Full Steam Ahead Game

Client ss Great Britain


Create an app and online experience that inspires and educates children about the work of Isambard Kingdom Brunel and encourages them to visit the ss Great Britain ship.


Full Steam Ahead, a game that pupils can play in the classroom and at home with their families and which teaches them how Brunel’s determination and resilience to persevere, solve problems and learn from mistakes helped him succeed.

The game takes the player through a series of ship building challenges, based on those that Brunel faced throughout his career. Successfully completing the challenges earns the player more money so they can buy extra parts, eventually resulting in the ‘ultimate ship’ that can cut through rough seas, carry more cargo, go the furthest distance and destroy opponents in tug-of-war battles.

The online version of the game was launched on the ss Great Britain website as a schools classroom version and seeded around the web. A tablet version was published for iOS and Android.


The game has enabled children to better understand the key learning outcomes in a fun and challenging way through experimentation and simulation. It has also won two awards, a TIGA for ‘Best Game with a Purpose’ and a RTS award for ‘Media Effectiveness’.

Download the game for iOS or Android

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