Factsheet

Developer:
Causa Creations
Based in Karlsruhe

Release date:
Spring 2015

Platforms:
Apple App Store
Google Play Store

Website:
burntheboards.net

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Description

Ever wondered what happened to the old mobile phone you threw away? In the unique puzzle simulation game Burn The Boards you can not only experience the reality of an informal worker, who breaks down e-waste for a living, but also contribute to change. The game is available for free on Android and iOS. The player takes on the role of Arun, a villager who came to the big city with his wife and child to try his luck. Arun gets work in Chopra’s e-waste scrapyard, a small backyard factory where a dozen workers recycle electronic components. In order to feed his family, Arun has to recycle as many boards as possible, while toxic fumes will also poison him at the same time. The gameplay is based on puzzles that gets increasingly complex. The player has to break the board apart in the most efficient manner, maximizing his profit and minimizing the numbers of moves. Through a shop system, the player can also purchase items that increase his ability to pick components, protect his health and help him to deal with health issues caused by the work. The game can be only be won by hard work: after a particular sum is reached, Arun can afford to retire from his recycling job and look for healthier opportunities. Burn the Boards also aims at tangible change. Not only does it want to inform about the dangers of e-waste recycling and the hazardous conditions of informal workers, but it will also allow for an impact in reality. With the support of the German NGO Action for World Solidarity Causa Creations will donate 50% of its revenues on iOS and 100% of its revenues on Android to the support of migrating work forces in India, most whom are Dalits („Untouchables“).

History

„Burn the Boards“ is conceived and optimized for android and iOS.

Features

  • unique puzzle and simulation mechanic
  • insights into the toxix realities of e-waste
  • an abundance of levels
  • playing=supporting
  • awesome pixels and game design by Jamo Games

Videos

Burn The Boards - Trailer YouTube


Images

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Awards & Recognition

  • "Interdisciplinary Research Grant, Austrian Ministry of Culture" Austria, 2014


About Causa Creations

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Causa Creations is a game design studio run by artists and activists, who seek to create games that might change the world. Let's be that butterfly in the rainforest!

More information
More information on Causa Creations, our logo & relevant media are available here.


Burn The Boards Credits

James Bidulph
Artist, Game Designer

Patrick Borgeat
QA, iOS deployment

Tilmann Hars
Game Designer

Georg Hobmeier
Narrative / Game Designer

Christian Knapp
Programming, Research, Game Designer

Juan A. Romero
Music


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