Inhabitants and visitors of London can currently find 99 tiny games in public space. The games are part of Showtime, a free outdoor arts festival that gives all Londoners the chance to enjoy “world class entertainment and culture on their doorstep”.
People who look closely will find the miniature games in all kinds of places, varying from bus stops to bandstands and from parks to shopping malls. A conversation game over here, a chasing game over there, a people-watching game up on that balcony… The little games are everywhere, really. The only thing you have to do is to find the round stickers on walls and pavements in streets and parks that explain the rules of the easy-to-play games.
There’s also an online map on which you can find the games closest to your location. None of the 99 site-specific street games require any special equipment, nor do they have any special goal. They seem to be there just for fun, which we always like.
The concept and the games are developed by Hide & Seek, a London-based game studio. One of the core elements of their work is to deliver pervasive live events.