The Disney/Pixar Brave edition of Temple Run from Imangi Studios and Disney Mobile is now available for Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices, ahead of the official June 14 release date. The app is priced at $.99 but includes 2500 ‘free’ coins (coincidentally, a $.99 value).
The Brave edition shares many qualities of the original game that inspired it as you assume the role of Merida, running through the forest and being chased by Mor’du, the demon bear. While all of the same goals and bonuses are available as the original, the game also adds the ability to partake in archery challenges in which Merida takes aim at targets as she runs, simply by tapping on them.
Like the original, there is a store which allows you to activate and increase special bonuses as well as supporting in-app purchases so you can pad your coin stash. A note of caution though: while it may be tempting to add to the virtual bank to unlock the three wallpapers, they are the same as previously released graphics which you can find online for free. Still, providing Merida an in-game change of clothing would be certainly tempting to any fan and understandably so.
For more information or to purchase Temple Run: Brave, click here.
At E3, Disney Interactive Studios has confirmed a Stitch Kingdom report from earlier this month that it would be releasing a spin-off of its popular ‘Where’s My Water?’ mobile game, featuring Perry the Platypus /aka/ Agent P from Disney XD’s ‘Phineas and Ferb.’
In ‘Where’s My Perry?,’ Perry is summoned into action by his boss, Major Monogram, but he gets trapped in the complicated network of tubes that typically lead him to the briefing room instead.
Using mechanics from the game that inspired it, the water streams are influenced by Dr. Doofenshmirtz and his ‘crazy-nators’ that can turn water into steam and ice on command.
‘Where’s My Perry?’ is expected to be available on the App Store for Apple iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad devices and Google Play for Android devices late this month.
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At E3, Disney Interactive has announced that it has licensed the Disney/Pixar Brave property to Imangi Studios, developer for the popular freemium mobile game, ‘Temple Run.’ In the new game, set to be released on Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android devices on June 14, 2012, the player assumes the role of Merida who is chased by a bear. In addition to the standard game play, Merida can also show off her archery skills by shooting targets along the way.
Below is the official trailer for the game:
This is the first of many announcements expected from Disney at the 2012 E3 Expo, including newly released levels and songs from ‘Epic Mickey 2: The Power of 2,’ ‘Where’s My Water 2?’ sequel and ‘Where’s My Perry?’ spin off and more.
With E3 just around the corner, if we could ask Disney Mobile just one question, it would be ‘whatcha doooooo-in?’ But if we could ask Disney Mobile two questions, the first would be ‘whatcha dooooo-in?’ and the second would be ‘Hey, Where’s My Perry?’
We’re pretty sure both questions (and a whole lot more) will be answered next week, whether we ask them or not, so we’ll just use our handy cutoutthemiddleman-inator and offer up some possible evidence that a ‘Where’s My Water?’ and ‘Phineas and Ferb’ cross-over is about to surface.
It all began innocently enough with a tweet, as it usually does.
To us, that would suggest that everyone’s favorite alligator Swampy has a trick or ’2′ up his sleeve (notice I put ’2′ in quotes to suggest it could possible allude to something — and now we’ve done it ‘
On or about May 26, 2012 (but mostly on), Disney registered WHERESMYPERRY.COM, a clever play on both the ever Phineas catch-phrase (‘Hey, where’s Perry?’) and Swampy’s ‘Where’s My Water?’ but could it simply be coincidence? No. But in case you’re thinking it might be, just like #wheresmywater serves as the official Twitter hashtag for the popular mobile game, one might easily assume that #wheresmyperry would serve as the official hashtag for ‘Where’s My Perry?’ A recent search on the hashtag on Twitter has turned up many hits, all from a user named Andrew Jandas (@jandas1230), an account that appears to exist solely for letting SwampTheGator know his progress (or often lack thereof) in the game using its built-in tweet button.
Recently the account has been posting messages such as the following:
Although the content of the tweet is presumably still under development, the findings are hard to dispute. Linked in the tweet is a picture of a screen from ‘Where’s My Perry?’ featuring level pack, ‘Mission 1: An Agent I Can Trust’ in which the player has ‘tri-gnomed’ the level as opposed to tri-ducking in the original game. In addition, the tweet originates from a Twitter app called ‘WheresMyWater’ just as many of the actual game tweets do and reviewing the user’s twitpic timeline reveal several screens that look more like testing/debugging ones than final product, such as this one.
Only the details (and the game itself) remain to be seen. The tri-gnoming is likely to be an allusion to the second episode of ‘Phineas and Ferb,’ ‘Lawn Gnome Beach Party of Terror,’ in which Agent P/Perry the Platypus is tasked with recovering lawn gnomes stolen by Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz, but whether that theme continues on or each level pack ties into a different episode remains to be seen.
In any case, when E3 rolls around next week, we look forward to the moment when we can finally say ‘”Where’s My Perry?,’” what an unexpected surprise! And by unexpected, we mean totally expected.’
Earlier today, Disney/ABC Television Group’s Digital Media team released two new apps starring Disney Junior favorites, ‘Jake and the Never Land Pirates’ (iOS Universal) and ‘Mickey Mouse Clubhouse’ (iPad only), allowing the popular interactive shows to become even more engaging with their audiences.
In ‘Jake’s Never Land Pirate School,’ children are enrolled in Jake’s pirate school where they will learn all the skills to become part of Jake’s pirate crew. The app contains full animation and audio provided by the show’s vocal talents and includes direct interaction with Jake, Izzy, Cubby and Sharky and Bones. The first step to enroll is to create a pirate avatar which uses the iDevice’s camera (or camera roll) to place the child’s head on a pirate body. After that, it’s time to attend classes and engage in various ‘challenges’ which include: steering Jake’s ship, Bucky, through obstacle courses using the accelerometer; creating original pirate tunes with Sharky and Bones with various instruments, which the app records and plays back; Map & Spyglass in which the student uses a map and spyglass to locate various objects on the island; and Pixie Dust with Izzy (and a silent Skully) where the student learns to fly with pixie dust, navigating through a maze and avoiding a pop-up Captain Hook. And, of course, each activity is rewarded with gold doubloons which the student digs up as Jake counts them.
Along the way, the app teaches other skills such as counting, colors, superlatives and shapes. All of the activities are relatively simple to play and there’s literally no way to fail at any of them, especially with the encouragement of all of the show’s characters.
The app keeps track of all of the student’s progress and, when all the classes have been completed, the student is rewarded with certificate, deeming them an honorary Never Land pirate. The student then has the opportunity to decorate the certificate with virtual stickers and even printing it out on an AirPrint compatible printer.
The app itself is pretty flawless in its design and execution and will certainly delight any fan of the series. I only ran into a few minor issues myself. One is during the map & spyglass class, in which I was asked to locate a monkey which appeared to be hidden behind a tiki tree — it was only due to a pixie dust aura that the app finally showed as a clue that I was able to spot it. Another minor grievance is with decorating the certificate with the virtual stickers. There is no way to move or resize the stickers (you can remove them all with a press of a button however) and it wasn’t clear that you actually need to press and drag the stickers to the desired location on the certificate — that came only with trial and error. The certificate also has virtual stickers that represent the individual courses, but they only go into their designated spot on the certificate (which can be identified by nuances in the shapes), but there’s no instruction on this, nor a correction when they’re not properly placed — they simply just return back to the sheet. Last — and most minor of all — the instructions for creating the private avatar advise you on how to position your face once the photo is taken, but those instructions actually apply only to images from the camera roll, so it’s a bit confusing, particularly since it appears to not work.
Next is the ‘Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Road Rally appisode.’ Not just a clever play on words, this is an actual full-blown adaptation of the Disney Junior primetime special in which Mickey Mouse and the rest of the ‘Mickey Mouse Clubhouse’ gang engage in a friendly road race to locate Mickey Markers spread throughout the land. While the appisode faithfully reproduces the program, it attempts to make the app even more interactive than watching it on tv. For example, any time Mickey would ask the viewer a question, the app pops up a Mickey microphone and actually listens for input from the child — though just like the television show, it doesn’t really matter what the response is. Where the app really shines, however, is that it introduces new content and games that wouldn’t be possible on the show. So for example, when the assistance of Toodles is required, characters can actually explain why a particular tool wouldn’t do the job if chosen. Children are also asked to lend a finger (or use the accelerometer) when the characters are faced with a task, such as cleaning up a pile of spilled rubber duckies or clearing the road of sand.
Even more flawless in its execution, the only possible gripe with this app is its size — almost 500 MB — but justified considering it has the absolute look and feel of the actual Road Rally episode.
When on site and at an eligible film, the app allows access to bonus content, allows users to compete in trivia games against other FilmPulse users at the theater, offers savings opportunities, gifts such as free popcorn and more.
After what appears to be alligator years of anticipation and teases, Disney Interactive Studios will finally release its latest pack of puzzles for the paid version of ‘Where’s My Water?,’ ‘Caution to the Wind’ tomorrow. The upgrade, which remains free to those who have already purchased the $.99 app, adds fans to the mix which allows players to combine logic and the power of wind to control the streams of liquids throughout the sewers all in the name of getting mascot Swampy clean.
This example screenshot, provided to us by Disney, shows the fans in action. Using water to control the power cubes, the pre-placed fans can be turned on and off in order to accomplish the required level task. Here, the fans are turned on to combine poison with clean water to produce more poison water in an effort to clear out the blue trigger.
As usual, we expect to produce a video ‘Caution to the Wind’ walk-through of all 20 levels and accompanying bonus levels, so please continue to watch this space.
To download the updated app for Apple iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad devices, click here.
Shazam today announced that its ‘Shazam for TV’ experience will be used to enhance the entire Super Bowl experience this Sunday, from the game itself, to the halftime show with Madonna, to the commercials. According to Shazam, nearly half of the advertisers during the game will incorporate Shazam’s ‘second screen’ technology to allow viewers to interact socially, unlock bonus content, enter sweepstakes and more.
Among those participating in the ‘Shazam for TV’ experience will be Walt Disney Studios and Marvel Studios for both John Carter (March 9) and Marvel’s The Avengers (May 4) as confirmed to us by Disney, although Disney stopped short of offering any clues as to what the blockbusters’ content will be. Walt Disney Studios recently teased that it will be offering viewers the opportunity to enter for a chance to win a trip to next year’s Super Bowl in conjunction with its John Carter ad.
Both ads are slated to appear during the first quarter of the game.
Other participating advertisers include:
- Toyota – the ad will include a sweepstake to win two Camrys – one for you and one for a friend.
- Best Buy – Best Buy’s spot will feature two of Shazam’s founders. Additionally, Best Buy is running a $50 gift card offer for consumers looking to buy and activate a mobile phone in 2012 when they tag the ad.
- Cars.com – when viewers use Shazam to tag the ad, Cars.com will donate $1.00 to one of seven charities, up to a maximum $100,000.
- Pepsi – the new ad that features the winner of the X-FACTOR – Melanie Amaro performing Otis Redding’s song “Respect” – will invite people to unlock a free video.
- Teleflora – viewers who tag Teleflora’s “Give” ad starring super model Adriana Lima will receive a secret offer.
- General Electric
- Relativity’s Act of Valor
The Shazam app is free and is available on most smartphone and mobile devices including Apple iOS devices (via App Store) and Android devices (via Market). Users who already have the app are strongly advised to check for any updates just prior to the game to ensure the optimal experience.
Whether you’ve never visited the Disneyland Resort or have visited it a thousand times, a new official app will help guests bring a taste of the magic everywhere with the new ‘Disneyland Explorer‘ app for Apple iPad devices.
Rather than using the hub-centric layout of the park, Disneyland Explorer creates what is essentially a panoramic view of Disneyland, Disney California Adventure and the Disneyland Resort Hotels. As you pan across lands and attractions, you’ll get a dose of all the sights and sounds with park icons and background music and even characters. The visual experience is enhanced by crude but effective animations such as Dumbo flying over Sleeping Beauty Castle, Casey Jr chugging away in Fantasyland and more. Each of the items provides an element of interactiveness, from tips to photos to immersive, interactive experiences.
Some of the highlights include the ability to interactively learn to draw your favorite characters in the Art of Animation building (you can even save your creations to the camera roll and later share them), engage in battles in Pirates of the Caribbean, play a hauntingly familiar tune in Haunted Mansion, design your own World of Color show and much, much more. In Mickey’s home in Toontown, you’ll find a wealth of classic Mickey Mouse shorts that you can watch. Other attractions, such as Star Tours and Soarin’ allow you to use the device’s accelerometer to journey across space (and California) and collect virtual postcards which you can then send to others via email.
For those who have exhausted their swiping finger by traversing the entire Disneyland Resort, a pop-up navigation system allows you to instantly jump between attractions. The navigation system also allows you to easi
This video provided by the developer provides just a taste of what’s available in the app:
And best of all, it’s free! You can download the Disneyland Explorer for iPad right here.
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You really have to hand it to Disney Interactive Studios’ mobile games unit. It would have been quite acceptable enough to have simply released ‘Where’s My Water?’ and left it at that and it would still stand today as a shining example as to how mobile apps should be made.
Yet they didn’t. In the three months that followed the game’s initial release on the Apple iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad (and subsequently Android devices), Disney released three expansion packs — sixty new levels, each offering a unique element of play, all at no additional cost. Not to mention ‘Where’s My Water? Free’ which doled out a few surprises of its own.
In the fourth month, however, Disney didn’t release a free expansion pack. Instead, it debuted a whole new form of game play which features Cranky, the nemesis to hero Swampy. An in-app purchase of $.99 unlocks all 40 levels of ‘Cranky’s Story’ (the first five levels are included free in the app’s update) and the real fun and hysteria begins.
In the included chapters, ‘Cranky’s First Course’ and ‘Hunger Pains,’ players learn quick that for all the similarities shared between Swampy and Cranky, there are just as many differences, if not more. For starters, Cranky does not like his water clean, nor does he enjoy the occasional bath. Instead, Cranky wants to eat. And eat. And eat. The only problem is that his meals are covered in algae so it’s up to the player to deliver the poisoned water down the pipe to uncover the finest delicacies the sewer has to offer. Like Swampy, Cranky likes ducks — Cranky ducks. Instead of filling ducks up with water (which are poison to Cranky ducks), the Cranky ducks are filled with poison.
Cranky is more interested in eating collectibles than he is in keeping them, so collectibles don’t exist on his side of the pipes. Instead, bonus levels are unlocked by completing challenges. For the most part, the challenges incorporate the classic Swampy levels, but turn them on their side to introduce all new ways of experiencing individual levels.
Beyond that, the game play is more or less on par with the original. Water, poison, ooze and steam all come into play as do their chemical reactions. And therein lies the added bonus: because players are already familiar with the liquids and objects, the levels waste no time in immersing the player with new puzzles which happen to include nods to their classic counterparts in some cases. I actually found many of the levels to be far more challenging this time around and thus more gratifying when solving. Cranky’s challenges were also a welcome twist. In short, the additional $.99 is the only no-brainer here. The total cost of $1.98 for what ‘Where’s My Water?’ offers is an absolute bargain, especially if Disney continues to treat its customers like gold.
As usual, we have produced video walk-throughs of the new chapters for ‘Cranky’s Story’ which are embedded below.
The first ten levels of ‘Cranky’s First Course’ – C1-1 First Dig?, C1-2 Meet Me in the Middle, C1-3 Purple Rain, C1-4 Lawn Sprinkler, C1-5 Around the World, C1-6 Alignment Issues, C1-7 Touch and Hold, C1-8 Split Ends, C1-9 Roller Coaster and C1-10 Slideshow
The next ten levels of ‘Cranky’s First Course’ – C1-11 Boomstick, C1-12 Connect the Dots, C1-13 Chemistry Set, C1-14 Bridge Breaker, C1-15 The Long Drop, C1-16 Duck Invaders, C1-17 Must Come Down, C1-18 Spillover, C1-19 Time Bomb, C1-20 Pollution Solution
The first ten levels of ‘Cranky’s Hunger Pains’ – C2-1 Down the Stairs, C2-2 Dumbwaiter, C2-3 Recycle, C2-4 Convert ‘em!, C2-5 Rendezvous, C2-6 Push Up, C2-7 Bridging the Gap, C2-8 Spin the Dials, C2-9 Mid-air Collision, C2-10 Recontamination
The next ten levels of ‘Cranky’s Hunger Pains’ – C2-11 Volcano, C2-12 Skipping Stones, C2-13 Barricade, C2-14 Vicious Cycle, C2-15 Pipe Cleaner, C2-16 Worthless Water, C2-17 Bridge Over Troubled Waters, C2-18 Layer Cake, C2-19 Aqua Tool and C2-20 Make It, Break It
(Cranky’s Challenge walk-through coming soon)
You can download the latest version of ‘Where’s My Water?’ for Apple iOS devices here.