Archive for the ‘MiBooks’ Category

Interactive safari adventure book for kids comes to iPhone and iPad

icon-512x512Lions, elephants, crocodiles, ostriches and all the animals of Africa can be found in ‘The Exceptional African Adventure’. Readers can fly to Kenya or Botswana and discover all manner of creatures and environments, as they visit lakes, rivers, plains, jungles and deserts on an amazing African safari.

The Exceptional African Expedition’s interactive style engages children whilst they are reading, allowing them to touch and interact with objects and characters that provide rich visual and aural feedback to the reader, including story-driven animation. The illustration style of The Exceptional African Expedition is also particularly appealing to young children.

In The Exceptional African Expedition, the reader can get involved in the story by making decisions about which direction the story should take. This type of interaction allows the reader to feel more involved in the flow of the story.

Features:
* Explore over 10 different locations in two African countries, Kenya and Botswana.
* Discover and collect 12 African fact cards hidden throughout the pages of the book.
* A fully animated and interactive environment for kids.
* Touch and interact with different items and characters during the story.
* At certain points in the book, the reader choose the direction the story takes!
* Readers can read the book themselves, with a parent, or have it read to them.
* Designed for children ages 4 and up.

The Exceptional African Expedition, as with the other books in the MiBooks brand, allows the reader to read the book themselves, with a parent, or have it read to them with the aid of voiceover audio. This is perfect for some younger readers, who aren’t yet ready to read the book themselves but still want to enjoy the adventure and fun of The Exceptional African Expedition.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 4.3 or later
* 45.2 MB

Pricing and Availability:
The Exceptional African Expedition is $2.99 AUD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Books category.

 

Goal! The Unlikely Substitute strikes its way onto the App Store

As you and your family head to the stadium on the day of the football cup final, could an injury to a star player lead to an odd and unlikely new player to take to the field, with a chance of becoming a hero? Choose your team, your colours and the direction the story takes as you try to help your team achieve fame and cup glory!

The Unlikely Substitute’s interactive style engages children whilst they are reading, allowing them to touch and interact with objects and characters that provide rich visual and aural feedback to the reader, including story-driven animation. The illustration style of The Unlikely Substitute is also particularly appealing to young children.

In The Unlikely Substitute, the reader can get involved in the story by making decisions about which direction the story should take. This type of interaction allows the reader to feel more involved in the flow of the story.

The Unlikely Substitute, as with the other books in the MiBooks brand, allows the reader to read the book themselves, with a parent, or have it read to them with the aid of voiceover audio. This is perfect for some younger readers, who aren’t yet ready to read the book themselves but still want to enjoy the adventure and fun of The Unlikely Substitute.

Features:
* Explore different locations in and around the stadium
* Choose your own team name and team colours at the start of the book
* A fully animated and interactive environment for kids
* Touch and interact with different items and characters during the story
* At certain points in the book, YOU choose the direction the story takes!
* Read the book yourself, with a parent, or have it read to you
* Designed for children ages 4 and up

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 4.3 or later
* 60 MB

Pricing and Availability:
The Unlikely Substitute is $2.99 AUD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Books category.

 

Ho ho ho! Santa and his elves come to the iPhone and iPad

It’s the night before Christmas and Santa’s head elf Simon makes a startling discovery – the pages of Santa’s christmas list have all been muddled up! Join Simon, Santa and all the elves as they fly around the world to ensure everyone gets the right presents on Christmas morning.

Santa and the Christmas List Muddle’s interactive style engages children whilst they are reading, allowing them to touch and interact with objects and characters that provide rich visual and aural feedback to the reader, including story-driven animation. The illustration style of Santa and the Christmas List Muddle is also particularly appealing to young children.

In Santa and the Christmas List Muddle, the reader can get involved in the story by making decisions about which direction the story should take. This type of interaction allows the reader to feel more involved in the flow of the story.

Santa and the Christmas List Muddle, as with the other books in the MiBooks brand, allows the reader to read the book themselves, with a parent, or have it read to them with the aid of voiceover audio. This is perfect for some younger readers, who aren’t yet ready to read the book themselves but still want to enjoy the adventure and fun of Santa and the Christmas List Muddle.

Santa and the Christmas List Muddle also features two fun mini-games during the book, allowing the reader to be immersed in the storyline and take part in helping Simon and Santa get all the people of the world the right presents.

Features:
* Explore over 10 different locations at the North Pole and around the world!
* A fully animated and interactive environment for kids
* Touch and interact with different items during the story
* Complete two mini-games to help Simon and Santa on their quest
* At certain points in the book, YOU get to choose the direction the story takes
* Read the book yourself, with a parent, or have it read to you
* Designed for children ages 4 and up

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 4.3 or later
* 42 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Santa and the Christmas List Muddle is $2.99 AUD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Books category.

 

Teasers for our sport-themed MiBooks title

So, here’s a quick look at just what our MiBooks developers are working on at the moment. If you can’t guess from the screengrabs below, our next MiBooks title is really going to appeal to kids who love sport, and in particular football (soccer). What you might also notice from the screengrabs below is that there will be a level of story customisation that hasn’t been present in any MiBooks titles to this point – allowing the reader to select their favourite team and colours, as well as the “Choose Your Own Adventure” style of storytelling.

We’ll have more preview content soon, including a video. So stay tuned here on our blog, or on our Facebook or Twitter pages.

 

Argus Pegleg in the media

Argus Pegleg has been available through the App Store for a little over a week, and has found his way into the media this week, receiving a glowing review from Best10Apps.com, and then making the New & Noteworthy books section of the App Store in Australia. You can find him through the App Store by going to the ‘Books’ category, by searching for ‘Argus Pegleg’, or via this direct link.

Also, stay tuned to our Facebook page, as there may be an Argus Pegleg promo code giveaway in the not too distant future. Shiver me timbers, it’s enough to make you want to sing a sea shanty!

Argus Pegleg docks in the App Store

Well, it’s been a while coming, but Argus Pegleg and his motley crew of swashbuckling pirates have made their way into the App Store. Your kids can now join Argus and the crew as they search Eyepatch Island for a mysterious treasure.

★ Explore over 10 different locations on the pirate ship Blackstone and Eyepatch Island.
★ A fully animated and interactive environment for kids
★ Touch and interact with different items during the story
★ At certain points in the book, YOU get to choose the direction the story takes
★ Read the book yourself, or have it read to you
★ Designed for children ages 4 and up

Watch the demo video on our Youtube channel, or jump right into the book now via the App Store.

Position available at HDG

Junior Graphic and Data developer

This casual position offers the chance to work in the exciting field of mobile app development! Hamson Design Group is a Melbourne-based design and development company that produce interactive, illustrated children’s books for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch – through the MiBooks brand.

The role will involve the dissection and input of illustrated graphics into a pre-developed framework (in the JavaScript language). The role will suit someone with good communication skills, who is comfortable working in the Adobe Creative Suite of products, as well as having a good working knowledge of JavaScript, XML and general programming fundamentals.

Having access to, and being able to work in, the Mac OS X operating system is a requirement.

Requirements:

  • Good, working knowledge of JavaScript, XML and programming principles
  • Comfortable with the basics of, and has access to, a version of Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop (CS3 and above)
  • Good knowledge of how to use, and has access to, a Mac computer (with OS X Lion 10.7.4 or above)
  • Good communication skills


Enquiries and CVs can be sent to contactus@hamson.com.au.

Argus Pegleg sailing towards the App Store

Argus Pegleg and the Treasure of Eyepatch Island is only days away from ‘sailing’ onto iPhone and iPad, but in the meantime, here’s a video sneak peek of what kids can expect from the newest adventure in the MiBooks series…

Teaser for Argus Pegleg and the Treasures of Eyepatch Island

In the next MiBooks adventure, a treasure hunt is afoot! Alongside Argus Pegleg, the captain of the fearsome pirate ship Blackstone, you navigate the terrain of Eyepatch Island in search of buried treasure! Arrrr!

Here’s a sneak peek at what our developers have been hard at work on…

 

Angus and Max Blast Off onto iPhone and iPad

That’s right. Angus and Max Blast Off has finally been released onto the App Store for iPhone and iPad. Over 6 months of hard work has gone into this project, and we hope everyone enjoys it as much as we have enjoyed putting it together…

 

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