5 Games with a Purpose Beyond Gaming

 There aren’t many games with a purpose that is important to society and reality. Thankfully, however, there are some notable exceptions. The following five “games with a purpose” reveal how gaming can be used to spread important messages.

The Top 5 Games With a Purpose



On the surface, WeTopia might not look very different to a ton of other Facebook town building games. But then there’s the philanthropy. The game uses freemium elements to help charities. As you play you earn points that you can give to charities in the game. You’ll watch videos about charities and donate to charities with the game’s currency.



Survive 125

Survive125 aims to provide a realistic account of what it’s like to be a mother in a poverty stricken country, making $1.25 an hour. You’ll have to make some very painful decisions involving labour and prostitution, among other things. At the end of the game you can donate to charity.


Phone Story

One of the most ironic games ever, Phone Story is all about denouncing smartphones. The only problem is you have to play it on a smartphone. The game speaks about the politics surrounding the cheap labour used to create smartphones. You’ll be preventing suicides in factories, throwing phones at consumers and finally, again, donating to charity.



Grumpy Goats

This game is a lot like Angry Birds. However, it’s made by a humanitarian group who created the game to encourage donations to charities. The game prompts you to donate a goat that will offer food and income to a family for years to come.



Darfur is Dying

This 2006 flash game was made by MTVu and regards the suffering of millions in the Darfur region of Sudan. You’ll play as a refugee, learning a great deal about the politics of the region. Finally you’ll be prompted to make a donation to charity to help the people whom the game is about.

We recommend playing all these “games with a purpose.” Not only are they great games but they also show a more serious side of gaming. If you know of any more “Games with a purpose” please let us hear about them in the comments section.

Paul Harrison

Paul M Harrison is an entertainment journalist, novelist, and blogger, and a specialist in the theory of storytelling. Paul Harrison can be contacted via his personal website or on Twitter or Facebook.

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