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Where is Moji? A fun early-learners’ game app for iOS and Macs

I’m on a roll! After developing the More or Less app, it was easy for me to develop this new one.

Who is this game for?

I’ve aimed “Where is Moji?” squarely at early learners / younger pre-schoolers. It teaches them a critical skill: to recognise and then find one pattern hidden amongst a screenful of others.

To make it fun, I’ve chosen the emoji used in the game from

  • sports
  • animals and nature
  • transport
  • everyday objects

Dad and / or Mum can sit in and help them learn the names of the animals when they come up. Lots of learning opportunities are there to use.

For even more fun, when they find Moji, they’re rewarded with a funny cartoon sound and a visual reward of a fountain of coloured circles, cascading down the screen.

I’ve designed it so that the early runs and levels have fewer emojis, with the number increasing as the game progresses. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can try the setting for a big kids game, which has far more emojis and a faster bonus multiplier countdown,

The easy and hard modes I’ve included for both the Kids game and the Big Kids game means there’s always a challenge. What’s the difference? The hard mode has more emojis and a faster countdown so even if you have a great reaction time, you’ll struggle to hit the top scores.

Get yours…

Download “Where is Moji?” here:

See screenshots of the game and a demo video

When you start each run, the screen shows you the emoji you’re to find.

When you’re ready, tap “Go” and the level begins. Note that the emoji you’re to find is repeated just above the “Go” button in case, in the excitement of it all, you forget what you’re to find!

Kids Game: The emoji they’re to find is also shown in the scores panel

Take a look at this screenshot of the last level of the Kids Game (on the easy setting). It shows how the number of emojis has increased:

Kids Game: Run 4, Level 5

If you like, watch this video of a complete game being played on an iPad. It goes all the way up to getting on the high score table – with the cheer you hear when you do! (I’ve included a different high score table for BigKids, to keep them seperate.)

A complete Kids Game (on the easy setting) being played on iPad

Thinking about building an iOS app for Zazzle

We’re not quite sure what we can achieve via an iOS app and Zazzle so we’ve been digging around and having a play.

As part of that we developed a simple and fun app for iPhones and iPads aimed squarely at kids (big kids, too!)

It’s called More or Less Kid’s Game and teaches older preschoolers about the notion of more and less in a fun and exciting way.

Here’s a screenshot showing the core in action. In the previous screen to this one, the player was shown one of two emoji.

In this case (though you can’t tell) they were shown a flamingo. Now they have to decide whether there are more or less flamingoes than rhinos by pressing the More or the Less button. (Yes, we know it really ought to be more or fewer but we’re practicing being less pedantic!)

a screenshot of the main gameplay area of the More Or Less iOS app
A screen from our More or Less iOS app

If they don’t make up their mind quickly enough, after a short while the bonus multiplier starts to count down and the potential score for a right answer reduces.

If they choose correctly, they get a positive, funny cartoon sound and a visual celebration as a reward. The run score they get (the bonus multiplier X number of images) is then added to the total score for the level.

If not, they still get a funny cartoon sound – but no visual celebration and no score.

There are 5 levels and 4 runs per level.

If they play with Dad or Mum at their side, they can get help counting the emoji to find out whether there are more or less.

We’ve made it so that the earlier levels have fewer images with bigger differences between the numbers of each. As the game progresses, each level has more images and smaller differences between the numbers of each emoji shown.

Get More or Less here on the app store.

How can I get people to promote my Zazzle store?

We’ve added a new feature to Nifty to help your Zazzle store get promoted. You can now submit your store for promotion by the affiliates / artists that use Nifty as part of their promotion strategy.

screenshot of the store submission form
screenshot of the store submission form

When anyone submits a store, they’re first asked to pin/tweet/share 20 designs from a store that’s been submitted previously (chosen at random).

So there’s two ways to get promoted when you submit your store to Nifty, by:

  • affiliates using the new “pot-luck” button in the Nifty Promo Control Panel
  • someone submitting a store after you and your store gets chosen as the one to have its 20 products pinned/shared/tweeted

All good quality stores are welcome. Submit yours if you like – the sooner the better! If you think about it a bit, it’ll make sense…. stores submitted earlier have a slightly better chance of being chosen.

Submit yours here

Goodie “Easter Eggs” now in the free version of Nifty for Zazzle

Only for those who don’t pay a Nifty subscription: you might, if you’re very lucky, bump into one of the “Easter Egg” goodies we’ve added.

Wait, what’s that?

It’s just a bit of fun but we’ve hidden a bunch of “Easter Eggs” in the Nifty Promo Control Panel. Each one is something you’ll love – so far you could get:

  • one of the various time-limited free subscriptions to Nifty
  • one of your collections listed in Nifty’s featured collections panel

We’ll be adding more as time goes on 😎

Here’s what one looks like:

what an "Easter Egg" looks like
An example of one of the “Easter Eggs”

The more you use Nifty, the more likely you are to bump into one. Good hunting!

Editing a nIFTTTy applet’s feed url

March 2021 This no longer works – IFTTT have withdrawn this ability for applets that pin to Pinterest from an RSS feed.

IFTTT have today (September 10, 2020) introduced a limit of 3 applets without paying for their IFTTT Pro Subscription. If you had more applets than that, you’re allowed to keep them.

That means it makes sense never to delete any of your existing nIFTTTy applets when they run out. Instead you’ll want to edit the applet to replace the exisiting feed url with a new one (and, no doubt, rename the applet in line with what it’s now set up to pin).

The simplest way is just to use the nIFTTTy Scheduler to make your new feed url and replace the applet’s existing one with the new one.

Only for the brave

To save time, some people might want to dive in and edit the feed url in the applet directly. If that’s you, there’s one important thing you need to know – how to tell the scheduler part of the applet when the applet was “made”.

It needs to know so it can work out which is the next item to pin.

So how do you tell it?

You change a specific part of the feed url, the one beginning with cdt=

Here’s an example feed url with that part highlighted in light blue:

https://niftytoolz.com/niftyfeedscheduler-frames-1hr.php?rf=238582202591969585&udf=true&trm1=&trm2=&trm3=&fttls=&fdscs=&ftags=&t1s=12:00pm&t2s=1:00pm&t3s=2:00pm&t4s=3:00pm&t5s=4:00pm&t6s=5:00pm&t7s=6:00pm&t8s=7:00pm&t9s=8:00pm&t10s=9:00pm&t11s=10:00pm&t12s=11:00pm&dowc=127&uprn=1&pm=&cdt=1598569200&eis=2&cc=random&ecs=255&efs=&fdspc=https%3A%2F%2Ffeed.zazzle.com%2Frss%3Fqs%3DChristmas%2Bpets%26st%3Dpopularity%26sd%3Ddesc%26ps%3Dmax%26pg%3D2%26dp%3D%26cg%3D%26at%3D238582202591969585%26isz%3D500%26tc%3Dnnschdlr_pntrst_xms_pets_3clean3&ic=1

Next question – how do you get the number to use?

You visit the Epoch Converter website (opens in a new tab), put in the date of the day the applet is to first start and click the button as per the screenshot. You needn’t worry about the time as the scheduler just uses the date part and starts counting from the beginning of the day.

a screenshot showing the Epoch Cinverter page for getting the cdt number

When you visit the page, the incrementing counter you’ll see is the cdt number for right now, so you can use that if you want your applet to start today. If you want it to start tomorrow, then you’ll need to put in tomorrow’s date as per the screenshot.

Once you’ve copied the cdt number just replace the existing one after cdt= in the feed url with what you just copied.

That’s it, done.

Of course, if you’re changing the search term and / or department id and / or category id as well, you’ll need to change those in the feed url as well. If you want to do those as well and you’re not sure of what you’re doing, it’s probably best to use the nIFTTTy Scheduler to make the new feed url instead.