Remember Graeme Base, the world-famous children’s author and illustrator of Animalia? Well he’s now teaming teaming up with gaming developer Maurice Wheeler to create multi-player app – for families!
The gaming app, The Magical Moopaloop Tree, can be played by up to 6 family members at a time. Mums, dads and kids can all work together, growing a magical tree and nurturing the Moopaloops. Game play begins with one Moopaloop in your tree. Players must scoop up MoopaGoop (a nectar that drips from the tree) with a MoopaScoop and feed the Moopaloop.
When your first Moopaloop is finally full, she’ll lay an egg. When it hatches you get a new Moopaloop. The game continues, with each family member pitching in to help the Moopaloops eat, lay eggs and grow as their own little family.
Oh, wait – the MoopaGoop doesn’t just make the Moopaloops lay eggs. What else happens when you feed any living (or virtually living) thing? Well, in this case, you get MoopaPoop. But, the poop isn’t just hilariously funny for your silly 6-year-old to see. It serves a purpose. The more poop the Moopaloops have, the more your tree is fertilised. The more fertilised your tree is, the bigger it grows!
Why do you want a bigger tree? The game allows you to hang magical charms on the tree. More charms equals more MoopaGoop (which also equals more Moopaloops and MoopaPoop). Added tree space is necessary to hang more charms.
Still in development, Base and Wheeler recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the app. Starting 20 June, the campaign will run for only 35 days and aims to raise $85,000. Kickstarter Rewards for supporters range from stickers, posters and colouring books to a thank you on Graeme’s website, limited edition prints, signed books, personalised poetry or a personal book reading with Base. The Rewards are dependent on the donation amount. Additionally, the first 100 supporters get a free download of the app when it launches.
Of the app Base says, “Until now I have focused on printed books, leaving the world of digital games to others, but when Maurice came to me with the idea for an app that engages whole families and encourages them to work together – just as they might with one of my books – I jumped at the opportunity and the Magical Moopaloop Tree was born.” He adds, “I very much hope this Kickstarter campaign succeeds and I can help Maurice make this enormously entertaining and worthwhile idea a reality.”