Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Game of Life on Google Maps

A team from ProPublica created this little Google Maps based game at the GEN Editors' Lab Hackathon. HeartSaver was designed with the aim to help New Yorkers explore access to good emergency care in the city.

In the game heart attack victims are dropped on the map at random locations. Your job is to pick up the victims and transport them to the nearest hospital. Your score depends on how fast you get the victims to the hospital. If you are too slow the victim dies.

The quality of care avaialable at different hospitals also plays a part in the victim's chance of survival. Therefore as you play the game you have to gamble on transporting a victim to a nearby hospital with a below average heart-care rating or risk a longer journey to a better hospital.

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