Tumblies game in the appstore starting today
Starting today, the Tumblies game, based on the TV series by the same name is available as a download in the iTUNES app store. The game is meant for children from 2-6 years of age and has been developed with a subsidy from the European and Dutch Media Funds. Fantasy, creativity and free playing are the focus of this game in which the magical TV boundary is broken. When an episode has finished, the child enters the world of the Tumblies and can start playing.
“Curiosity is rewarded, not the result”
“The creators and developers of the TV series are among the best in their fields. Even the music for the Tumblies has been composed by an award winning composer and arranger. Of course the game had to live up to that”, says IJsfontein game designer and teacher of the Utrecht Art School Evert Hoogendoorn. “Unfortunately, there are not many apps for children in the Netherlands that are well-considered and fun to play. For the development we have really taken the way children play, learn and discover into consideration. Right or wrong is not important, you have tried something and that is good. Curiosity and ‘experimenting’ are rewarded, not the result.”
As it stands now, the Tumblies game and series, all developed and invented by Dutch parties will also be aired and played in Turkey, Israel, Indonesia, Italy, South Korea and Canada in 2014. In addition, the Tumblies fun book will be published next year and educational materials for day nurseries and preschools will be available. “In all the materials we develop the quality and tying in with the development of the child are key. The Tumblies are the new Teletubbies, but Dutch Design, more educational and less irritating for parents,” explains creator of the Tumblies, Ramon Verberne of il Luster.
No name, gender or race
The game has been developed in such a way that the child is completely free to experiment and to create its own play. Verberne: “The Tumblies intentionally do not have a name, gender or race. They do not have a house and do not speak a language. Nothing has been determined, the children can do that for themselves. That was the starting point for the TV series and that is also the focus of this game. The player plays in a virtual world and can use its creativity and resourcefulness freely.”
During the development of the game, much attention has been paid to the educational aspect and how it tied in with the world as perceived by a child. The game encourages creativity and fine motor skills. In addition, the child learns about the laws of nature as it plays. The game does not have any language, enabling even small children to operate the game.
In the Netherlands the game is free and at the moment only available for iPad.