The boardgame that melts

March 11, 2013

It’s snowing in March and let’s face it, we are all tiring of this freezing weather. As we pine after those wishful summer days, it’s a stark reminder of the realities of climate change.

GEOline, a German science magazine for children wanted its young readers to experience the effects of global warming. So, instead of the stereotypical text book theory they created a real-life gamification mechanic by creating the first board game that melts – MELTDOWN.


The aim of MELTDOWN is to lead a polar bear family safely across the slowly melting ice floes to the mainland. The chunks of ice, which the children can make themselves using an accompanying mould are arranged on a blue polar sea sponge to form a small Arctic.



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