Storyverse Kickstarter

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In 2007 Amazon brought out the very first in their line of Kindles.  Many people were excited at the prospect of “e-reading”.    As a teacher I became acutely aware of the impression this had on young readers.  All of a sudden children who had previously not cared to read, preferring their XBoxs and Playstations all of a sudden found an extra joy to reading as reading was going digital.

Still to this day I find parents who are able to allow their children access to an electronic device to read on find that children will be far more willing to spend more time reading.  This is not an attack on books, this is just the way it is.  Children are growing up in a digital world, it makes sense for them to access reading digitally.

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The next logical step then is to allow books to continue to evolve.  Dog Day Digital are attempting to continue this evolution of reading with their Kickstarter campaign to produce Storyverse, “a fusion of games and storybooks for kids”.

“Storyverse is a unique 3D styled popup book platform blending the engagement of tablets with great character driven stories. Storyverse is a place where kids can Read, Play, and Learn all while having fun! Parents and kids team up to shoot the arrow, slay the dragon, save the princess, and be the hero. Character customizations, custom voiceovers, and rewards on each page make the Storyverse experience like nothing on the app market today.”

As a teacher and a parent this sounds like an absolutely sensational idea.  To continue to embrace electronic devices to promote and improve reading in children an app that provides an interactive story for children is a wonderful idea.  I really hope they are able to make a success of it.

For more information on Storyverse and it’s Kickstarter campaign CLICK HERE

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App review: Clumsy Ninja

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I’ve never reviewed an app before but feel compelled to due to the huge amounts of joy Clumsy Ninja has given my daughter.

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Clumsy Ninja is a free app avaliable from the iStore and the Android Play store. The app relies upon in-app purchases to make it’s money but as of yet we’ve been able to getting lots of fun from it without spending a penny.

The app is pretty much a physics playground with a cute Ninja who is beautifully animated that you can interact with. Tapping on him pokes him (resulting in belly laughs), holding a finger down grabs that part off him and dragging pulls him around by that body  part (resulting in belly laughs), flicking your finger throws him around (resulting in huge belly laughs).

In his environment there is a bed that you can tap on to tell him to take a nap, poking him on that wakes him up. This is probably O’s favourite activity on Clumsy Ninja, continually telling him to sleep and instantly waking him up.

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The game does offer activities to do that unlock various objects to play with such as a trampoline, balloons, balls and basketball hoops (the hoops are not to throw balls through, but the Ninja himself).

It seems that paying small amounts of money allows you to access more of these extra activities and to dress the Ninja up in various comedic outfits.

Most importantly Clumsy Ninja is fun. O laughs like an absolute lunatic whilst playing. We all love him.

Clumsy Ninja is awesome.