First-Ever Online Playground for Armenian Children
During the Armenian Genocide Centennial, the Digital Pomegranate team decided to make a contribution and create something positive, using what the team knows best—technology—to promote and maintain Armenian culture, language, and heritage. Hence, “PlayLand Armenia” was born.
PlayLand Armenia is a virtual world for children, where they can play, learn, and interact with each other in an exciting digital playground. Children aged 5-10 now have a unique experience exploring the Armenian world, both digitally and through printable workbooks. By playing educational games on the virtual playground, they can earn coins to decorate the house, send postcards, and much more.
There are more than 20 workbooks filled with everyday activities such as shopping lists, family trees, and story books for the entire family to get involved. The learning materials can be accessed through a permanent membership by visiting https://playlandarmenia.com/membership. The printable workbooks, requested by parents during the development phase, can be acquired separately.
PlayLand Armenia has unique features, such as a secure built-in multi-language chat system that allows children to communicate with each other in their own language. These features and a great design resulted in the award of Best Design and Best 2D Game at the 2015 Open Game Championship.
The game is available in desktop versions for Mac and Windows, in mobile versions on Google Play Store, Amazon App Store for Android tablets, and on Apple’s App Store for iPads.
About Digital Pomegranate
Digital Pomegranate is a software development company located in Gyumri, the second largest city of Armenia. It focuses on developing Cloud-enabled mobile and web apps to serve the small and medium businesses around the world. Its goal is to put the creative talent of the people in Gyumri in the digital world. By providing free training and sustainable jobs in design and programming, Digital Pomegranate aims to promote economic development in the city.
Note: An earlier version of this press release stated that “Playland Armenia” was released jointly by Digital Pomegranate and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. The Gulbenkian Foundation reached out to the Armenian Weekly with the following statement: “While the Armenian Communities Department of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation has been working with Digital Pomegranate and other IT-based initiatives, it does not endorse any specific game or program. It regrets the unauthorized use of its name in the media for the promotion of specific programs that do not necessarily meet the Department’s strict linguistic or pedagogic criteria.”
Source: Armenian Weekly Mid-West