Report – The Incredible Playable Lunchtime Show

Posted on: Thursday 04 July 2019 11:20am

With a chance to become human buttons, take on the Power Rangers, zap each other with barcode scanners and play Pac-Man using inflatable toys, The Incredible Playable Lunchtime Show was a hilarious CMC innovation putting the audience at the centre and gives them the chance to unleash their inner kid.


  • Everything was interactive from the start.
  • It’s a chance to unleash the inner kid.


Dressed out on the stage with inflatables, coloured barcode jackets, everything appeared to be very interactive from the start. Game Developer, Alistair Aitchrson, hosted the event looking like ‘The Greatest Showman’. His work is known for its emphasis on physical activity and social interaction, and his games have won awards at the IndieCade and GameCity festivals, and are installed in the UK’s National Videogame Arcade and Berlin’s Game Science Center.

The show began with ‘the greatest showman’ presenter showing enticing and exciting props and games the audience would all be playing! The audience picked the team name to be ‘The Purple Octopus’ and every time the name was mentioned everyone in the audience would cheer!

Game 1 started where one member from the audience became the ‘supermarket floor manager’ where they had to scan the coloured barcode jackets audience members were wearing and create a match on the screen. Each scanner had four minutes to match the cards on screen and then a new player would be chosen! The audience helped identify the matches and overall created thirteen matches!

Game 2 began with two supermarket floor managers having two scanners, called ‘buoy racers’! Four sailors were chosen from the audience and played Red against Blue, scanning as many inflatables from the audience to move up and down the on-screen game to gain more ‘treasure’ to boost their overall score! The presenter chose different sailors randomly throughout the game and the audience had to work as a team to go up, down, left or right on the screen game to beat the other team’s score!

Game 3 was the final game based on four power rangers picked from the audience that each had a different colour from their power belts with the help of the ‘angry teen’ who tagged each ranger who’s colour was on screen in numerical order. Different audience members were picked to tag the power rangers in time before the time ran out!


Author: Samantha Bunkell

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