in the Park - sequel to Ted and Floppy's Bears CD-ROM
in the park" is my second CD-ROM which I am currently working
on... I don't have a release date yet, but I would really like to
get it finished soon. When I made Bears it was unique at the time
(I believe it still is). And I wanted to do the same with the sequel.
A lot of children's Software is more or less the same and I want
to make something a little different. "Art in the Park"
although featuring all the same characters as Bears and is essentially
a sequel, is quite different. It will appeal to an older audience,
including adults (though I'm still trying to keep it entertaining
for 2 and 3 year olds). It is more of an interactive adventure game
than a storybook, with more cut scenes and animation, there are
a few games and mazes and twice as much music that the bears CD-ROM
detail, more colour
illustrations on the Art in the Park CD-ROM are in 16bit colour,
so it looks richer and more detailed than 256 colour pictures, many
scenes such as this one are animated. You can't see it here because
it's a still screen shoot. But on the CD-ROM the water is moving.
The trade off however is that it
will need at least a G3 or pentium II 200 to run
in the park has a paint program in it. I know... there is one of
these in nearly every kids title, but there are some significant
and unique features that will make this one different. The design
of this interface took some time to do. It needed to be as simple
as possible so young children could easily use it. And take up as
little space as possible so there was more room for the canvas.
it comes to the educational elements of children's software. I believe
(as do the teachers, preschools and educators I consult with) that
discovery and imagination are just as important as the phonics and
numbers. The qualities of exploration are sadly lacking in much
of toady's educational software. "Art in the park" is
a story, it is an adventure game, it celebrates art and it is a
feast of sound with more than an hour of classical music and blues...
and it will be fun.