A collaborative adventure game of resemblanceCome for a group adventure in the Landmarks Gallery. Borrow an iPad, form a team and play The Museum Game. It's about exploring the world through similarity: the connections between objects on display. Be surprising; take a creative leap. Most importantly, be interesting to your competitors – that's how you win a place on the board.
How it works
It looks like a wood and metal box – an intriguing, beautiful device – and it works as a game, of resemblance. You enter your code, take a team photograph, turn the key, and enter the game.
The challenge is to think about an object’s attributes – composition, shape, colour, use, provenance, whatever! – and find a way in which it resembles another object on display at the Museum.
The aim is to occupy nodes on the gameboard by making meaningful – and appealing – connections. In each round, players photograph an object and describe how it relates to existing objects on the board. Each round has a time limit, but you need to take care to create connections that are interesting or delightful in some way – whichever team proposes the best object and relationship wins the place on the gameboard.
After the game, all your data – images, descriptions, relationships and ratings – will be available to you. So you can reflect on the ideas your group created and extend the thinking beyond the Museum.
Below is a video introduction to the Game. It has some technical issues; please regard it as a first draft! We share it in the spirit of early release, perpetual beta and incrementality :)
Want to be involved? (Hint: yes!)
If you fancy some background reading, you can catch up on The Museum Game by reading the game-related posts on our Education blog. You can also see various gameboards and other design and technical musings on our Labs blog.