Neuropal, officially presented at the FIC.A science festival, is a new and free educational digital action game to teach kids about the central nervous system, while promoting safe behaviors that can prevent accidents.
The game takes us on an adventure with two friends, Neuropal and Neuro, that get separated on a tropical island when unexpected events force everyone to escape. Neuropal will have to find his friend and leave the island safely. On his way out, Neuropal will be challenged by risky situations and will have to adopt safe behaviors, avoiding injuries to himself and others.
Neuropal contains content suitable for children between 6 and 11 years old.
The game is available in Portuguese, English and Spanish and is the result of a multidisciplinary team of students and professionals from the biological sciences, science communication, computer programming, game design, and audiovisual arts.
Neuropal is a joint effort of Leonor Saúde laboratory at Instituto de Medicina Molecular João Lobo Antunes (iMM), co-created with Joana Barros from Associação Viver a Ciência, with colleagues from Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto (FEUP) and FAVO studios, and supported by “la Caixa Foundation” and “Associação Nacional para a Segurança Rodoviária”.
The game is available for Android and IOS in the app stores and on the website www.neuro-pal.org, where additional educational materials can be found.