Some of you may have heard about the new game: Sea Hero Quest. This is the game that helps with dementia research, but is entirely a game. Playing just for a few minutes helps scientist gather what would be hour’s worth of research from any other source, that’s huge. I decided to test it out for myself, to see what the game is like.
I love the fact that scientists have developed this game to help with the research for Dementia. The game doesn’t feel like it’s anything other than a game, its fantastic. There are levels and objectives to each level and all it asks is that you give them anonymous information along the way to help research. You can earn starfish throughout each level too and once you have enough starfish you can purchase things like new paint for your boat. It is actually quite addictive and all in the name of research.
When steering the boat from side to side it is very sensitive, but once you adjust to the sensitivity it is really easy to manoeuvre. You have to memorise the route to the red buoy and then take the boat the right way. So it is a memory game with a first person element to it too.
It made me think a lot about how very different life would be if I couldn’t remember a simple map like the ones at the start of this game. What happens if I just saw the boat in the river and had no idea what I was doing with it? It must be such a scary feeling, it would also make me feel frustrated not knowing what to do. That must be what dementia feels like, so I am glad this game will help with research and someday, who knows, there may be a cure.
You can see the game in the YouTube video, it shows why the game was developed and what the aim is.