The Bicycle Game, developed in 2010 in XNA for First Lady Michelle Obama’s Apps for Healthy Kids Challenge, challenged players to pick a diversity of healthy foods in order to win a bicycle race. The more diverse the food choices, the faster the bicycle went. Over 7 levels, the game increased in difficulty, challenging the player to go faster in order to win each race. Players can also customize their avatar.
The objective behind the Bicycle Game is to provide a short but engaging experience that subconsciously influences real-life food choices. Rather than show direct empirical data, the amount of each food eaten is visualized in colored bars on the left side of the screen (colors of MyPyramid food groups). The idea is that over time, this teaches players to estimate the percent daily value that a food gives to each food group. The goal of the game is to nurture and develop this sense of estimation in the player, so that the player can use it in real-life situations.
The game uses the required data sheet located here and on Data.gov. Data.gov and the Federal Government cannot vouch for the data or analyses derived from these data after the data have been retrieved from Data.gov.
The Bicycle Game was created by Ian Arawjo in June 2010, entirely from scratch on the now-defunct XNA platform. All visuals, design, and music are completely original.