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  SMART BOMB’S ANIMAL JAM: JUMP LAUNCHES WORLDWIDE ON MOBILE DEVICES
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12/11/2013
 


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SALT LAKE CITY (Dec 11, 2013) — Smart Bomb Interactive announces the global launch of their new pick-up-and-play app, Animal Jam: Jump, a 3-D companion to their wildly popular online game National Geographic Animal Jam®. In this fast-paced game featuring the rambunctious kangaroo from Jamaa, players can hop from the Jamaa Outback through the atmosphere and into space—unlocking cool new accessories, earning gems, and defeating pesky phantoms along the way.

Kids can safely and anonymously connect Animal Jam: Jump directly to their online Animal Jam accounts, enabling them to unlock exclusive content in the web game, earn gems to spend in both games, and challenge their Animal Jam friends to beat their scores on the AJ: Jump leaderboards. 

Available now for iOS and Android, AJ: Jump is free from in-app purchasing, so parents can rest assured that their children will not be pressured to continuously spend money in order to enjoy the game. Players can customize their kangaroo characters using over 140,000 possible color combinations, along with clothing, power ups, and accessories. Utilizing their devices’ motion controls, players will then guide their kangaroo up steep cliffs, through layers of clouds, and ultimately into outer space! 

As in the Animal Jam online world, children will learn about real animals while playing with their virtual counterparts. Focusing on its kangaroo stars, AJ: Jump incorporates an Animal Jam Academy dossier about these fascinating marsupials that includes facts, photos, and videos for kids to explore.  

Perhaps most exciting for veteran Animal Jam players is the new kangaroo joey pet that is being introduced through the AJ: Jump mobile game.  This new Animal Jam pet can only be unlocked by downloading AJ: Jump and connecting the game to an Animal Jam account.

"Animal Jam offers parents and kids a totally unique value proposition: an always-on online party that’s safe, really fun, and genuinely educational.” said Clark Stacey, CEO of Smart Bomb Interactive, the company behind both  Animal Jam and Animal Jam: Jump "As we start to expand that world onto mobile devices, we hope that parents come to recognize the Animal Jam brand as synonymous with production values so high, they’ll want to play these games too.  In fact, we’re counting on it—we know a lot of Jammers are going to ask their parents to put AJ: Jump on their own phones, so they can earn their kids gems for their Animal Jam accounts.”

AJ: Jump is available now throughout the world in English only, but Smart Bomb plans to make the game available in multiple languages in the near future. They will also be adding more multimedia educational content to the app in the coming months, along with additional gameplay power ups and kangaroo customization items.  Fans can learn more by visiting http://ajjump.com.

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About Animal Jam: Jump

In the first mobile game app that connects directly with your Animal Jam account, you can customize your own kangaroo avatar and compete against your Animal Jam friends to see who can reach the moon first in a fast paced race from the Jamaa Outback into space. Compare scores on the leaderboards and earn lots of gems—gems you can send directly back to your Animal Jam account! Customize your kangaroo character with accessories to create your own style, and add power ups to turn your character into a superpowered jumping champion! Learn about real kangaroos through photos, videos, and fun facts! And best of all, unlock the new kangaroo joey pet and send it from the app to your Animal Jam account, where you can show it off to the world! 

About Smart Bomb Interactive

Smart Bomb Interactive is a privately held Salt Lake City-based development studio and leading developer of online worlds and F2P games for players of all ages. Founded by game industry veterans in 2003, Smart Bomb has assembled a team that includes internationally acclaimed artists, engineers, designers, educators, online safety experts, and media professionals from many different disciplines. Together they create cutting-edge interactive entertainment for families, from online casual games to triple-A action titles.