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I worked at 1st Playable Productions from June 2012 through November 2014.  1st Playable is an independent studio specializing in games for kids, both educational and just for fun.  I mostly worked on gameplay and user interfaces, and served as lead programmer on several projects.

Letter Battle

Platforms: iOS and Android

Letter Battle is a game that teaches spelling through classic RPG battles set in a fantasy world full of fun animal characters. Sarupatch the evil wizard has stolen the magic power of letters and someone needs to get it back. Players make their way to Sarupatch’s castle, battling his evil minions in spelling duels. Spelling words correctly will damage your opponent, but making a mistake means your attack will fail. With the help of Gandarf the Greyhound, players will recruit more powerful letters, discover helpful magical items, and eventually become strong enough to defeat Sarupatch and save the kingdom of Alphabania. Players can choose from one of many provided lists of bonus words, which do extra damage in battle, or parents can enter a set of custom words, making it easy and fun for kids to practice spelling lists from school.

Cooking! Recipes on the Road

Platforms: LeapFrog Leapster Explorer, LeapPad, and LeapPad Ultra handhelds

Cooking! Recipes on the Road was one of USA Today’s Best Kid Games of 2013. Players are helping out with their parent’s food truck, trying to scope out the best locations, snag the most customers, and earn the most tips. Along the way they make friends with fun, quirky characters and learn math skills like arithmetic and measuring weight, volume, and temperature. The game features 50 unlockable recipes, each of which is prepared by completing a specific combination of 9 unique minigames. Customers award tips based on how well the player cooks their meal, which can be used to customize the truck and purchase new recipes. Players also need to keep the kitchen clean in case the health inspector pays a visit, and can unlock new recipes by tasting some of their competitors’ offerings. This was one of the first games released with native support for the LeapPad Ultra, LeapFrog’s new high resolution handheld.

Hello Kitty Sweet Little Shops

Platforms: LeapFrog Leapster Explorer, LeapPad, and LeapPad Ultra handhelds

Hello Kitty Sweet Little Shops is a game for 4 to 8 year olds that teaches a wide variety of math skills. Players control Hello Kitty as she explores an open-world marketplace and helps her shopkeeper friends by playing minigames that teach about numbers, shapes, graphs, estimation, and more. Colorful, creative bonus activities reward players’s accomplishments. This was one of the first games released with native support for the LeapPad Ultra, LeapFrog’s new high resolution handheld.

Barbie Malibu Mysteries

Platforms: LeapFrog Leapster Explorer, LeapPad, and LeapPad Ultra handhelds

In Barbie Malibu Mysteries, strange things are happening in sunny Malibu and Barbie needs help to find the culprits. This game features 3 mysteries full of funny dialog and fun plot twists. Players piece together each mystery by traveling to different locations and playing minigames that involve hunting for clues, questioning witnesses, and helping Barbie and her friends. Along the way they learn about letters, phonics, and spelling.

Barbie: Design and Style

Platforms: LeapFrog  Leapster Explorer, LeapPad, and LeapPad Ultra handhelds

Barbie: Design and style is game that allows players to be creative while teaching about shapes and color theory. Barbie and her friends have opened an accessory boutique and need the player’s help to design collections for 12 different themed catalogs. Players create their own custom patterns which they can use to decorate 30 different types of accessories, including shoes, jewelry, and gadget cases. Then players can stage glamour shots for the catalogs, choosing backdrops and models to display their creations.

Learning Friends

Tiger Counts,  Turtle’s ABCs, Monkey Creates, and Ms Giraffe Explores

Platforms: LeapFrog Leapster Explorer, LeapPad, and LeapPad Ultra handhelds

The four games in this series are designed to complement each other and were developed concurrently.  Aimed at children 3 and 4 years old, each game focuses on one theme – numbers, letters, science, and creativity – and allows players to explore it through a collection of minigames featuring adorable animal friends.

The trailer above is for Monkey Creates.  There are also trailers for Tiger Counts, Turtle’s ABCs, and Ms Giraffe Explores on their respective product pages.

Minnie’s Bow-tique Super Surprise Party

Platforms: LeapFrog  Leapster Explorer and LeapPad handhelds

In Minnie’s Bow-tique Super Surprise party, Minnie’s friends have decided to throw her a party, and they need the player’s help to get ready. Players help by completing minigames that teach colors, letters, phonics and more. Creative bonus activities let players decorate for the party and create custom bows for all the characters to wear.

Scout and Friends… and You!

Platforms: LeapFrog  Leapster Explorer and LeapPad handhelds

Scout and Friends… and You! is a game for 3 to 5 year olds about understanding emotions and being a good friend. Players interact with cute animal characters, identifying how they feel and choosing the best ways to respond. Lively bonus minigames and funny dialog reward players for helping their friends.

Carnival Construction & Polar Bear Run

Carnival Construction

Polar Bear Run

Platforms: LeapFrog  Leapster Explorer and LeapPad handhelds

These games for ages 4 through 8 are fun interpretations of the classic Traffic Jam-style sliding block puzzle. In Carnival Construction, colorful trucks and amusement park rides are tricky obstacles. In Polar Bear Run, players are helping a baby polar bear get past other animals and make her way home. Each game has over 60 puzzles to unlock and master.