CSE498, Collaborative Design, Fall 2021
Computer Science and Engineering
Michigan State University

Evolutio is a group of technology professionals that provides elegant solutions for complex business problems by leveraging technology in novel ways. Evolutio has partnered with the non-profit group Elephants, Rhinos and People (ERP) to give back to the global community through a variety of programs.

ERP is continually educating the world about wildlife preservation through its various charities and social outreach. Part of their goals for educating includes reaching children in the 6-13- year-old age demographic.

ERP Kids: Wildlife Conservation is a top-down role-playing game that allows the player to live as a wildlife ranger on the Dinokeng Reserve in South Africa. The game is offered on all mobile devices and designed to teach elementary and middle school children about the efforts of wildlife conservation rangers.

The game is divided into days and nights, in which the player has different tasks to complete based on the time of day. The player moves their character around an expansive two-dimensional map modeled after the Dinokeng Reserve in South Africa. The game provides the player with fun mini games to simulate tasks that would be completed by real rangers.

During the days, the player cares for animals, raises funds, and secures the reservation. During the nights, the player tracks animals and scares away poachers. The player progresses through the game’s narrative by completing tasks and improving the reservation.

The game informs the player of the importance of protecting wildlife and how this work is accomplished. The player also learns about the daily lives of rangers, the dangers faced by animals on reservations, and the ways in which people can help them.

Our game is developed using the Unity game engine and the C# programming language. Xcode and Unity are used to export the game to the iOS App Store and Google Play Store, respectively.