Filialhelden puts the player in charge to manage accurately simulated shops. The player takes care of customer needs, keeps the shop tidy, decides about delivery plans, costs and goods distribution and has to keep all of that in good balance. The app provides helpful background information, LMS integration and learning content and is deployed corporation-wide.
Production, Concept, Game Design
2014-18: ovos developed this multiplayer cross-platform language learning game for the Goethe Institut.
Lern Deutsch features learning German by collecting words, exercising them and play (asynchronous) minigames with other players. Leaderboards, achievements, a branching quest system, custom avatars and social interactions add to the long-term motivation.
Game & Level Design, Story, Gameplay
2013-14: ovos and 3Coins developed CURE Runners to educate financial literacy in a state-of-the-art parcour runner game.
CURE Runners features parcour runner-like skill-based gameplay, a 15-day decision-based branching story, day/night cycles, 45 missions, permanent and non-permanent character upgrades, a master mode, a customizeable avatar and leaderboards.
2016-18: This project - co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the EU - is developing an assessment tool for learning languages (English, Spanish, German, Italian, French) at primary school level in computer game format. The game is in its piloting stage. The Language Magician is developed by ovos together with partners like the University of Westminster and the Goethe Institut.
The app features a teacher-controlled multi-client test suite in which kids learn language (e.g. words, phrases, relations) by collaboratively solving quests and collecting "magic energy" to free haunted animals from the grasp of an evil magician.
2015-17: ovos together with the research centers AIT, the FH OÖ and Fluidtime conceptualized mobility engagement concepts within the research project Bike'N'Play. The "Bike'N'Learn" concept was ultimately chosen to be developed as prototype and was tested during summer 2017 by Viennese bikers in a case study.
The server/client-based app features geolocation-based multiplayer language learning during bicycling or walking, similiar to popular mobile scavenger hunting games like "Pokemon Go", fitness apps like "Strava" and route planers like "Waze". The players see each other's position live in their surroudings. Every participant geo-tags places with pictures and sentences. These sentences are translated to a chosen learning language and whenever someone passes the tagged area, he or she will be presented the photo along with a short language quiz, the translation and further information about e.g. the landmark.
Game Design, Story, Gameplay
2010-12: ovos developed the critically acclaimed 3D adventure game LUDWIG with the story evolving around renewable energy.
Ludwig features 3D adventure-style exploration gameplay with physics/energy-based experiments and puzzles, a linear heroes' journey, an upgradeable player character, humorous dialogues and cutscenes along with a Wikipedia-style knowledge base focusing on renewable energy.
E-Virtuoses Award for “Best Game in Learning and Training” (2012)
German developer award for best Serious Game (2011)
2007-09: Bongfish developed this critically acclaimed backcountry freestyle snowboarding game Stoked for console.
Stoked features physically realistic snowboarding on five 64 km2 mountains, each with 120 challenges and 10 tracks, a helicopter for freeride mode, a gameplay-relevant dynamic weather/snow system, a "style/sloppy" reward system and many character/board customization possibilities along with famous boarders who challenge and push the player.
Staatspreis Multimedia und e-Business (2009)
Concept, Game Design, Gameplay
2013: ovos and ÖGF developed this instant #2 App Store hit that is all about sex & contraception (only available in Austria).
SpermEX features tapspeed-based gameplay, 7 contraceptions as collectable power-ups, 7 enemy-classes with unique attack patterns and counter-measures, a "super-charge" and streak-reward mode, dynamic spawning patterns, and a leaderboard.
Game Design, Story, Gameplay
2012: ovos and Goethe Institut developed this well received detective adventure to train the german language.
Ein rätselhafter Auftrag features 2D adventure-style collect and combine gameplay, puzzles evolving around office situations (e.g. scribbling a notepad for a secret code), a branching dialogue system with interrogations, and a non-linear mystery/detective story evolving over 30 scenes including 20 characters.
Production, Concept, Design
2016-17: We at ovos developed this social languange learning app for the swiss canton Aargau.
aCHo is designed to help people relocating to Switzerland to learn the german language. No language knowledge is needed and the app focuses on daily-lif situations. The scene-based model was developed by gaming, education, didactics and learning psychology experts.
Project Lead, Game Dev
2005-06: I lead development of this 3D Jump'N'Run with film and CG videos. Ratmania was part of my thesis Ludo, ergo sum.
Ratmania features time-based 3D Jump'N'Run gameplay, start-checkpoint-goal level setups, temporary power-ups, 9 levels focusing on tricks/shortcuts/secrets, video and hand-drawn cutscenes, a customizeable rat and multi-user savegame support.
Nominierung Staatspreis Multimedia und e-Business (2008)
Jungle Imperator features 6-player support, an interactive scenery that uncovers from black to colorful along with the players' rythm abilities, music by Kruger & Dorfmeister, and an immersive 3D stereoscopic surrounding by a 16x9m front and ground projection.
2006: Avaloop developed the social community game Papermint.
Papermint features 3D paper-style open worlds in a MMO-like multiplayer universe, an explorative and chat/social interaction-based core gameplay, customizeable avatars, many minigames and possibilites to express yourself (e.g. dancing, crafting, moods).
Level & Challenge Concepts
2010: Coreplay started working on "Myth of Glory", later renamed to "Chaos Chronicles", a turn-based CRPG dungeon crawler.