FLATTEN ISLAND: THE VIDEO GAME SUPPORTING THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19
The NGO Video Games Without Borders presents the video game Flatten Island, a not-for-profit development in collaboration with Margarito Estudio (artistic direction), Cicchi Consulting (technical management) and Asociación Oleaje (game design).
Flatten Island makes you the governor of a pandemic-stricken island. Experiment with managing a health emergency for fun and with a touch of humour. You’ll learn that no decisions come without consequences and that they aren’t always easy to make. What’s more, Flatten Island, which is already available for free on Android devices and on the web, makes it possible to financially support various initiatives of different natures that are fighting against the real-life pandemic through both research, health and care services.
Francesco Cavallari, founder of Video Games Without Borders, tells the story behind Flatten Island: “At the start of lockdown, we realized that we needed to do something, to do our bit in this exceptional situation. That’s how we had the idea to develop a game to help in the fight against COVID-19 and the direct and indirect consequences that it brings. No more than a few days into our venture, several people from our international community had already signed up to the project and we had a complete team to start work on the game. The entire development was undertaken on a voluntary basis, without investing a single penny, and was completed in just one month and a half. I think that’s a really great achievement and I want to congratulate the whole team for their altruism and professionality.
Since the beginning of lockdown, people have gone out onto balconies in several countries to applaud and support the key workers who are fighting hard to limit the consequences of the pandemic. This game is our special way to pay tribute to those people for their commitment and hard work, as well as to remember all those who passed away during the outbreak and especially to help the organisations that are still fighting to overcome the virus.”
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ABOUT VIDEO GAMES WITHOUT BORDERS
Video Games Without Borders is a not-for-profit organisation and an international community of people who believe that video games have the potential to change the world for the better – that’s why we develop and distribute games with a social impact in light of achieving the 17 United Nations SDGs. Our biggest success to date has been Antura and the Letters, a video game developed for mobile devices to teach more than two million Syrian children between the ages of 5 and 10 to read in Arabic when conflict meant that going to school was out of the question. Available to download for free all over the world, the game has won several international prizes and received very positive feedback from its users, with more than 250,000 downloads and an average rating of 4.6 stars on Google Play.
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ABOUT MARGARITO ESTUDIO
At Margarito Estudio, we have been creating animations for brands since 2016, when Mr. Margarito and Daniela Setién founded the company after almost two decades of experience in Madrid and Barcelona. From our base in sunny Malaga, we develop animation and motion graphics projects, working mainly for advertising agencies, production companies and studios.
ABOUT CICCHI CONSULTING
Founded last year in the United Kingdom by Federico Cicchi, a professional developer with more than 12 years experience in the industry, the company specialises in games mechanics and artificial intelligence for video games. Federico has worked for high profile companies all over the world, including Ubisoft and Bethesda.
Oleaje is a group of professionals specializing in education, IT, audiovisual communication and social action that have come together in a joint vital professional venture with the aim of pooling their experience and knowledge to share in collective personal and professional growth. They always display social commitment and a pioneering spirit.