Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Chichen Itza for iOS

TimeTours: Chichen Itza for iOS, is a universal multimedia app that takes the viewer on a guided tour of the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza. The app, released by TimeTours, features meticulously rendered 3D stills, animations, and full-circle panoramas that allow instant comparison of the city as it appears today, versus how it looked over 900 years ago. At once a practical guide for actual tourists visiting the archaeological site in Mexico, and a doorway for virtual travelers exploring the past, the fact-filled multimedia production heralds a new age of app-based time traveler and tourist guides.

The pre-Hispanic city of Chichen Itza has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and was recently voted one of the New 7 Wonders of the world. Founded in approximately 750 AD, by 1000 AD the city had become a major center of Mayan arts, religion, politics, and commerce. A theocracy, ruled by god-like kings, the city and its temples were inhabited by high priests and aristocrats, with common people occupying small village communities in the surrounding areas.

Also included in the app are stereoscopic 3D animations, control panel, advice on local accommodations, an integrated treasure hunt and two more educative minigames. The treasury shows your collected calendar stones, now GameCenter achievements.