RePlay: Finding Zoe
RePlay promotes healthy and equal interpersonal relationships.
RePlay is a Flash-based online game that engages players in a fun gaming experience to promote attitudes and skills girls and boys need to create healthy, equal interpersonal relationships. Its narrative and gameplay fosters learning about healthy relationships and communication, diversity, and prevention of sexism and violence against girls and women.
The overarching narrative tells the story of two friends searching for their good friend Zoe. They have just heard sexist, stereotyping rumors about Zoe that lead them to conclude that she is in need of help. The rumors start one day after school when a group of kids describe how Zoe has gone to ‘third base’ with her boyfriend Jake. The rumors are insensitive and as their maliciousness grows, the friends’ sense of urgency escalates. They come to realize that Zoe is caught up in an abusive relationship. As the story unfolds, the two friends learn of some of the ways Jake has taken control over Zoe’s life. The fact that locating her has become such a challenge is indicative of how Jake has isolated Zoe and pressured her in ways that do not ring true or safe to her two friends. On their search, the two friends navigate their neighborhood and social networks, and they are challenged with confrontations (mini-games) that encourage them to work together and be respectful, confident communicators. Doing well in these mini-games helps to strengthen the avatars’ resiliency and better equip them to support Zoe once they manage to find her.
Ontario Women’s Directorate