September 14, 2012 in Books (E)
[prMac.com] London, United Kingdom - GameDigits today is pleased to introduce Jack's Secret Monster 1.0 for iPad, their new interactive book for kids, which allows them to alter the direction of the story by controlling the choices made by the characters at key points through the narrative. More than a clever way of enhancing the app's reusability, the book's unfolding structure is itself an example of the linkage between actions and consequences. Standing in the shoes of characters faced with choices having moral implications, kids can learn about the value and repercussions of truthfulness and lying.
Sitting down to re-read a favorite book, all children know what to expect. The characters, action, illustrations, and plot twists will be the same as every other time they have read the book. Jack's Secret Monster is a book that offers an innovative and entertaining alternative. In this wonderful, interactive book there are many events, as in everyday life, that are not predetermined. Readers have an opportunity to influence what happens. The choices they are responsible for making are not trivial. Kids do not choose between having a character watch TV or go out to play. Kids must make choices on behalf of characters facing a moral dilemma. And depending on that choice, the remainder of the story and its ending may turn out quite differently than previous readings.
Featuring professional narration of the story and dialogue (which can be turned on/off), the book engages and guides readers through every page. There are several activities and interactions on every page that help in the development of the basic plot. For example, the narrator may ask, "Where is the monster hiding in Jack's room?" and readers can search by touching different objects in Jack's room. In response, the monster may mischievously peek out from behind a chair, only to be gone when the reader looks there. An animated, floating eyeball supplies hints when necessary, helping point readers in the right direction.
* Multiple Choice Story Paths - large number of story paths, creating a new experience with every read, which will keep story-time endlessly entertaining
* Animated, Interactive Book - containing fully animated, touch-sensitive pages, kids progress through the story by interacting with the characters and finding clues as they go
* Fully Narrated - all pages and story options are fully narrated, and this feature can be turned on/off to either read it yourself or have it read to you
* Truth and Lies - learn the importance of being truthful through a series of moral choices
* Automatic Bookmarking - saves your progress, enabling you to continue reading at any time
In addition to its decision tree plot structuring, with two choices at every node, Jack's Secret Monster is a great story with much humor and imagination. The illustrations and animations are outstanding, with a color palette strongly influenced by desaturated colors, which completely eliminates the electronic glare of some books whose bright hues are overwhelming. The music and narration suit the story perfectly in this book that is destined to become a favorite of kids (and parents) everywhere.
"This is a book about choices," stated Lindsey Greenwood of GameDigits. "The progression of the story is pushed forward by the reader's interactions and choices throughout the book. It also aims to teach kids the importance of telling the truth through their interactions and the choices they make."
* Compatible with iPad
* Requires iOS 5.1 or later
* 36.0 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Jack's Secret Monster 1.0 is $2.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Books category. Review copies are available on request.
Based in London, United Kingdom, GameDigits was founded by Lindsey Greenwood. A company dedicated to creating fun games for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, their team has the expertise and experience to produce top quality games to the highest standard. Copyright (C) 2012 GameDigits Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.