The elite unit of elves from ABC’s new holiday television special “Disney Prep & Landing” have taken their covert operation digital. Disney.com features an online command center for all things “Prep & Landing,” offering full-length streaming of the entire special starting on Dec. 9, and an original short “Tiny’s BIG Adventure.” Additionally, Disney Family.com is offering a variety of printables and holiday craft activities, while iPhone and iPod Touch users can take “Disney Prep & Landing” fun with them through a new mobile game (www.itunes.com/waltdisney).
“Disney Prep & Landing” features on Disney.com include:
- Full-length “Disney Prep & Landing” special will be available for streaming
- Disney.com original short video “Tiny’s Adventure”
- Kringle Academy online game, where players can train to someday become part of the “Disney Prep & Landing” team
- Digital toys and downloadable artwork
“Disney Prep & Landing” features on Disney Family.com include:
- Do-It-Yourself “Prep & Landing” booklet, offering kids a guide to prep their house for Santa’s arrival
- A printable village play set so kids can dream up their own adventures for Wayne and Lanny
- Printable 3-D versions of the “Disney Prep & Landing” elves
- Dozens of different holiday crafts and printable activities, including a Gingerbread man decoder, ornaments, and even a elf-size door craft so kids without a fireplace can make sure Wayne and Lanny inspect their home
“Disney Prep & Landing” App
iPhone and iPod Touch users can purchase and download a new “Disney Prep & Landing” game featuring three mini-games and other content based on the television special. Players assume the role of Lanny, an elf in training, who takes on the various challenges and obstacles experienced at Kringle Academy. With the help of fellow rookie Wayne, Lanny’s goal is to finish the last three exams, graduate from the Academy and become part of the elite group of elves who prepare houses for Santa’s arrival. Cost: $.99 (www.itunes.com/waltdisney).
Title: Phineas and Ferb Arcade (link)
Publisher: Walt Disney
Released: December 3, 2009
iTouch?: Yes (WiFi/Internet required for scoreboard)
Pros: Quick, addictive play, free preview available
Cons: Controls sometimes difficult, navigation buttons inconsistent
Review: In a series of 3 mini-games, Phineas and Ferb brings the number one show for kids ages 6-11 (not to mention popular with every other demographic) to the iPhone.
Here’s the plot: While Phineas and Ferb are trying to build a snow mountain so they can snowboard in the backyard (S’no Problem), older sister Candace goes surfing in the backyard tide pool trying to impress Jeremy (Cowabunga Candace!), all the while Perry the Platypus is acting as Agent P, trying to protect the secret hideout from infiltrators (Agent P’s Hideout).
Here’s the thing: If you’re a Phineas and Ferb fanatic, you might find yourself thinking those game names sound familiar — and they should. All three are actual almost-direct ports of existing games you can play online for free. Granted the controls are different given the nature of a personal computer versus an iPhone (and to be honest, in the latter two games, the iPhone wins in this respect), but gameplay is virtually the same which means if you aren’t familiar with them, you can try them out online first before buying the game (see links below).
Title: Prep & Landing (link)
Publisher: Walt Disney
Released: November 19, 2009
iTouch?: Yes (WiFi/Internet required for some)
Pros: A couple of entertaining games/features
Cons: Long, frustrating gameplay with little payoff, promoted items missing
Review: On December 1, ABC will air its first ever original holiday special produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. That’s the good news. The bad news is they want to charge you for downloading the promotional app and it falls way short on expectations and even promises.
After watching a surprisingly brief promo for the special, you are presented with two menu options. Kringle Academy is where you’ll find 3 mini-games and P&L Specialized Equipment is where you’ll find the ‘extras,’ which are often more entertaining than the games themselves, unfortunately.
As a general rule with the game, sound effects are nil (Christmas carols are your only source of audio candy) and gameplay is exceptionally long with repetitive movements. There’s also no scoring system so you’re really only competing for ‘distance’ and colored rewards such as gold, silver and red (and other, ‘lesser’ colors) which seem to offer no benefit other than a virtual pat on the iBack.
We are pleased to present our newest addition to our library of already established collection of Definitive Guides: Disney Apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
iPhone and iPod Touch users now have a single source to turn to in order to find the entire list of Disney related apps available on Apple’s iTunes Store in addition to applications authored by The Walt Disney Company itself.
The guide allows you to sort, categorize and even perform a keyword search against the Disney App library, so you can immediately find just the App you’re looking for. Sort by price or just click on the option to show just the Free apps — it’s just that simple!
So be sure to check out the Definitive Guide to Disney Apps on the iPhone and iPod Touch today!
Title: LUMA (link)
Publisher: Walt Disney
Released: November 10, 2009
Pros: Quick, addictive play, good graphics and sound effects
Review: I confess when I first read LUMA’s description and saw the game shots, I thought I knew exactly how the game was going to go. At first glance, the concept seemed like this network type game I had played on a PDA long ago where ‘cables’ had to be rotated in 90 degree increments in order to connect various ‘nodes’ together to complete a ‘network.’ Although LUMA’s premise is similar, Disney Interactive (and its Enorbus subsidiary) have managed to turn the simple concept on its ears and produce a quick and highly addictive logic puzzle game.
Title:Bayou Beats (link)
Publisher: Walt Disney
Released: November 7, 2009
Pros: Free, some replay value, music from the film
Cons: Large installation due to music video
Review: In promotion of Disney’s The Princess and the Frog which opens nationwide December 11 comes this free app which includes a small, quasi-addictive game along with a music video and a lot of purchase links.
The game itself is small and pretty straightforward. Using instrumental versions of one of several songs from the feature film (but sadly not Gonna Take You There) as a backdrop, the game consists of pressing one of several buttons along the bottom as they are lit up by falling crowns passing through them. The game keeps track of how many correct touches in a row you have and then rewards long streaks by increasing a score multiplier. Where it may get confusing is that it looks like you have to ‘catch’ the individual crowns, but while you do have to prevent the crown from passing through without being touched, the key is you’re touching the button while it’s lit which means a single crown can yield you 2 or 3 successful touches if done quickly enough while a few crowns in immediate succession can yield a quick finger upwards of 15 touches or so. Get too greedy by having one of your touches land when the button is no longer lit, however, and the frog croaks and the chain count is reset to zero.
Disney.com today announced it has launched an app for iPhone and iPod touch on the App Store. The Disney App features an array of high quality Disney content including areas dedicated to Characters, Music, Video and Games. Content in the app will be updated regularly, providing kids and families with instant access to the latest Disney news and entertainment.
The new Disney App will also offer innovative features including “Click2Life” which allows iPhone users to take pictures of images from the online version of Disney.com with their device that will then come to life within the app and turn into a 3D image. Additionally, the Disney App will automatically discover other Disney apps and games available through the App Store, organizing all Disney-branded content within one destination on each device so users can easily access their favorite games and entertainment content.
Earlier this week, Campbell/Gambill Designs released the iPhone/iPod Touch edition of Steven Barrett’s popular Hidden Mickeys guide. Providing the same scavenger hunt-type lists of Hidden Mickeys throughout the Walt Disney World as the book does, the app also takes advantage of the iPhone by incorporating the use of GPS. Currently the app boasts over 800 Hidden Mickeys across the four main theme parks.
For more information or to purchase the app ($5.99), click here.
ABC today announced the availability of its free “Dancing with the Stars” (DWTS) App from the App Store. The app is a one-stop-shop for fans who can now use their iPhone or iPod touch for deeper access to the hit show, complete with the latest elimination updates, video clips and other fun, interactive features.
In addition to offering users another way to vote for favorites each week, the app features:
* Instant updates about who was voted off the show, as well as video results
* Dazzling photo galleries capturing all the hot dancing action from every show
* Bios on the stars, pros, judges and hosts
* In the mood to Mambo? Care to try the Tango? Users can learn all they need to know about the dynamic dances featured on the show
* First-hand knowledge of how voting shapes the show
* Game play with iJudge, an addictive feature that gives users access to the famous DWTS scoring paddles
The DWTS App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore/. For more information on the DWTS App please visit www.abc.com/shows/dancing-with-the-stars.
You can also access the app directly here.
Title: Disney’s Magic Mirror (link)
Publisher: Walt Disney
Released: October 5, 2009
iTouch?: Yes, limited functionality
Pros: Sort-of cute app for the Snow White-diehard to share with friends
Cons: More ad than content, not much of either for the price
Review: This is a Snow White-ized version of the classic Magic 8-Ball App. Ask it a yes/no question and it does its best to reply. So I simply asked it whether or not people should buy it and this was its actual response:
alone in the dark
the world is still
despite my best efforts
I do not know its will
Truth is, I probably couldn’t have put it better myself. Although it has pretty graphics and a nice vocalized rendition of the Magic Mirror, the app is really more of a version .6 of what should be a free app. To use it, you have a choice of either using the keyboard or microphone to ask a yes/no question (in reality, it could be anything, the app doesn’t know). In exchange, the Magic Mirror visually and audibly responds with its vague and cryptic messages. Some cool animation and audio is offset by the fact that the Magic Mirror’s mouth is completely out of sync with his response to the point where it’s just downright distracting — you might consider it Disney’s rendition of a dubbed martial arts film.
And that’s it. There are some extras which essentially include a video trailer for the Disney Blu-ray/DVD release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, a link to amazon.com to buy it, and even a synopsis (!?!?!) of the film.
In other words, wait for Disney to come to its senses and make this app free or at least adds more entertainment value. And even then, you probably shouldn’t bother.
Note: Because of hardware limitations, iPod Touch users will need an external microphone and earphones to make full use of the application.