You love playing games on your iPad, and you love going to the movies – What if you could do both at the same time? That’s the idea behind “Nightmare Before Christmas – Second Screen Live” – a crazy/fun family movie experience showing in select theaters around the country right now.
Many Tim Burton fans know the general premise behind Nightmare Before Christmas – Jack Skellington, king of Halloweentown, discovers Christmas but doesn’t quite understand the concept. There’s plenty of song, hidden jokes, detailed animation, and visual fascination throughout the movie. And that’s why it makes for the perfect movie to combine with puzzles and games.
To see “Second Screen Live” you’ll need an iPad or iPad mini running iOS 5.0 or higher (it won’t work on the iPhone) and you’ll need to download the Nightmare Before Christmas Second Screen Live app (it’s free) before you get to the theater. Once you’re sitting in the theater, you’ll get instructions on how to get started.
As the movie plays, there’s a running commentary on the bottom of the screen that gives you instructions for puzzles and games to play on your iPad (your “tombstone”). You’ll play several rounds of “bones” (xylophone), winning points for how well you memorize the pattern. There are multiple choice quiz questions, several “find what’s different in this picture” puzzles, and opportunities to earn points in the “casino.” Of course the favorite game for our younger kids were the quick-touch games such as touching as many snowflakes as you can during a snowstorm to earn points.
At the end of the movie, your points are tallied and you can find out who’s the winner on your “team.” It’s fun to do with the whole family, and it’s a great opportunity to make the big-screen experience more engaging and interactive.
To find where the movie is playing near you, click on the Second Screen Live page.
Blogger disclosure: Disney gave us passes to preview the movie. We did not receive compensation; all opinions expressed are our own.