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iPad App Cat Toy Market is Fast to Grow

Cat people love their kitties as much as dog lovers love theirs. But it’s a shame dogs have more toy choices when it comes to the pet store. But with the iPad a new line of cat toys is emerging. Playing with your cat can be a wonderful way to unwind, or just a short break from work. I use the special cat sound effects in the app Sophie the Circus Cat, to call to mine, so these new iPad apps are a lot of fun. Here are a few that you might also enjoy.

Games for Cats: iPad and Free
This is a great app with an automated laser light for your kitty to chase. Also included is a cute mouse that wisps in and out of a piece of cheese. A fun little app for your kitty. This app also has the ability to keep your kitties score on catches and they just added a new level, chase the butterfly. A must for those with iPads and kitties.

Cat Fishing: iPad and Free
Remember Friskies the cat food? Well they are taking on the cat gaming idea and have developed several iPad games for the kitties. Check out the web site for the full list but my favorite is Cat Fishing. This app turns my iPad into a little pond of fish and drives my cat crazy.

Sophie the Circus Cat: iPad and .99
Not just a cat toy but 3 different things for you and your kitty to enjoy. First is a wonderful story of a kitty wanting to be a circus performer and you go through her challenges to watch her successes. A heart warming story. Also included in this app is a section of recipes and activities for you and your cat to enjoy. And finally a remote control cat toy and sound buttons that will bring any curious cat to you.

Written by Amanda O’Brien


Creating Story Apps for Kids on Android, Tablet, iPhone, and iPad

Many children’s book authors are turning to the storybook app and ebook formats to self-publish their books for Android phones, Tablets, iPhones, and Ipads.

Some examples of children’s stories published for Android, Tablet, iPhone, iPad, and the web:

http://www.shevistories.com/

http://treasurekai.com/

 

http://teacher-tilly.com

The ebook format (iBook, Kindle, etc.) apparently requires some xhtml knowledge.  The app format can require knowledge of a programming language like Objective-C (iPhone, iPad) or Java (Android, Tablet) but now there are also tools to make app creation easier for non-programmers.

Tools that make storybook app and ebook creation easier:

Game Salad
Active Reader by Tall Chair
Composer by Demibooks
Interactive Touch Books
Kwik
Moglue
Push Pop Press
Talespring

Visible Contact is an app developer, producer, and reviewer based in Austin, Texas. Download our apps:

Apps For Kids

Evil Sushi Squish (for iPhone & Android)

Ice Cream Parlour (for Android)

Halloween Costumes (for Android)

Utilities

Countdown (for Android)


Falling Stars for the iPad

I first downloaded it because it was beautiful but then I began to play with it. It completely transcends its good looks into a playground of musical fun for any age. Swiping your finger across the screen creates chords for your falling stars to play. Change the tempo with just a tap on the stars in the sky. What a great app to show off your new iPad!

Download it for free!

Falling Stars for iPad

Description

Create a world of music in seconds with Falling Stars from Trident Vitality. Then enjoy, share and expand your world whenever you want to.


Children’s iPhone, iPad, and Android Apps

Kids are spending more and more time with smart phones.  Many parents are cautious about letting their children spend too much time watching television.  Smart phones are an alternative that is at least interactive and can be challenging for kids in very positive ways.  Of course, parents need to supervise the content their children are consuming on smart phones because they can stumble upon apps and mobile sites that have adult content.  That being said, it is comforting to know that your child is playing an engaging game that is occupying their attention for a while and may even be teaching them something.

Visible Contact currently has two children’s apps available on the Android Market, the Amazon Appstore, and on the iTunes Appstore.

Evil Sushi Squish – A frenetic tap game with fun characters, 50 different levels, and a ninja scoring system where you advance from a white-belt ninja all the way up to a black-belt ninja.  Go to the companion kids’ game website for more fun and activities.  [Download for Android] |  [Download for iPhone]

Amazon’s Appstore says Evil Sushi Squish has:

  • Fun, engaging gameplay
  • Humorous characters and graphics
  • Intuitive graphical interface for young and older players

Ice Cream Parlour – A casual game where you build an ice cream cone from a vast store of ingredients.  It’s cheerful, colorful, silly, and fun to play.  [Download for Android]

Halloween Costumes – A simple, fun game where you drag costume hats, shirts, pants, capes, and more onto your character.  Kids enjoy the mixing and matching of different costume pieces. [Download for Android]

A review site that can be a good resource for finding the right apps for your children is Best Kids Apps.