SHUTTERBUGS: WIGGLE AND STOMP
Visit and photograph animals at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. Identify the different ways animals can move. Don't forget to print the coloring pages! Play for free!
Shutterbugs targets kindergarteners who will be playing the game on a touchscreen. We included voice-overs for all the instructions and text for accessibility and made sure the interface was simple and intuitive.
Kids really enjoyed the animal animations and picking out which animals were swimming, stretching, walking, etc. There's a variety of things for them to touch and look at, and the animals are colorful and interesting.
One reviewer ended up having to turn his negative review of the game into a positive one because his kids were absolutely immersed in the game. They wanted to go to the zoo and photograph animals too. It's a high compliment to see kids taking what they experienced digitally and applying it to their lives.
A Lesson Learned
If I could change one thing, I would record more audio. This is a game where the mechanic is the same throughout the whole thing, so we probably could've gotten away with recording more variations of the dialog. Kids don't seem to notice these things, but as an adult I would appreciate a greater variety of voice-over.