Happy New Year Habitaters! We are hitting 2017 with force, starting with our largest and most significant update since the launch of Habitat the Game.
Habitat has always strived to connect our players to nature by encouraging them to get out and explore the world. Yet, we would be lying if we said we had not been inspired by Pokemon Go’s ability to get people outdoors.
That inspiration has led to a revamp of our unique pin system. Until today each pin would only appear in a single location. Now we can spread pins more widely, reaching more players.
Pin locations encourage players to explore their natural environment, from parks to waterways to urban green spaces. Players can collect pins that represent animals, locations or plants in their local areas and learn all about their pin.
These local pins can then be traded with other players from across the planet!
Our unique pin system incorporates exercise, education and gaming in the real world.
This new update combined with our recent surge in player numbers (15,000 in one day!) sets us up for a brilliant 2017.
We look forward to hearing from our players in the coming weeks! Please let us know places you think pins should appear in your neighborhood.
Habitat will reward kids for visiting locations.
The game’s creator Kylee Ingram says “This will be an important part of our real world rewards. Kids are going outdoors 70% less than they did two generations ago. We are going to reward them for getting out in the world and finding locations. They will receive a beautiful unique pin that they will be able to trade with other players from all over the world.”
Thanks to Habitat’s friends at the Wildlife Conservation Society and The Rainforest Alliance. There will be locations in 100 countries around the world when the game officially launches in March.
How location services will work?
When players near a Habitat location they will automatically notified on their device there is a location within 50 meters of their current location.
They will be told how many Habitat points they will earn if they find the location and which location pin they will receive.
When they find the location they automatically receive a pin. They can also earn Habitat points by completing a quiz about the animal or location they have found. These pins can be traded with other Habitat players.
Nine year old Jenny lives in Sydney. She is walking near the park under and she receives an alert that a Habitat location is near her.
“There is a Habitat location” 30 meters from your current location. Find the location and you will be rewarded 30 Habitat points and be given a unique BLACK COCKATOO pin.”
Jenny presses the start button on her phone and heads off to find the location. The phone let’s her know when she has been successful.
“Congratulations you just earned the BLACK COCKATOO pin. By clicking on her pin Jenny learns some fun facts about the Black Cockatoo. She can also answer a quiz for additional Habitat points.
Two days later
Jenny passes the park again and picks up another BLACK COCKATOO pin. She has collected two so she can trade this pin with another kid in the world.
Jenny looks through the app and decides she would like an Iguana pin she will need to make the trade with another player in Costa Rica. The kids can only see one another’s user names. Jenny offers the other player her BLACK COCKATOO pin and the PENGUIN pin she located at the zoo.
Jenny is asked three multiple choice questions about Iguanas before the transfer occurs. Jenny then goes and checks out her pin page where she is rapidly building on the number of pins she has.