Video games have had data visualizations built into them for a long time. They are there to provide the players with information about what is going on in the game, or post-game statistics.
In Roller Coaster Tycoon for example, the data visualizations helped players make informed decisions about roller coaster design, or track park expenditures and balance their budget. This approach helps players to get better at the game and provides some interesting interfaces for players to explore.
Digital Dreams has taken a different approach to integrating data visualizations with Metrico. They have built a game set entirely in an infographic world. The puzzle platformer looks a little bit like what an infographic designer’s dreams (or maybe nightmares) must look like when they have an impending deadline.
The game is based on a simple principle: player movements can also cause changes in the game level.... keep reading