This game is very unique and shows a lot of work. I'm very interested in learning more about the study you were conducting. I take it has something to do with how people can pick out individuals from a crowd and what traits they tend to focus on. I also take it you were testing to see if playing this game improves people's ability to track multiple objects in motion via peripheral vision, but I'm afraid that part of your test may not be valid. The arrow-tracking game is unfortunately too much of a chore compared to the vampire game, and I fear most people playing will have given up trying seriously at the arrow game. You're going to have to come up with a better incentive to sit through that chore than offering some virtual currency that serves no purpose at all.
Also, have you thought of a way to discern and throw out trials where two people were working together on the same game? It is a fun game, after all :).
At any rate, I heartily applaud your efforts of using games to study human psychology. I will be sure to read more about the Center for Game Science.
We just added a "more info" page in the "About" section which lists all the specific skills we're trying to improve on.
Thanks for the feedback regarding tests. We're currently testing for different skills. It seems like you've got the multiple object tracking test, but others were assigned a visual search task, or a numerosity task etc. The virtual currency we give after a test does have a purpose in the game (buying gems), but it isn't a huge incentive. We're currently debating how we could better integrate this part to the game flow.
It's going to be hard to know how many people play with friends. We estimate that the majority of players are playing alone on their computer.
Thanks for your comments, please let us know if you've got further thoughts!
Though I didn't like the "same/different" game. The rest was pretty good.
This part is actually a test to see if you're improving at this particular visual skill.
very good game
this game teach you to not be racist
The whole observation concept is very original and I love the difficulty level, it really makes a person scratch his head. The art was cute, the animation was cute and the music was eerie. The dots mini game was a bit annoying and if possible cut that out. The whole game makes me feel like Sherlock Holmes and/or Batman. Awesome game and having the dots part in the game does lessen your stars to 9 but still a good game to play and pass around.
Thanks for your comments! The dots mini game is actually a test to see if you're improving at this particular visual skill.
But as others have mentioned, the 'same/different' minigame is extremely boring... Some of the levels are impossible, like the batsplosion ones, even on 1 difficulty it was hard, later levels they just explode instantly.
Also there should be some sort of indication of how many levels or worlds there are, is it never ending?
The same/different mini game is actually a test to see if you're improving at this particular visual skill.
We'll look at the data we collect to tweak the more difficult levels.
The game is never ending. Try to get to 5 star levels, they're pretty challenging!