Unicorn Wars

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” “Imaginative play is essentially when children are role playing and are acting out various experiences they may have had or something that is of some interest to them. They are experimenting with decision making on how to behave and are also practising their social skills. Children learn from experience: from what happens around them, from what they see, hear, smell, taste and touch. To absorb those experiences and make sense of the world, they need to be engaged in imaginary play. Play is a child’s way of engaging and making sense of the world. Role play may appear to be a very simple activity, yet within it, young children learn practical life skills such as dressing themselves, how to cooperate and share with others.” (Learning4Kids.net, 2011. “What is imaginative play and how to encourage it?”) In Unicorn Wars the kids are playing with their hobbyhorses and they are using their imagination to transform the play interactions into a ‘real’ adventure. Over time their hobbyhorses transforms into real unicorns and the children/heroes get into a war with each other by the power of their imagination. With each victory the children earn candy. But after a while the children will go out of the imaginative play and you will be shown the truth of cruelty en injury, the candy turns into blood. So remember: Be aware of the possible consequences of seemingly innocent play.
Jam year: 
Can You Come And Play?
Round and Round
MS Windows, Mac OS X
Tools and Technologies: 
Unity (any product)
Technology Notes: 
Mac version is included within the zip now!
Installation Instructions: 

Point, double-click, enjoy. Only works with controllers. Up to 4 players.


Neander Giljam - Team Leader, Programmer

Martin Stegeman - Programmer

Sven Verschoor - Game Designer

Romee Adema - 2D Artist

Joel Sjouke - 3D Artist, Audio Design, Game Designer

Rick van den Akker - 3D Artist

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