With a recent study providing new indications of the link between hidden object video games and improved cognitive performance, we're pleased to announce the release of Mystery USA! for Mac, the newest in our line of pick-up-and-play hidden object games for players of all ages. The hidden object game is still a popular genre as players expand their gaming from desktop PCs to mobile devices like the iPad and social platforms like Facebook, and over the past year we've introduced a series of fun, fast-playing HOGs for casual gamers. Now there is evidence that these kinds of games can provide brain benefits as well as entertainment.
According to the study from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, playing hidden object games can improve cognition. The research, published in the open access journal PLOS ONE, shows that different kinds of gameplay can impact different mental processes. For example, action games bettered attention and object tracking, while hidden object games enhanced visual search recognition and spatial memory. In the study, the researchers asked non-gamers to play a game one hour a day, five days a week for a month, then looked at their performance on various kinds of cognitive tasks. The video games seemed to provide "training" to particular areas of cognitive function, much like an exercise routine strengthens specific muscles. These kinds of cognitive improvements could possibly work to extend the educational potential of hidden object games created by developers like Selectsoft. The mental effects appear to be independent of the game style and more closely related to the game type. As it stands, Mystery USA! provides a fast, streamlined version of hidden object gameplay, focusing on rich visuals without relying on complicated storylines and large time investments.
Mystery USA! joins our ongoing line of chart-topping iPad and Mac hidden object games that includes Secret Empires of the Ancient World, Secret Journeys: Cities of the World, Mystery Europe!, Gothic Masquerade, and The Hidden Collection. Mystery USA! invites users to explore the Grand Canyon, Texas, California and South Carolina on a seek and find adventure filled with buildings, streets, landmarks, and more. Users search colorful indoor and outdoor locations containing over 1000 carefully placed items that can challenge the observation skills of any player. In addition to classic hidden object puzzles, Mystery USA! also offers tile scrambles and object silhouette puzzles. Plus, the game features an easy-to-use touch interface, high-resolution pictures, useful hints and high-score boards.
As a publisher and developer, we've long been interested in providing games and apps that combine educational and entertainment value, and as this latest research demonstrates, the divide between learning and play is shrinking. Mystery USA! offers classic hidden object puzzle fun for casual players and experienced hidden object fans alike, and is available now through the Mac App Store in the Games category and also for the iPad, on Google Play, on the NOOK Color™ by Barnes & Noble and on the Amazon Appstore.
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We have lots of new apps this week! First up, Hidden Collection 2 HD for iPad. From the makers of the Top 100 iPad trivia game Hidden Collection - Go on a quest for hidden objects in sixteen fun locations, including a carousel, tropical beach, pool hall and more. We've also released Portuguese Immersion for iPhone. Listen to and speak aloud Portuguese words and phrases as you explore real-world settings such as a restaurant or market, then match the pictures to the words and see how much you learn while you play. Finally, Mystery USA! for Mac. Search for mysterious objects hidden in dramatic settings across the United States of America! Explore the Grand Canyon, Texas, California and South Carolina on a seek and find adventure filled with colorful indoor and outdoor locations. We're always adding more new iPhone®, iPad®, Mac, Android, Kindle and NOOK apps, so be sure to check back often for updates.
As new research shows the benefits of bilingual learning for the brain and the importance of foreign language skills to employers, we're pleased to announce the release of Portuguese Immersion, the latest in our line of foreign language "Immersion" apps for iPhone and iPad. As an educational app developer, we've long been committed to encouraging foreign language education for all ages, especially since strong foreign language skills can offer many benefits. For example, being comfortable with another language is often seen as a way for job seekers to stand out in a tough market, as demonstrated by a recent survey of HR managers conducted by the British Council, Booz Allen Hamilton and Ipsos Public Affairs. According to the study, released in March, finding job candidates with foreign language skills is one of the top challenges for businesses today. Asked about the importance of "intercultural skills" to employers, many organizations stated that employees with these skills bring in new clients, facilitate work within diverse teams and support the organization's brand and reputation. Multilingualism is seen as a strong indicator of these coveted intercultural abilities. However, HR managers report that fewer than half of job candidates display this skill. With our Language Immersion apps, users can acquire new language skills with confidence while playing fun "find it" games and exploring real-world settings.
Our latest language release, Portuguese Immersion, features realistic environments, fast "find it" games and over 700 Portuguese words and phrases. Users listen to and speak aloud words and phrases while exploring scenes such as a restaurant or market, and matching pictures to the words. Portuguese Immersion is an easy and effective way for beginners and travelers to learn to speak Portuguese and is a quick, entertaining refresher for advanced and intermediate speakers.
In addition to potential career benefits, scientific research also continues to show the benefits of foreign language learning, as in a recent study published in the Journal of Neuroscience which suggested a connection between bilingualism and faster reaction time. According to the study, speaking more than one language can reduce the decline of cognitive flexibility over time, specifically in older adults. As a family-oriented developer with a background in both casual games and educational programs, we're committed to creating apps that combine education with fun games for a lifetime of learning. To this end, the Language Immersion apps are part of our extended line of educational language apps for iOS, Android, Windows and Mac which also includes the popular Play & Learn series, the top-selling series Speak & Learn, the Flash Card Fun language apps, Spanish Travel Talk, Audio-Forum apps and more.
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This weekend, get iPhone app Talky Don for $0.99. Text, talk and play with Talky Don, the energetic talking dinosaur! Type in text to hear Don say anything you want in a silly voice. Or just speak and hear him hilariously repeat everything. We also have Talky Don HD for just $1.99 on iPad. Next, 101 Cocktails is on sale for just $4.99 this weekend on Mac. Whether you’re throwing a party, entertaining a few friends, or just looking to try something new, you'll be mixing incredible and delicious drinks in no time with 101 Cocktails! Finally, Solitaire Spin combines the classic strategy of solitaire with wild layouts, fun power-ups and stunning visuals and is on sale for $0.99 on iPhone! Match pairs to clear the board and reveal hidden cards one-by-one. Hurry, these special prices disappear on Monday. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter to keep up with all our upcoming price drops and sales.
We have lots of new apps this week! First up, Scottish Gaelic Immersion for iPhone. Learn a new language with "find it" games and over 700 words and phrases! We've also released French Basic Course Advanced B (Level 4) for iOS. Learn French in as little as 25 minutes a day with Audio-Forum courses! You'll be amazed at how easy it is to achieve fluency in French using this proven audio/text method. Next we have Home Massage for Mac. There’s nothing like massage for relaxing your body and soothing away the stresses and strains of your busiest day! Finally, Hidden Collection 2 HD for Android Tablet. From the makers of the Top 100 iPad trivia game Hidden Collection - Go on a quest for hidden objects in sixteen fun locations, including a carousel, tropical beach, pool hall and more. Uncover hidden treasures in detailed indoor and outdoor scenes filled with over 1000 carefully placed items. We're always adding more new iPhone®, iPad®, Mac, Android, Kindle and NOOK apps, so be sure to check back often for updates.
This weekend, get iPhone app Irish Immersion for $.99. Learn to speak Irish Gaelic with fun "find it" games and over 700 words and phrases! We also have Irish Immersion HD for iPad on sale for $1.99. Next, Speak & Learn Irish is on sale for just $4.99 this weekend on Mac. Can you match the pictures to the words you hear? Speak & Learn Irish is designed specially for beginners and travelers, and is a fun refresher for advanced and intermediate speakers. Finally, tap into the knowledge of our brewing expert and learn how to choose and pour a perfect beer for the occasion with Beer Guide for just $0.99 on iOS! Pour yourself a cold one and relax with this guide to the amazing world of beer. Hurry, these special prices disappear on Monday. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter to keep up with all our upcoming price drops and sales.
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