I'm a geekette who enjoys playing with new technology for software developers. I work as a Developer Evangelist for Microsoft. My current focus is on Windows Store development for Windows 8.
I published my first application into the Windows Store in November 2012, but I never blogged about it. It is a simple game called Reveal a Picture, which I made for my kids. You can download it here.
In this children’s game targeted at ages 2-6, you touch the screen or move the mouse on a colored screen to reveal a hidden picture underneath. This application will select a picture from your Pictures Library to hide, so the child will be delighted to discover a picture of herself or her family. In addition, if the child plays this game with a mouse, it teaches basic mouse manipulation skills (the hand/eye coordination necessary to move the mouse and correlate that action to the mouse pointer moving on the screen).
(NOTE: This application has the age rating of 7+ only because it accesses the Pictures directory of your machine. I don't control the content in there, so I can't prove that it is child-safe. Please be aware of this before letting your child use the application!)
Download the app: http://apps.microsoft.com/webpdp/app/reveal-a-picture/2d58ee4d-b250-4a32-b94f-a42457c79aea
Some readers may recall that I began a blog post series on building this app:
Part 1: Why Would You Want to Develop a Metro Application for Windows 8?
Part 2: Getting Started
Part 3: Metro Design
Part 4: My "Reveal a Picture" Algorithm and Basic Code