About this Game
“El GNomo Loco” is the first multiplayer game that allows collaborative play between children with severe motor disabilities and their normally developing friends.
The players access the game differently according to their abilities: in the case able-bodied persons the controls are standard (mouse and keyboard), while in the case of children with severe motor disabilities the input device is a single switch.
Both players have to collaborate to kill as many aliens as possible, while driving a shared car through a series of randomly generated platforms. One player drives, and the other shoots! However, they have to be careful because the roles can change in the middle of the game (if they step on special platforms): who was driving now is shooting and viceversa. The game is capable to adapt itself to the different types of interaction according to the current role of each player.
In particular, when the player with severe motor disabilities is driving, he can select the next platform where he wants to jump through the NOMON mode of interaction. On the other hand, her teammate aim and shoots the aliens by aiming with standard controls (keyboard or mouse). In a similar way, when the roles are inverted (player with disabilities shoots and the other player drives), the platforms are not longer selectable with NOMON, but the aliens are in order to be killed. The able-bodied player now drives and jumps with the keyboard arrows or an analog joystick.
In conclusion, this game encourages collaborative playing between persons with different levels of ability (children that rely on one-switch interfaces and their normally developing peers). Moreover, this game is not only meant to be useful for the social inclusion of persons with physical disabilities, but it can also be played in a rehabilitation contexts to foster residual and new skills. Finally, this game can be customized according the ability level and the interaction preferences.