Henry VIII iPad Story App

Posted By on March 4, 2016

henry_app3 We have teamed up with Gingersnap Studios to give you a sneak peak of their brand new interactive story app for kids – all about a crisis at the court of King Henry VIII.

Developed in association with Historic Royal Palaces, Gingersnap Studios have devised a unique way for families to share interactive stories, no matter where they live, using the latest touch-screen technologies, and they’ve decided to launch with a Tudor story aimed at children aged 5-9 – Yay!

But this is a Tudor tale with a twist – as you, the grown-up relative -mum, dad, grandma, grandpa, godparent, uncle or auntie, get to personalise the story before passing it on, and then appear on screen, in character, as part of the animated adventure that unfolds in the royal kitchens. Gingersnap are hoping this new format of interactive story app will help us share our passion for all things Tudor with our digitally savvy youngsters and inspire their creativity.

The other beauty of the app is that once you’ve customised it, you can send it on to your young relatives anywhere in the world – by email or by selecting the snail-mail option that generates a real physical postcard, with you on the front, that gets delivered directly to their door.

henry_app2 The children then unlock the story on their own device and move the story on through a series of interactive games and challenges.

In this launch app, Henry VIII – ‘Chaos in the Kitchen’, you get to enlist your child or grandchild’s help to prepare a banquet fit for the King, serve drinks from the cellars at Hampton Court, and even accompany the Henry during one of his lute performances!

And at the end, the children are then prompted to create a digital picture of the King’s top table to send as an e-thank you.

Gingersnap already has partnerships in place with 14 UK institutions (from National Trust to Tate Britain, the V&A and the RAF Museum to name but a few!) and plans to release a portfolio of 12 stories across the year, loosely aligned to what British children are learning at primary school (Tudors, Romans, Victorians, Shakespeare, Mary Anning etc). But if there’s demand, they’ve said they will consider doing an Anne Boleyn story too! They’ve promised to let me know if they do.

In the meantime, Gingersnap have given us access to the ‘pre-release’ iPad version which is in the app store now – click here – and it’s free to download, so please give it a go.

They would love to get some Tudor afficionados to try it out and give some valuable feedback. (There is a small in-app purchase required to send the story, which helps them cover their production and postage costs but you don’t have to send it to have fun with the app).

henry_app And if you like it, we’ve arranged for 5 of Anne Boleyn Files readers to get a voucher so they can try the postcard version free of charge. For your chance to WIN a free postcard code, download the Henry VIII story-app for FREE and then add your feedback on it in the comments section below this post. Comment by midnight 11th March 2016.

Here the link again to the app on the app store – https://itunes.apple.com/app/henry-viii-chaos-in-kitchen/id1049850745.

To find out more about Gingersnap, and their upcoming projects, visit them at www.gingersnap.tv or follow them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

7 thoughts on “Henry VIII iPad Story App”

  1. Dawn says:

    Is it only for Apple products? 🙁

    1. Claire says:

      At the moment it is only for iPad. I think that they are working hard to make the app for other devices as soon as possible.

  2. Laurie says:

    Oh my goodness! This is really cute! I downloaded the app
    and started to set up the story for my son to try. It looks like a lot
    of fun for kids. It’s very animated and you get to be apart of the story!
    There is a code you need, not sure how to get that though.
    Can’t wait for him to try and maybe even the kids I teach!

  3. Laurie M says:

    I downloaded it and began. It looks like it will be a
    lot of fun, interactive, and brilliantly animated. I can’t wait for
    my kid to try it, maybe even my students. There is a code you
    need and I’m not sure what you do to get it. Anyone know?

    1. Claire says:

      Not entirely sure, but I think the code enables you to be able to send the animated story to a child or grandchild. I’ll send an email off to the makers to ask them to respond to this comment in more detail.

  4. Morning! My name is Alexandra and I’m part of the Gingersnap team. We’ll thrilled to see so much positive response to our product!

    Regarding how you get it: The app is available to download for free on iPad. You can then star in, and personalise, your own Tudor story. And when you’re ready, it costs only £2.99 (for UK) – or the equivalent price in your local app store – to send it to your loved ones in the form of a physical postcard, or in an email.

    The child will then receive a unique code in this email or postcard, and with that, they can download the app, and play the Tudor-themed games and challenges for free, with you as the star!

    Hope this clarifies any confusion. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any other questions – we’re always happy to help!

  5. Rebecca Shaw says:

    Can’t wait for my Grand kids to get old enough to use this.

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