Just as I was beginning to lose hope for a good example of gaming apps in an art gallery context, I stumbled upon Tate Trumps: A free digital card game app for iPhone or Ipod Touch.
Players explore the gallery looking for artworks that will score highly in one of three modes: Battle, Mood, and Collector. Ex: In Battle mode, you ask yourself, “If this artwork came to life, how good would it be in a fight?” Watch the video for more info.
It’s a lighthearted multi-player game for all ages that encourages sharing, discovery, and thinking about art. Anything like that scores high points with me.