It can be difficult for young people to understand deep-rooted social or political issues, but an immersive iPhone app dubbed NYC Haunts is here to spark important conversations.
Successfully bridging the online and offline worlds, NYC Haunts tasks young people with playing the role of a ghost detective. Players must travel around the city to uncover facts about New York's history. The mobile game features a geo-locative alternate reality, meaning the players can navigate through the city streets, while immersing themselves in an alternate world.
During the game, players are tasked with learning the underlying social or political conditions that have caused the ghost their following to haunt the city. Some of the ghosts spark discussions of class struggle, homelessness, environmental conditions and more.