Realizing the fact, social gaming is a fast growing market many websites are coming up with their online games. Earlier we saw Shaadi.com, world’s largest matrimonial service having the highest number of users and successful matches in the online matrimonial market coming up with their own Facebook game Angry Brides. The game was inspired by most popular game, Angry Birds. Taking somewhat a similar approach NASA has launched Space Race Blastoff, the first Facebook multiplayer online game from NASA.
Space Race Blastoff game tests a user’s knowledge of science, math and technology. Besides, it also provides information on NASA’s role in space exploration and aeronautical research. Rules of the game are pretty simple. To play, players are required to choose an avatar for them and answer 10 multiple-choice questions. Randomly 2 players are chosen for each round. If no player is around, you can play solo. For every correct answer a player gets 100 points, a 20-point bonus to one who answers first.
(Note: each player gets only 15 seconds to answer a multiple-choice trivia question)
The winner gets a chance to advance to the bonus round and answer one additional question for earning more points. Answering the bonus question earns the player a virtual badge. If the player wishes, he can earn more points to obtain additional badges to complete sets that earn premium badges.
The game has not been designed merely for gaming purposes in fact; it is an attempt from NASA to open up its history and research to a wide new audience of people accustomed to using social media. NASA therefore chose to make the game available through Facebook to take advantage of the social media site’s large audience.