Marvel Hero Tales aims to help develop language and reading skills of 9-11 year olds.
Kuato Studios – developer and publisher of narrative-focused mobile apps – has teamed with Marvel for its latest educational storytelling app.
Marvel Hero Tales offers a new way to experience Marvel stories while helping to develop the language and reading skills of 9-11 year olds.
Based on the Marvel Comics, the app will feature familiar super heroes like Spider-Man and Ms. Marvel who will help players improve their vocabulary and expressive language by creating their own comic books.
Kuato Studios has worked closely with the Centre For Applied Language Studies at the University of Portland Oregon, as well as teachers and schools in the UK, to develop specific vocabulary content for the app which is based on the Corpus of Contemporary American English and mapped to US and UK literacy grade standards.
The app’s unique learning experience will encourage children to be the Super Heroes of their own stories by letting them personalise their own experience through the use of N.A.S (Narrative Action System).
The app will follow characters as they ‘level up’ by completing activities such as word collection and comprehension of words. These words are then used by the player to co-author their own story by building sentences that transform into their very own comic book panel, with their choice of words directly affecting the outcome of the mission and stylised look.
Finally, the user will be presented with their very own co-authored book that can be read and shared with friends or family.
“This is the most personal project I’ve ever been involved with, not just because of my love of the Marvel Universe, but also because as a child with undiagnosed dyslexia, school, and particularly reading, was incredibly challenging for me,” said Mark Horneff, ceo of Kuato Studios. “I remember one day when I was 8, my Mum picked me up from school and gave me a copy of Spider-Man – my very first introduction to Marvel. From that moment on I was hooked; I read it cover to cover every day.
“Those adventures fed not only my imagination, but my confidence as a storyteller and my passion for reading. My hope is that Marvel Hero Tales will inspire a new generation of Marvel readers and storytellers, and in some small way, allow that eight year old to repay some of the debt I owe to Peter Parker.”
Kuato Studios plans to add regular updated content to both characters and storylines.