I Love Potatoes
I Love Potatoes is not your ordinary app, it is an application with a mission, a mission to change our perceptions on the consumerist society we live in, with a wonderful team of outstanding social innovators at its heart.
I love Potatoes is essentially an interactive story where the player has to enlist the support of their own community and eventually neighbouring communities to elicit change through local democracy. Teachers can use this in a classroom setting with individual students, groups of students and whole classes to cover some of the citizenship programmes of study in a deep and meaningful way. Any plenary sessions with group discussions will enable a teacher to quickly get to the main themes of social justice and democracy as a result of the game and it will give children an appropriate vocabulary to use to express an empathise with these important topics.
Starting the game is like starting an interactive film and the development team have obviously had experience of drawing in the user immediately bringing them to the heart of TubaLand. The context of the game is well mapped out and explained with care and clarity. Children will find it very intuitive with a touch and drag interface on the iPad screen allowing the child to drag their character around to various parts of the village. The story is truly interactive and to make progress through the narrative the child has to click on various characters and machines that appear and complete a number of different tasks. The importance of working collaboratively is emphasised at all points where the majority of tasks can only be completed by a group of potatoes. Whilst the main character has to clearly take the lead negotiating with other potatoes and neighbouring communities is very important to journey through the story.
The graphics of the whole game are bright and interesting with many different landscapes to journey through, the adventure is greatly enhanced by these outstanding drawings, which will excite and engage a class of children. The introductory background music is peaceful and calming defining the context within which the children will enter the potato land. The general background music throughout the game is generally earnest and aids the mood of the game, however volume levels can be adjusted in settings along with the language spoken.
The characters within the story are stereotypical of the positions of authority they hold within the village, which adds to the engaging nature of the story and certainly emphasises the meaning behind the narrative. In conclusion the application is great! I was drawn through the story and read, interacted with it from digital cover to digital cover. The programme has a very powerful message for the children of today and will engage them in a fun but deeply meaningful way. The developers all have excellent credentials of working on some outstanding social innovation projects truly at the front line of social justice. If you or your children are not moved to act after working with this story then I do not know what will.
From the Developer
Help Chips save Potatoland after all the potatoes mysteriously disappear. This fun FREE all-ages adventure game encourages collaborative play and creative problem-solving while teaching sustainability and social change.
Illustrated by Oscar® nominee Patrick Doyon. By Vali Fugulin, co-created with Minority.
HELP CHIPS SAVE HIS VILLAGE – ONE POTATO AT A TIME
Welcome to Potatoland, where our hero, Chips, and his fellow citizens feed potatoes to the Potato Monster in order to get their food, supplies and luxury items. But when the beast suddenly collapses and all the potatoes disappear, Chips and his friends are lost with no idea how to survive. That’s where YOU come in. By helping Chips work quickly to make more friends, follow clues and think creatively, you’ll teach him new ways to solve old problems and save his community.
I Love Potatoes is an educational adventure game for ages 7 – 77. Inspired by the true stories of innovators from around the world, you’ll learn the basic building blocks of social change and sustainable living while enjoying an amazing adventure.
So download I Love Potatoes today, grab a friend and start planting new ideas in order to harvest some change!
- A FREE, quirky and addictive adventure game that puts a fun twist on educational apps.
- Beautifully rendered 3D animation featuring adorable characters and great storytelling.
- Encourages family and friends to work together towards a common goal.
- Illustrated by Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Patrick Doyon (Sunday).
- Created by the NFB’s Digital Studio, winner of over 100 awards worldwide.
- Co-created with Minority Media Inc., who brought you Loco Motors and Spirits of Spring.
- BONUS: Includes background information on the social innovators who inspired the game.
A Vali Fugulin game co-created with Minority and produced by the NFB. Illustrations by Patrick Doyon.
Download these other amazing apps from the NFB: NFB Films, NFB StopMo Studio, McLaren’s Workshop, The Last Hunt, The NFB Test Tube with David Suzuki, Circa 1948 and Welcome to Pine Point.