Ilagik: The Search of Ruganzu
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Join the quest of Ruganzu, an exiled prince who's striving to revive ILAGIK, his home kingdom that endured a total invasion of the KASHA raiders led by KIGWE, the Mindset Monster.
What it seeks to solveOne of the cleanest cities in the world, one of the safest cities, one of the fastest-growing cities in Africa: KIGALI. However, as in other growing cities, it's hard to socialize among the citizens. Locals and the larger number of expats barely connect and build a sense of community.
That is why Team Kigali created “ILAGIK”: to build a playful experience which is wrapped around the concept of creating an outgoing community using public spaces as a platform. As this game is for exploring the city, it also is a recruitment for activists. After playing the game, participants have a chance of becoming part of the game designers to build an even bigger community that fights for freedom and connectivity between people by using public spaces as a platform for conversations to happen.
ILAGIK: Story and LocationsILAGIK: The Search of Ruganzu is a game of places. The locations mostly explore the public spaces that are well kept by the city but are inaccessible for the public. Criteria like popularity, accessibility, uniqueness and potential accessibility in the future were followed in the process of selecting locations to be featured in the game. Plus, the game weaves the locations’ real-world characteristics together with the story’s extended metaphor.
In a futuristic time, when all kingdoms over the world are dirty, the ozone layer breaking and the sun radiating badly on people, a very special kingdom called ILAGIK is protected by a glassy dome which turns into a powerful shield at the will of the king with a royal magnetic seed in his hand. When word was out that there is still a place where people played outdoors and were scenic looking, a man called Kigwe and his mercenaries attacked ILAGIK with the aim of stealing that powerful shield. The king, who recently had a son, heard the intentions of Kigwe and broke the shield into pieces. He gave those to his royal knights with commands of hiding separately all around ILAGIK to make it difficult for Kigwe to get the pieces. Eventually, Kigwe killed the king and reigned for years over ILAGIK but could not find the pieces. ILAGIK sunk into chaos, the Ilagikans could not play outdoors and would turn into old people with wrinkles. Now at the age of 18, prince Ruganzu, the one who is protected from the radiation by his royal blood, is coming back from exile to rescue ILAGIK by finding the pieces and reconstructing the shield.