In light of a seemingly endless amount of natural catastrophes impacting the world recently, the Australian arm of Save the Children has released an iPhone/iPad/iPod app designed to highlight just how much work disaster relief efforts entail.
Earthquake Response (Apple Store link) revolves around an 8.2 magnitude earthquake hitting an island in the Atlantic Ocean. With thousands injured and dead, you, the player, have been sent to the island by Save the Children to distribute aid. 14 levels of play will have users getting people into the correct aid tents, keeping supply lines stocked, directing supply deliveries and prioritizing people’s needs.
Save the Children spokesperson Ian Woolverton told Reuters that the game is “quite fun to play,” but added, “But there’s also a serious message embedded into it about what we do in times of emergencies to save the lives of children and their families.”
The organization estimates that there have been 80 natural disasters in 2010 so far.
The game was crafted by Australian developer Enabled.