Smash Your FoodSeattle, Washington – This Thanksgiving, Smash Your Food becomes a staple at the dinner table. Combining the entertainment of an after dinner food fight with nutrition education resulting in a revolutionary iPhone app the whole family will enjoy. In an ongoing effort to bring awareness and action to the issue of childhood obesity, Smash Your Food incorporates our holiday favorites into a fridge packed full of messy surprises.

“We know that kids and adults tend to overeat during the holidays, starting at Thanksgiving. After playing with the foods in the new Thanksgiving fridge, we’re hoping that kids will think twice about over-filling their plates. Most importantly, we want them to learn about healthy alternatives for the foods they often over indulge in.” adds Marta De Wulf, Nutritionist and Co-Founder of Food N’ Me.

The app provides players with collections of fridges ranging from Messy Breakfast to Sweet Surprises and 10 others including the latest Thanksgiving feast where a wide variety of foods are waiting to be smashed. Choose from a surprise turkey cake, an entire stuffed bird or to a full Thanksgiving Day meal, then watch as shocking amounts of sugar, salt and oil are revealed! The personalized, educational component flows easily, allowing players to compare these foods to their allowances. Smash Your Food is full of in game achievements, tips and challenges to help educate children on the importance of eating healthy while providing players with endless entertainment.

Key Features:
* Pick and choose from a range of fridges & look for the latest holiday fridge
* Creative nutrition tips after every smash
* Earn achievements, accept healthy challenges and unlock new fridges packed with foods
* High definition video & vivid sound effects
* Crazy Food! for even messier splats
* Personalized nutrition tips and advice emailed to parents as children play and learn
* A compelling, fun way for children to get important health information, and – there’s no mess to clean up

Device Requirements:
* Compatible with iPad
* Requires iOS 5.0 or later
* 35.4 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Smash Your Food 1.1 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category.

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Food N’ Me was created for families interested in helping to guide their children toward a healthier future. Food N’ Me informs and engages families through personalized games, healthy apps, practical tools and positive feedback. Food N’ Me is based on the children nutrition program Marta De Wulf taught to thousands of elementary school students. Copyright (C) 2012 Food N’ Me. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

 

IMGAMarseille, France – The 9th International Mobile Gaming Awards (IMGA) opens for entries today! Developers and studios across the world are invited to submit their games for these prestigious awards. Since 2004, the IMGA has become the most prestigious international competition for mobile games. For the past 8 years, the competition awarded the most talented game developers for the most innovative mobile games, whether they are made for iPhone, Android, Windows, Blackberry, Bada, HTML5 or feature phones; whether they are made by a top 10 developer or a start-up studio; whether the developers came from Spain or Singapore, Malaysia or Mexico, Brazil or Belgium.

This year marks a big step for the 9th IMGA as a few significant changes are made to enhance the quality of the entries:
* No categories will be defined for the entries; participants will instead specify their own category
* The Judges’ Honorable Mention will replace the Operator’s Choice Award
* 6 additional prizes will be determined by the jury
* The denomination of these prizes will be announced at the same time as the nominations on January 24, 2013
* Platinum-level sponsor Pro Sieben Sat 1 will award one million Euro in media exposure to the winners

Since 2004, the IMGA Awards Ceremony has been held at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. However, the exact location of the 9th IMGA has not been confirmed yet.

The IMGA Summit
Traditionally, the Awards are held in conjunction with the one day IMGA Summit consisting of a keynote, panels of leading experts in mobile games and pitching sessions. The Summit and Awards are traditionally attended by leaders in the mobile gaming industry as well as top international developers and studios.

The 9th IMGA Timeline
* October 4, 2012 – Call for entries
* January 14, 2013 – Entries closed
* January 25, 2013 – Nominees announced
* February 28, 2013 – Awards Ceremony, winners announced (TBC)

As of today, developers can submit their game online at www.imgawards.com and compete in an international arena with top studios and individual developers from all over the world. Games must have been published after January 1, 2012, or currently be in development.

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Since 2004, the IMGA has become the most prestigious international competition for mobile games. Copyright (C) 2012 International Mobile Gaming Awards. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

 

Montreal, Canada – Nickelodeon and Budge Studios continue to create endless educational and entertainment experiences for preschoolers by adding Team Umizoomi to the portfolio of their ever-growing storybook app series for iPhone, iPad and iPad Touch. Joining a line of successful apps like Dora’s Ballet Adventure and Dora’s Christmas Carol – Team Umizoomi Carnival introduces new characters and an engaging story that will bring added entertainment to the series.

Designed for preschoolers, the educational app invites kids to read along with their favorite Team Umizoomi characters, Milli, Geo and Bot, as they search through various locations at the carnival to help find their friend Jake’s lost stuffed animal, Bunny. Players can follow along with the story as text is highlighted while being read aloud, or narrate the story themselves.

Team Umizoomi Carnival features 14 story pages with interactive moments on each page, where tasks are changed every time the story is read. Additionally, users will have access to two bonus activities – Sticker Picture Game, inviting players to create their own carnival sticker scene by adding backgrounds from the story and placing tappable animated stickers anywhere on the page.; and Balloon Pop Carnival Game, which will help users strengthen key developmental skills by practicing color and shape recognition, grouping and patterns.

The curriculum in this app includes:
* Visual discrimination
* Positional vocabulary (over, under, around, through)
* Pattern recognition
* Colors
* Shapes
* Groups

“We’re thrilled to see kids getting excited about math and reading. Team Umizoomi makes learning fun, and this storybook app is packed with so many activities that kids won’t be able to put it down,” says Michael Elman, Creative Director at Budge Studios

With over 100 fun animations throughout the story, look for characters and objects that have a special glow to interact with them and find clues or hints to complete the task on each page as kids help Team Umizoomi find Bunny. Using actual character voices and original music, players will be entertained from start to finish time and time again.

About Nickelodeon:
Nickelodeon, now in its 33rd year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 17 consecutive years.

Pricing and Availability:
Team Umizoomi Carnival 1.0 is available for $1.99 (iPhone, iPod touch) and $3.99 (iPad) from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

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Budge Studios leads the apps for kids industry in innovation and creativity with top tier, category-defining games, books and toys. The company is changing the way kids play and learn by creating more robust and engaging experiences. Played by millions of children worldwide, Budge products are amongst the most acclaimed and popular apps. Copyright (C) 2010 Budge Studios. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc.

 

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