We came up with a unique transmedia extension – a “real-life” video game. The idea behind it is to blur our the boundaries between the real life and the fiction life of video games. As transferring screen experiences into the real world might be slightly dangerous, we decided to apply this extension with a different spin on the usual real-life gaming.
The real-life game is an extension to an already existing series – Numb3rs. The last season of Numb3rs came out in 2010, therefore, this game would be a great promotion element for introducing a brand new season of this serie.
Numb3rs is an American crime drama series which aired on CBS in 2005-2010. It goes about Los Angeles office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Special Agent Don Eppes and his team investigate critical and baffling crimes with a special edge. That advantage is Don’s brother, Charlies Eppes, a brilliant universalist mathematician who uses the science of mathematics with its complex equations to ferret out the most tricky criminals. With this team, the forces of evil learn their number is up (source: IMDB review).
The series had over 10 million viewers and were ranked in top 50 series in USA. The popularity and quality of Numb3ers is proven with BMI TV Music Award and nomination for an Emmy.
The game will be based on solving crimes – helping Charlie and Don with FBI cases. To solve these, players would need to find clues which will be hidden in the main Blog – in videos made by series protagonists, in different places around the city, clues can be sent by mail, they can get a call, etc. Players need to connect the dots between the clues, to figure out what actually happened. The Blog will also include blog-posts of the main characters, FBI files that can be used in the process of resolving the crime, etc. Players have to solve each crime within a certain time span. The first one to connect all the clues and resolving it will be given an opportunity to contribute in writing an episode of Numb3rs.
Although, not all of the viewers might be interested in real-life video games, blog and live chat option with the possibility to talk to the main characters of the series will be available, so that nobody is left out of the surreal experience.
The core of the project is to bring the series Numb3rs closer to the viewers and enlighten and educate them in the field of Mathematics in a fun and entertaining way. The aim is to engage audience and create unforgetable experience no other series can provide them with.