Grojband – The Show Must Go On! is a transmedia game competition that allows kids to show off their creativity and express their love for the show GrojBand by creating animated “Wicked Cool Transitions” like the ones on the show – with the chance for their transitions to be shown on-air during the broadcast of the TV episodes, AND online, on the site’s HALL OF FAME!
Using “The Wicked Cool Transition Builder”, kids create unique, 3-second transitions and customize them by choosing from a variety of wipe styles, a library of over 100 Grojband character animations, objects, sounds and voices created exclusively for the web, and unlocked by playing games on the site.
These animated transitions play between over 50 exclusive Grojband mini-scenes, providing fans with more Grojband content between airings of the episodes.
Building on the success of previous collaborations with Fresh TV and TELETOON Canada, we were approached to work on a web game experience for the new animated show, Grojband.
The main objectives for the project were:
- Create an engaging property for kids 8-12 years old that allows them to create content that can be featured online and on-air.
- Engage users through a voting mechanism that influences the on-air broadcast.
- Create a digital component that has a life beyond the airing of the episodes.
- Create an experience that aligns well with the tone of the show and showcases its characters.
- Create games that could live separately on the TELETOON games page, with the option of future deployment on mobile platforms.
Working closely with show creators Todd Kauffman and Mark Thornton, along with the TV producers at Fresh TV, we produced Grojband – The Show Must Go On!
The centerpiece of the site is the “Wicked Cool Transition Builder”, where kids design transitions with a similar look and feel to the ones seen on the TV show. Users customize their transitions using a library of effects, objects, sounds and voices, which they can expand on by playing games on the site and unlocking additional content. Kids are awarded points for building cool transitions, leading to placement on the on-site leaderboard, and inspiring repeat play and a sense of friendly competition.
Fans also compete by submitting their own “Wicked Cool Transitions” for a chance to be featured on-air during the run of the actual show broadcast. The user community helps determine which transitions are used on-air by voting on shortlisted submissions throughout the run of the series.
Moderated transitions are also featured as transitional pieces between 52 web-exclusive Grojband mini-scenes, rewarding the players for their engagement and extending the show’s narrative online.
On the site, users can also play three custom-designed games, Legends of Mount Rocklympus, Water You Doing? and Battle of the Bands. These games feature the GrojBand characters and reflect the themes of the show and its wacky sense of humour. By playing games users earn ‘guitar picks’ – an online currency for purchasing items at the ‘GrojBand Store’ to customize their transitions and make them as awesome as possible! These three games were built in Unity and designed in such a way that allows for future deployment on mobile devices.
Catering to the Canadian demographic, and to allow for future licensing/versioning to the international territories, the site is available in English and French.
While the site is currently only accessible to Canadian users, it has seen an amazing response in its first few months online.
In the first three months, the site has received:
- 253,509 Game plays
- 135,500 visits
- Average time on site of 7.5 Minutes.
- 6,215 Submitted “Wicked Cool Transitions”.
We also ran a highly successful contest through THE MAGAZINE, with the winners getting a chance to meet the show’s creators, learn how the show and site were made, and go home with some awesome souvenirs of their experience.
With new finalists being added weekly for users to vote on, and active competition on the site’s leaderboard, we’re excited to see the site continue to engage and entertain fans for years to come.
|Canadian Screen Awards & Nominations|
|2015 Best Cross-Platform Project - Children's and Youth (Nominee)||TELETOON Canada, Fresh TV|
|AToMiC Awards & Nominations|
|2014 Broadcast Engagement (Silver)||TELETOON Canada, Fresh TV|
|FITC Awards & Nominations|
|2014 Web Based Game (Flash / Unity)||TELETOON Canada, Fresh TV|
|Digi Awards & Nominations|
|2014 Best in Cross-Platform Kids (Nominee)||TELETOON Canada, Fresh TV|