Clever ad for the Clue game: Soap dispensers in public restrooms are filled with red colored soap, so it looks like you’re washing blood off your hands.
Google is teaming up with board game maker Hasbro to launch a Google Maps version of Monopoly. Monopoly City Streets allows users to compete in a live, worldwide version of the popular game, creating the biggest Monopoly tournament ever played.
On the 9th September, a world of property empire building on an unimaginable scale will be launched! A live worldwide game of Monopoly using Google Maps as the game board. The goal is simple. Play to beat your friends and the world to become the richest property magnate in existence.
Own any street in the world. Build humble houses, crazy castles and stupendous skyscrapers to collect rent. Which strategy will you employ? Determined drive? Ingenious daring? Intelligent caution? Will you thrive under the pressure of a fast growing global property empire – or will you crumble? Find out if you’ll thrive, or even survive, in the amazing world of Monopoly City Streets.
The Office Clue game is the first and only Clue game that allows die-hard fans of The Office to experience one of Michael’s ‘team building’ events where each employee has to solve the mystery who murdered Toby with what office weapon and where it happened.” Available for $32.55 at Amazon.
In an extreme bit of experiential marketing, and to celebrate Candy Land’s 60th anniversary, Hasbro transformed San Francisco’s winding Lombard Street into a life-size version of the board game.
Two teams of children competed in a round of the game, those from UC San Francisco Children’s Hospital versus Friends of the Children. The reward waiting at the finish line was desert by Debbie Does Cakes.
Humans have been battling each other with swords, sticks, lightsabers, and other long staff-like things for pretty much as long as they’ve been around, but we rarely get a chance to practice this ancient art in the modern age of computers, cars, and strip clubs. Which is why the Cardboard Tube Fighting League is so great. The rules are simple: grab your tube, engage your foe, and the first one to break their tube loses. It’s a great way to have fun while honoring your primal urges, and with upcoming events in cities across the country, there’s no reason not to go forth and do battle.
Subscribers to Edge magazine received a special gift with their copies of issue 203: a poster of a city rendered in pixels by long time Edge collaborator, illustrator Gary Lucken. Bursting with references to a raft of videogames, from Syndicate to Sonic, Doom to Dead Rising, it’s a gift that’s sure to keep giving for years to come. Click on the image to view a larger version.
XBox 360 demoed a motion-capture control system at the E3 video game expo. This could take interactive gaming to the next level.
The new family friendly LEGO Rock Band allows users to craft their own LEGO self as well as fellow bandmates, roadies, managers and crew. The game has been officially announced for the 360, PS3, Wii, and the Nintendo DS. All versions will hit near the holidays this year.
The game will allow families to experience a wild journey to rock stardom where they can ‘Build a Band and Rock the Universe.’”
Players will become rockers as they embark on a journey to stardom that the whole family can enjoy as they work their way through local venues, stadiums and fantasy locations on Earth and beyond that mimic the imaginative settings that the LEGO world offers,” the game’s information states. “Also continuing the LEGO ‘build-and-play’ gaming experience, players will be able to create their own LEGO Rock Band style as they customize their minifigure avatars, band and entourage, including roadies, managers and crew. LEGO Rock Band supports Rock Band instruments, as well as other music game controllers.”
Konami has released its long-awaited Metal Gear Solid Touch game for the iPhone and iPod touch. The final release version will include both halves of the game, and purchasers of the advance release edition will receive a free update to the final release, with the ability to carry over game save information. MGST is based on the Playstation 3 title Metal Gear Solid 4, and gameplay is handled via a multi-touch interface, with the ability to slide a finger for aiming, pinch gestures for zooming in and out, and taps for firing a weapon. Metal Gear Solid Touch is available now from the App Store and sells for $8.
Get ready to play as the greatest band ever. The Beatles: Rock Band will “allow fans to pick up the guitar, bass, mic or drums and experience The Beatles extraordinary catalogue of music through gameplay that takes players on a journey through the legacy and evolution of the band’s legendary career.” The game will be compatible with current instrument controllers, but you’ll be able to buy new ones modeled after those used by John, Paul, George and Ringo. Available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii on 9/9/09 ,The Beatles: Rock Band ($60) will be sold along with The Beatles: Rock Band Standalone Guitars ($100) and The Beatles: Rock Band Limited Edition Premium Bundle ($250).
The Eyeballing Game is a wildly addictive way to test your ability to see and make shapes, lines, and angles. Created last September by an Ontario carpenter, the game gives you three cracks at seven geometric tasks: bisecting angles, making parallelograms, and finding the midpoints of triangles, circles, and lines. Play it HERE.
Siftables are little computers, each about the size of a cookie. They interact with each other as you manipulate them!
The G-1 Glass Pool Table ($29,750) offers a striking modern design with a Vitrik playing surface that replicates the feel of felt, reinforced by a toughened glass bed. The open, modern frame offers International BCA-specification pockets, as well as an integrated ball return that lets you see the balls roam after they’re pocketed.
Universal Pictures is sweet on “Candy Land.” The studio has set Etan Cohen to write and Kevin Lima to direct a live-action feature based on the enduring Hasbro board game. The project is the first film to emerge from the deal U made last February with Hasbro, whose properties are the basis for the summer tentpole films “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” and “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.” The tyke-friendly board game isn’t as obvious an inspiration for a movie project as those other Hasbro brands, but the studio has tapped talent adept at comedy and family fare. (From Variety)
You have an upside-down hat and you have some cards; you need to get the cards in the hat. It’s just like a real-life card toss! The longer you hold down the mouse button, the more distance you’ll cover with your card. Use your mouse to pan to the left or to the right as needed. Click HERE and have fun!
As popular as the Guitar Hero and Rock Band are, they still elicit winces from some musicians who’ve taken the time to learn to play instruments rather than their plastic imitations. Thanks to a partnership between Disney and Washburn Guitars, they should stop complaining soon.
Disney Star Guitarist trains you on the guitar by displaying Guitar Hero-like note information that applies to the frets and strings of an actual guitar. The game can teach you specific songs and ranks your progress as you go, based on how many notes you hit.
In the world premiere demo we witnessed, the game performed remarkably well. When the guitarist hit the right notes, he scored, and when he was slightly off, he didn’t. Meanwhile, an inventive notation system gives the player a clear idea of which notes he or she is supposed to hit, thanks to a color scheme that includes some of the strings on the guitar. Players can choose between rhythm and lead guitar modes, adjust tempo, flip the guitar neck on the screen around so that it’s facing them as a guitar teacher would, and choose between forty or so guitar tones.
We’ve been waiting nearly a year for a similar product, Guitar Rising, which still hasn’t materialized. It’s great to see that somebody has finally managed to pull this off — even if the first edition of the game will be a tween-oriented version with ties to Hannah Montana. With any luck, the next generation of Britneys and Christinas will be able to wield an axe handily, thanks to this new, user-friendly way to learn to play music. The game is slated for a summer ’09 release. Other versions will available for keyboards and vocals. (From Wired.com)