April 23, 2012 in Education (E)
[prMac.com] Aventura, Florida - Bacciz today is pleased to introduce Old MacDonald Had a Farm 1.03 for iOS, their Books app that presents in graphics, animation, and music the classic tale of the many animals on the farm and the sounds they make. The interactive, story songbook for preschoolers and their parents includes 60 interactive animations, physics simulations, and highly customized options that present a variety of activities on each full-screen page. With a professional vocal and banjo accompaniment, kids can sing along while they learn about 11 different farm animals.
An accomplished developer of innovative mobile apps, Bacciz (pronounced "Bashi") has been recognized as an Apple "Staff Favorite," a "Top 50 Paid iPad App," and a "Top 10 Education App," and was praised by Gizmodo in their list of "The Best iPad Apps for Babies, Toddlers, and Sanity-Loving Parents." Old MacDonald Had a Farm exhibits the same kid-friendly design as their previous apps, combining entertainment and learning so effectively that young children will play with the app on their own for hours.
The app includes graphics and animation illustrating 11 different farm animals: Chicken, Cow, Duck, Cat, Turkey, Pig, Goose, Donkey, Dog, Horse, and Sheep. Each animal is seen in a different setting on Old MacDonald's farm, a location the animal would most likely be found. For example, the Chicken is in the hen house, the Cow is in the barn, and the Duck is in the pond. Old MacDonald appears in every scene, along with an assortment of different plants and animals. As the appropriate verse is heard aloud, the lyrics appear on screen, and they are highlighted as they are sung.
Each full-screen scene includes both automatic and touch-activated animation. For example, in the first scene, a large brown hen is in her nest laying eggs. A small egg rolls out from under her once a minute or when she is touched. There are three large eggs beside her almost ready to hatch. Touching any one cracks it open and reveals a noisy, young chick inside. Old MacDonald looks on through the window, and occasionally a Rooster appears in the window, looks inside, and crows loudly.
* Teaches kids the animals on the farm, what sounds they make, and some of the things they do
* Each page is dedicated to one animal with its own verse in the song
* Highlighted text allows kids to follow the lyrics of the song
* Over 60 interactive features and animations
* Physics simulation in some scenes
* Visual Page Index
Every aspect of design and production are at the highest level throughout. The male vocalist accompanied by a lively banjo gives a spirited rendition of the famous song that is known by children around the world. The professional graphics are both entertaining and informative, including many details, textures, and colors. Each scene contains numerous elements, in addition to the particular farm animal being sung about. Parents and siblings can discuss the buildings, land, equipment, animals, and plants that are illustrated, adding depth to the child's understanding of what farm animals do and how a farm works.
"Every family's collection of apps for preschoolers should have at least one Old MacDonald Had a Farm," commented Alan Bigio of Bacciz, LLC. "We think we have succeeded in making the best version of this classic currently available on the App Store."
* iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
* Requires iOS 4.3 or later (iOS 5 tested)
* Universal app optimized for display on all iOS devices
* 55.7 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Old MacDonald Had a Farm 1.03 is free (3 levels) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. Users may unlock the full app (11 levels) via an in-app purchase of $1.99 (USD) or purchase the paid app on the App Store. Review copies are available on request.
Based in Aventura, Florida, Bacciz LLC was founded by Alan Bigio in 2009. The name is for Alan's dog and sounds like the Italian chocolate Bacci (bashi). Alan was one of the first dealers of Apple II computers back in 1978 and had the pleasure of meeting Steve Jobs in Cupertino. Putting a usable computer on people's desk was an incredible concept back then. After many years out of the computer business, Alan returned to the business due to his love for technology, education and entertainment. Copyright (C) 2012 Bacciz LLC. 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.