Italy: become a tester for the games developed by MED GAIMS to rediscover the cultural sites of the city of Alghero


Inspired by the cultural heritage of Alghero, Fondazione Alghero has been developing physical and digital games. From 2nd till 10th October the organization is hosting OPEN DAYS during the weekends. Citizens, tourists, games enthusiasts all have the opportunity to become a game tester and to provide helpful feedback. The participation is easy, volunteers just need to book a game turn through the dedicated link

The appointment is in the Torre San Giovanni in Largo San Francesco, where volunteers will receive the material needed to test the games. At the end of the testing, the host will fill out a questionnaire evaluating the tester experience. New appointments for testing the rest of the games, which are still under development, will be announced in the coming days.

PLAY ALGHERO is the brand identifying the system of games created within the project MED GAIMS (GAmifIcation for Memorable tourist experienceS) funded by the European Union within the ENI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme with a contribution of 2.1 million euros. Fondazione Alghero is one of the partners in the project, which involves six other organizations in Lebanon, Spain and Jordan. Ten games, five physical and five digital, are currently being developed in Alghero under the supervision of Fabio Viola, one of the leading experts in the field of gamification. By joining the OPEN DAYS, the volunteers are supporting Fabio and his team.

The final aim of PLAY ALGHERO is to revolutionize the traditional visit to cultural sites of the city of Alghero, using gamification principles and technologies. These innovations should make the tourist experience unique by applying game design to new forms of enjoyment of tourist sites. All the curiosities, information and descriptions of the games created in Alghero can be consulted on the dedicated website The visual identity of the entire project is designed by the Department of Architecture, Design and Urban Planning of the University of Sassari (AnimationDesign Laboratory). This collaboration is part of the research project aimed at creating an itinerary of urban game installations that will animate the entire visual route in the city's symbolic places.