Urban Nature Games database

Published: 19 September 2023| Version 3 | DOI: 10.17632/2cfbs5gd9t.3
Aura Istrate,
, Noelle Ong, Devansh Jain, Audrey Njo


This dataset consists of various types of games (with purposes other than entertainment) incorporating concepts of urban planning and Ecosystem Services (ES)/Nature-based Solutions (NbS). The games included were developed by universities, researchers, NGOs, or other credible organizations, and were available in English. They were compiled from multiple sources (the last additions were made in May 2023). The full database comprises 69 relevant ‘Urban Nature Games’ (Sheet 3 in Excel), that were rated of high to low relevance to urban planning and ES/NbS, according to defined criteria (see ‘Rating game relevance to urban planning and ES-NbS’). More extensive game assessments were conducted for Urban Nature Games of medium to the highest relevance (Sheet 2 in Excel), according to defined dimensions (see ‘Defined dimensions of assessment for Urban Nature Games’). High-relevance games were also assessed in terms of what urban planning processes they relate to and what Nature-based Solutions they exemplify (Sheet 1 in Excel). The database can be consulted for game selection under different circumstances and needs of educators, practitioners, and researchers who have an interest in incorporating Nature-based Solutions in urban planning. Practical considerations such as distribution, the number of players, costs, or duration of gameplay (available in Sheet 1 in Excel), often represent constraints that pragmatically help select suitable games. The database can also be further developed with games that may be released in the future or are available in languages other than English.



University College Dublin, Nanyang Technological University


Game Theory, Urban Planning, Game Playing, Urban Design, Ecosystem Services, Database, Educational Game, Collaborative Game, Computer Game


National Research Foundation Singapore