EarthGames is proud to announce Infrared Escape, a game that combines frantic arcade fun with… learning about the greenhouse effect!?
You can also play Infrared Escape in your browser by clicking here!
You play the role of an infrared light beam, trying to make it out to space. Along the way you have to dodge pesky greenhouse gases by tapping left or right.
Each collision with a greenhouse gas causes your beam to lose some energy. If you keep grazing the gases, it’s game over.
Your journey through the air is divided into levels — each one an actual layer of the atmosphere! Making it through the stratosphere into space is a great accomplishment! It means your ray has done its part to cool down the Earth and offset global warming. As a reward, the game converts your Joules into Jewels, that you can use to purchase interesting science trivia in the shop!
We also have a helpful teacher’s guide for the game if you are a teacher and interested in using this game in the classroom!
The easiest mode is the pre-industrial past, so there aren’t as many greenhouse gases to dodge. The hardest difficulty corresponds with a much more polluted future. Light-speed reaction times will be needed to conquer this mode, since greenhouse gases are so tightly packed in the air.
Infrared Escape was designed by Samuel Dassler, Professor Dargan Frierson, Amara Kitnikone, Rikki Parent, and Ben Peterson. Make sure to crank the volume on Dargan’s pulsing electronic dance soundtrack!