In Fly-High And Huggy, a new multi-platform game series co-commissioned by Cheryl Taylor and Kay Benbow for CBBC and CBeebies, the BBC is for the first time bridging together its two children’s channels.
The games, developed by Chunk and Darrall Macqueen, with character design and animation by Dublin-based Jam Media, will be available across PC, mobile and tablets. The brand will be supported by five animated TV shorts that will simulcast on the respective channels daily starting May 12.
The shorts feature characters from the games and follow Fly-High the squirrel and Huggy the guinea pig as they test Professor Aulus Von Hoot’s latest crackpot invention to get the golden nut up the tree for the king’s breakfast.
A Flash version of Fly-High and Huggy will be available on PCs, where it takes the form of a platform runner style game. The younger CBeebies audience has eight levels to complete up to a three star rating, and once completed they have the option to go to the older-skewing CBBC version of the game and continue their experience. The CBBC version features 12 levels and offers audiences greater challenges, new characters and narrative.
The mobile and tablet version of the game is built in HTML5.