Posts Tagged Genera Games

Genera Games, the developers behind Run Forrest Run and Ramboat, have announced that their next game, Naught Reawakening, will be making its way to iOS soon.

The gravity-based platformer will challenge players to control the titular protagonist Naught through a mysterious and dark underground world. Naught will feature procedural animation that allows him to walk, jump, and climb in a dynamic way affected by his surroundings.

Naught Reawakening is set to arrive on iOS soon.

Genera Games is definitely on to something with TouchyBooks. It’s a clever little app that more-or-less digitizes the experience found in most “board books,” letting young readers (or lookers, really) tap all over the screen to generate sounds and movement. If I were a kid, my parents would never let me hold an iPhone, but if they did this would be a great alternative to a typical bedtime story.

As great as the app may be, this new 2.0 update sweetens the deal immensely. Among the plethora of additions that aren’t all detailed, including a revamped design and a search feature (wow, it must have been rough without that one), are a couple of ideas that are just as smart as the app itself. First, all of the books (full copies, not free samples) can be rated by users. The Amazon-like five star rating system may seem obvious now, but it makes searching through the store a bit less of a hassle. Secondly, there’s the autoplay option. Wow. I mean, the whole narration/interaction thing is smart, but adding the choice to automatically read through a title is borderline brilliant. It’s perfect for kids that are old enough to “read” along, but aren’t quite ready to start poking at things.

Were I a parent, I’d be all over TouchyBooks. This is an awesome app for kids that are just starting to tip a toe into the waters of literacy, as well as a solid tool for helping more advanced “learning-to” readers. Anyone even vaguely familiar with browsing the App Store will find navigation a breeze, and the titles in this limited (but still fairly substantial) library are priced very respectably. Parents, check this one out ASAP.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-10-20 :: Category: Books

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