I SPY Castles and Dragons—Oh, my! (Plus a giveaway!)
By Guest Blogger on October 24th, 2011
How good are your sleuthing skills? How much do you know about castles? Our friend from Scholastic Media, Amabel Fulgencio, is here today with some neat I SPY news! Take it away, Amabel…
With Halloween around the corner, many of you, like me, are probably drumming up all your creativity and digging deep into your imagination for the perfect costume. Imagination and creativity—it’s the stuff of childhood. I think harkening the days of our own childhood and experiencing Halloween with our own children is what makes it so much fun for us grownups.
Imagination and creativity are the fuel behind what we do at Scholastic Media. This is particularly true when we create interactive games based on I SPY. I SPY is just one of the book series we’ve turned into immersive games—turning books like I SPY Treasure Hunt, I SPY Fantasy and I SPY Spooky Night into elaborate hidden objects games. How many times have you and your child read an I SPY book and imagined what it would be like to go on a treasure hunt, travel to outer space or explore a mysterious house?
We often ask ourselves this very same question when we look for new I SPY games to create. Inherently, we ask “If I were a kid, what would I want to do, play and explore?” This year, that answer was a castle!
The theme of a castle had yet to be explored in the I SPY universe, which made this project all the more intriguing, since we draw inspiration and creative direction from the I SPY books. Imagination and creativity is what makes our jobs so much fun, and I SPY Castle for Nintendo DS was especially so as we looked to develop a castle environment that kids could go in and explore the different rooms and areas of as well as reveal the story and history behind it. All the riddles in the game live within rooms or areas of the castle like the throne room, the banquet hall, a princess’ bedroom, the moat or the armory. Unlike previous I SPY DS games, I SPY Castle riddles include mini-games like jousting, making potions or archery to solve riddles as well as door puzzles that open more areas of the castle to explore. Where do the dragons come in, you ask? Well, let’s just say that the castle is called ‘Dragon Castle’ and there’s a good reason why (wink, wink).
GIVEAWAY: Enter the I SPY Castle Giveaway for a chance to win your very own copy of the new Nintendo DS Game! Go with your imagination and tell us why you think the castle is called ‘Dragon Castle’ by posting a comment below that includes your email address by 5:00 PM (ET) on Friday, October 28, 2011 and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a copy of the new I SPY Castle Nintendo DS video game. Five winners will be randomly selected from eligible entries. Read the official rules here. (Giveaway open to U.S. residents only; must be 18 or older to enter.)
UPDATE: The giveaway is now closed. Congrats to our five randomly-selected winners: Alison, Tanya, ISPY Fan, Holly, and Susan! Thanks for playing, everyone!