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Digital pandas set loose at Edinburgh Zoo

26 August 2013

Edinburgh Zoo visitors were in for a surprise treat this weekend – with a visit from digital panda families, courtesy of the computer game Mr Shingu’s Paper Zoo.

The team from Stormcloud Games brought their family-friendly game to the zoo, helping families learn how to make their own origami animals with the app.

Mr Shingu’s Paper Zoo is described as “origami meets Tamagotchi” by its Dundee-based creators, who received support from the University of Abertay Dundee’s Prototype Fund for development of the game.

The game encourages children to fold and care for origami animals on an iPad, iPhone or Android phone or tablet, and by playing Paper Zoo they will learn how to make the animals in real life.

Frank Arnot from Stormcloud Games said: “With Paper Zoo we want to inspire children to learn how to make origami, and to create their own collections of paper animals at home.

“It’s wonderful to see young people learning to make their own animals through the game, and what better place to try panda origami than Edinburgh Zoo’s wonderful panda enclosure?

“Everyone’s very excited to see if the Edinburgh Zoo pandas have their first baby, and it’s been great to help families visiting the zoo to create their own digital panda families with our Paper Zoo app.”

Mr Shingu’s Paper Zoo is a fun, family-friendly game with accurate origami designs created by Japanese origami expert Mr Fumiaki Shingu.

The Abertay University Prototype Fund invests up to £25,000 in small companies based anywhere in the UK looking to create new games and build a sustainable business.

For more information about the game, please visit the Paper Zoo website.


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