How to Play the Ecocity Game | Services from Deutsche Welle | DW | 29.07.2008
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How to Play the Ecocity Game

The object of the game is to make an environmentally sound choice at each play zone and to save Ecocity from a flood.


Play to save Ecocity!

Click on the link below to play the Ecocity game.

Play Zones

There are four play zones to visit in Ecocity -- the bathroom, the kitchen, the garage and the supermarket. At each location, you have a limited amount of time to make a series of environmentally sound choices. Once you've made your selections with a mouse-click, you can leave the play zone and view your score by clicking on the green arrow at the bottom of the screen. If the time runs out before you've finished, your score will be shown automatically.

Color Coding

The colored circles at the bottom of the screen tell you how many selections you still have to make (gray), which environmentally sound decisions you've made (green) and how many of your choices are harmful to the environment (red).

Note: If you miss making a selection, it will be counted as environmentally harmful once you exit the play zone.

Making a Selection

Move through the play zone by running the mouse across the screen. When there is a choice to be made, a thought bubble will open with two pictures inside. Use the left mouse button to click on the picture that represents the activity that is environmentally friendlier. For example, given a choice between an energy-saving light bulb and a standard one, you would click on the former.

Sometimes the characters in the game are faced with a decision as soon as they enter a play zone. In this case, a thought bubble containing two pictures will appear immediately over their heads. Make your choice quickly and click on the appropriate picture. Time is running out!

Viewing Your Score

After you exit a play zone, you can view your score for that particular play zone and find out which options were environmentally friendly. If you finished playing before time was up, you will have earned a time bonus. Your total score and the current climate status (thermometer) are also shown.

Click on the green arrow to continue to the next play zone.

High Score

At the end of the game, you can view your final score. Play again to improve your score and save Ecocity!

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