After repeated requests and many delays, the STEPS FOR THE FUTURE Windows PC game is now available for direct download.
The game was created by a collaboration of NDCO Region 22 and James Cook University students studying the Diploma in Multimedia Game Development. The game was first released in March 2010. Up until now the game has only been distributed on CD. NDCO's in Regions 20 & 22 have distributed more than 5,000 free copies of the game to schools, community groups, disability support services, training providers, employment services and individuals.
The game provides a platform to engage young people and carries strong messages about what can be achieved by a person with a disability who shows determination and seeks the support of family, friends and specialist support services, all while allowing young people to enjoy the gameplay.
The game can be downloaded in ZIP format. It's about a 97 Mb download, so please be aware of that. Once downloaded, the ZIP file can be uncompressed and the files saved on a hard drive, portable USB drive or copied onto a CD or DVD. Once unzipped, open the folder and double click on the sftf.exe file. That will take you to the game's main menu.
The game provides options for screen quality (lower quality is better for older computers and some mobile devices). There are also options to turn the narration on or off as well as selecting the difficulty level to allow all players, regardless of their gaming skill or dexterity to play the game. The game has purposely been developed with less precision required to operate the controls, to allow much easier navigation of the game interface for people with motor skill barriers.