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Climate Challenge


Play as the President of Europe and attempt to reduce your carbon emissions.

RELEASE DATE 01.01.2007


Climate Challenge is a single-player game about climate change, playable for free on the BBC website, aimed at young professionals aged 25-35. The game is a sandbox-style strategy game based on real climate change data, where the player can try out different approaches for themselves, learn about the issues and have fun at the same time.

It was designed and developed by Red Redemption Ltd, with scientific advice provided by Oxford University Centre for the Environment (OUCE) and a number of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) scientists.

The developers wanted to make a fun, challenging game, but a game that was also based on scientific facts. Climate Challenge uses the most commonly cited and accepted carbon dioxide emission forecasts, which are produced by the IPCC.

In Climate Challenge, the player takes on the role of the President of Europe, choosing policies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from 2000 to 2100. The player has to balance emissions reductions with making sure there is enough electricity, water and food for the people, whilst also managing their spending and trying to remain popular with the electorate.

The game was accompanied by scientific notes for further learning and was also used for ongoing scientific research into the effectiveness of computer games as a learning tool.

In its first week of launch the game received an amazing 82,000 unique plays and the totals for the first six weeks were over 500,000 unique plays.