Note: This post is part of a sponsored campaign for Playing Forward. I received compensation for my participation, but my review and opinions are my own.
So when I was contacted about reviewing the new Playing4ward "Maxi the Taxi Dog AR + 3D" App, it was a good fit. Maxi the Taxi Dog, is a children’s classic that was first published by Penguin over 25 years ago. Now it's been magically brought to life for a new generation.
The main story in "Maxi The Taxi Dog" app is about helping a new friend solve a problem. In this case, Maxi meets Tupa, a night custodian at the Museum, who happens to be afraid of the dark!
3 Great Features in Maxi the Taxi Dog AR App
Lesson on Friendship
I don't want to ruin things by telling you the whole story, but there's a great lesson about how Maxi was a supportive friend to Tupa, which helps him over come his fear. Which is a great lesson for my son (or any child) to learn.
But a lesson on being a good friend isn't the only great feature of the app.
3D animation or Augmented Reality
While I did mentioned the story-line in "Maxi The Taxi Dog", I want to point out that families can experience the story in 3D animation or Augmented Reality.
We used the 3D animation story and it was fun to touch around the screen to see different points of views. We even got a chance to see things from Maxi's view. You really get to experience what it's like being in the taxi or being in the museum
With the Augmented Reality option, you can bring the world of "Maxi The Taxi Dog" into your home and interact with it. It's another way to bring the story telling alive for kids.
Another great feature of the app is customization. You can choose from two storybook modes: full narration or read-a-loud. You can personalize Maxi the dog or Jim the driver to make look and dress however you like. Kids love adding personal touches in stories.
While I've only highlighted 3 features, there's lots for kids and their families to discover in Maxi the Taxi Dog AR App.
To celebrate the launch of the app, Playing Forward is running a contest and you can enter to win a STEAM-powered weekend of play and exploration in Manhattan for a family of four!
The Grand Prize includes:
- Air Transportation
- Two-Night Hotel Stay
- Visa Gift Card to Cover Meals
- Museum Tickets
- Personalized experiences at two of Manhattan's most unique museums - the Natural History Museum and the Children's Museum of the Arts
The Runner Up Prize:
- New 9.7-inch, 32GB Apple iPad with WiFi Connectivity
To learn more and enter to win, visit – http://bit.ly/PF_themommyfactor
About Playing Forward
Playing Forward is a transformational technology studio that creates digital experiences that ignite children’s imaginations. Playing Forward apps are specifically designed to support kids’ social-emotional development through entertaining storytelling, movie-quality visual effects, and the use of Augmented Reality.
Playing Forward’s name comes from the fact that the company is “playing it forward” to give every child the very best shot at a happy childhood and a successful adulthood.
Each story can be experienced in two ways: as a ‘bedtime story’ that can be read along with in 3D, and as a much more active ‘exploration’ in augmented reality, encouraging the reader to move around and experience the story from multiple perspectives.
Playing Forward has now launched three character-driven apps based on books: a Penguin Publishing classic (“MAXI THE TAXI DOG”), a story from Stan Lee’s Kids Universe series (“DEX T-REX”), and Lizzy’s World featuring the STEAM-powered character from a new independent book series (“IT’S JUST SO…”).