Open University - O'Fortuna

Bringing history to life with an educational online game.

Open University - O'Fortuna
O'Fortuna logo


Following the success of the Saving Setrus project for the International Affairs department, The Open University selected Yoyo to produce a fun and educational game for the History department.

OU O'Fortuna tablet design
Fire of London Illustration


We came up with an interactive role-play game to help students understand the key struggles that 17th century life threw up, where fate and circumstance played a huge part. Players choose one of four characters whose life story unfolds before them, prompting them to make key decisions at various stages of their lives to try and improve the character’s wealth and social standing. A comic-book style was chosen to help keep the content bright and fun - a good antidote to the morbid reality of the period! We built the game using the AngularJS and incorporated HTML5 video for the animated scenes to provide a richer gaming experience.

O'Fortuna on an tablet
O'Fortuna game screen
O'Fortuna illustration


“We have been delighted with Yoyo’s expertise, creativity and receptiveness displayed throughout the project’s duration. The fantastic final result truly reflects their hard work and ingenuity. It has been a pleasure working with Yoyo and I would have no qualms with highly recommending them.”

Georgia Axtell-Powell Online Project Producer