Kids Play is my Master of Arts thesis project from Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. In the thesis a music game for the iPad was designed together 52 children from the kinderkarten of Pajamäki, Helsinki. In the workshops age-appropriate co-creation and research methods were used for creating new ideas for the game. The workshop results were the basis for designing and developing the early stage game prototype into a finalized product. I have worked in the project as game designer and producer.

The designed game is a music game for 2 to 6 year-olds. It let’s your kids to explore wide range of music genres and instruments. The game will include 5 original songs with matching venues: balkan beat, electro, jazz, surf rock and hip hop. The game music and graphics are hand crafted with mixed techniques which gives a unique look and feel to the game. The game team wants to inspire the little ones to get excited about different types of music. The game will be available on the Apple App Store this summer.

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The game team: Tuomas Ahva, Henna Luoma, Gökce Taskan, Juha Vaaraniemi and me

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Snow Splash

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Mobile multi-player game prototype made for Nokia N97 touch interface. It was created during the Rapid Mobile Prototyping workshop at the Media Lab Helsinki. The prototype was made with Python for S60.

The goal of the game is to win a snowfight against the other player. You move the character by tilting the phone. You create a snowball by rubbing the right side of the screen and throw it by swiping the screen with your left thumb. The phones are connected via wi-fi and a server, so it’s a bit tricky to distribute the proto. Anyway it was a nice experiment in the world of mobile multi-player games.

The team: Juha Törönen and me.

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This concept generation was a part of “Mobile User Experience Workshop” at Media Lab Helsinki which was organized collaboration with Nokia. Our team researched and conceptualized an idea for a possible game scenario using mobile projectors.

The team: Gokce Taskan, Ramyah Gowrishankar and me.

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