Category Archives: Games

Famous Objects from Classic Movies

Famous Objects from Classic Movies by Ji Lee is an clever little online game that presents the player with the silhouette of a famous movie object and asks them to guess which movie it is from.

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McSweeney’s Launches ‘The Goods’ – A Weekly Collection of Games,
Puzzles, Comics Appearing In Newspapers Across The U.S. & Canada

Last week, McSweeney’s the quirky publishing house founded by author Dave Eggers launched a thing called The Goods. The Goods is a weekly smorgasbord of games, puzzles, comics and other diversions. Each week, a cavalcade of New York Times-best-selling book authors and Caldecott Award-Winning illustrators from the world of children’s books will contribute amusements that will enthrall kids and adults alike. Readers will pore over a variety of features, including a spot-the-difference puzzle featuring motorcycle-riding ice cream cones; a guide to creating your own secret language; a maze navigating George Washington’s famous curly locks; and clip-out paper dolls of Grigori Rasputin.

Thoughtfully conceived and visually stunning, every issue of The Goods will deliver a new collection of recurring features and new work. Contributors include: Mo Willems, Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith, Laurie Keller, Carson Ellis, Bob Shea, Adam Rex, Sean Qualls, and Dan Santat.

Your call to action is to figure out who the features editor of your local paper is and ask them to start running The Goods. The website is http://www2.mcsweeneys.net/thegoods.

McSweeney’s is really excited about this humble venture. So play your part, if you can, and spread the word!

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The New Monopoly Live Will Be Controlled By An All Powerful, All Seeing Tower 

The new $50 Monopoly Live is the same as the old game, except that it has a prominent 10-inch tower sitting in the middle of the board. This plastic tower rolls non-existent fake dice with fake dice sounds, manages rent calculations, announces player turns and even remembers how much money you have — all done electronically.

The tower bathes the board in infrared light and a camera can see reflectors placed on each game piece allowing dice rolls to be initiated by just covering your game piece.

Leif Askeland, one of Monopoly Live’s designers says that “the tower never makes a mistake” and that disputes are non-existent.

The game will be in stores this Fall.

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Tim Liddy Recreates Nostalgic Gaming Memories in Paintings

At first glance, these vintage board games look like they’ve been dusted off from the deepest corners of a basement, but a closer look reveals that they are hyperrealistic photo paintings created by Tim Liddy.

The all-too-real art pieces really resemble what these classic board games would look like with their very retro looks. Complete with frayed corners and masking tape holding them together, Tim Liddy’s works really bring back the nostalgic memories of family game nights. (From TrendHunter).

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Do We Really Need This?

I’m not making this up, it’s a real 288 page book described as follows:

“With more than 80 million active players since the game?s release in 2009, there seems no end to the growing popularity of FarmVille. Whether accessed through the Facebook application or from the game?s Web site, this application is a worldwide phenomenon. Yet, there has been no beginner guide that offers an introduction to newcomers and updates to experienced players?until now. FarmVille For Dummies is aimed at getting novices acquainted with FarmVille rules and regulations, while more savvy players can sharpen their skills and find out how to stay up to date on the latest FarmVille features. You?ll discover how to download the app, create a farmer avatar, and establish your first farm. Then you?ll progress to finding neighbors, purchasing farm cash and coins, shopping at the market, and more.”

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The Fire Wire 2010 Holiday Gift Guide: Morphology Board Game

Morphology ($35) is a fun, creative and challenging party board game combining simple shapes, your imagination and creativity. Using wooden sticks, glass beads and colored cubes how would you create a “butterfly”? …or “airplane”?

Now try doing it with your eyes closed or using only the string! Morphology takes unique twists and turns, and has everyone laughing out loud.

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Jenga For iPhone

The official Jenga game is here! Designed in consultation with Leslie Scott, the original creator of Jenga, Jenga for iPhone/iPod touch lets you take the tower building experience anywhere.

Real-time 3D physics simulation, authentically recreating the behavior of a real wooden Jenga tower. Each block is realistically affected by the surrounding blocks, recreating the same strategic depth as the original game. Download it HERE for $2.99.

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The 4D New York City Skyline Puzzle

This 4D New York City Skyline Puzzle ($50) recreates Manhattan’s famous skyline not only in three dimensions using scale-model buildings, but also along the axis of time, spanning 101 years of its architectural history. The puzzle includes 113 plastic buildings that depict the city as it appeared as far back as 1812 through to 1973 with the addition of the World Trade Towers, and into the future in 2013 with the completion of Freedom Tower.

Including icons such as the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, and the United Nations, the buildings fit into pre-cut holes in a traditional 2D jigsaw puzzle composed of 640 pieces that form the city’s street layout and islands. The streets glow in the dark, emphasizing the city’s insomniac nickname. Includes a guide book that includes a history of the city.

The puzzle company also makes 4D cityscapes of Chicago, Hong Kong, Las Vegas, London, Paris, Toronto and Washington D.C. as seen HERE.

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Monopoly Revolution

Monopoly owners Hasbro will be launching a circular version of the board game to celebrate the 75th anniversary of its creation the company has announced at this year’s Toy Fair.

The game known as Monopoly Revolution, which stays the same when it comes to gameplay, will involve players moving around the board as if it were a roundabout rather than the traditional square set we’ve all come to know and love.

Not to be out done by the latest video games, however, the Monopoly board will do away with cash and the chance to raid the bank when no-one is looking. Players instead will be issued with a chip and pin credit card and a central console that plays banker.

Expect the new version to be in the shops later this year.

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How To Get A High Score At Disney’s Toy Story Mania

Toy Story Midway Mania is an immersive theme park attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s California Adventure theme parks.

Inspired by the Disney/Pixar films Toy Story and Toy Story 2, the Florida version opened officially on May 31, 2008 while the California version officially opened on June 17, 2008.

Here are some tips on how to increase your score on this amazing fun interactive game:

Hamm and Eggs: Hit the gophers on the bottom and combine that with the fox on the hen house. Then, hit the two pigs on the fence to reveal a cat and hit that. It could pop up in the middle or close to the barn. The point value for the cat goes to 500,1000,2000,2000,2000. At the end of this game, your ideal score is 51,200.

Balloon Pop: Hit the 500’s at the bottom and the 1000 lamb in the middle of the screen. To make the balloons respawn, hit one of the green or blue 100 point lambs. Now, for the two rainclouds, clear 4 on each side and leave one remaining. Then take a breath, shoot one and QUICKLY pivot to the other. You only have half a second to hit the other one. If successful, 2000 point balloons will rain! An ideal game score is around 60,100. A good score is 72,100.

Army Men plates: Hit the plates all over the screen. Two 2000 point plates will pop up on both sides of the horizon. Aim at the horizon line for one plate, then when you hit it, quickly pivot to the other side. Once this is done, the mountain will descend and 4 2000 point plates will jump up in succession. Sort of like a wave. After this is done, hit all the plates and the plate that the tank throws at you. You should accumulate at least 80,000.

Ring Toss: Crunch time: Before the game starts, start pulling as fast as you can and make sure you aim at the aliens in the rocket. This will require practice. If an alien pops back up from the ship, it’s over. But, if you hit the secret, the rocket will fly up and will reveal a gigantobot. It will pop up with 100,500,1000 and 2000. Try not to shoot inside the 100 point range. While the mouth is closed, hit the bottom targets on your screen. Planets, rockets, jetpacks and the 5000 point alien. Ideal score should be 115,000. A great score would be 130,000. It is possible to hit 144,000.

Bullseye: It is possible to unlock the secret by yourself. I recommend clearing the middle first, then the bottom gopher, then the two buildings, then the barrel, then the remainders. This will require practice also. Your ideal score should be 52,000. A great score would be 60,000+ In the end, your score should be 300,000+ Side Scrolling: Hit the two 500’s, it will reveal a 2000. repeat as you are scrolling across. Mine carts: Hit all the mine carts. Keep the pivot movement slow and fire rapidly. But make sure your gun stays on the same horizontal axis and don’t move it vertically. Then, the huge target will pop up…rapid fire! After all that mania is over, hopefully you hit 500,000.

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Everyone’s a Suspect

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.

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100 Cupcakes Game

Can you name all the games these cupcakes represent?

Click on the image to make it larger. Answers can be found HERE

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Stephen King’s Ka is a Wheel Game?

StephenKing.com released the opening credits for the upcoming Dark Tower project that appears to be an interactive and immersive game. The streaming video is now available in three classes of connection speed HERE. The site goes live on November 30th.

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Monopoly City Streets

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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.

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The Office Clue Game

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.

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San Francisco Transforms Lombard Street Into Giant Candy Land

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.

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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.

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Clever Promotional Zombie T-Shirt

Stop by the Capcom booth at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego and pick up this clever inside-out zombie tee. The shirt promotes the upcoming release of Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles.

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Cardboard Tube Fighting League

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.

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Spot The Videogames

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.

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The Beatles Rock Band First Official Trailer

Here is the trailer for the upcoming Beatles Rock Band game due in stores on 9-9-09.

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Project Natal for the Xbox 360

XBox 360 demoed a motion-capture control system at the E3 video game expo. This could take interactive gaming to the next level.

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LEGO Rock Band

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.”

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Metal Gear Solid Arrives For The iPhone

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.

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