The northern castle

Decisions

Most passages in the story end with a choice your character must make. 

Will you follow the witch into her lair, or run for your life?

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Points

Many decisions require a certain number of points to be successful. 

Points come in 3 kinds: Song, Skill, and Social. Each can be earned by uploading videos to the FiddleQuest video recorder app. 

So, if you want to open that treasure chest, go see which scales you can learn next!

chart showing 3 types of game points

As you progress through the story, you will collect items you find in your travels, as well as buy them from the shop with gold coins you discover in-game. 

From magical instruments to potions to daggers, each item can aid you in your quest.

Inventory

adventure backpack
3 gold coins

badges

As you accomplish greater and greater feats – whether it's escaping a wrathful river spirit or collecting a magical instrument – you work toward unlocking new badges which display on your FiddleQuest videos.

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While the core of the game consists in making decisions to control the narrative, there are several unique twists. With 3 point types, an inventory of items, a collection of badges, and a store to buy gear, The Northern Castle offers a variety of exciting features

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Start Playing Today

The Northern Castle is free to anyone with a FiddleQuest account. 

Simply go to your practice page, select the menu button in the top left, and choose "The Northern Castle" from the menu

How to access the game from the practice page
FiddleQuest site menu

The Northern Castle is an interactive adventure game which provides additional incentive for students to practice skills they might otherwise be hesitant to learn between violin lessons. By completing skills like scales and sight-reading, students unlock points that allow them to progress through an exciting adventure where they control the actions of their character. So, instead of being told to practice their scales, students will proactively learn skills in the curriculum as they seek to complete their adventure.

Motivation Through Narrative

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