Today we play-tested Bingowalk with Professor Satariano, professor of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley and a few students from the Social Apps Lab. Professor Satariano described the game as being a lot of fun, and he believes it can have positive impact for the senior population we are targeting with Bingowalk. When asked if he thought Bingowalk was feasilble, he said “Oh, absolutely!” Professor Satariano will be collaborating with the Social Apps Lab to apply for a grant that will fund the further development of the game.
Players must walk around the city to reveal virtual bingo tiles. The games uses GPS to determine which tile the player has walked onto. To win, players must walk onto and reveal five tiles with numbers that match the numbers which have been randomly called by the game system.
Bingowalk is a fun way of engaging teams of players in long walks along novel paths and supports cognition through way-finding tasks and collective decision-making. Mild competition between teams increases replay value.