October 10, 2013 in Games (E)
[prMac.com] Antwerp, Belgium - GriN today is pleased to announce the release and immediate availability of Forestpals Autumn 2.0 for iPad, an update to its autumn-themed educational adventure that includes learning games, puzzles, songs, and stories for kids ages 2 to 5. The app features Pixar-quality 3D graphics and animation, with original art by the award-winning children's illustrator, Frieda Van Raevels. Both kids and adults will stare in amazement at the lifelike, animated movement of the six different, interactive forest animals, who gather food, play, party, draw, and help lift each other's spirits.
* Story with integrated games about autumn, a squirrel, a hare, and gathering nuts
* 6 separate mini-games
* Level progression system where every game has 9 difficulty levels that can be unlocked one-by-one
* Fun sing-a-long song as reward when finishing the story
A playful squirrel scampers through the forest amidst continuously falling leaves of red, yellow, orange, and brown. As the wind gently blows, the trees shed their leaves one by one, each circling downward to the earth. So begins Forestpals Autumn, as narrated by a professional voiceover artist with a majestic, basso voice. The squirrel runs across the screen with startling realism, each characteristic twitch and leap captured with uncanny verisimilitude. Even standing still, his quick breathing and the turning of his head in curiosity show that he is very much alive.
Following him as he runs from left to right, parallax scrolling (objects in front move faster than those in back) enhances the sense of depth created by multiple graphical layers. The forest is filled with nuts, and the squirrel is busily finding and eating them with enthusiasm. The story pauses, and the narrator asks, "Can you help the squirrel find the nuts he is looking for." This is the completely integrated manner in which storytelling and learning are combined, interactively and without artifice. Kids touch the correct nuts on the ground, and the squirrel responds. As the story goes on, kids meet the hare, hedgehog, fox, bird, and deer, and at various plot points in the tale kids are asked to help the animals.
Forestpals Autumn includes six separate mini-games, including a counting game, cake decorating, painting, jigsaw puzzles, cutout puzzles, and a memory game. Each game has nine levels of play, which can be unlocked successively. Kids can view the complete story or just play the games. After decorating a 3D cake, rotating it to add candles and treats all the way around, children will delight in seeing their custom-designed dessert appear within the story, surrounded by all their favorite characters.
What's New in Version 2.0.0:
* Release-version quality
* Enhancements to usability
* Parental lock on the information pages
* Bugfix paintgame
* New application icon
"The story is about colored trees and falling leaves, but also cheering up and helping friends, celebration, and other autumn things," said Wim Wouters of GriN. "Most apps for preschoolers have really basic graphics that don't come close to the quality found in illustrated children's books, so we went to great lengths to create breathtaking, rich, graphics and animation."
* English and Dutch
* iPad 2 and higher
* Requires iOS 6.1 or later
* 30.0 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Forestpals Autumn 2.0 is $1.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. Review copies are available on request.
GriN is currently based in Antwerp, Belgium. It was founded in 2002 by Wim Wouters, as a research and development agency for online and browser-based games and applications. In the last few years, GriN has broadened their scope to mobile and stand-alone games. GriN creations are used for installations, events, promotions, campaigns, and educational purposes, to name but a few. Apart from working for clients, GriN also develops and publishes its own educational and entertainment games. Copyright (C) 2013 GriN bvba. 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.