I’m typically not a big Facebook gamer, but one game has recently caught my attention. ToonUps (a digital entertainment company that has focused on developing digital content that encourages a positive outlook and altruistic behavior for more than a decade) has created a new Facebook game that has soared to over 120,000 users – A Better World. This game rewards players not just for in-game activities but also for real world acts of kindness and expressions of gratitude.
A Better World adds a new layer of social activity to casual gaming. Gameplay activities are designed to help everyone who participates feel better about themselves, be supportive of others and make positive choices in their everyday lives. Players also can play mini games with inspirational themes; personalize their own characters and spaces in the game and play with and care for virtual pets.
I decided to give the game a try to see what it was all about – it started out reminding me a little bit of the Sims, as I created my avatar and then doing basic decorating for my avatar’s home. I always have fun with that kind of thing, and here’s me in-game:
I’m at a place in the game called the Gratitude Grotto, which is an area where you can reveal what you are thankful for and express your support for messages left by others. See the smiley and frowny faces? You can click on one or the other to show how you feel about the sentiment that appears.
The Department of Do-Good is a place you can share real world good deeds you’ve performed and see what other members of the community have done. Again, there’s motivation there to take the game beyond the computer and spread kindness throughout your day.
Other areas in the game include:
- Sanctuary of Hope – A building where you can communicate your hopes and dreams and send encouragement to other players
- Arcade – A play area with uplifting mini-games to enjoy alone or with friends
- Better Pets Pet Shop – Filled with adorable puppies, cute kittens or even a magical unicorn
ToonUps hopes A Better World’s original approach could usher in a new genre of “do good gaming.” Research shows that being encouraged to think about things they are thankful for and doing activities that provide encouragement to others improves their mental, emotional and spiritual well being.
Check out the trailer for the game below, along with some other screen shots. Try A Better World today, and do a little good along with your gaming!
Note: I was given the opportunity to share my thoughts and opinions on A Better World. I received a gift card as a thank you for my participation. All thoughts and opinions are my own.