A new PC educational game named EASe Funhouse Treasure Hunt has been released that aims to help children with Autism learn via a fun treasure hunt. The game allows the player to choose a boy or girl character and navigate by driving a tractor throughout a brightly colored room. Example treasures that can be found include various human faces, word cards, colors and shapes, and fruit.
EASe Funhouse Treasure Hunt has six unique rooms, each with a different personality and multiple challenges. The player controls a tiny toy tractor, a bit like a child bouncing the tractor around the floor of a gymnasium. Most things are oversized, giving the sensation of being very small in a huge space. One room is filled with elevators and three levels to explore. Another room has mesh panels that allow the player to look through and down onto a complex environment. Some rooms have ball games stimulating and challenging a child’s concentration. All of the rooms are fun to explore, employ auditory and virtual vestibular stimulation and encourage the child to willingly participate in therapeutic activities.
The game, developed by Vision Audio is available on their website for $39.95. All of the company’s games are based on teaching principals that seek to educate and not test the children. A free demo is also available.