11:30 a.m., Sept. 6)
East end software company releases latest children's video
game app By Fred Sherwin
been 17 years since Apptastic Software launched it's critically
acclaimed video game Geoffrey Goes to the Fair in partnership
with Toys R Us.
game followed the Toy R Us mascot, Geoffrey the Giraffe,
as he visited the fair with a group of friends including
Lenny the Lion, the first ever paraplegic character in
appear in a children's video game.
brains behind Geoffrey Goes to the Fair were Apptastic
co-founders Warren Pratte and Dave Stephenson.
the time, Dave had two young children who helped in beta
testing the game, while Warren didn't have any children.
Skip ahead 17 years and Warren now has a seven-year-old
daughter who, like most other children her age, likes
to play video games including Geoffrey the Giraffe, but
there was only one problem -- she couldn't play the game
on her iPad.
only solution was to design a new game that would be compatible
with all iPad platforms, iPhone 3GS and higher and iPod
Touch 3 and higher.
result is Jeremy Goes to the Fair, available on the Apple
App Store for just $5.79.
Goes to the Fair is based on the same concept as Geoffrey
Goes to the Fair, but with a different lead character.
Instead of Geoffrey the Giraffe, there's Jeremy the Jaguar.
game is actually nine games-in-one all based on popular
attractions at the fair like the bumper cars, the dunk
tank, the choo-choo train ride and the haunted castle.
Noodles' Amazing Balloons, kids can can make almost any
balloon animal you can think of with the help of Noodles
the Clown. Sticky's Ice Cream Stand helps kids develop
their concentration by following the ingredients of a
sundae in sequence, while Mystery Match helps develop
their memory skills by matching a series of patterns with
Emily the Elephant.
games included Dunk the Monkey where kids throw balls
at a target to dunk the monkey; Bumper Thumper which requires
strategy to bump cars with yellow flags while avoiding
the car with the black flag; and Crazy Carrots, a politically
correct version of Whack-A-Mole, where game players must
pick the carrots as they pop up through the holes.
nine games can be played at three different levels of
difficulty: easy for ages 4 to 6; medium for ages 6 to
8; and hard for 8 and up.
the game's official launch on Sept. 3, kids as young as
four were enjoying the game play including Pratte's daughter
fun and it has a lot of fun fair games because I like
going to real fairs," says Rowan.
surprisingly, Pratte and Stephenson are exceptionally
proud of their latest offering.
have worked very hard on this project and we think it
is something that will capture the imagination of the
children who play it," says Stephenson, who did
the voice over for the lead character in the game.