A new free version of Chicken Dynamo, a "touchless" tilt and fly iPhone and iPad game has just been released to the App Store. Fly through the air dodging obstacles and collecting coins with the smoothest, fastest accelerometer game controls ever! An addictive "tilt and fly" game, Chicken Dynamo features no-tap controls for a smooth, fast style of play. Already available in an ad-free paid version, this new free edition of Chicken Dynamo lets players download and try the unique "touchless" flying controls with a full, no-cost, ad-supported version of the game.
Gently tilt the phone or tablet to steer Ace Dynamo, a flying chicken looking to soar as far as possible while avoiding airborne enemies. Players guide Ace as he flies through the sky, snagging gold coins and dodging wacky obstacles like fans and meteors. If he collides with something, he'll explode in a colorful burst of floating feathers. Unlike other distance and flight apps, Chicken Dynamo is controlled entirely by the accelerometer, which means users don't have to touch the screen to play. The simple controls make the game easy to understand and pick up, but it takes a steady hand and some practice to become a flying ace. Without quick reflexes, Ace may slam into bug zappers, propellers, airplanes and more as he speeds on his quest to collect coins and cover the miles.
The game also features unusual "screen wrap" effects. If a player quickly dives off the bottom of the screen, Ace "wraps" instantly to the top of the screen. It's another level of strategy that is easy to understand and use, but addictively hard to master. While inviting comparisons to such so-called "distance" games as Tiny Wings and "side-scrollers" such as Temple Run and Jetpack Joyride, Chicken Dynamo offers a unique kind of precision accelerometer control for a genreless combination of arcade action and pure flight. Using accelerometer-only controls brings an intuitive sense of flow to what would otherwise be just an exciting arcade game. Plus, warm, hand-drawn art pulls players into the kooky and colorful world of Ace Dynamo. With its combination of smooth controls, friendly art and fun sound effects, Chicken Dynamo provides an entertaining and immersive game experience for all ages.
Chicken Dynamo is part of Selectsoft's exploding line of casual games for iOS and Android, including top 100 iPhone game Castle Clout, top 100 iPhone puzzle game Super Swap!, top 100 iPad adventure game Time Chronicles: The Missing Mona Lisa HD, and top 100 iPhone card game Solitaire Spin.
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We're pleased to announce the release of ABCs with Dally Dino. ABCs with Dally Dino combines fun-filled educational mini-games with illustrated A to Z talking flashcards to make learning the alphabet entertaining for kids of all ages. Educational apps can help children start building academic fundamentals at an early age. With ABCs with Dally Dino, kids practice essential reading, memory, math, and critical thinking skills while having fun.
The app features 7 learning activities, including I spy, memory games, sorting, sequences, matching, and counting. Children can quickly discover the ABCs with friendly illustrated flash cards, then play games to reinforce what they've learned. Each of the 7 activities focuses on something different: "Learn" teaches the alphabet using talking flashcards; "Count" fosters letter recognition; "I Spy" is a fun search game; "Match" is a letter matching game; "Sort" features upper and lower case letters; "Pairs" is a memory game; and "Order" focuses on alphabetical order. Though using simple concepts, these games can encourage the early development of language, reading and listening skills for young children. For instance, "Order" develops thinking, concentration and alphabetizing skills as kids drag the missing letters to the correct spots in the alphabetical sequence. On the other hand, "Count" develops basic math skills, the ability to group by association and letter recognition.
ABCs with Dally Dino is designed especially for young kids to explore on their own. A large button menu lets users choose which game to play first, while Dally Dinosaur explains and introduces each activity in a friendly way. Simple drag-and-drop actions, swipes and taps are easy for even the youngest learners to pick up. Eye-catching art, funny animation and bright cartoon characters create an inviting, warm and child-friendly interface. As kids complete exercises and progress through the app, they can also earn colorful alphabet stickers to play with and enjoy. It's a great way to stimulate the creativity and self-confidence of young children while keeping them entertained.
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We're pleased to announce the release of ABC Animal vs. Veggie Flash Cards, a set of fun-filled illustrated A to Z flashcards plus a memory matching game designed especially for kids. Children can quickly learn their ABCs with 2 sets of friendly illustrated flash cards featuring A to Z cartoon animals and vegetables. It's easy for kids of any age to use—just tap the cards to hear each letter and word spoken aloud, then swipe to go to the next letter. Switching to game mode, users can play a picture matching game for another fun way to practice the alphabet. Though a simple concept, talking flash cards are an entertaining a way to encourage early development of language, reading and listening skills for young children. Kids can quickly pick up which animal or vegetable goes with each letter, making learning the alphabet fun and easy. ABC Animal vs. Veggie is available now for the iPhone and Android phones and tablets, and is coming soon for iPad and Mac.
Animal vs. Veggie uses eye-catching art and bright cartoon characters to create an inviting, warm and child-friendly interface. A large button menu lets users choose which flash cards to explore, or choose to jump straight into the matching game. Even the youngest children can easily navigate, quickly swiping from word to word as they browse through the alphabet. Spoken audio provides reinforcement for each letter, helping to build phonics recognition, while introducing new animal and vegetable words. It's a simple and entertaining way to discover new vocabulary and the ABCs that's perfect for the earliest learners.
In addition to the flash cards, ABC Animal vs. Veggie also includes a "Vs." game mode that lets users play a fun picture matching game featuring all the animals, vegetables and letters. Kids match each picture to the right letter using what they've learned from the alphabet cards. In easy match mode, all the pictures are visible to let kids practice their matching skills. Switching to hidden mode adds an extra challenge, as the pictures are hidden and users must remember the correct position for each item to make a match. Funny sound effects let children know if they've guessed correctly or need to try again. With no time limit or scores, it's a relaxing and amusing way for kids to practice and explore their new vocabulary.
ABC Animal vs. Veggie is the latest in our growing line of educational apps which combine learning with fun games, including Children's Picture Dictionary, the Flash Card Fun foreign language apps, the Reading Fun series, Addition Frenzy and many more. As a developer and publisher, Selectsoft remains dedicated to making family-oriented casual games and educational apps for all ages, and is pleased to have the release of ABC Animal vs. Veggie reinforce that commitment.
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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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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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Talky Chip, an entertaining and silly interactive 3D talking chicken app, is now available for Android. Type in text or speak to Talky Chip and hear him talk back in a goofy voice. Users can easily record and share videos via Facebook, YouTube and email of Chip saying anything they want. Talky Chip offers one of the most robust text and talk features ever included in an interactive talking app, plus many funny preset phrases and amusing animations. Unlike other talking apps which mostly rely on repeating spoken phrases, Talky Chip offers an especially easy-to-use and accurate text-to-talk feature. Users can type any kind of phrase for Chip to speak and make the text as simple or complicated as they want. Chip will repeat the words exactly in his wacky voice. Or skip the keyboard and just talk directly to the app to make Chip mimic. For users who'd rather let someone else come up with the jokes, Talky Chip also features amusing preset phrases and a special animation for hours of entertainment for all ages.
Talky Chip is part of the Talky Toons series of apps that also includes the talking dinosaur app Talky Don, available on iOS and Android. The stunning 3D animations and detailed backgrounds make all the Talky Toon apps as much fun to look at as to listen to. Talky Chip is available now through the App Store in the Games category and on Google Play, and is coming soon in HD for the iPad, the NOOK Color™ by Barnes & Noble and on the Amazon Appstore.
About Talky Chip:
Text, talk and play with Talky Chip, the sassy talking chicken! Type in text to hear Chip say anything in a silly voice. Or just speak and hear him hilariously repeat everything. Easily record and share fun videos via Facebook, YouTube and email as Chip talks, mimics, dances and more. Find out why the chicken crossed the road!
• Text and Talk: Enter any text and tap the speaker button to hear Chip talk. It's the best text talk feature you can find in any talking app.
• Mimic: Talk into the microphone and hear Chip repeat everything you say in a funny voice.
• Cute, Funny and Smart Speech Presets: Tap the speech button to have Chip say amusing preset phrases.
• Record and Share: Easily capture video of Chip's antics to share via Facebook, YouTube and email.
• Change Playback Speed and Pitch: Speed up and slow down talk speed and choose between high- and low-pitched voices.
• 3 Fun Emotions: Tap the emotion button to take Chip from normal to angry to happy.
• Special Animation: See Chip shake a tailfeather as he dances and jumps.
• Random Mode: Let Chip choose what to say.
• Great for Kids
Get these great in-app purchases:
• Additional Speech Packs including Funny Essentials, Funny Sarcasm, Parenting Humor, Silly Jokes for Kids and the Wisdom of Mark Twain
• Create Your Own Presets
• Special Animation Pack
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