SOURCE: Tiny Planets

June 17, 2010 08:00 ET

Space Themed Online Entertainment Platform for Children and Families Combines Games, Virtual Worlds, TV, Social Networking and More

360 Degree Entertainment Platform Brings Kids the Best of Interactive Entertainment

LONDON and PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwire - June 17, 2010) -  Tiny Planets, children's entertainment best known for the Tiny Planets animated television series, today announced availability of its 360° Web platform for youth ages six to fourteen and their families, which consists of seven separate, but connected Web sites based on the Tiny Planets franchise. Tiny Planets appeals to parents by providing a safe environment in which children can do all of the desired online activities under one roof, including games, videos, social networking, virtual world, and purchasing virtual goods. Tiny Planets also offers the industry's first focus on space, conservation and science, offering enriching entertainment for children and their parents.

"Tiny Planets emphasizes exploration, problem-solving and discovery," said Monica Laurence, CEO of Tiny Planets. "The Tiny Planets online platform offers an imaginary space-themed experience that offers infinite fun for inquisitive kids of all ages. The activities, games, puzzles, TV episodes, virtual world and more encourage critical thinking, collaborative play, imagination and creativity -- skills so important to cultivate in our leaders of tomorrow."

The Tiny Planets platform can be found at TinyPlanets.com. All seven Tiny Planets sites are interconnected, and children and families can directly navigate to the content they most enjoy. MyTinyPlanets.com is a virtual world in which players adopt a planet, take care of a biodome, navigate fantastic spaceships and challenge friends to minigames. On TinyPlanetsTV.com, enjoy on-demand Tiny Planets television episodes. Find casual games, puzzles, comics and coloring pages on TinyPlanetsFun.com. For young readers, there are interactive books on TinyPlanetsBooks.com. Parents, homeschoolers and early learning educators can access hands-on activities and lesson plans that complement the television episodes on TinyPlanetsLearning.com. TinyPlanetsLabs.com offers the opportunity to preview new games and space projects under development.

Some popular features and activities include:

  • Cadet Awards: In addition to earning performance-based "Stars," kids earn awards and badges, including Flight Wings, Planetologist, Moon Bouncer and Arcade Wizard, which increase rank in the games
  • Mini games and Missions. Mini games hone skills and provide chances to challenge friends, while missions guide players throughout the interactive universe
  • Friend Hub and Chat. Players make friends and send each other comical emoticons in the Friend Hub. With the Tiny Planets "Click-to-Chat" system, players simply click on the speech bubble above another player's head and choose from several responses presented, providing for no typing and safe online interactions for the entire family
  • Planet-o-Matic. Players express their creativity by constructing their planet with the Planet-o-Matic, a simple click-to-drop tool for creating new landscapes, skies and buildings
  • Biodome. Players grow exotic plants in their biodome by planting seeds, and then watering and feeding their plants by collecting trash and composting
  • Virtual Currency. "KEYs," the Tiny Planets virtual currency through a partnership with Social Gold, unlock premium content, like new landscapes for your planet, cadet accessories, new spaceships and interactive books

"Tiny Planets offers children a truly immersive Web experience with various sites under one umbrella," continued Monica Laurence, CEO, Tiny Planets. "We've created a platform that offers the best of the Web for kids -- gaming, virtual worlds, television and books, all in a safe, fun and educational environment. Parents can rest assured, Tiny Planets has taken every step to ensure that their child is playing and communicating in a safe environment -- no open chat, no email address, no personalized names, no personal details. This is a safe environment in which kids will experience enriching entertainment and learn fun space facts while playing online."

Tiny Planets, which operates without a download and in a web browser using Adobe Flash™, offers many free activities for players. Users can purchase KEYs, the virtual currency in Tiny Planets, to unlock episodes and games, as well as purchase items for planets, biodomes and avatars in MyTinyPlanets.com.

About Tiny Planets:

Tiny Planets is privately held and provides engaging, high quality entertainment to enrich the lives of youth and develop in kids wonder, critical thinking and an appreciation of our space universe. The Tiny Planets animated television series, co-produced with Sesame Workshop, features the galactic adventures of two furry aliens Bing and Bong, and has been honored with multiple awards. The series of 65 five minute dialogue-free episodes is actively licensed worldwide for broadcast and video distribution by Cake Entertainment in the UK. The series has been featured in more than 100 territories, including Australia, Canada, UK, Spain, Germany, and on Noggin, Sorpresa and NCircle Entertainment in the US. Tiny Planets is backed by Stockford Group, an investment arm of Sir Peter Michael's group of businesses. The Tiny Planets 360° Entertainment Platform can be found online at http://www.tinyplanets.com

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