SPD is the inability to make use of the direction that sound is coming from. When in an environment where sound is coming from multiple directions, a child with SPD will struggle to distinguish or understand a voice that is right in front of them.
Working with the National Acoustics Laboratory in Sydney we developed Sound Storm, An innovative iPad app that works as a medical tool designed to remediate cases of SPD.
The remedial process the lab had created was only effective if the child could complete a rigorous and difficult 10-week period of activity; so maintaining continuous participation was the main challenge.
Our solution was to wrap the science around a fun and compelling game, one that combines multiple reward mechanics with a rich and captivating narrative.
The player follows the exciting adventures of Suno, a young brave lion, on an epic quest to save the galaxy from the destructive and chaotic Sound Storm.
As Suno progresses through the game various rewards, powers and worlds are unlocked.
Suno’s challenge is to save the galaxy by rescuing the wise princess Nala, who has been imprisoned by a malevolent foe. Using her magical powers she projects her voice to Suno, guiding him through his journey to rescue her.
The wicked Drokon, in his mission to take over the galaxy has cruelly imprisoned the wise princess Nala and unleashed the powerful and destructive Sound Storm.
Filled with numerous rich characters and unique environments, each element was hand crafted and rendered, to create a fully realised and vibrant galaxy.
Each world came to life with an immersive narrative designed to engage the child and encourage continuous participation
The game also features a multilayered reward system designed to encourage kids to keep playing. Containing instant feedback, daily unlockables and weekly rewards, they combined to help unlock new worlds and progress the story.
Game play was then automatically translated into detailed medical graphs, designed specifically to be used by Audiologists, in order to track remedial progress accurately.
Studies have shown that 100% of SPD affected children that complete the remediation program are cured of the disorder.
Following the success of the iOS app an android version of the game has been commissioned.