Presence Switzerland at the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, FDFA, is proud to present the "Swiss Games" collection of games for mobile devices: three different games that amuse their users and at the same time give them various items of information about Switzerland in an entertaining manner. The "Swiss Games" are being launched in the framework of the House of Switzerland UK 2012 at the Olympic Games in London and are going to be used again after that for Switzerland’s communication abroad in other projects in foreign countries.
The "Swiss Games" are part of a new product line of creative communication resources which are being developed by Presence Switzerland and used to reach various target groups abroad. The aim is to provide information about Switzerland in a varied and contemporary style without abandoning the reference to familiar and traditional aspects. In addition to that, the "Swiss Games" are also an expression of the creativity of the successful and still-growing Swiss game design scene.
"Swiss Twist" is based on a traditional way of producing musical notes in Switzerland that is used primarily as an accompaniment for yodelling. Players try to keep a five-franc coin rolling round in an earthenware bowl, which eventually resonates with a continuous humming tone.
"Swiss Twist" combines a traditional source of music with a futuristic design and encourages the users to take up music-making themselves. The skill lies in oscillating the bowl just the right amount. The coin is dropped into the bowl and the user must try and keep it there as long as possible, gradually collecting "Swiss Coins". These Swiss Coins can be exchanged for special bowls or genuine prizes in the House of Switzerland.
Heidi on the Move takes players through various thematic landscapes in Switzerland: town/culture, mountains/sport, transport/energy, politics/history and research/economy. In this classical “jump’n run” game, the player tries to manoeuvre the principal figure, Heidi, past obstacles and through the various scenarios and to collect as many “Swiss Coins” as possible. The game’s scenarios and obstacles provide players with information about aspects of Switzerland.
Swiss Shots is William Tell in miniature. This augmented-reality game has been produced exclusively for London and guides players through the House of Switzerland a bit like on a scavenger hunt. The mobile device’s camera functions as a virtual crossbow that must be used to hit the very real postcards depicting Swiss-design objects. Concealed behind the postcards is digital information about their motifs. In this way, modern technology combines traditional game fun with fascinating background information about Swiss achievements in design.