Epic Citadel

| September 5, 2010 | 4 Comments 

After a few months of iPad pootling, there are quite a few apps that I can’t put down, and that have been powerful tools in classroom settings. But, perhaps the most immersive experience, has been a joy to try out. It is now released on the Apple App Store.

“Epic Citadel” is a bit of a demo of the power of a new graphics “engine“, so is more about exploring than solving problems.

One joy of it is that it is totally peaceful. There are no elements to manipulate, but there are also no elements that manipulate you!

Epic Citadel, as I said, is an application that showcases the technical capabilities of the award-winning Unreal Engine 3 on iOS devices.

The app can be downloaded HERE.

It is possible to navigate a fictional castle realm, using “simple and intuitive” touch controls. I must admit that it took me a little while to master which way to swipe when wanting to turn, as it is the opposite to the way you navigate through a PC game. But, after a while, I was off, exploring the world at your fingertips, from the bazaar to the bridge overlooking the river, to the mysterious cathedral at the center of town.

Tap the screen on the location to which you wish to move, and you glide there. In fact . You can tap a few feet in front of you or far ahead on the path.

You can also use the thumbsticks in the lower left and right corners of the screen to traverse the world. The left thumbstick controls movement while the right thumbstick controls your view. There are no motion sensor controls.

Drag your finger across the screen to look in different directions.

Check out the birds in the sky, the flying flags and banners, the individual shadows on leaves and trees, and even reflections on marble floors.

“Epic Citadel” is available for free from the App Store on iPad, Phone and iPod touch.

For more information about a little gem of immersive technology, visit www.epic-citadel.com.

Category: 2) Useful n Interesting

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  1. I got completely sidetracked by this the other night. Beautifully immersive, as you say, and I quite like that there is no ‘point’ to it. I can see how it would work on a projector, not sure how I could imagine individuals using it on the pad, though, without some mirroring, modeling and cajoling from teacher and peers.

  2. blog says:

    Unfortunately, it doesn’t project. (iPad apps are still a bit random as to whether they project a different version or some elements of the screen, or even whether they project at all.)
    We have used it with small groups (I am preparing to use it with another group tomorrow, so “Watch this space”).
    The no “Point” aspect means that you can make your own points very much more easily.
    Writing a walkthrough has proven to be really powerful: directional vocabulary, positionals, descriptive vocabulary and so much more.
    Onwards onwards with the experimenting.
    (Thanks for the comment oh-travelling-chappie 🙂 )

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