Dartanan

Hearing aid calibration/assessment for children 


Developer: XTeam (website: www.xteamsoftware.com)

Dartanan is a classic platform game in a similar style of Nintendo’s classic Super Mario. The player is a “dwarf” version of D’Artagnan (one of Alexander Dumas’ Three Musketeers). The player needs to jump over platforms, kill enemies, avoid traps, and collect coins, in a quest to  to free his penguin friend, who has been captured by a villain.

The main game has three levels, it is fun, fast, and colourful, in order to engage the players, especially children, who enjoy this particular kind of game. Dartanan uses a simple gamification technique: the player unlocks a new mini-game after progressing through each level, with each mini-game focussing on a different aspect of how hearing aids work. It has the potential for an infinite number of mini‐games that can teach players on how to calibrate the different settings of their hearing aid (HA) and they can use this learning to progress through the different levels. For example, by clearing a mini-game successfully, in the next main game level Dartanan will start with a bonus (+1 life, fire sword, etc.). 

This structure is designed to develop a leisure game that also contains serious games: children can play the main game with their friends and parents, and the mini-games can be adapted to different target devices for training and learning purposes.