Gaming vet Jordan Weisman unveils educational mobile app for 2-5 year-old kids

Early in his career, Seattle video game designer Jordan Weisman developed titles such as BattleTech and MechWarrior. But his latest offering is going after a slightly different demographic.

Weisman, along with his wife, have just released a new mobile game called Go Go Kiddo that’s designed for kids aged two to six. Dawne Weisman said the game can keep “children engaged for endless hours of educationally enhanced interactive entertainment.”

Available as an $1.99 iPhone app and set to be released Thursday for the Kindle Fire and other Android devices, Go Go Kiddo includes seven different games and activities for kids. Those include “letter launch,” “go go toons” and “my stickerbook.”

The Creative Keys game in the new Go Go Kiddo app

I downloaded the app and played with it tonight, along with my two-year-old son. The games certainly captivated his attention (in part because we’ve limited the amount of TV and screen time that he’s been exposed to).

Some like “letter launch” — an Angry Birds-style game in which kids fling tomatoes at letter blocks in order to form words like “alligator” — were a bit too challenging for a 2-year-old (and his father). But others like “creative keys” which turns the iPhone screen into a unique piano keyboard — complete with cow, pig, train and other sounds — was a hit.

Exclusively for the Amazon Appstore for Android, Go Go Kiddo will be offering holiday-themed games known as Snow Go Kiddo. Those include Silly Santa — a game where player select and place eyes, glasses, beard, hat and more on a Santa — and Holiday Card Maker — which allows kids to create digital greeting cards that can be sent to family and friends.

Weisman — who sold game maker FASA Interactive to Microsoft in 1999 — most recently was involved with game maker Smith & Tinker. The heavily-funded company repositioned last year after its first game, Nanovor, didn’t take off as planned.

In addition to the Weismans, Go Go Kiddo is led by Joe DiNunzio and Shane Small. The company said that each team member has a passion for seeing “our children play, engage, and learn.”

“Today’s mobile touch screen devices present powerful new opportunities for young children to play and learn,” the company writes in a FAQ. “These devices also offer opportunities for parents to connect with their children and participate in the experience in a meaningful way.”

Increasingly, kids are using touchscreen smartphones and tablets to learn, with estimates that 40 percent of children in the U.S between the ages of two to four have used a touchscreen device.

Go Go Kiddo, which describes itself as a trusted “digital playground,” said it will have update packs and activities releasing regularly.

Here’s a closer look at some of the activities.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=94500172 Kyle Kesterson

    What a fun and well thought through product. The characters are top notch!

    • Guest

      Hey Kyle, you need to build your next game in Moai!