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Lausanne 1830: an educational video game for the exploration of local history

Lausanne 1830 is a historical pixel art game set in Lausanne at the beginning of the 19th century, which incorporates historical sources in its gameplay. The game is used in schools (12-15 y.o.) for the teaching of modern local history. The player is appointed by the City to complete the city’s register. They must find the missing information concerning five historical characters.

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Background information

The game was commissioned by the College of Humanities (EPFL) and produced by the GameLab UNIL-EPFL and Lausanne Time Machine (EPFL) laboratories, in collaboration with the Swiss game studio Digital Kingdom. It was created by a team of three students from ETHZ/EPFL (Andrew Dobbis, programming), UNIL (Saara Jones, game design) and HEIG-VD (Sarah Jallon, graphic design).

Lausanne 1830 won the award for best Swiss serious game of 2022.