Every home is full of objects made from organic compounds known as hydrocarbons. In fact, it would be difficult for many of us to go through the day without using a product that has some hydrocarbons in it. Hydrocarbons, or chains of hydrogen and carbon molecules that create many of our chemicals and synthetic materials are often derived from oil and natural gas.
The new Hydrocarbon Hunt game, developed by Shell Oil Company, let’s you walk through a virtual reality (VR) * home to identify everyday items and learn about their hydrocarbon makeup. The game begins in the living room with a short message on the TV. From there you are free to explore four additional rooms, but watch the time! At the end of the game, review your finds and play again. Just like any other valuable resource, be sure to reduce, reuse and recycle all hydrocarbon products.
Ready to begin? Download the free app below and play on your own smartphone:
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* VR game version intended for students and adults at least 14 years or older. Use caution when wearing a VR headset and stop immediately if you feel unwell.