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Play the Knave
Platforms: PC
Languages: English
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Play the Knave featured on BBC News!
Release date: Summer 2017
Play the Knave is an interactive motion-sensing game to experience the plays of Shakespeare. Act out scenes from Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, and more. Like karaoke, we give you the lines, but you decide how to use them. Test your abilities as the lines fly across the screen at three different speeds. Use your body to control your avatar, as you duel your enemies and profess your love. Select from our array of theater stages, costumes and background music. A robot Romeo doing a jig with his Juliet? Why not? Play the Knave lets you make Shakespeare your very own.

Features include:
  • Motion-sensing gameplay (requires a Microsoft Kinect camera)
  • 1-4 players
  • Select from 21 Shakespeare plays and hundreds of scene options
  • Get scene recommendations based on your interests: fighting, romance, madness…
  • Or, write your own script; you can even add sound effects
  • 38 avatars, including Roman soldiers, sixteenth-century princesses, and creepy aliens
  • Warm up with improv mini-games
  • 6 difficulty levels

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Mar 3 @ 10:08am
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dissonantfeet Apr 6 @ 12:12pm 
This is a fantastic interactive 3D experience. I had a great time playing and look forward to using it in the classroom. I also think it would be great entertainment for my house parties. ;-)
talkan Mar 9 @ 10:14am 
Embodied Shakespeare. Experiential learning in 3D. Brilliant.
(ง •̀_•́)ง Mar 8 @ 10:43pm 
I wish we had this when I was in school! I think this project will help make Shakespeare more accessible -- and fun! -- for students.
scruzer1 Mar 8 @ 10:17pm 
I was able to test out this game at UC Davis and it's fantastic!

Play the Knave makes Shakespeare fun. It makes acting even more exciting because the characters mimic your every move and you can choose from a variety of characters. The game really allows you to experiment with different ways of performing a certain scene. It's so much fun to try scenes multiple times with your friends because you start to play with your timing, tone, and which words you stress.

Overall, 10/10
sodope210 Mar 8 @ 9:11am 
MoCap? Well, no one can call Shakespeare "boring" anymore
beelbe Mar 6 @ 8:59pm 
Looks so cool! What a great way to experience Shakespeare -- can't wait to play!
br00taldork Mar 6 @ 5:41pm 
I am a UC Davis student currently enrolled in the Teaching Credential program, so I was able to try it out today in a seminar. I'm happy to say that this is a boon for education.

The program's core strengths are rooted in its sense of whimsy--the ability to play as a robot or a Roman legionnaire--its ease of use--simply requires a $100 Kinect to play--and its integration of different linguistic skills--reading, speaking and listening. However, as a pre-service teacher, my concerns are mostly to do with issues of applicability, i.e. how it be tied back to a specific learning goal from the standards. It's all a bit hard to imagine, but overall this is very worthwhile and engaging classroom technology.

One suggestion that I would make is, if possible, to somehow code a bouncing ball like those seen in old sing-a-long videos as a way to indicate stressed or non-stressed syllables for each line of iambic pentameter... Anyway, thanks for this! Very exciting stuff going on here!
anjaneya11 Mar 5 @ 11:17pm 
I am so excited about this game where I can get a bit of high culture as I play. Of course, being able to quote the eloquent insights of the bard always imparts wisdom and beauty to those around. Thanks for hosting such a profound game that truly benefits its players. Dr. Layne Little, Sac State
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chihirosamsa Mar 5 @ 8:54pm 
I think the great thing about this game is that you don't necessarily have to know a lot of or even have an interest in Shakespeare to find it entertaining. It's really fun to play and you're able to personalize your experience (choose your avatar, theater, play, scene, etc.) so that it's much more accessible. I think this would be a great educational tool for middle and high schoolers who think that Shakespeare is either too difficult or too boring - I was able to test it out at my university and everyone seemed thoroughly entertained (I even brought along some friends who are exceptionally ill-informed about Shakespeare and they had a great time). Really hoping this makes it on Steam - there are not enough games like this out there!