Khoya - An Interactive Fantasy Adventure
By Tank & Bear LLC
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* A book for teenagers and adults *
Winner of the Best Children's App Award at the Futurebook Conference in London 2012
This is not just a app - it is a gateway to another world. Open it and
- Find a story that let’s you be part of it - as the Navigator, you have to guide two children - Maya and Talisma on a journey of discovery and adventure.
- Find objects, use devices and do a lot more to get immersed in the world of Khoya.
- Complete real world quests as the characters in the book undertake their own quests.
- Take photos with the in-app camera and keep a journal of your quest
- Rediscover the natural world along with Maya and Talisma.
Linking earth, magic and technology to bring together a breath-taking book with rich illustrations, beautiful animations, fun interactions and an engrossing reading experience.
Download it now and explore the lost world of Khoya.
* Launched at the INK Conference 2011.
* Presented at the WIRED Conference UK 2011, TED Global 2011 and DLD 2012
* Featured on TED.com
Illustrated and animated by Shilo Shiv Suleman (www.shiloshivsuleman.com)
What's New in Version 1.0.2
The next build will introduce In-App purchase for future books. To facilitate this porting, the current users will have to install this update and register within the app so that they do not have to buy the current book again.
Sound issues on older iOS
We are aware of an iOS bug that causes sound issues on some iPads. If you face this issue, you will need to reset your iPad to factory settings in iTunes to solve it.
This app has not been updated since 2012
The concept has profound potential and it does have a feel of magic as the author intended, however, the execution of this app is far outdated and full of bugs and performance issues. For example
1. I am unable to advance from page to page without crashing. iPad 2 running iOS 8.1. For this reason alone I have to uninstall it and feel I gambled and lost.
2. There is a stuttering between passages that is apparent with abrupt audio cut offs and animation freezes.
3. The fireflies and the crystal marble sequence is now missing from update when I start over with new name and adventure.
4. Navigation is poor in performance lacking fluid transitions from page to page.
My subjective opinions are
1. The story is a bit wordy for what is necessary for the illustrations. Layout of text could be improved.
2. Some pages are much weaker than others in visual content. In those cases use better typography to focus on text more elegantly.
3. Overall the user experience feels like there is more waiting for content than accessing it. Perhaps a more simplified approach could solve this issue for me.
A beginning of something better to come?
I love the idea of a multi sensory story of magic and challenge but this particular story seems like a second rate add on to the wonderful illustrations and music. It's not just bad grammar and typos, the characters are two dimensional and the story seems to be a poor knock off of "The City of Ember" (which is great).
When turning the pages, There are jarring disconnects between the visuals which breaks up the sense of unreality.
All in all an interesting concept but not yet ready for release. Get an editor!
It is awful but interesting.
Hi. I am a 8 year old who thought it sounded good when someone described it on TED. I payed my mom the five dollars to get it and she bought it for me. It is only a short story, and to get the second book you have to enter in your e-mail but it did not work. It was broken. But the story is kind of good. But not good enough to please you over and over again. Also when I took a picture for one of the missions the picture was black. That was sad.