September 15, 2011 in Games (E)
[prMac.com] Westchester, New York - Zephyr Games today is pleased to introduce Kiwi and Pear's Balloon Adventure 1.0 for iOS, their second interactive adventure based on the best-selling ebook and hardcover for kids 4 - 8. Kiwi and Pear are two adventurous monkeys who travel and explore the world while spreading love, friendship, and smiles to everyone and everything they meet. The game is a vertically scrolling joy ride through the clouds that allows players to control Kiwi and Pear's balloon as it rises through the air by tilting their device from side to side. The Balloon Adventure game is for kids age six and older.
Kiwi and Pear, the characters created by the award-winning designer and teacher Joyce Wan, are the ideal companions for kids during their explorations. No adventure is too great for these intrepid little monkeys. They have climbed the Great Wall, hiked the Andes, sailed the Nile, and they have even been to outer space. Kiwi is curious, fun-loving, and silly, while Pear is good-natured, sensible, and mellow. These affectionate monkeys are happiest when together and are often wrapped in a seemingly endless hug. They do everything together and are rarely apart.
During gameplay the player controls the horizontal position of Kiwi and Pear in their hot air balloon by tilting the iOS device from side to side. Players can accelerate smoothly to a maximum speed of ascent, while slowing down or being stunned when they collide with obstacles. As they travel upwards, there are various objects to catch and score points, as well as hearts to repair their balloon and smiling stars to boost them quickly up into the air. Kids can travel up into the cloud kingdom, visit the stratosphere, and perhaps, even enjoy a jaunt through space. With global Leaderboards and fun and easy to accomplish Achievements, both parents and children will enjoy this game.
The game is played in portrait orientation, and as it begins Kiwi and Pear are in their special, hot air balloon and ready to take off. As their balloon ascends, the score counter in the top corner registers points and the altimeter shows how high they are. They begin the game with five lives, as indicated by five hearts in the lower left display. Players must control the balloon to avoid hitting obstacles that can damage it, removing hearts from the lives display. Balloonists must try to steer around birds, thunderclouds, and bats. The balloon may deflate and fall to Earth if it becomes damaged. Players can add lives by catching hearts, gain speed by catching stars, and score extra points by steering the balloon to catch Mr. Sun, rainbows, or Mr. Saturn.
* Kiwi and Pear are look-alike monkeys who take children along with them on their travels
* Besides traveling, Kiwi and Pear love dancing, cupcakes, searching for rainbows, making new friends and all things fruity
* The game contains full color graphics and animation for children of the highest quality
* Players control the horizontal position of the balloon by tilting the device from side to side
* The balloon rises automatically and accelerates smoothly if unimpeded
* Players must avoid obstacles that can damage the balloon
* Players must try to catch objects that add extra points
* Game Center Leaderboards and Achievements
"Joyce Wan, the creator of Kiwi and Pear, wanted the game version of her children's book to really allow the children to feel that they are traveling with Kiwi and Pear," stated Developer and Publisher Kenneth Johnson. "And I believe children will love traveling with Kiwi and Pear as they play this wonderful game, adventuring ever upward."
* iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
* Universal application
* iOS 3.0 or later (iOS 4.3 tested)
* 34.2 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Kiwi and Pear's Balloon Adventure 1.0 is $0.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. Review copies are available upon request.
Zephyr Games is located just outside of New York City. They are focused on creating games and small applications for the handheld, mobile, and casual markets. Founded in 2009 by Kenneth Johnson, Zephyr Games draws upon the talents of numerous independent developers and freelance designers within the NYC area, and is committed to working with up and coming brands and products to assist them with extending their brands to handheld and mobile gaming. Their mission is to create high quality game offerings for their users over a variety of target platforms, such as the iPhone and Steam. They intend to build games for genres having strong user interest in game mechanics, competitive play, and storyline. Their strength with consumers and within the market space comes from their devotion to building up not just our brands, but also their intellectual properties. Each of their unique properties will be built with multiple releases in mind, building synergies with their existing product lineup and creating a strong user community based around these products. Copyright (C) 2011 Zephyr Games. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPad and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.