The onset of the global health crisis took the leisure of travel from most people, including students who did not have the pleasure of having field trips for two years. But what if these pupils will no longer need—at least, if possible—to go through such an excursion to appreciate the Philippines?
That, in a nutshell, is the premise behind the game of the still-developing for mobile Galà. A game that is being made by Filipino indie game maker kendikorp, as supported by the Cultural Center of the Philippines via the Game Development Grant.
Derived from the Tagalog word for “traveling” or “wandering around,” Galà gives players an educational experience about the Philippines, never before seen on a mobile platform.
In Gala, players get to wander across the Philippines in a form of a virtual field trip, consisting of the individual player alongside a group of non-playable characters (NPCs).
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As the player reaches a new location, they will engage with their virtual schoolmates where they will brainstorm ideas and generate cultural discoveries, including one of the Philippines’ many myths, legends, as well as folklore.
Still a work in progress, the Galà mobile game is expected to be released in late 2022.