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Disonante

 
Language
Spanish
Release date
April 2019
Target age
13 - 18 years
Developer
Xiara Studios
 

The innovative educational game Disonante was developed in the framework of UNODC's Education for Justice (E4J) initiative. The name 'Disonante' is a reference to cognitive dissonance, which occurs when people face complex choices about what is right or wrong.

The player assumes the role of one of the protagonists and explores the world through his/her perspective. The character finds him/herself in a series of scenarios which require decisions about how the story should continue, earning points in the process. Just as in real life, all decisions have consequences and ultimately lead to various outcomes. The interactive nature of the game allows the player to experiment with multiple courses of action leading to 15 possible endings of the story.

Through a process of contextual learning, the game seeks to foster moral values such as honesty, empathy, loyalty and taking responsibility for one's actions. Being confronted with ethical dilemmas, the player's ability to choose the right actions and attitudes is tested in the context of justice, the prevention of corruption and transparency. The situations which the player faces require a high degree of reflection and critical thinking which leads to the internalization of moral values.

Disonante was designed for teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18. During the development process, teenagers were continuously consulted about the quality of the story, graphics, gameplay and other aspects of the game, which made Disonante a video game built in a participatory manner with its intended audience, the youth.

 
 
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Zorbs Reloaded

 
Language
English
Release date
October 2019
Target age
13 - 18 years
Developer
AppRoarr Studios
 

UNODC is developing a mobile game to teach secondary level students about values to promote the rule of law and help them develop their problem-solving skills related to crime, justice and rule of law challenges.

Zorbs Reloaded is a city building strategy game with an RPG mission component. Players are tasked to rebuild a destroyed planet called Zorb, while preserving some core values like integrity, fairness and acceptance. There is a "second view" of the game, which is happening on Earth and is accessed through "missions" from Zorb. Through missions, players can earn points by figuring out crime related scenarios. The earned points serve as currency and can be used to advance development back on Zorb.

The story about the Zorbs has been developed by UNODC's Education for Justice (E4J) initiative and aims at teaching primary level students rule of law and crime prevention values and skills. As such, it provides an ideal backstory and setting for the mobile game for secondary level students, which builds on and develops further the elements of that backstory. The primary level part tells the story of a utopian planet, where there is an abundance of resources, and poverty and crime are non-existent. After many years of improper use of those resources and not respecting basic values, the planet's inhabitants end up destroying their planet. Four of them survive, however, by upholding certain basic values, and flee the planet, ending up on Earth. The game story starts, when the four friends decide it is time to go back home and rebuild their planet.

 

 
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