Rudi Rainbow: An educational children's app for the iPad
Rudi Rainbow: An educational children's app for the iPad
Oh no, Rudi Rainbow is all black and white! In this app, kids help Rudi retrieve his lost colors and learn a lot about the weather.
Oh no, Rudi Rainbow is all black and white! In this app, kids help Rudi retrieve his lost colors and learn a lot about the weather. Read more
About this project
"Rudi Rainbow and the Lost Colors" is an interactive storybook app teaching kids aged 6 and older a lot about the weather. Join Rudi and his friends on their search for the colors and meet fun weather people on the way. Learn how wind or rain are formed and apply your knowledge in 6 interactive mini games! The iPad app will be in English and German and completely safe for kids to use, without any advertising or in-app-purchases. See the button below? That is what we are going for.
Support us in getting Rudi's story to the App Store and on your iPads – we are raising the money for the final steps of development: programming, professional music & sound recording in the studio, a proper English translation, a German and an English narrator.
The children’s app consists of more than 30 beautifully illustrated scenes with a lot to discover: there will be hidden goodies like animated objects and fun sound effects. We are implementing a parallax effect: by tilting your iPad, a little more of the scene will be revealed. Choose between English and German, read the story by yourself or listen to the narrator’s charming voice.
The story takes place in Novemberville, the capital of an adventurous world where the weather is made. Each resident plays a part in a very important task: fulfilling the weather forecast.
One day, Rudi’s colors get blown away by a huge storm. So he and his friends head out to look for the lost colors. Let's join them!
Throughout the story, you will meet several residents of Novemberville. Each contributes something to help the sad little rainbow.
With your help, Rudi will retrieve his colors one after the other: Each comes with a weather condition explained in details by the respective resident.
By playing a matching game or solving an interactive task, you will get back one of the colors. You will make wind, charge thunderclouds or repair the little dipper!
For the last missing color, Rudi and his friends will go see the moon. What will happen there is our secret – but it will be fun!
All the characters are handcrafted – we used different materials like modelling clay, cables or wool to give them their special tactile looks. Let's take a look at everyone:
Rudi is a happy little guy. He likes all of his colors but he is really proud of his invisible ultraviolet. Too bad they get blown away.
Tommy is full of energy and always on the move. He is a bit clumsy though, causing all kinds of disasters.
Stella is the bright and reasonable one. She is good in school, always does her homework and can name each constellation in the night sky.
Sören recently moved to Novemberville. He is from up north, his family just opened up an ice cream parlor in Rudi's street.
Mrs. Venus is Rudi’s grandmother and a warm-hearted lady. She loves sitting on the porch all day knitting fancy stuff and has her own fashion line. Find out more in our rewards section!
Mr. Cloud is Rudi’s dad and has a very green thumb. He takes care of every single plant in the weatherland.
Rudi’s mother Mrs. Sun likes to get up early. Then she is busy all day trying to cheer everybody up.
Mrs. Breeze is Tommy’s mother. She likes traveling to the sea and owns a huge, colorful kite collection.
Mr. Hurricane is Tommy’s father. He is short-tempered but he doesn’t really mean it. It is just in his nature.
Mr. Bolt is the electrician, fixing all kinds of power related problems. He is quick – he appears within seconds.
Mr. Polaris is Stella's dad and the sheriff of Novemberville. He runs the lost and found at the police station where the weirdest things are turning up.
Professor Hailstone teaches chemistry at the weather school. You don't see him often, he is usually locked up in his laboratory trying to stop climate warming.
Mr. Earth is the mayor of Novemberville and makes sure everyone sticks to the weather forecast – a very busy job.
His personal assistant Mr. Moon often works until late at night and is constantly having weight problems.
We want to offer you high quality rewards: the shirts are made of organic cotton and the socks will be hand-knitted by passionate knitters from all over Germany. They are made of new wool and you can pick either colored or black and white ones! Rajae Heling from berlin-baby.com will have them knitted just for this kickstarter – thank you very much, Rajae! The shirts are available in kids (4, 6, 8,10, 12 years) and adult sizes (S, M, L, XL) and the socks are coming in common kids and adult shoe sizes.
Each reward comes with an exclusive wallpaper for your smartphone or tablet –you will get a pack with common sizes. Don't forget telling us the language your reward should be in (English or German) and the characters you chose! We are shipping everything from Germany, so unfortunately the shipping costs for international backers (especially for the personalized posters) are very high. We recommend choosing the poster as a digital reward instead.
If we reach the mark of £10.000, we will be able to build a version of "Rudi Rainbow and the lost colors" for Android tablets – this would be really great!
We set the reward delivery dates to summer 2015 but we hope to get you the rewards as soon as possible. We just don't want to be late.
“Rudi Rainbow” is the project of Felicitas and Martina (Hello, November). In collaboration with Daniel (FIERY THINGS), Rudi’s first adventure is being developed as a children’s app. The goal is for kids to learn more about their environment through play. They should know what is happening around them and have a lot of fun while doing so.
Besides working on “Rudi Rainbow”, Felicitas and Martina are the authors of the German blog Ene Mene Mobile: a lovely collection of safe and high quality children’s apps that helps parents and relatives to explore the App Store.
Felicitas is a 26 years old art director. After finishing her communication design studies, she has been working in advertising for the last 3 years. She is responsible for conception, marketing, design and illustration.
Martina is a 26 years old photographer. After her BA in Media Engineering, she has been working as a freelance photographer and image-editor. She is responsible for conception, photography, marketing as well as web development.
Daniel is a 29 years old game designer and developer. He is currently doing his PhD studies in the area of game design/development and cutting edge interface technologies in London, UK. Daniel is also the founder of FIERY THINGS, a small London based game studio. For Rudi, he is responsible for technical conception, software development and consulting.
The Rudi Rainbow app will be developed in the Unity development environment. Even though we are starting with the iPad version for iOS, Unity still gives us the possibility to more easily release the app on multiple further platforms in the future. Among others, these might include Windows (tablet and desktop), OSX and Linux, but as we mentioned in our stretch goal chapter: Android for tablets would be our next goal.
We will create a universal and modular C# framework, which will keep our code base clean and flexible. This also simplifies the process of creating further stories with Rudi and his friends in the future.
For an accelerated workflow, simple custom editor tools will be developed. These will help managing changes and debugging of the app.
In terms of different localizations, we will create a central language configuration file. This will support our effort to create English and German versions of the app content. Furthermore, it will significantly decrease the amount of work should we want to add further languages in the future.
As the app will offer a high amount of animations, we will be using several different techniques to create these. Most of them will be done inside Unity with different tools, depending on the animation. Others might be created externally in Adobe After Effects.
Well, thanks for reading all of this – if you like our project, feel free to share it with your friends. Cheers!
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Risks and challenges
The story is written and the artwork is complete. We just started developing the app using Unity as our development environment which we are used to work with through several other 2D and 3D projects. We are confident that the app will make it through Apple's approval process. Though we admit we have no direct influence on this matter, we can only guarantee that we will work very hard to make it to a public release on the App Store.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Mrs. Breeze is the one to explain wind, Mr. Cloud will show how rain is formed, Mr. Hailstone is the expert on hail, Mr. Bolt will explain thunder and lightning, Mr. Polaris will teach kids more about the Little Dipper and Mr. Moon will show the moon phases.
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