We’ve all heard of VR (Virtual Reality), especially with the popularity of devices such as the Oculus Rift and Sony’s Morpheus headset, but AR (Augmented Reality) seems to have gone quietly unnoticed. Small start-up company Gamar seeks to change this with the launch of their latest educational augmented reality game Captain Woodget’s Apprentice.
Teaming up with the staff at Cutty Sark in London, the duo hoped to bring something new to the historic site that would capture children’s attention and provide them with a fun and educational visit to the world famous ship.
I was able to go down to the Cutty Sark to try out the game first hand, and although the it’s technically playable anywhere through the use of images of the different areas of the ship, nothing beats playing on the main deck, surrounded by people singing sea shanties and the sound of seagulls emanating from the game on my phone.
Captain Woodget’s Apprentice is primarily aimed at a slightly younger audience, children aged between 7-13, however this shouldn’t discourage others from giving the game a go, as I saw very young children, parents and even grandparents all enjoying the game, wandering around the ship trying to find the different locations.
The best feature about Captain Woodget’s Apprentice is its relaxed and casual nature, meaning children are able to move around at their own pace, stopping to look at parts of the ship without being rushed to continue playing. The in-game map assists in this casual nature, providing players with the ability to choose where they want to go, and allowing them to wander off without fear of losing their way.
Overall, the puzzles within the game are fun and enjoyable to play, however it’s the setting aboard Cutty Sark and the historical facts incorporated within the story that set this game apart. It’s nice to see a new use for this technology rather than the current popular trend by companies of creating augmented map apps. By merging the elements of fun gaming and education together Captain Woodget’s Apprentice provides a new way of entertaining children, whilst simultaneously teaching them about the history of the sites that surround them.
If you’d like to find out more, you can visit the Gamar website, where you can also check out their full list of games, including ones playable in the Parthenon exhibit in the British Museum and The Great Map in the National Maritime Museum.