Energy Hog is an online environmental game designed for children consisting of 5 mini-games that teach children about wise energy use.
Players learn how home energy improvements save money, improve comfort and help the environment by becoming an ‘Energy Hog Buster’, using ‘Energy Hogs’ which are half human, half hog creatures that suck the energy out of your home (i.e., Freddie consumes a diet of high-class chandeliers and lightbulbs; Kelvin Bacon consumes Freon, thermostats and furnaces; Mork Pork’s diet is insulation, fibreglass and weather stripping.)
You play 5 access levels involving different parts of the home: bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, living room and attic. Each level involves exposing a specific ‘Hog Buster’, which reveals another mini-game to play before you proceed to the next level.
The Bedroom reveals ‘Bulb Hunter’ which has you complete a maze, whereby you must change bulbs within an established time-frame; Bathroom involves playing ‘Whack-a-Hog’ where you use a shower brush to whack a water-guzzling hog, in order to reduce water consumption; (Players get an Efficient Energy Hog Handbook containing energy tips for dishwashers, fireplaces, attic energy efficiency, etc.);the Living Room reveals ‘Wacky Windows’ game where players engage in a race using a caulking gun to caulk the 4 corners of windows within a limited time period; the Kitchen has you playing ‘Fridge Frenzy Game’ whereby players mix and match refrigerator contents in a timed memory game; the Attic has you engaging in ‘Attic Attack’ firing insulation at energy hogs.
Players are encouraged to take the ‘Energy Hog Challenge’ facilitated by a set of educational activities about sources of energy and energy efficiency in the home which promotes Energy Star R products. It provides a home Energy Saver Audit. The game’s blue ‘hint’ box educates about energy efficiency.