The solution, My American Farm, aims to teach children about agricultural awareness and understanding through an educational game. The collection of games and resources were conceived and designed by Vivayic and originally developed for the Web for the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. The goal of this project was to convert the solution to be playable on mobile devices with or without an Internet connection.
“Overall, we found that conversion of desktop solutions to mobile is a possible and viable first step into mobile provided that careful attention is paid to usability and performance,” said Dan Pfeiffer, lead developer at Float Mobile Learning.
Because the Web version of My American Farm was made for players using a mouse on a desktop, interactive objects had to be tweaked to ensure the games were playable using touchscreens instead.
Pfeiffer and his team spent nearly three months developing the app, which was built using Flash and ActionScript 3, and then packaged for cross-platform deployment using Adobe AIR.
Within its first month of release, the free My American Farm app received more than 1,000 downloads using both iOS and Android operating systems.
This year’s DemoFest, held Oct. 24 at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev., featured more than 80 submissions – the largest number of entries ever – for a variety of courses.
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