I came across this video this morning on Vimeo for Lucas Zanotto‘s game Loopimal and fell in love with the nice blend of simple animation, live action, and fun music. After watching the film, I jumped over to his website, then the appstore to check out the actual game. I know this was deigned for kids, but after getting Loopimal and spending some time with it, I’m kind of hooked. It’s actually a blast to play with and kind of addictive.
Loopimal is designed to be your child’s first entry into the world of computer sequencing. Using a series of animations which are linked to sound effects you create animation sequences for different animals. The game uses intuitive gestures, that create loops of rhythms, melodies and movements that are endless. This is so simple and so fun.
When it comes to iPad games it takes something pretty unique to get me interested. Hundreds is a new game for the iPad that is simple in concept, with clean design and featuring 100 unique puzzles that require strategic thinking to solve. The goal of Hundreds: Grow at least 100 points between the circles in each puzzle. Circles turn red and volatile while being grown and if they collide, it’s game over.
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then I am pretty sure the folks at Friskies cat food will win an award. Friskies has released three new iPad games based on HTML 5 and CSS3 specifically for cats. It’s not a new idea, there are already a number of iPad cat games in the app store, but Friskies was smart enough to tie it directly to their brand as a product.
The games that Friskies have created play into the natural instincts of cats, and their attraction to movement, and when you watch the video, you can see how this is not only entertaining for the cat, but for the owner as well. That part about the owner as well, is key here, because the owner buys the cat food, and Friskies wants you to buy theirs.