The use of clean energy is on the rise. More and more Americans are getting solar panels added to their homes and electric cars are an everyday reality. In fact, switching to renewable energy sources has never been more important, considering the ongoing climate change debate. Even if you don't believe in climate change, using clean energy reduces smog and toxins in our air and water, and who wouldn't want that?
To keep the clean energy conversation going (or in some cases get it started), energy provider NRG has released a fun and beautifully designed game to help consumers learn about the importance of clean energy.
In The Path To Luma, you play as SAM, a Sustainability Augmentation Model android. SAM is on a quest to restore life to abandoned planets and save an alien civilization called Chroma from extinction by harnessing the power of clean energy.
As you can probably guess, saving planets is no easy task. You'll have to navigate SAM through twists and turns, scale obstacles and rotate planets toward the sun with pinch-and-zoom gestures.
Not only that, but you'll also find out about about six different energy technologies: wind, solar, water-powered, battery storage, waste-to-energy and carbon capture. Each type of technology in the game is modeled after its real-world component, so pay attention, you might learn something.
For now, there are 20 levels to complete, and that's plenty of puzzles to keep you occupied for a while.
NRG's ultimate goal with this game is to create awareness about the need for clean energy, and hopefully get consumers to begin to demand more clean energy alternatives. NRG senior solar analyst Daniel Keyes told Mashable:
"A lot of people have choices to purchase clean energy, and a lot of people don’t. ... We want people to demand clean energy solutions from providers and policy makers. The technology is ready. It’s there, and if they demand it, the market will respond."