Citizen Science

Release Date: June 2011

Developer: Filament Games, Kurt Squire (University of Wisconsin)

A time traveling adventure game about fresh water science.



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Funded by the National Science Foundation, Citizen Science is an adventure puzzle game where the player is taken back through time to help stop the pollution of their local lake. As the player travels back in time, they are challenged to not only learn about the overlapping and many causes of fresh water lake pollution but also the social factors and different constituents that play a role in the cause of certain pollutants.

In Citizen Science, players meet characters that each plays a part in the pollution of your local lake. To change the course of history, you are sent back in time to gather evidence by exploring the environment and asking questions. All the evidence gathered can be used to create “arguments” that are key in being used to change the future. In addition, players at times are asked to gather various data with different scientific tools to help aid in the story’s progress. This allows players to attach a real-world context to the research that is done to understand fresh water science.


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  1. 7
    Total Game Reviews: 3

    It’s a fun game but could be a little more easy to control. I liked the fact you could put the argument together your self but It was sometimes hard to figure out which words were best suited and if you had all the pieces you needed for the argument. I found it interesting that the concept was going back in time to save the lake, It was very creative. I didn’t like the weird fish/monster because it looked out of place and a bit tacky. I found that the picture/s you got, to show how much of a different you were making in the future didn’t show enough change. Over all I believe this game is fun and is helpful to teach kids about effects on the environment.

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