Some of you may have recently been distracted by a small indie game called Portal 2, but here’s the PC game sequel of the year everyone has been waiting for – Ribbon Hero 2 by Microsoft Office Labs, available today as a free download.
The sequel to the innovative interactive tutorial aimed to familiar Office 2007 and 2010 users with the new Ribbon interface, the game now features a standalone interface with animated graphics and even storyline scenarios incorporating a Microsoft favorite, Clippy. Like its predecessor, players score points for completing tasks using the Ribbon.
Although to most readers of this site, this would be considered a gimmick at best. However, to novice Office users – especially kids in primary education, I can’t imagine a better way to incorporate learning for a productivity application. Wouldn’t it be awesome if a similar tool existed for Adobe Photoshop or Maya?