Last semester’s design task of the Human Computer Interaction seminar at DECO was to create, prototype and evaluate a location-aware mobile application that uses open governmental data (OGD) from the OGD catalogue of Vienna.
A team of four students completed the seminar, resulting in a creative location-based mobile game “ViennaCop” for Android.
The goal of the game is to catch criminals by collecting information at various locations in Vienna (provided by open data records). Clues about the crime act are retrieved by scouting locations in real life.
The game has been published and can be downloaded on Google Play.
We proudly present the mobile application concept of our student team:
Alex Brandner, Amer Salkovic, Michael Traxler, Mario Vorstandlechner
“ViennaCop is a geo-location based Android game, created for Vienna. The main goal is to catch a criminal by collecting hints that give the players (who play a cop) information about the hiding place and visual nature of the criminal. These hints are located all over Vienna. For this purpose open data records, like locations of hospitals, parks, police and metro stations, are used.
There are also some shortcuts that give players more flexibility in the game. Because players have to go to the points of interest (to get new hints) in real life, they are supported by a virtual colleague that players can send wherever they want (this is only possible once). Another shortcut is related with finding the murderer’s weapon. Players get up to three new hints if they find and inspect the weapon.
After having collected enough hints regarding the hiding place of the suspect, it is possible to delimit the criminal on five prime suspects. At this point players have to decide if they already have enough information to identify the correct suspect who committed the crime. If this is not the case players can go on with the investigation until they have collected enough hints regarding the visual nature. However, it is also possible to make a guess and follow the instincts of a good cop.”
Video: ViennaCop on youtube (German)