After hitting us with a trailer some days ago, ChopUp Games, the Nigerian-based mobile games developer, has finally released Ebola Strikeforce. It is the first local game to raise awareness about the deadly Ebola virus that shook the world. The game is also designed to raise public awareness about the preventive measures against Ebola.
Ebola Strikeforce tells the story of research scientists and doctors who discovered that they could develop the cure from a serum, which could only be extracted from patient X with the help of a nanobot. The player takes control of the nanobot and journeys through patient X’s body to extract the serum. The serum is then used to create a vaccine to cure infected people. In the process the player unlocks health tips that can be used to maintain good hygiene in real life.
“We were inspired to create this game after seeing thousands of precious lives lost innocently and ignorantly around the world as a result of Ebola” said ChopUp Co-founder Zubair Abubakar. “The goal here is basically the same thing that the U.N, W.H.O, our very own EbolaAlert and other organizations are trying to achieve regarding the virus: drive awareness of Ebola and its preventive measures. We are only trying to do this in a more entertaining yet educative way. We have also dedicated this game to Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh and all the people that lost their lives in the battle to keep us Ebola free.”
ChopUp Games is a division of Pledge 51 Ltd which develops locally-themed mobile games that tell the African narrative. It was co-founded by Zubair Abubakar and acclaimed game designer, Bayo Puddicombe.