Gaming Tourism: Lessons from Evaluating REXplorer, a Pervasive Game for Tourists

  • Rafael Ballagas
  • André Kuntze
  • Steffen P. Walz
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5013)


REXplorer is a mobile, pervasive spell-casting game designed for tourists of Regensburg, Germany. The game creates player encounters with spirits (historical figures) that are associated with significant buildings in an urban setting. A novel mobile interaction mechanism of “casting a spell” (making a gesture by waving a mobile phone through the air) allows the player to awaken and communicate with a spirit to continue playing the game. The game is designed to inform visitors about history in a fun manner. The results of a formative evaluation are explored to inform the design of future serious pervasive games.


Focus Group Interview Playing Session Play Session Tourist Information Gesture Recognition System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rafael Ballagas
    • 1
  • André Kuntze
    • 2
  • Steffen P. Walz
    • 3
  1. 1.Nokia Research CenterPalo AltoUSA
  2. 2.Media Computing GroupRWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany
  3. 3.Computer Aided Architechtural Design GroupETH ZurichZurichSwitzerland

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