Environmental awareness using social games where players are challenged to pursue sustainable development in the city of the future. Read more
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About this project
Today is a very special day.
Today you become the mayor of a small town. Your citizens have chosen you with the hope and expectation that you have what it takes to turn the town into a vibrant, modern metropolis with a green and sustainable future. A place where modern technology not only leads to happiness, growth and economic stability, but also must strike a delicate balance between humanity and nature. By cultivating renewable energy sources, a clean environment, you can shape the city of tomorrow and discover new pathways into a better, cleaner world.
WHAT IS URBANIA?
Urbania is a social game designed to allow users through gamification
mechanics to play and actually discover the effects that future
technologies, ecological concepts and sustainable energy have upon their
virtual city. These are used then to build the most advanced, energy
effective, beautiful and modern environmentally cleanest cities in the
In this game you not only just manage a town - you must create the city of the future.
Every action and every building has an impact on the environment and population. You can install clean, efficient factories, organic farms, solar powered electric cars and use amazing technologies and fascinating products available today or close to becoming reality in the near future.
Be a part of tomorrow – today!
Urbania is the first social game where the environmental issues of the world are interconnected. Similar to our world, weather and other natural occurrences are affected and determined by the actions of all our players. Do you choose to power your city with cheap polluting coal-burning power or do you opt for renewable energy sources like wind turbines? It is up to you; you have the power to forge the most ecofriendly city in Urbania.
Interact with your friends, buy or sell energy, trade products that your city needs or produces. Continuously improve your city and share your experience with others to demonstrate how much you really care.
HOW TO PLAY URBANIA
Despite the complex appearance of the game mechanisms within our game, Urbania is very easy to play. Our simple tutorial will guide you through all the game basics and in a matter of no time you will see your little town progress into an advanced and ecofriendly city. Play and learn the features, options and possibilities of our game at your own pace, enjoy the relaxing chillout soundtrack and experience how good it feels to actually make the world a better place to live in.
Urbania offers a wide variety of fantastic and futuristic designed buildings from different categories like shops, factories, apartments, public buildings, parks and other leisure facilities which allow you to develop your own individual vision of the city of the future. Every building you choose has a different impact on your city’s population, environment and energy consumption.
Create environmental campaigns and similar initiatives in your city to raise the productivity of your factories or to encourage your citizens to live more healthily. Campaigns lead to a higher level of happiness within your city and allow you to improve your ranking within the game.
Discover new inventions and amazing technologies to unlock new advances and buildings to make your city the most sustainable and vibrant city in Urbania.
Many interesting, fun and entertaining tasks, quests and challenges await you. Solve fundamental issues by yourself or cooperate with your friends and neighbors. Or participate in special events and win prizes sponsored by allied companies and other business partners.
„CROWD INTELLIGENCE“ – CONTESTS
Become a part of the Urbania community, discuss strategies, weigh in on environmental issues and take part in special events and virtual web campaigns to let your voice be heard. Become a proactive player!
Environmental disasters and other climactic events affect us all, especially the happiness of Urbania’s population, so your actions and those of your neighbors matter. Remember that your decisions may affect the environment of other players, let’s hope your environmental disaster does not go viral!
Buy, sell and trade energy, resources and other technologies.
PLAY URBANIA FOR FUN AND A GOOD CAUSE
We will actively support environmental-friendly initiatives and donate a percentage of Urbania’s monthly revenues to foundations or projects our players choose to support. Every little bit helps, and we want to actively start making a difference.
THE GOAL OF URBANIA
We live in a time of transition with many interesting developments. E.g.
in the automotive industries the era of the combustion engine is
coming to an end.
The internet changes the world so profoundly that in some countries it
changed the political landscape completely.
The desktop PC is getting out of date rapidly and is replaced by tablet
PCs and other mobile devices except for dedicated computer workers like
graphic artists and programmers.
E-Book readers spread rapidly, creating a growing audience for e-books.
And this change affects environmental technologies as well. Already a
growing portion of our energy is coming from renewable energy sources
like water, wind and solar power. The proportion of regenerative
energies is substantially higher than specialist projected at the turn
of the millennium.
If mankind is to survive on a clean and unimpaired planet with a
sustainable natural environment, these technologies are not just a fad
but a prerequisite.
Urbania wants to build on these facts in a playful way and incidentally spread knowledge on new technologies and solutions while people play.
WHAT CAN URBANIA ACHIEVE?
Of course, first and foremost it’ll be loads of fun to play.
It can also show that with intelligent technology it is possible to make the world a better, cleaner and more enjoyable place. Urbania offers insights into science, ecology, and technology while you play. And like a seed is sown, these insights and experiences can grow from the game and spread to the life of players. If this game succeeds in raising the awareness for environmental issues and makes only one player changes his habits then this game has achieved a lot. Even a small change can make a big difference.
Join Urbania and play for a good cause! Your journey will be filled with discovery and environmental education to help us all become better stewards of our planet.
We are an old group of friends scattered around the world with a deep background in gaming, web engineering, marketing, business and software development. We all share the common vision of Urbania and would like to be able to implement it with your valuable help.
WHY WE NEED YOU
We have all been working on our free time on this project for almost
around a year now and we have not been able to invest the desired time
we actually would like to dedicate to it! This is where you come into
the picture. If you help us reach our goal of US$ 25000, we can actually
finally invest more time into our project and really accelerate it.
Certainly we won’t be able to completely produce our vision from this
amount but you will help us to get the ball rolling.
Each and every backers pledge no matter, how small it may be, will help us take a big step forward towards reaching our goal and therefore we have prepared a wide variety of great gifts to reward you for your support, take the time to view our pledges and we hope we can convince you to help us to create Urbania and actually be a part of a game that supports a higher cause!
With your help we want to release Urbania in summer of 2012.
We will constantly keep you updated here and have prepared some additional cool surprises in case the magical goal of US$ 25000 is surpassed, don’t forget to check this page for updates!
NOTE ABOUT PLEDGING
If you back a project, you don't actually pay anything until the END of the campaign. You can pledge any amount and lower/raise your pledge at any time during the campaign. If we fail to reach our funding goal, nobody pays a thing. For more info, see the Backer's FAQ here.
Urbania is a social game that can be played in any internet browser.
You can play Urbania at no cost at all, it is free-to-play!
The idea behind the natural disasters within our game have different goals one is to teach people in an exciting way that environmental pollution and global warming can influence global weather, which at the same time can be responsible for tornadoes, storms, draughts, floods and other terrible things that can affect your city, so if you view it from a game designer point of view the more environmental pollution that is being created within the game , the higher the possibilities are that such events may affect your city, creating an automatic reaction within the players to take precautions and care about what your friends and neighboring cities are doing. We would love to implement graphical animation and responses like described within your question it’s all a matter of financing and how much money we can invest into graphical animations and assets which limit us from doing it, maybe we won’t be able to implement this at an early stage, but we sure hope we can do it in future updates.
A heartfelt thanks for your contribution; your name will appear on our Urbania credits page. You will also receive a free MP3 download of Urbania's main theme song.Estimated delivery:
You name will appear on the Urbania credits page and you will receive a unique virtual item identifying you as a VIP player. You will also receive a free MP3 download of Urbania’s main theme song!Estimated delivery:
Your name will appear on the Urbania credits page and you will receive a unique virtual item identifying you as a VIP player. In addition, you will also receive a free MP3 download of Urbania’s full chill out soundtrack!Estimated delivery:
All our great contributors at this level will have their name appear on the Urbania credits page, plus receive the following: a set of special bumper stickers, a unique virtual item identifying you as a VIP player, a free MP3 download of Urbania’s full chill out soundtrack and Urbania art wallpaper for your PC or mobile device!Estimated delivery:
You will receive prominent mention on the Urbania credits page and receive a unique virtual item that identifying you as a VIP player. In addition a special wooden USB device loaded with exclusive Urbania wallpapers for your PC or mobile device along with the chill out soundtrack. At this level you also receive a T-Shirt with the Urbania logo and a special dedication from our team.Estimated delivery:
You will receive prominent mention on the Urbania credits page as a virtual co-founder and co-creator of "virtual worlds for a sustainable future”. In addition you will also receive a unique virtual item that marks you as a VIP player, a wooden USB device loaded with exclusive wallpapers for your PC or mobile device along with the chill out soundtrack. Also included at this level is a set of collectible Urbania bumpers stickers, a patron T-Shirt with the Urbania game logo and a special dedication from our team, all packed in a beautiful organic cotton satchel!Estimated delivery:
You will receive prominent mention on the Urbania credits page as a virtual co-founder and co-creator of "virtual worlds for a sustainable future". In addition, you will be awarded the very limited in game title of "Global Ambassador", which allows you to give players special awards and prizes that only ambassadors can donate. We will also build a virtual copy of your house based on any photo you send us for inclusion in the game. You will receive the original drawing signed by our artists too! Also included at this level is the following: a unique virtual building that is named after you or someone of your choice, a wooden USB device loaded with exclusive wallpapers for your PC or mobile device along with the chill out soundtrack, a set of collectible Urbania bumper stickers, a patron T-Shirt with the Urbania game logo and a special dedication from our team, all packed in a beautiful organic cotton satchel and last but not least-our undying gratitude!Estimated delivery:
- (60 days)