Playtesting PlanetMania: a Mobile Game for Museum Exhibits

David Schaller, USA , Barbara Flagg, USA

Published paper: Playtesting PlanetMania: A Mobile Game for Museum Exhibits

PlanetMania is an iOS and Android mobile game designed to be played with the Maryland Science Center's new Life Beyond Earth exhibit. Intended for preteens, the card-based gameplay expands upon exhibit content and encourages interaction with the physical exhibit. Through extensive paper prototyping and iterative development, the project team revised and simplified the game content and interactivity, striving for intuitive game rules, age-appropriate scientific content, and engaging game play and learning outcomes — all in a museum environment where players have plenty of distractions.