WOODBURY – Will the mega-success of Pokemon GO! carry over to a locally-developed gaming app?
Elephant GO is a scavenger hunt game, based on the Pokeman Go App, designed by Random Hacks of Kindness Junior and Woodbury Middle School eighth-grader Jack Wolfe for the Advocates for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP).
Once an elephant has been located, the user scans the QR Code located on the base of the app. The Elephant GO app will then read the QR Code and display a message. Once all 20 elephants have been found, an email will be sent to ASAP entering the user into a raffle drawing.
Each elephant has been hand-painted by a local student or other interested volunteer, and has an electronic QR code attached.
ASAP has teamed up with 20 Woodbury and Bethlehem businesses that have agreed to participate in this event. Each hosts one small paper mache elephant in a prominent location of their choice.
Local high school and middle school students also learned how to create the app for Android-based smartphones and produce the QR codes for this event through Random Hacks of Kindness, Jr., which is a program supported by Region 14.
People without Android-based phones can still play Elephant GO, but need a paper booklet to do so. Paper booklets can be picked up at Woodbury Public Library and the Woodbury Police Department.
Businesses participating as Elephant GO stops include March Farms, Woodbury Public Library, ACE Hardware, Newtown Savings Bank, Canfield Corner Pharmacy, Flanders Nature Center, Woodbury Pewter, Thomaston Savings Bank, Towne Apothecary, Bethlehem Public Library, The Painted Pony, Book Cellar, LaBonne’s, TD Bank, Nick’s Country Kitchen, Constantines, ION Bank, Woodbury Drug Store, True Value Hardware, and Little Town Deli.
ASAP has adopted the elephant as its symbol because our nation’s drug-addiction problem is the “elephant in the room” that nobody likes to talk about.