July 28, 2010 in Books (E)
[prMac.com] Jersey City, New Jersey - Iskandar, Inc. today is pleased to introduce Logan and the Upside Down Sea 1.0, their interactive eBook for kids optimized for all iOS devices. The eBook features: pen and ink, hand drawn graphics; read aloud option; follow along text; touch sensitive characters; interactive story line; and an imaginative, fun-filled narrative. Incorporating page turn animation, the optimized graphics appear at the highest resolution possible, whether viewed on an iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Retina display.
The story takes place on the planet Pedra, where Logan and his sister Penelope are playing hide and go seek. During their adventures we meet Alvin the Teddy Bear, Aku the Dragon, a hot air balloon, an upside down sea, Horatio the Whale, Baju the Turtle, and Phoebe the Fish. When touched, each character and animal performs an animated somersault, the narrator reads their name aloud, and the reader hears their identifying sound effect. Recommended for children ages 3 to 8, kids will enjoy hearing the names of each character and animal whenever they are touched.
Especially effective are the hand drawn graphics, full color pen, ink, brush, and wash drawings. The difficult but expressive technique involves creation of a pen and Indian ink drawing, followed by a series of ink washes. The transparent mixture of ink and water is applied freely with a brush, starting with lightest tones and proceeding through to the darkest. This creates smooth, organic transitions between shades and a layering of tones. All elements are outlined and then filled in with color, detail, and shading. The overall effect is the reverse of the enabling technology: the illustrations are warm, natural, and non-digital.
* Completely original story created for this iOS edition
* Interactive elements on every page
* Read aloud option
* Realistic physics effects
* Integrated tasks and puzzles exploit touch screen, tilt sensor, etc.
* Graphics optimized for all iOS devices
* Especially for children ages 3 to 8
* From the creators of Alphabet Creatures, and the Infant Arcade series
Each page of the eBook consists of a 3-layered drawing, and each layer may be animated independently. The foreground contains opaque, full tones; the midground lighter, more washed out colors; and the background the least saturated, unfocused shades. The resulting quasi-3D effect adds to the natural, soft feeling, the opposite of typical computer graphics. Combined with the playful narration and realistic sound effects, the drawings bring the story to life.
"Our goal in creating Logan and the Upside Down Sea was to produce a children's eBook that would be entertaining for both kids and their parents," stated CEO Edwin Iskandar. "It was a challenge, but I believe we've succeeded."
* iPhone, iPad or iPod touch
* iOS 3.2 or later
* 53.4 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Logan and the Upside Down Sea 1.0 is regularly priced at $3.99 (USD), but is on sale now for $1.99, and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Books category. Review copies are available upon request.
Located in Jersey City, New Jersey, Iskandar, Inc. was founded in 2007 by developer Edwin Iskandar. The company develops iOS games and apps for all ages. They focus on both the Games category and the Education/Book category. Popular games/apps that have hit the top 50 or higher of the US app store include: Buster Red, Tank Run and Gun, Alphabet Creatures (iPad), and the Infant Arcade series. Copyright (C) 2010 by Iskandar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.