Successful presentation of the Interreg project "Sofias Smuggling" in Arnhem

On September 18, 2020 the new, transnational game app "Sofias Smuggling - Cross-Border Hunt" officially set off. Staff and students of the Media Communication and Computer Science, B.Sc. and Digital Media, M.A. degree programmes have been significantly involved in its development. The game for Android and iOS takes players through eight museums in the German-Dutch border region, where they can experience different adventures with Sophia the smuggler and other fictitious museum characters. The game can be played in three languages - German, Dutch and English.

Ulrich Francken, Chairman of the Euregio Rhine-Waal and Peter Drenth, Member of Parliament for the province of Gelderland

A total of eight museums and two universities cooperated in developing the app for young museum visitors. The result of their four-year collaboration on the RheijnLand.Xperiences project has now been presented at the Openluchtmuseum in Arnhem. Ulrich Francken, Chairman of the Euregio Rhine-Waal and Peter Drenth, Member of Parliament for the province of Gelderland, gave the official starting signal.

Rhine-Waal University and the Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen developed the storyline and the game scenes for eight museums using interactive stories, beacons, augmented reality and other state-of-the-art gaming technologies. The resulting experiences offer a playful and novel approach to art and historical heritage, which is intended to appeal to young people, young adults and gamers who are young at heart.

The stories can be played in any order in the following museums on the Lower Rhine and in the Dutch province of Gelderland: LVR-Archaeological Park Xanten, Kasteel Hernen (Geldersch Landschap & Kasteelen), Museum Goch, Museum Het Valkhof, Museum Kurhaus Kleve, Museum Schloß Moyland, Freedom Museum and Nederlands Openluchtmuseum.

The game can now be downloaded from different stores. The trailer is available on https://sofiassmuggling.de/


Funding and Project Partners

The project was realised and funded within the framework of the INTERREG programme Germany - Netherlands.

The Interreg project was funded by the European Union, the Province of Gelderland and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalisation and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and was accompanied by the Euregio Rhine-Waal.

Project partners: Erfgoed Gelderland (lead partner), the participating museums, Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences, Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen and the tourism organisations of both countries Niederrhein Tourismus and Toerisme Veluwe Arnhem Nijmegen.Das Projekt wurde im Rahmen des INTERREG-Programms Deutschland-Nederland ausgeführt und finanziell unterstützt.

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