Classic Norwegian fairytales retold through interactive storybook apps
December 14, 2012 in Books
[prMac.com] Las Vegas, Nevada - Overactive Ink, Inc. has announced the release of "Ashlad and the Troll's Silver Ducks", an interactive storybook app for the iPad and iPhone. The app is the first in a series of three deluxe storybook apps based on the collection of timeless Norwegian fairytale classics by Asbjrnsen and Moe. Each app features hundreds of colorful hand-drawn illustrations, animated characters, an original music score, and read-along narration. It will soon to be released for Android devices on Google Play and as an eBook on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the iBook store.
"Ashlad and the Troll's Silver Ducks" begins when young Ashlad embarks on a journey to the King's mansion with his two brothers Per and Paul. His plotting brothers are jealous of Ashlad and trick him into performing dangerous quests for the King. Ashlad must venture to the Troll's island and retrieve several magical items for the King in order to spare his life and win the princess's hand in marriage. During his quest, he encounters magic harps, silver ducks, and other surprises while using his wits to outsmart the evil trolls.
To Norwegians, Asbjrnsen and Moe are synonymous with traditional folklore in the same manner the Brothers Grimm are to German fairytales. Over a year in production together with several Norwegian advisors, the team of artists at Overactive Ink endeavored to create an interactive environment throughout the story that authentically reflects the time period and location in medieval Norway.
"It's exciting to be involved in creating our own take on these stories that I remember from my childhood and to be able to share this part of Norwegian culture with an international audience," said Oyvind Kvanes, Overactive Ink's co-founder and Vice President of Engineering.
* Interactive animated characters
* Colorfully illustrated landscapes
* An original music score
* Follow-along text with narration
* Optimized for the iPad; also runs on the iPhone
* Special HD version for retina display iPads
* Available in both English and Norwegian versions
* iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3/4/5 gen) and iPad
* Requires iOS 5.0 or later
* 163 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Ashlad and the Troll's Silver Ducks 1.0 retails for $9.99, but is offered for $4.99 (or equivalent amount in other currencies) for the first week. It available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Books category. Other upcoming app titles include "Ashlad and His Good Helpers" and "Ashlad and the Doll in the Grass" set for release early January 2013.
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Overactive Ink, Inc. is an interactive media company creating captivating and immersing experiences through apps, games, and educational tools for the iPad, iPhone, and Android devices. Our approach to art and technology allows for a unique blend of old meets new. Combining traditional hand drawn illustrations and animation with advanced technology. Our artists and engineers share their passion for art by bringing ancient stories, folklore, and fairytales to life. Copyright (C) 2012 Overactive Ink, Inc. 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.
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