Designing mobile games for engagement and learning
Game based mobile learning is becoming increasingly popular, now that mobile devices provide support for multimedia content, location awareness, augmented reality and connectivity. However just having technical features does not make a game either engaging or pedagogical. The challenge for designers of games for mobile learning is to embed both effective gaming experiences and worthwhile learning outcomes into the same application. The game described and discussed in this paper was designed as an augmented reality game for two players. The narrative action follows a classic linear fiction model, whereby the game’s phases move through teaser, elaboration, conflict escalation, climax and resolution. This narrative path is reflected by a physical path as players navigate the location and investigate the problem they have to solve.