July 6, 2011 in Games (E)
[prMac.com] Brooklyn, New York - Shortstack, creator of critically acclaimed Splish Splash Inn, just released its second app, Photo Safari! 1.1. With tour guide Harvey leading the way, kids go on a safari adventure looking for different animals. The game features 50 animals, ranging from the familiar favorites like an elephant and a tiger to what might be new animals for kids, like a hedgehog, a sloth and a peacock. It's a search game, where kids look for a particular animal in a sea of other animals. After kids find the target animal, they zoom in for a close up, see a quick animation, then click their camera to take a picture. Ben Clemmey, age 10, is the voice of Harvey and narrates the game, offering friendly affirmations along the way. The goal of the game is to fill a page of the photo album with pictures of animals.
The app is designed so that young kids can easily navigate the app on their own. It's also self-paced - kids can choose to see an animation as many times as they like, hear the animal's name spelled, and rearrange the photos in their album. Or they can make it a game of speed and just try to fill the page as quickly as possible. The app adapts to the user's level - if children find the animals quickly, the screen populates with more animals making the game more challenging.
There are two additional game options: Speed Safari, and Meet the Animals. Speed Safari is a timed version of the game that older kids will enjoy. Meet the Animals is great for the youngest of users or for kids who want to visit the animals at their own pace.
Shortstack founder Carolyn Merriman has a background in child development and offers notes to parents within each app about the educational milestones considered as part of the design process. She designed Photo Safari! with visual spatial processing in mind. Visual spatial processing is the ability to tell the difference between like objects, i.e. p's and q's, or horses and donkeys. It's a critical skill for reading, writing, and math. Photo Safari also has a spelling option that can be turned off and on. Merriman comments that children know so many more words than they can say. Photo Safari! allows kids to show off their skills, teaching them new animal names along the way.
As with Splish Splash Inn, one of the most notable joys of the app is the artwork. The illustrator behind Photo Safari! is New York based artist Ian Berry. Berry clearly puts loving details into each of the animals he draws. They all have unique adorable animations, like the turtle who hides in his shell, the sniffing anteater, and the prancing deer.
Splish Splash Inn, Shortstack's first app, was well received by families and press. MSNBC.com named it one of their favorite entertaining and educational apps for kids. The app is a simple counting app for children learning their numbers. It takes place in an underwater hotel, which is full of beautifully illustrated sea creatures all of which make musical sounds. The latest update of the app includes a new end scene where all of the animals swim out at the end, allowing kids to play all the animals together like an underwater orchestra.
"Photo Safari! is a great app for kids who just can't get enough of learning animal names. Your kids will love it! "- AppAdvice
"Wonderful Adorable" -MyAppinions
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iPhone OS 4.2 or later
* 15.0 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Photo Safari! 1.1 is only $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.
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