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Aardman Creates 'Something Special' for CBeebies

Aardman Digital announces the launch of a fun and engaging mobile-browser game created for the BAFTA award winning CBeebies’ show “Something Special.”

Bristol, UK -- Aardman Digital announced the launch of a fun and engaging mobile-browser game created for the BAFTA award-winning CBeebies’ show Something Special.

Something Special is a simple, fun and informative show and each programme focuses on aspects of the children's world about them and is specifically aimed at children with delayed learning and communication difficulties.

Tablet devices have become increasingly prevalent in UK households and often used by Children for both development and play. For the latest series, Something Special : We’re All Friends the producers introduced The Tumble Tapp, a tablet device sent by Mr. Tumble to presenter Justin Fletcher to tell the children which objects they need to find.

As the developers of the original Something Special: Out and About site, Aardman Digital were perfectly situated to work with CBeebies in expanding their portfolio of non-Flash games by producing this game and enabling children to interact with their favorite characters from the show across all platforms.

Aardman Digital producer Jemma Kamara says; “We’re delighted to be working with the CBeebies team again to extend the Something Special experience into the world of touch screen devices. We feel it’s a natural progression for the brand, and a perfect platform for their audience.”

Something Special: Tumble Tapp Snap is a matching game designed for touch-screen mobile devices that will be enjoyed by children across the spectrum of multiple and profound disabilities, and which parents and carers can easily configure to suit the unique accessibility needs of their children.

Ian Hamilton, the Accessibility Consultant who Aardman engaged on the project says; "The extensive configuration options available are a relatively unknown field in game design, but an essential part of Tumble Tapp Snap. It's that ability for parents/teachers to tailor to the abilities of individual children that allows it to be appropriate for even the most profoundly disabled children, yet still be just as fun for everyone else."

The development team has created a simple and stimulating matching game based on themes from the new TV series which engages the user with progressively more challenging stages and offers simple, disposable rewards, regardless of their level of success.

A simple flash version of the game has also been produced for the CBeebies desktop site to allow non-mobile users to enjoy Tumble Tapp Snap.

Source: Aardman Digital

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.