Ad Nut
Mar 14, 2018

Nike transports shoe shoppers into a bouncy adventure game

An in-store trial in China transforms real people into pixellated avatars in a side-scrolling adventure game.

Nike and Wieden+Kennedy Shanghai created a setup that allows shoppers to try the brand's React line of shoes, not by taking a few steps around a store but by becoming the central character in a side-scrolling adventure game that takes place on a massive video screen.

The 'Reactland' experience launched last week and is still on in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu at select Nike Stores. It involves:

  • A quick scan that creates a video-game character resembling the real person.
  • Three minutes of running on a treadmill while using a handheld controller to jump, while the on-screen character progresses through scenes that includes clouds, springs, pillows and other elements meant to underscore the chief product benefits of the React technology: bounciness and softness.
  • Seeing sights including a floating Chinese city, a Great Wall built in the clouds, a population of pirouetting pandas, a bubbling Mt. Fuji and a Tower of Pisa that travels around in the fashion of a Slinky.
  • A souvenir animated GIF to share with friends.    

Here's an example of the GIF provided to participants:

A here's a few more shots of the setup:

Ad Nut is disappointed at the apparent lack of representation of small woodland creatures in the game. Sure, Pandas are photogenic and culturally appropriate and all, but wouldn't some tree-climbing and nut-gathering tasks make for a more engaging game? 


Nike China
VP Marketing: Steve Tsoi
Senior Director of Brand Experience: Simon Lee
Director of Greater China Brand Communications: Che Lin
Senior Brand Manager: Miao Wang

Wieden+Kennedy Shanghai
Executive Creative Director: Ian Toombs, Vivian Yong
Creative Director: Okan Usta, Hesky Lu
Art Director: Josh King
Copywriter: Aier Xu
Head of Integrated Production: Sanne Drogtrop
Creative Technologist: Rhys Turner
Interactive Producer: Xiong Xiong
Producer: Fang Yuan
Tech Developer: June Xie
Senior Planner: Leon Lin
Planner: Carina Huang
Business Director: Dino Xu
Senior Account Manager: Qinna Ye
Senior Account Executive: Xueer Ren
Head of Project Management: Nicole Bee
Business Affairs: Jessica Deng, Kathy Zhan
Head of Designers: Fish Ho
Designer: Helen Yu
PR Manager: Evelyn Hsu

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