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Here’s your chance to name our latest Balloonimals, a duck and a pair of snail twins. That’s right, a very luck “Balloonimaniac” will have their proposed names chosen as the official names for our latest Balloonimals. This fun promotion coincides with the release of an updated Balloonimals app for the iPhone/iPod Touch, as well as the announcement of an HD version of Balloonimals for the iPad to be released soon.
The update for the iPhone/iPod Touch includes a new duck Balloonimal in addition to the snails from our last update, higher quality animations, motion blur and other bug fixes. Furthermore, Balloonimals will be released for the iPad in the next few weeks and will include High-Definition animations, which are only available on the iPad. How cool is that!
If you haven’t seen our popular Balloonimals Page on Facebook where you can name the new Balloonimals, then you are missing a lot. It has been getting plenty of attention since we added colorful images with the names of all Balloonimals, linked it to IDEOToyLab’s Twitter account and added interesting discussion topics, like what you would like to see in a Balloonimals game.
So what are you waiting for? Being a Balloonimaniac is not a spectator sport, it’s about participating in the Balloonimals community, joining the discussion and sharing your love of Balloonimals with your friends, family and little ones.
If you don’t propose a better name for the duck and snail twins, we are just going to call them Eugene, Gertrude and Garth, and no one would want that (unless those are your names, oops!). So head on over to the Balloonimals Page on Facebook, “Like” our page and suggest some better names by clicking on the “Discussions” tab.
Watch the video and let us know what you think.
This isn’t the first time that IDEO’s apps have been featured by Apple. You may recall (or just look at the older blog posts) that Balloonimals was featured in Apple retail displays on the display where the icons fly past you like a comet storm.
We would like to say thanks to Apple for recognizing all of our hard work. But what gives us the greatest satisfaction is the miles of smiles that we see when someone picks up and really connects with our creations. Play is not just fun, it’s our job, so we are glad that so many of you are getting exposed to IDEO’s iPhone apps for kids, and telling your families about them.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into an Apple retail outlet, those lovable Balloonimals have been sighted in the oversized iPhone on display in the front window of Apple retail stores across the country.
That’s right, our very own Rex the Dinosaur can be seen in the flurry of apps that appear to be traveling at the speed of light.
However, unlike the rest of the apps passing by like road stripes zipping by your car window, the Balloonimals app is one of about twenty apps that are featured via a pause in full screen view. I guess that must mean that those creative geniuses at Apple are as fond of Balloonimals as we are.
Oh, how our Balloonimals have grown and gone on to create a magical, fun and ambitious life of their own.
So stop by your local Apple retail outlet and try and catch a glimpse of Rex before he disappears. Who knows where Balloonimals will show up next, so grab your camera, telephoto lens and safari hat, or you can just catch your own Balloonimals at the iTunes store!
What a great video! So cute!
Here is a loose translation for those of you who don’t speak Japanese.
The video is called something like “How to Play Balloonimals, as Taught by my 2-year-old Daughter”
Step 1: Blow
Step 2: Shake
Step 3: Healthy play (during which she says “Beautiful” and “Horsey,” and “Look, Dad!”)
Step 4: Blow up & repeat
Advice 1: If you don’t understand what to do, find the “help” screen
Advice 2: Play with a REAL balloon
We’re all aware that money is tight right now, so if you can’t spring for the $1.99 to download “Balloonimals”, I suggest the following to fully entertain any 3-5 year old:
Head over to the nearest appliance store, pull around the back, and procure a large refrigerator box. Bring it home and stick it right in the family room. Let your kids decorate the outside of the box with washable markers. Encourage them to draw on windows, beautify flower boxes, and design a mail slot. Under parental supervision, cut the windows so they swing open and close like a shutter. Don’t forget to draw and cut out the 20” television screen too. I love this idea because it turns kids from watching to creating. They will produce their own shows and pretend to be news announcers anchoring kid news, with you as the audience. If you want to really go the extra mile, get more large boxes and connect with packing tape. The only downside is you’ll have to put up with some rather unsightly big boxes, but I guarantee you, your kids will remember this experience years from now. Plus you can recycle them when finished with the fun! You’ll be a hero with your youngsters.