Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) September 2, 2009
birdJam, the popular bird identification tool for the Apple iPod and iPhone, has just released a new bird ID game that is a downloadable app from the Apple iTunes Store. birdJam "Twitch" is a clever and interactive puzzler that is obsessively fun and compulsively addictive for beginners to experts.
"birdJam Twitch may conjure images of nerdy birding vests and binoculars, but players quickly discover that it is all about strategy and skill," commented Jay Davis, birdJam Twitch creator and developer. "While players initially may not know a cardinal from a bluebird, they soon learn because of the competitive drive for higher scores and the potential to win prizes."
Players choose a "flock" of birds, set the level of difficulty, and then shake an iPod Touch or iPhone to start the play. During play, squares turn over randomly to gradually reveal superb photographs that display subtle and elegant clues to the birds in their natural habitats. Gamers select answers using cleverly contrasting suggestions at the bottom of the screen.
More than 660 North American bird species are organized into 31 flocks for the East and West. Flocks are grouped by challenging environments such as forests and marshes, or families such as ducks, sparrows and warblers. Higher levels of difficulty mean faster play and more options to choose among.
Players who try to outsmart the game by simply guessing are slapped with penalty points. "birdJam Twitch is about skill, not just speed," Davis continued. "Your success depends upon how fast you learn and how effectively you use that new knowledge."
When play ends, players can flick through the photographs to review how well they did. Players upload high scores to http://www.birdjam.com to compare their scores to other players. birdJam prizes are periodically awarded to high-scoring players.
Parlez vous francais? Habla espanol? birdJam Twitch says "oui" and "si" for all bird names. Start off as a novice, and players can become ID experts. Priced at just $8.99, birdJam Twitch is a stealthy way to learn how to ID birds without having to go outside or buy a fancy pair of binoculars.
Widely acknowledged as an extremely popular birding identification tool, birdJam has been reviewed in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, BirdWatcher's Digest, Birder's World, ABA Birding Magazine and many other magazines, newspapers, web sites and blogs. Visit http://www.birdjam.com to learn more.
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