Country Ramble Games
- Posted: Aug 25, 2016 at 6:00AM
Last month we highlighted a Kinect for Windows Game in the store, Wall Ball for Kinect for Windows and Windows 10.
Today we're highlighting another game from Mixxus Studio, a game with a purpose...
Country Ramble Games consists of three different variations of walking games, BubbleWalk, PokerWalk and BingoWalk. You walk around in the countryside, trying to either pop bubbles, collect cards to get a good poker hand or find bingo items. The games are intended both as recreation and as a way to get exercise in a simple way. Mind you, these are not action games. Country Ramble Games may be played by people with impaired mobility or a disability as well as people who want a little more than an ordinary walk, just level the step height button. The games are simple in their design and will suit people also with less experience in computer gaming, perhaps even with cognitive difficulties. As results can be saved and viewed in plotted line graphs or in high score tables, the games could also be useful in a clinical context, such as in stroke rehabilitation. The Music in the games consists of a mix of old folktunes (walking tunes), classical pieces with a somewhat modern arrangement. Above all they are for having fun in an uncomplicated way!
Project Download (Demo) URL: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/country-ramble-demo/9nblggh6cvlk
Project Download (Retail) URL: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/country-ramble-games/9nblggh69pqm
Here's more from the Store;
Walk in the countryside, using Kinect with Windows
• This application requires the Kinect for Xbox One sensor and a Kinect Adapter for Windows.
• Make sure your system is compatible with the Kinect for Xbox One sensor with the Kinect Configuration Verifier tool, available in the Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit (SDK) 2.0 at https://dev.windows.com/en-us/kinect
ABOUT THE GAME
In Country Ramble Games you can with the help of a Kinect sensor take a walk in the countryside. There are three different variations of the game, BubbleWalk, PokerWalk and BingoWalk. You move along the road by walking in place, like a leisurely march. At the same time, you can do some playing tasks with either your right or left hand. In BubbleWalk you pop some bubbles as you walk along the road. Count how many bubbles you can pop. In PokerWalk, you are presented with ten cards along the road, you can pick five of them, you cannot change or return a card so try to choose wisely to get a good poker hand at the end of the road. If you have something on your hand, you can save the result, so if you want, you can try to collect different types of hands. In BingoWalk you control a magic beam with your hand. Find the five Bingo objects along your way, and aim your beam at the objects to collect them. But be careful, the objects will start to drift upwards as soon as you point your beam at them. If you get Bingo, you can save your time result.
TYPE OF GAME
The Country Ramble Games are intended both as recreation and as a way to get exercise in a simple way. Note that these are not extreme action games. Country Ramble Games can be played by people with impaired mobility as well as people who want a little more than an ordinary walk, just level the step height button. The step height button determines how high you need to lift your feet or knees to get around. You can change the step height level to your preference. At the lowest setting it's easy to get around, this may be a good setting for elderly or people with some kind of mobility impairment. There are no time limits, if you feel like it, you can stop and rest outside the mediaeval chapel and listen to some hymns, you can turn down the game music volume and just listen to the birds, or why not pump up the step height level and turn the music volume up and get a really good exercise. Of course, you don't actually need to "play" anything if you don't want to, just walk and relax.
WHO CAN PLAY
This game can be played by anyone who wants to take a leisurely walk or stroll in the countryside, one can even "walk" sitting down which makes it useful for elderly or for people with some form of mobility impairment. For those who want a more intense and difficult march, increasing the Step Height level will for sure make the pulse go up.
The games are simple in their design and will suit people also with less experience in computer gaming. The games are intentionally made to be cognitive non-demanding to suit people in need for relaxed activities. They may be a good choice for people with cognitive difficulties, such as in stress related fatigue syndrome where attention can be easily overwhelmed by stimuli, or for people with brain fatigue or minor dysfunctions caused by stroke. There are no "bells and whistles" in the games, at least very little, the scenes takes place in nature in a calm environment and the music consists of a mix of old folktunes (walking tunes), classical pieces with a somewhat modern arrangement. (Generally, "Country Ramble Games" were designed to be less stressful and less physically demanding than some common motion games.) The games has been developed with the support of psychological expertise.
As results can be saved and viewed in plotted graphs or in high score tables, the games could also be useful in a clinical context, such as in stroke rehabilitation and physiotherapy, since you can easily view progress in training. And the games can hopefully be a fun way of training a weak leg or arm. In such cases, discuss game playing with your medical advisor. For people suffering from problems with balance or mobility impairment such as weakness in legs, one can play sitting down.