The Counting Kingdom wins NAVGTR Award

Today keeps getting better!  We are so proud to share that The Counting Kingdom has won a NAVGTR Award for Original Family Game 2014.  It's a wonderful honor and we're delighted to continue to show that educational games can stand toe-to-toe with non-educational games.  

The National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers (NAVGTR) is an organization that recognizes outstanding achievements and innovation in the games industry.  With a voting body of more than 630 journalists, analysts and writers, their awards program is one of the most comprehensive in the industry.  

pixelkin interview with founder Jenna Hoffstein

We had a lovely surprise pop up in our newsfeed this morning!  Pixelkin published an article about The Counting Kingdom, featuring an interview with Founder Jenna Hoffstein.  Check out the full article to hear about how Jenna got into developing educational games, and what her philosophy is for making learning games that are fun!  I'll leave you with one of our favorite parts of the article:

In designing her first big project under the Little Worlds Interactive banner, Hoffstein set out to harness those inspiring feelings of grand adventure and epic kids-saving-the-day storybook fantasy and spin it into a very different kind of educational experience from what she found on the app store. That end result, The Counting Kingdom, successfully captured the unique storybook vibe while weaving in mathematics in a way that feels fun, exciting, and magical.
— Pixelkin

Lots of love for The Counting Kingdom

Our ears have been burning here at Little Worlds as The Counting Kingdom has been nominated for multiple awards in the past few months!  

International Mobile Gaming Awards

Nomination for: Best Meaningful Play

The IMGA celebrates "the most original, skillfully crafted and enjoyable games made for smartphones and tablets."  Jenna will be attending the awards ceremony in March, so keep your fingers crossed for us!


National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers

Nomination for: Original Family Game

NAVGTR is a non-profit organization devoted to "promoting and recognizing the developments and achievements of the interactive entertainment industry."  The Counting Kingdom is one of only three games nominated in its category - we're in excellent company with Hohokum and Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake!





I would also be remiss if I didn't mention that The Counting Kingdom was included in a number of Game of the Year posts for 2014!  Engaged Family Gaming listed The Counting Kingdom as their #3 game, saying:

The Counting Kingdom, we hope, represents a paradigm shift in design for educational games moving forward.. If this is an indicator for the future of the genre then the future is very bright.
— Engaged Family Gaming

I couldn't imagine any higher praise!  The Counting Kingdom was also an honorable mention in the NWCN top 10 Game of the Year List, and our dear friend Ken at IndieSider had the game as a runner-up for Desktop Game of the Year.

We are so honored by the ongoing recognition of The Counting Kingdom!

Update 1.0.7 for PC/Mac: Sharper Graphics, More Languages & AlienFX

We have a few exciting things lined up for you in our first post-launch update for the PC/Mac version of The Counting Kingdom!  You can find the game on Steam or the Humble Store.

More Languages 
You can now cast a spell, lanza un hechizo, or even wirke den zauber! The Counting Kingdom can now be played in these languages: 

  • English 
  • French 
  • Spanish 
  • Italian 
  • German 
  • Brazilian Portuguese 
  • Russian 
  • Simplified Chinese 
  • Japanese

You can access the language settings through the main menu on the title screen. 


Sharper Graphics 
Those colorful monsters should now look nice and crisp, even on big screens! 

If you have an Alienware computer, The Counting Kingdom will now control the lights! Here you thought the game couldn't get any more colorful.  

Updated UI and Bug Fixes 
The UI and game menus have seen a small overhaul, and some minor bugs have been thoroughly squashed. 


We hope you enjoy the new updates - let us know what you think!

- The Little World Team