Fallen City

Genre(s): Casual/Puzzle,

3rd Party Rating: None found.

Price: Free

Link(s): http://www.e4.com/game/fallen-city/play.e4

Fallen City is a FREE educational game about rebuilding a city which has fallen into decay. It was was commissioned by UK broadcasting company Channel 4 Education. The game aims to educate children, by showing them how persuading people to clean up and repair can raise morale and improve the behavior of citizens.

The game is played in the first person, the player being able to walk through the city and persuade the citizens, who are known as “Angries”, to repair it, clean it up, and rebuild. The Angries change color according to their mood, purple being the ultimate state of anger and despair. Completing certain tasks gives the Angries extra powers, such as the ability to create street art, and certain infrastructure repairs improve the areas communications and give the community new systems for their benefit.

Jim Rossignol, owner of the publishing company, says that Fallen City is based around the “broken windows theory” of James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling, which says that keeping an area in good-repair changes a populations outlook and so prevents further vandalism and prevents a descent into more serious crimes. In an interview in The Guardian, Rossignol states that “The reason the Angries have trashed their city is because they have been promised too much by the people in charge; the promises haven’t been fulfilled and they’ve ended up feeling frustrated and alienated. So they’ve deliberately trashed the city – to get what they were promised.

Key Features:
• Puzzle your way through six ruined districts of the city, fixing up vital buildings to progress.

• Work with the denizens of Fallen City to entertain the bored, repair ruined buildings, calm down raging Angries.

• Discover the vital uses of strange buildings across Fallen City.

• Uncover collectible skills and items!

This is a game about what cities are for, and what can happen when they go wrong. It’s got some fun ideas and important theories backing it up, but mostly it’s about what happens when people work together to see what cities could be, and why they make life better when they’re working as intended.

Publisher: Big Robot

Developer: Jim Rossignol

Release Date: April 23, 2012

Players: Single Player


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