WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - Jun 27, 2012) - Indie developer Megapops, maker of the popular "Millie Was Here" kids book apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, today released major updates to its "Meet Millie" and "Millie & The Lost Key" titles which add narration and text in 11 languages, as well as high-resolution graphics optimized for the Retina display on the new iPad.
"We've had such an amazing response from American kids that we can't wait to get the Millie apps into the hands of children around the world," said Megapops Founder, Jen Taylor.
With today's update, both "Meet Millie" and "Millie & The Lost Key" are now available in the following languages: Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and English. Both apps also include stunning artwork that has been optimized for the Retina display on the new iPad, bringing readers a truly immersive experience and images that jump off the page.
Megapops worked with digital publisher, iStoryTime/zuuka, for European and Asian translations. "zuuka really 'got' the tongue-in-cheek tone of our books, allowing them to interpret our silliness across a wide variety of cultures -- they provided top-notch translations and amazing voice talent for our narrations." said Megapops Founder, Randy Lowenstein.
Chile-based studio Play Tech partnered with Megapops to reinterpret the "Millie Was Here" series for Latin America. "Play Tech brilliantly transformed the Millie apps into something Latin American parents and children could really own," said Randy Lowenstein. "They fine-tuned every aspect of the narration, text, and artwork to create apps for South American and Brazilian audiences that are truly culturally relevant."
Pricing and Availability
The "Meet Millie" App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore.
The "Millie & The Lost Key" App is available for $1.99 from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore.
For more information, visit MillieWasHere.com.
Megapops creates and develops original, interactive children's entertainment designed expressly for touch-based devices. Founded in 2010 in New York City by a pair of web/television creative executives, this independent studio launched its debut property, the "Millie Was Here" book app series, in August 2011. "Millie Was Here" apps have been selected for the App Store's "New & Noteworthy" category, and have won awards and media praise from groups including The Children's Technology Review (Editor's Choice), The Washington Post, Kirkus Reviews, theiPhoneMom.com, Parent Tested Parent Approved, Common Sense Media, and Cool Mom Tech. Currently, there are three Millie apps available exclusively on the Apple App Store: "Meet Millie," "Millie & The Lost Key," and "Millie's Book of Tricks and Treats."
About Play Tech
Play Tech is a company based in Chile which develops and localizes apps for the Latin American market. Its primary focus has been in the areas of education, entertainment and the retail industry. Branching out of a well-recognized advertising firm, Play Tech works with a number of large companies within Chile and throughout the continent, and is in a strategic position to become a premier producer of apps at the regional level.
zuuka publishes zuuka Comics, iTalk and iStoryTime -- an interactive storytelling experience delivered to the convenience of your mobile device -- which features a series of illustrated and narrated books created by parents for kids. iStoryTime books have been highlighted in the New York Times, LA Times, CBS Early Show, theiPhoneMom.com, CNET and is decorated with Publisher's Innovation Award, PTPA Media's Parent Tested Parent Approved Seal of Approval, the Children's Technology Review's Editor's Choice Award and Reader's Choice for Best Apps for Kids. With over 200 products to choose from, including favorites such as The Smurfs, Puss in Boots, How to Train Your Dragon, Shrek and Kung Fu Panda, iStoryTime apps are excellent tools for both educating and entertaining children ages two years and up. These storybooks can be enjoyed in modes ranging from automatic to manual, depending upon the preferences of the user.