PBS KIDS and Dinosaur Train turned to Smashing Ideas to design and build a cross platform, Transmedia suite of educational math games complete with a story narrative to help bring the characters to life in Dinosaur Train’s Troodon Town. The Suite includes an online game and two mobile games. Buddy’s Gem Hunt (online) is a two-dimensional shape recognition game where kids sort by shape, size, and color. Dinosaur Train Camera Catch (for iPhone) is a virtual reality game that challenges kids to snap pictures of flying dinosaurs to complete patterns. All Aboard The Dinosaur Train (for iPad) is an educational problem solving game where kids are asked to estimate and match dinosaur sizes to the correct train cars’ capacity. The game can be played by one player or collaboratively in a two-player mode.
Funded by a Ready To Learn grant awarded to PBS by the Department of Education, Smashing Ideas partnered with long-term clients Out of the Blue and PBS KIDS to develop a SUPER WHY! branded Transmedia Gaming Suite consisting of four activities: two online games, and iPhone app and an Interactive Whiteboard Activity. All of the activities share common literacy-based curricular objectives, but what makes the Transmedia Suite unique is that the activities feature engaging narratives and game experiences that tie all of the components together with a common premise and theme…SUPER CELEBRATIONS! Throughout the four activities, players practice skills such as Word Formation, Phoneme Recognition, Rhyming and Reading…all while getting to the celebration, making a cake and decorating!