Thursday, September 27, 2012

Artgig Apps - Halloween Treats!

Monsters, aliens and ghosts...oh my!
Don’t look now, but Halloween is sneaking up on you.
So in addition to updating our apps this October for the new iPhone 5 screen size, we’ll be sprinkling some Halloween treats about.

One of our most popular classroom apps, Shake-a-Phrase, offers a Monsters theme to shake up some spooky language learning fun. Last year, we teamed with a class in Westchester, NY for a Halloween-inspired creative writing activity and they enjoyed it so much, they requested that we do it again this year.  And we’ll be posting some of our favorite scary sentences on our Facebook page as Halloween draws near.

Meanwhile, our Alien Buddies were featured in this New York Times Gadgetwise post, sparking some pretty loud shrieks and howls in the comments section over screen time for babies (for the record, we don’t make apps for babies and we enjoy playing outside with our kids!)

If you’re looking for a fun activity for your early learner that doesn’t involve your phone or iPad, why not download a free Alien Buddies coloring book featuring your favorite martians.

Rolling right along, Marble Math recently made news in Australia’s The Sunday Mail paper. There’s nothing scary about this impressive list of kids educational apps from the iMums, but you may bump into a ghost while playing Marble Math if you don’t watch where you’re going.

Speaking of Marble Math, we’ve got a special update brewing in the lab. Soon you’ll be able to customize your currency to practice counting with Australian, Canadian, Euro, or British coins and notes for Marble Math and Marble Math Junior.

I told you we had some treats for you.

Stay tuned for more goodies from Artgig Apps!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Pirate Buddies! A Special Treat From Our Game Artist

One of the best things about my job is the people I get to work with every day.

If I have a crazy idea like "wouldn't it be cool to dress our Alien Buddies up as buccaneers for Talk Like a Pirate Day," I can just wait until the last minute to spring it on Lis (in Australia) and when I come back to work in the morning - there they are, in my Inbox.

Of course, it may take almost another full day for me to get to actually writing this blog post but that's life in th' fast lane 'o app development, matey.

Now onto investigatin' 'tis iOS 6 I be hearin' much 'bout.

Enjoy talking like an alien pirate today...