo, harnesses the power of its Global Conservation Program in more than 60 nations and in all the world’s oceans and its five wildlife parks in New York City, visited by 4 million people annually. WCS combines its expertise in the field, zoos, and aquarium to achieve its conservation mission. Visit: www.wcs.org 

About Rainforest Alliance:The Rainforest Alliance is a global nonprofit organization that works with people whose livelihoods depend on the land, helping them transform the way they grow food, harvest wood and host travelers. From large multinational corporations to small, community-based cooperatives, businesses and consumers worldwide are involved in the Rainforest Alliance’s efforts to bring responsibly produced goods and services to a global marketplace where the demand for sustainability is growing steadily. For more information, visit www.rainforest-alliance.org. Follow @RnfrstAlliance

 

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Habitat Behaviours Uncovered

We have quizzed kids aged 7-12 about what environmental behaviours they recognise and can undertake. Their answers have given us a list of actions that kids will earn points for in the game and in turn we are able to tell them (thanks to Sydney University’s team at Institute of Sustainable Analysis – ISA) how much water, land and carbon they have saved.

Habitat's Real World Actions

Real World Actions

 

 

 

 

 

Here we look at Super Scrub which asks players to reduce the length of their shower.

Super Scrub behaviour

Real World action Super Scrub

Each action is accompanies by an explanation. With Super Scrub the player learns why they should try and limit their showers i.e “limiting your shower to 4-minutes means that you only use about 80L of water for your shower, and that means we don’t have to put as much stress on our water ways and environment to meet our water needs!”

Explanation Real World Action

In order to earn points the player inputs how many minutes they spent in the shower. They are rewarded for every minute they save under the national average (ie 4 minutes) with an average water flow of 15 litres per minute. They are also able to tick a box confirming they took a shower instead of a bath, which gives them an automatic saving of 120 litres.

Habitat players are rewarded for real world behaviours

The environmental savings in Super Scrub are then calculated as savings relative to the national average and in this in this behaviour the player is saving both water and carbon (energy expended from heating the water) 

The team at the ISA have worked out calculations for every one of the behaviours in Habitat the game. If you would like to know more about any of the action send us an email at parents at habitatthegame dot com