“Create a prototype for something to teach the Canada food guide to kids”
This was a particularly fun project because “kids” is a demographic that is nice to work with. It is a demographic that loves the whimsical and so I could let my imagination fly. Healthy Healthy Hippos is a spin-off of the popular Hungry Hungry Hippos game. The kids we later showed this to loved it and wanted to play the game.
What is Healthy Healthy Hippos?
This game follows the story of two unhealthy hippos who’s lives are on the line when a tiger attacks! Luckily, they are saved by a very fit hippo who has the power of the Canadian Food Guide on his side.
Healthy, Healthy Hippos is a 2 player game which strives to teach 1st graders about making healthy food choices through a competitive 1-v-1 game.
The game relies on the player’s capability to learn which food choice is best through the rehearsal of omitting unhealthy choices while reinforcing the recognition and selection of good foods through rapid paced key hitting.
“Hippo Sensei” learned in the art of nutrition hippo sensei goes around enlightening his brethren on the virtues of a balanced meal.
“Tiger” a symbol for the possible threats of being unhealthy, a source of motivation and a metaphor for the mental and physical challenges which can be dampened by an increased knowledge of the Canadian Food Guide.
“Two Hippos” a symbol for the general public, good intentions but with a little nudge can greatly improve their health and life satisfaction.
The Healthy, Healthy, Hippo world located in one, not unlike our own. The only difference is that the animals can talk, fly, play video games and make healthy food choices based off of the guidelines of popular Canadian nutrition. The art style is playful and artistic – the main goal is to make the game look as fun and engaging as possible – especially in consideration of a younger audience.
All photography is mine, assets were created in illustrator and I added the paper texture to everything in photoshop to create unity between the vectors and the photos. The animation was done in After Effects and final compositing was done in Premiere Pro.