VANCOUVER– June 23, 2011– Silicon Sisters Interactive, Canada's first female owned and operated video game developer, is announcing the second installment in their School 26 game series, School 26: Summer of Secrets. The upcoming iOS game combines unique social mastery gameplay with the musical stylings of popular indie band Hey Ocean! to provide girls ages 12 to 16 with a fresh and entertaining digital experience. School 26: Summer of Secrets will release for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad in July.
With school out for summer, School 26 protagonist Kate and her friends are teaming up to compete in their local music festival's Battle of the Bands competition—and just like in real life, egos are rampant, divas are rising, and secrets are flying. Playing as Kate, convince your friends to dish. Then use your tact to share their secrets with the right people so that everyone benefits. Along the way you'll become embroiled in true-to-life teen situations including band in-fighting, flirting, and emotional meltdowns. Hey Ocean's music appears throughout Summer of Secrets as Kate's band prepares for the big show.
"Like our first School 26 game, Summer of Secrets presents themes and dilemmas that are very real to today's teens, so it makes sense that the music should come from a real band that teen girls can relate to," said Brenda Bailey Gershkovitch, CEO of Silicon Sisters. "We believe that our game will appeal to Hey Ocean's fans, and vice versa. Plus, it's wonderful to be able to support a local Vancouver band."
Released to critical acclaim in April, the original School 26 follows Kate as she navigates life at a new high school, using her emotional intelligence to make friends and solve social conflicts. To celebrate today's announcement, Silicon Sisters is offering School 26 at the sale price of $0.99 for iPhone / iPod Touch ( http://itunes.apple.com/app/school-26/id429336097?mt=8) and $1.99 for iPad ( http://itunes.apple.com/app/school-26-hd/id431284898?mt=8). The game is also available for Android ( http://market.android.com/details?id=com.expb.school26) and is coming soon to PC and Mac.
To learn more about Hey Ocean! and listen to songs from their latest album, It's Easier to Be Somebody Else, visit the band's Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/iloveheyocean.
More details about School 26: Summer of Secrets can be found on the School 26 Facebook page ( http://www.facebook.com/pages/School-26/182689775093989) and on Twitter (@School_26).
About Silicon Sisters Interactive
Silicon Sisters Interactive is the first female owned and run video game studio in Canada. Founded and staffed by industry veterans with decades of hands-on experience, the company is committed to developing high quality, inspirational games with a decidedly female focus—games made by women and girls, for women and girls. Silicon Sisters' development relies heavily on the analysis of data and studies that disseminate gender differences in video gaming, with the development team building innovative gameplay mechanics around themes and activities that research identifies as relevant to women. School 26, a social mastery game for tween and teen girls, is available now for iOS and Android, and coming soon to PC and Mac.
About Hey Ocean!
Often described as one of Canada's best up-and-coming acts, Hey Ocean! is a young band with an extraordinary talent for blending various musical styles into a brand of infectious pop that is uniquely their own. Hey Ocean! combines sheer talent, charismatic songs, and an undeniably energetic live show, making them a must-see band.
Public Relations for Silicon Sisters Interactive