TimeTours: Uxmal for iOS: 3D Reconstruction of Ancient Mayan City
February 29, 2012 in Travel
[prMac.com] Koeln, Germany - TimeTours has introduced TimeTours: Uxmal for iOS, a new entry in their series of revolutionary multimedia apps, that takes the viewer on a guided tour of the ancient Mayan city of Uxmal. Featured are meticulously rendered 3D stills, animations and spherical panoramas that allow instant comparison of the city as it appears today, versus how it looked over 1000 years ago. At once a practical guide for actual tourists visiting the archaeological site in Mexico, and a doorway for virtual travelers and students exploring the past, the fact-filled multimedia production continues the successfull series of app-based time traveler/tourist guides.
Uxmal is even more focussed on the comparison of three 'time zones'. The high time of the ancient Maya culture, the time of the rediscovery and what we can see today. The new interactive 'Now & Then & ...' screens show a direct comparision between the architecture at these 3 times and the app is filled with photographs and drawings from the time of the first Uxmal explorers.
The pre-Hispanic city of Uxmal has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Founded in approximately 700 AD it became a major center of Mayan arts, religion, politics, and commerce. It was the center of an area now known as Puuc-region. By 1100 AD the city was already abandonded leaving us with the mystery what caused the decline of the Maya civilization.
TimeTours: Uxmal launches with a feature film quality 3D animation taking the user back in time to the a world of human sacrifice and the ballgame that represented the circle of life. The opening screen introduces one of the tour guides who speaks directly to the user via a dialogue text balloon. He tells us he is responsable for technical questions and acknowledges that he has automatically adjusted the app, based on the screen size and other abilities of the device used, may it be from the iPhone/iPod or the iPad series.
The second tour guide character is Ah Ko'Chakte, an ancient Mayan scribe dressed in colorful cloth and headdress. He introduces the viewer to the full screen map of the city. Touching any "X" brings up an information screen for the location, with four rectangular windows of equal size. The lower right window is generally a text summary of the history and significance of the structures in that part of the city. The lower left shows the stucture with more "X" buttons to navigate to other subparts, up to four for every building.
Other windows may include: a 3D still that touched, launches a full-screen 3D animation walk-thru of the structure as it existed a good thousand years ago; a modern color photograph of a structure that expands to full screen for closer examination; a collage of ancient pictorial art, scholarly drawings, and close-up photos that may be expanded to fill the screen; an animated 3D movie showing an accurate reconstruction of a structure, rotating in space; a remarkable Now & Then window, that filling the screen contains a color photo of a structure as it exists today, and a horizontally (un)scrollable overlay of tree bark paper displaying a photorealistic 3D rendering of exactly the same scene.
Also included in the app is advice on local accommodations, the Puuc route and an integrated treasure hunt game. The app truly provides a TimeTour, a remarkable comparative view and understanding of this ancient city; and the countless hours of multimedia production and programming have created an iOS tour guide app that is visually impressive, educational, practical, and fun.
* Dozens of infoscreens with graphics, photos, and animations of every temple
* 10 Now & Then time windows - current photo with peel-back 3D reconstruction overlay
* 3 Now & Then & ... screens comparing the same structure at 3 times
* Soundtrack with Spanish and Mayan rhythms
* 3 large spherical 3D panoramas that put the time traveler right into the ancient city
* Treasure hunt (play on location or at home) using GPS and hidden-object minigames
* Maya quiz and Maya pairs game
* Two time travel tour guide characters help the user with all features of the app
* Coming soon: TimeTours:Palenque and Maya-Comic "The Time Traveler's Kids"
"Like TimeTours: Chichen Itza, which was used in Cambridge Friends School iPad pilot program, Uxmal is educational tool, tourist guide and adventure game. The second entry in a series of apps features the same high production values and authoritative text, just that TimeTours apps will cater to kids and students even more in the future with entertaining minigames and our cast of Maya characters from the The Time Traveler's Kids comic.
And 2012 marks a very special date for the Maya and the new TimeTours website celebrates this with a huge Maya Calendar countdown to 18.104.22.168, the start of a new 5,125 years round. Visit us for daily horoscope and goodies." - commented company owner Martin Gruhn.
* US English, German, and Spanish
* iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
* iOS 4.0 or later (iOS 5 tested)
* Universal application
* 114 MB
Pricing and Availability:
TimeTours: Uxmal is $1.99 (USD) and available worldwide through the App Store in the Travel & Education categories. Review copies are available upon request.
Located in Koeln, Germany, the TimeTours team is an independent software company founded by Martin Gruhn in June of 2010. With their strong blend of design and development skills, TimeTours is dedicated to offering the highest possible historical accuracy in 3D reconstructions for mobile devices. They work with talented 3D artists from Spain, Mexico, and the United States. Copyright (C) 2012 Martin Gruhn. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod, and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.