‘Awesome Day Hard Day’ is a game about children suspected of having ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). The game is based in an American context and can be played by anyone above the age of 15.
Our team was invited to showcase the game at an event for the International Game Developers Association in New York, where it was met with some great response and the possibility of converting it into a digital game.
This game does not have a win state. The end of the game is a satirical view on medication and the education system. It leads people to start conversations about ADHD & prescription medication.
From talking to parents and caregivers, teachers and doctors we realised that the need was not for an educational game or a game that raised awareness. The real need was for people to start talking about this more openly once they have played the game in the shoes of a child who might have ADHD.
Players play as children who are suspected of having ADHD. They play from elementary school to middle school to high school. Graduation from high school is the end state of this game. There are real stories scattered through the game, which can have different outcomes according to whether you were on medication or off it.