Riding the success of the iPhone is an ingenious game called The Hidden Park. The game uses all the groundbreaking features of Apple’s blockbuster device to give children a magical experience they will remember for the rest of their lives. The Hidden Park seamlessly blends iPhone game wizardry with the natural wonder of your local park in a way that will amaze parents and grandparents (oh yeah, and the kids will get a kick out of it too).
The game takes children on a mystical journey through the park, opening up a fantasy world of trolls, fairies and tree genies that the children can photograph, play with and interact with on a level never seen before. Lead by Trutton, a friendly troll, the aim of the game is to follow a GPS map, solve riddles and beat magical creatures at games in order to save the park from being over-run by greedy developers.
Environmental education plays an important role in The Hidden Park, giving children a creative insight into the importance of preserving the natural beauty of our city parklands.
“We wanted to create a gaming environment that gets kids off the couch and out into the great outdoors, without compromising their enjoyment of digital entertainment. With its GPS capabilities and large screen size, the iPhone is the perfect vehicle for achieving this...” says James Kane, the creator of The Hidden Park.
With over five hundred million downloads of iPhone applications from the Apple App Store, consumers are harnessing the power and flexibility of the iPhone at an astounding rate. Since it’s launch, the iPhone has reached sales of 6.89 million worldwide in the last quarter of 2008. The Hidden Park, created and produced in Australia, is available around the globe.
“The beauty of The Hidden Park is that it can be adapted to suit any park or garden in your neighborhood. We’ve rolled the game out all around the world, from New York to London to Tokyo and Sydney,” says James Kane, the game’s creator.
The game was originally available in ten parks around the world. It received such a huge response from parents that the creators immediately began plans for a “Park Builder”, where players can set up the game in their local park.
“We had mums and dads from Utah to Utrecht demanding that the game be set up in their local park, so we just figured we would give them the power,” says Kane. ‘It’s such a great way for parents and kids to get involved in the local community.” After parents have set up the game in their local park, they can then share the park with friends and family or make it available to all players around the world.
The Hidden Park isn’t just a huge step forward in creating a healthy and physically active gaming experience for children, it also breaks the boundaries of conventional iPhone gaming capabilities. Utilising the GPS features of the iPhone, it takes handheld console gaming to whole new level.
“The GPS functionality of the iPhone means The Hidden Park has no physical limitations on where it could be played. We programmed the game to track players movements based on a sophisticated piece of mapping script with LBS (Location Based Services) waypoints to trigger animations and sequences”, says James Kane.
Since it’s launch, The Hidden Park has been a huge success all around the world. You can download the game for $3.99US from the Apple App Store, either via iTunes on your computer or directly on to your iPhone with a WiFi connection.