Czech cartoon characters conquer the cyber world
Famous cartoon characters from Czech Television’s bedtime stories for children called Večerníček have ventured into the cyber world. Thanks to a husband-and-wife IT team Josef Vosyka and his wife Šárka the cartoon characters have expanded far beyond Czech borders not just to entertain, but also to educate.
“We had some games and the games were selling on the app store. And one day we thought – OK, we have nice graphics, but it would be great if we had a memory game to alternate and to find some new graphics for it. And we thought our kids are always watching cartoons on TV –so why not to use those. We did some research and found some cartoon characters by Zdeněk Smetana that we liked. We closed a contract, we got the license and created the game.”
Before Křemílek, Vochomůrka, Rákosníček and other Smetana cartoon characters arrived on the cyber scene, the Vosykas developed their first electronic game with hand-made decorative motives. This memory game - pexeso, has become the most downloaded game in several countries. Šárka Vosyková adds:
Josef Vosyka developed his first application, a memory game, about 2 years ago. Since then he has worked on five more applications, focusing primarily on educational games. For example in the audio memory game children can learn colors, shapes, space orientation or simple math, all in 8 languages including Chinese or Japanese. There are over 600,000 games and applications for children available in the Apple store. What makes the Vosyka games different from the others?
Innovative graphic design, an educational focus and a user-friendly layout –those are the main traits of the Vosyka games. Children between the age of 1,5 years and six can play with Štaflík, Špagetka or Rákosníček not only as games, but they can also develop their imagination with the jigsaw puzzle. Surprisingly, not only Czech or Slovak kids love the popular Večerníček cartoon characters.
“Applications like the memory game Z mechu a kapradí and the jigsaw puzzle with Rákosníček are available today in five countries - the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Germany and Japan. We hope that people in Japan will like them, they certainly liked our hand drawn set of pexeso memorama concentration game and we know that Czech bedtime stories like Rákosníček a Křemílek and Vochomůrka are known in Japan and the kids like them. They are available on all three platforms, like ipad, iphone and mac computers.”
“My wish is to take all these beautiful bedtime story characters from Večerníček created by our illustrators and animators and project them into cyber games so that children from all over the world can get to know them.”