Memofix - the Join-In Digital Memory Card Game

The Consortium had viewed gaming as a communicative activity that makes socialising easy. This was assessed in addition to the requirements of the older generation on a computer game. Board and computer gaming sessions in the partner countries were set up to ascertain which type of games the users like and what their requirements for the NEW game would be. This showed that usefulness, i.e. training the brain was one of the most important criteria and that communication was more important than the look of the game, though the graphics needed to be clear. The users were given a choice between different games and decided on “Memofix”.

Memofix is a two player turn-based game based on the traditional card game known as ‘concentration’. The game consists of ten pairs of cards arranged in four rows of five cards. Initially, the cards are all placed face down. Each player takes turns to try and match pairs of cards by selecting the two cards they wish to turn over. When two cards are matched, they remain drawn in a face up position and form no further part of the game. A player is rewarded for a successful match by getting another turn. The game ends when all ten pairs have been matched and the winner is the player with the most matches. A game is started from the Join-In portal by one user inviting another to play. The game allows to add your own photos as a seperate card deck. This encourages communication. In the portal the videochat is integrated with the game.

Choosing a card deck
Memofix game in action

Memofix was tested by 114 users. This virtual memory game was preferred over the board game and received good ratings concerning usefulness and usability especially with the highly aged users. Computer experienced users found it less interesting than computer illiterates. Users enjoyed talking and watching their opponent while playing. They thought the game to be very beneficial for concentration and memory.

For further information see Blog-post Introduction to Memofix and project reports D3.1 Computer Based Games for Adaption Development and D3.2 Technical Design Documentation.