Sweet Suite 2016

With DreamWorks Dragons Adventure World Explorer, Berk Goes Where You Go!

PowerPoint PresentationWe’ve all taken rides in cars, but honestly, haven’t we all found ourselves wishing we could be soaring on the wings of dragons instead?

That’s now a possibility, thanks to DreamWorks Dragons Adventure World Explorer, a new mobile game from Microsoft and DreamWorks Animation, and inspired by the animated film, How to Train Your Dragon 2. It uses Here Maps to pull in GPS info, turning the real world into the user’s very own fictional Isle of Berk.

During a recent demo, we took the game on a tour of midtown Manhattan. In Train mode, many of the city’s mighty edifices appeared in the game as huge stones, landmarks such as Grand Central Station became a wagon repair shop, and Chelsea Market was besieged by Vikings (They correspond to check-ins for the popular app Foursquare). Meanwhile, players engage in missions as part of their dragon training, such as picking up and dropping off sheep at home base–the device, represented in the game map by a cart. [Read more...]

Baby Genius Mobile App Series to Open New Windows of Learning for Children Around the Globe this Summer

Genius Brands International, Inc., announced that, in partnership with Nokia Corporation, it will bring exclusive mobile apps that run on Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Phone platform to the Nokia Lumia range of devices, including the Lumia 900 on AT&T.  The Ready, Play, Learn line is being developed to offer learning opportunities by bringing education to mobile technology. It creates a new way to help prepare children for the preschool-to-kindergarten transition by empowering parents with state-of-the-art tools to help them. Genius Brands’ Sing ‘n Play Pals are the first apps in the Ready, Play, Learn kindergarten readiness program using music to educate and entertain the youngest app users.

The first two apps in the Sing ‘n Play Pals series are in development and are scheduled for launch this summer. The try and buy Baby Genius apps will feature free and premium content available at the option of the parent unlocking additional content. The next apps in the Ready, Play, Learn line of educational apps are scheduled for launch in the 4th quarter.

Rexi the Dinosaur and Bubbles the Bear will be the first Baby Genius characters to star in the Sing n’ Play Pals  line of apps designed to bring the Baby Genius characters to life, with entertaining animated movements that let children interact with the characters, learn, and play games. Children will be able to interact and talk to Rexi or Bubbles, and the Baby Genius characters will repeat anything they hear said. Kids will be able to make them giggle, wiggle, play an instrument, kick a soccer ball, and eat a sandwich.  Users will be able to video record their experiences and send the videos to friends via email, or share the videos on social networking sites such as YouTube and Facebook.

This post was originally written by Sierra McCleary-Harris and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.