Kutoka Interactive has today announced the launch of Mia: The Happy Helper! on iPad and Android tablets. The educational app is aimed at children ages four to six, and stars Mia, a mouse from the edutainment software series which began life on CD-ROM in 1998. In Mia: The Happy Helper, players help Mia complete her errands while engaging in activities centered on specific skills children will need in school.
Mia: The Happy Helper features a series of free activities, while also including additional content behind a $2.99 in-app purchase. Each in-game activity offers two difficulty levels, and may see players finding something that doesn’t belong, counting objects, recreating a song on a piano, finding hidden objects in a scene and more. Tasks may focus on logical reasoning or deduction, or even the development of a child’s coordination and fine motor skills (as examples), depending on the activity.
The premium purchase doubles the amount of available content, and includes additional activities, like counting and phonics games, among others.“More and more grade school aged children have a growing attachment to mobile devices. We wanted to bring our content to where kids are playing, on their tablets. Our new Mia: The Happy Helper app is an entertaining and educational experience where children don’t even realize they are learning because they are having such a great time playing,” said Richard Vincent, CEO and creative director of Kutoka Interactive, in a statement.
In January 2015, Mia will debut as the star of a French television series in Canada and France, as the franchise continues to receive new life for a new generation of children.