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(Posted 11:30 a.m., Sept. 6)
East end software company releases latest children's video game app

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

It's been 17 years since Apptastic Software launched it's critically acclaimed video game Geoffrey Goes to the Fair in partnership with Toys R Us.

The 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.

The brains behind Geoffrey Goes to the Fair were Apptastic co-founders Warren Pratte and Dave Stephenson.

At 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.

The 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.

The result is Jeremy Goes to the Fair, available on the Apple App Store for just $5.79.

Jeremy 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.

The 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.

In 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.

Other 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.

All 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.

During the game's official launch on Sept. 3, kids as young as four were enjoying the game play including Pratte's daughter Rowan.

"It's fun and it has a lot of fun fair games because I like going to real fairs," says Rowan.

Not surprisingly, Pratte and Stephenson are exceptionally proud of their latest offering.

"We 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.

View the Jeremy Goes to the Fair trailer...

Jeremy Goes to the Fair is available now at AppStore.com/JeremyGoesToTheFair.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

 

 

   

 


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