National Geographic and Merscom, a global video and games publisher, today launched ‘Plan It Green’, a new time management game that challenges players to create their own green and sustainable cities.
Kirk Owen, Merscom’s CEO, believes that the game has been launched at the right time, with green issues and sustainable living being so high on the public agenda, commenting that,
“This is the right product for the times. Not only is it a fantastic game, but it integrates a theme we all hear hundreds of times a week.”
The game, which has been devised in conjunction with National Geographic, sees the player in the role of mayor of Greenville; a city in need of green renovation. Players can build eco-homes and businesses, complete with solar panels on their roofs, attract green industries to move into the city, and create green jobs for their inhabitants in order to boost their Greendex. Kirk adds,
“By working with National Geographic, we were able to go beyond pop green ideas and make a game that truly conveys the possibilities of the future.”
The game is currently only available as a download for PC users from sites such as Amazon and Big Fish Games. Merscom have advised that a Mac version is currently being developed and is expected to be available within a month and versions in French, German, Spanish and Japanese available online in the next 3 months. The game will be released for retail in October, although it is expected to hit European markets within the next 2-4 months.