Stair Quest

Game Features

  • Discover 3336 stairs in the Central and Western District
  • Share your experiences
  • Revive the Spirit Dragon
  • Become the best Stair Guardian
  • Contribute to academic research AND have fun!

Note: This game can only be played in Hong Kong.

What is Stair Quest?

Stair Quest is an urban game — a game that is played by walking around in the city with your smartphone. Stair Quest is also a serious game: you are helping the Hong Kong Stair Archive project by gathering data on stair culture.

What device do I need to play the game?

You need a recent Android smartphone or an iPhone with a data plan to play. While playing, please make sure that your GPS location services are enabled. It is not possible to play Stair Quest with a computer.

What is the privacy policy?

While you are playing, your location will be tracked, but we do not store any location data on our server other than your stair check-ins. We do, however, use Google Analytics to improve the game experience and track its success. Also, we use Facebook as a login to protect us from spam users, but we do not read your profile information or send data back to Facebook.

By playing this game, you are consenting to allowing your anonymized player data (such as in-game content) be used for research related to stairs and Hong Kong’s Stair Culture.


This game was developed by the subject area in game design of the Zurich University of the Arts, in collaboration with the Hong Kong Stairs Archive.

If you need support, please consult our support pages before you write to our support by email

Discover stairs by walking around.
Research them all to free the dragon!
Check into as many stairs as you can.
Earn dragon dust to get to be the highest ranking Stair Guardian.
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