Update 5/1/2010: gokbert is our winner — check your email and respond and we’ll send you the iTunes gift card code.
We Rule from ngmoco:) is one of the more popular community trading games. A genre of game most popularized by Farmville. This type of game revolves around building things and trading goods and services with other players. In We Rule one of the best ways to gain experience points and in-game currency is to sell and buy services with other players. Both buyers and sellers gain in these transactions.
To sell services, you just need to build buildings that sell goods and services. This is basically any of the buildings other than farms and homes. Users can then come to your kingdom and order from those buildings just by touching them. This is the same way that you can order services from other kingdoms. Visit other kingdoms and look for open signs to see what’s available.
So let’s use this post as a place to share each our Plus+ Network usernames so that we can start trading with each other. The idea being that we build a community within the We Rule community all trading with each other to build our XP as fast as possible. I’ll start, I’m jeff148apps.
Add your Plus+ Network username below, in the comments. We can then all add each other as friends and start building up experience points and gold. To make it a little more enticing, we’ll pick a random user from below for a $15 iTunes Gift card so you can buy more mojo in the game. We’ll give away the gift card next weekend.
Also, make sure you have the latest version installed. Ngmoco recently fixed some bugs related to open businesses that should make things easier for us all.
Bottle Rocket, the developers of Doodle Bomb have teamed up with OpenFeint to deliver the Blast for the Cash contest. The idea is that the higher up the Doodle Bomb leader board you are, the greater your chance of winning a piece of $2,000 in prizes. Here’s a partial list of how the prize winners will be chosen:
–> Grand Prize <–
We will randomly select one of the top 5 overall scores to be awarded $1,000 cash!
–> First Prize <–
We will randomly select one of the top 10 overall scores to be awarded $500 cash!
–> Second Prize <–
We will randomly select one of the top 20 overall scores to be awarded $250 cash!
Winners will be selected on April 4th — so you better get bombing! For a complete list of rules and prizes, see the contest site.
We’re proud to announce the world’s largest iPhone app promo code contest held to honor the nominees of the 2009 Best App Ever Awards!
In honor of the second annual Best App Ever Awards, nominees were invited to submit promo codes for their apps for a promo code contest. What we got back was absolutely staggering. We have thus far received 912 1092 promo codes for 100 121 different apps. That comes to a total retail value of almost $2500 $3045! Continue reading World’s Largest App Store Promo Code Contest! »
We recently reviewed iSamJackson, and found it to be one of the best soundboard type apps you will find in the app store. Our editor Chris liked it so much that he’s foregone all verbal communication, and speaks only through Sam Jackson. To be honest, we hardly notice the difference…
Hot on the heels of the app’s success, Heatwave Interactive has announced “The Perfect iSamJackson Line” Contest. Fans of Sam Jackson can submit what they think would be the ultimate thing for him to say. All entries are being collected on the iSamJackson website until February 18, 2010. Although there is no guarantee that the winner’s line will be recorded and added to the app, there are some prizes up for grabs for the top submissions, including…
- Grand Prize (1): 8GB Apple iPod touch preloaded with iSamJackson
- Runner-Up (4): Custom limited edition iSamJackson iPhone cover
The iSamJackson app comes with 150+ original soundbytes recorded by Samuel Jackson, and can be had for roughly the price of a Royale with Cheese. You’ll find a retort for almost any situation, and there is an in-app store for downloading additional themed packs. iSamJackson is available in both Explicit and Clean versions, although there’s really only one choice for the full Sam Jackson experience.
Yep, that’s right, folks…the Appvent Calender has come to an end. iTunes Connect is closed for Christmas, presumably to help iTunes handle the influx of traffic, so developers can’t change prices until the holiday is over. There won’t be any more free games, at least not through the official Appvent Calender.
What the folks at Blacksmith games are offering, though, is a contest. You can go here to read the full details, but the main thing is that you have to create a sketch, design, or description of a unique Plushed character. The winner will receive a $200 iTunes gift card (USA only, sadly). That’s a nice prize right there!
The developers will pick their top five choices on December 29th and show them on the Appvent Calender site. In true democratic style, “the people” will get to pick the winner. Not only will the winner receive that awesome gift card, but their character will be animated and added to the game as an enemy in the fifth level of Plushed!
A fitting end to the Appvent Calender? I think so. It’s hard to believe how close it is to Christmas.
Don’t forget that EA still has a massive 24 games on sale, and other developers are still running promotions, too. Here’s one last sale from an awesome app to conclude our Daily Double:
Those App Store veterans among you will recognize Beejive as the widely acknowledged leader in the field of IM apps. Even Apple selected it as one of 2009′s best app in their “2009 Rewind” feature. Sporting push notifications, group chat, support for a wide array of IM services, and oodles of other features, Beejive has long set the premium standard. We gave Beejive a shining 5-star rating, and highly recommend it to any heavy chat users. It was worth it back at $15.99 and was still a deal at $9.99. Now, its current sale price of $5.99 is likely the lowest you’ll see this premium app go. Make sure to read our review for a more in-depth look!
UK development studio Sauce Digital will be holding a 12 Days of Christmas Apps contest from December 26 (Boxing Day) through January 6 (Epiphany). They’ve gathered hundreds of promo codes from participating developers, and will be giving away one twelfth of the codes on every day of the event. To enter the contest, all you have to do is submit your name and email on the official site, http://www.12daysofchristmasapps.com. The website also has an area where interested developers can sign-up for taking part in the promotion.
Sauce Digital is probably known best for their game Nano Rally, and have recently released Touch Soccer 3D. Their suite of games will be offered in the competition, as well as those from a variety of developers including Hanged by Freeverse, and Harbor Master by Imangi Studios. So far 47 developers have joined the contest pool, and the total number of promo codes collected is at 365 and counting.
Last week, as most of you know, Rockstar Games announced that it was porting its critically acclaimed GTA: Chinatown Wars to the iPhone. Not only is this great news for fans of the game, though we do already have the superb Gangstar, but it also shows how seriously the iPhone is taken as a gaming platform. Rockstar is not a company to make gratuitous ports for every platform available (I don’t think the Wii will be getting GTA anytime soon), so this upcoming port shows that Rockstar believes in the power of the iPhone. If Rockstar will port GTA for the iPhone, what other big-name developers will follow? The days of the iPhone being a phone that you could play some gimmicky accelerometer games on are over. Sony, I would be afraid.
New ngmoco FPS trailer, now called Eliminate, reveals the use of micro-transactions
Ngmoco has released a new trailer for their upcoming Eliminate, and while the game is looking awesome, most people are fixating on another detail: you will only be able to play so many matches online for credits in one day, and if you want to play for credits again without waiting a day, you have to buy an “energy pack” using real money. So what’s the big deal? Well if you ask me, as long as ngmoco doesn’t abuse this, nothing. Here’s the kicker: if you run out of energy, you can still play online, you just won’t win credits. So the only people who will buy extra energy are the perfectionists who have to show how good they are. For people like me, who just want to play a game to have fun (isn’t that what a game is for), you can play however much you want and still have fun. So really, this is a great idea as long as two things hold true: the game is not originally priced above $6.99 and the amount of energy you get per day is reasonable. What do you guys think? Sound off in our comments below.
C64 Emulator finally approved by Apple
After months of back room deals, Apple rejections, and Apple non-communication, Manomio has finally gotten their superb C64 emulator has been approved! Obviously this won’t appeal to everyone, but if you’re one for nostalgia, at $4.99, it’s worth picking up because of the high level of polish and solid controls. The emulator comes with five fully licensed games, but no BASIC emulator as was originally included, though it’s apparently suspiciously easy to enable the BASIC if you’re SSH savvy. Future games will be available via DLC at prices to be determined by the original IP holders. Next up, Manomio, a legal Atari emulator (I wish)!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2009-09-04 :: Category: Music
This, week, as a first for MMAHQ, we’re holding a contest where you can be the lucky winner of a $15 iTunes gift card! To enter, simply comment on this article with your prediction for what will happen at the 9.9.09 Apple event on Wednesday. What will the new iPod Touch look like? Will any huge games come out (like Madden)? Will Steve Jobs be there? The winner will be the person who has the most accurate or funniest prediction will be deemed the winner (that’s right, this is completely arbitrary)! Hopefully we can get some good participation, and if all goes well, we might have some more contests later on.
Apps of the Week
Modern Combat: Sandstorm
Modern Combat is the most visually impressive title on the iPhone to date, bar none. Models are good, textures are sharp, and everything is fully and accurately 3D. Not only this, but Gameloft actually nailed the controls, a first for an FPS on the iPhone. The gameplay, specifically the AI and level structure leave something to be desired, but Sandstorm remains a great accomplishment nonetheless, and it comes with a solid recommendation at the low price of $6.99.
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2009-09-02 :: Category: Games
Samurai: Way of the Warrior
Samurai is one of the coolest games I’ve played on the iPhone. It’s a hack-and-slasher with great graphics, perfect controls, and gratuitous blood! Controls involve different combinations of swipes, and the gameplay is actually somewhat strategic – you have to balance small attacks with huge combos, because if you miss a huge combo, you leave yourself very prone to an attack. Execute moves correctly, and you might be lucky enough to see the body of the opponent samurai stop, then fall on the ground in two pieces, with blood squirting across the screen. Samurai comes with both a story mode and an endless or “dojo” mode. My only complaints about this game are that once you figure out the controls, it’s too easy – there’s an uneven difficulty curve, and that it does get repetitive at times. Still, I found myself playing this $2.99 gem much more than Sandstorm. Expect a full review soon, but until then, you really have to see a video to appreciate the awesomeness of this game.
Update: 8/16: We’ve got a winner!!! The winner of the iPhone 3GS is @auntiethesis Congratulations from PressOK and 148Apps!
Update: Bumper Stars is now on sale for only $0.99! Grab it now! (iTunes Link)
PressOK, the makers of BumperStars have partnered with us here at 148Apps to give away a brand new iPhone 3GS to one lucky Twitter follower. The contest runs from today through the end of August 13th.
How to enter the contest
To enter the contest, you just need to follow the Press_OK on Twitter and sent a tweet that includes the hash tag #FreeiPhone3GS. That’s it. Here’s an example of the tweet you might send:
I want to win a free iPhone 3GS! Follow @Press_OK and retweet! Contest details here: http://bit.ly/WinA3GS #FreeiPhone3GS
Click here to send that Twitter message or edit it to your liking.
You can enter more than once though your followers might not like like it if you go too crazy.
The contest is open from now until 11:59pm Pacific time, August 13th. Only entries before that time will be considered. The winner will be chosen and posted here the following morning.
You must follow Press_OK, the people giving away this huge prize. That’s how they will communicate with you on how you can redeem your prize.
You must send the tweet from an account that isn’t protected, suspended, or deleted. If we can’t find the tweet with this Twitter Search, then it won’t count. And there’s nothing we can do about that, it’s up to Twitter search.
The Tweet that you send has to have the hash tag #FreeiPhone3GS included for us to be able to find it.
You can enter as many times as you wish.
The prize will be delivered via an iPhone Gift Card from the online Apple Store for the price of the iPhone 3GS, $199 here in the US. We’ll do our best to accommodate other countries, but you can’t buy iPhone gift cards in all countries. In the case where an iPhone gift card can’t be purchased, we’ll make other arrangements with the winner for the prize.
Don’t have a Twitter account? Well just create one to get started.
Have any questions? Put them in the comments to this post and we’ll do our best to answer them.
More about Bumper Stars
Bumper Stars has been described as pinball mashed up with pool smashing into a game of Peggle. The goal of the game is to bounce around your helmeted beaver and gather all of the fruit on the screen in 3 shots or less. The games gets more difficult as more fruit and more bumpers get added to each successive level. The game is integrated with Facebook and allows you to see your friends score and challenge them to games. Bumper Stars is currently in the App Store for $2.99.
Delayed but not forgotten! Ok, so this is the most people I’ve ever had to apologize to at once, well except for that night in Vegas…on stage with Cirque Du Soleil…I’ve said too much. Regardless I must apologize for the delay of our Design A GelaSkin contest, as it turns out even we are not immune to the technical difficulties of the interwebs. Alas it’s all done, our galley is set up and awaiting submissions, our voting plan is setup, and I’m just itching to see what kind of creativity you, our readers, are really made of.
If you haven’t a clue as to what I’m talking about here’s a brief recap of my blog post a few days ago. Today we are beginning a new contest called Design A GelaSkin, if you’re not familiar with them, check out their site, each case is truly amazing and we need you to design one for us. If yours is chosen not only will you get a free skin for yourself and your very own 148Apps T-Shirt but also your design will be on a limitless amount of skins that we will be sending out for promotions and giveaways around the world!
Even if your not an artist we still need your help on picking out the best design so please come vote!
It’s official, 365 days & 1.5 billion App downloads later 148Apps has officially turned 1 Year old, Hurray!!!!!!! Now that you know, mark it on your calendar for next year, this year is your freebie but if I don’t get a birthday card from you on July 16th next year we will sooo be fighting!
Seriously though, can you say “wow,” just look at how much we have changed and grown from that very first Aurora Feint: The Beginning Review Jeff started us out with. We’ve reviewed hundreds of apps, added a staff of over a dozen writers, launched our sister site (148apps.biz), and have a Web Fourm section up and kicking, it’s amazing, we are now easily the best gosh-darn iPhone review site this side of Mars.
We have you, our readers, to thank for all of it, so thank you. So in the spirit of thanks I want to announce a new contest. While I know we all love the App & ITMS Gift Card giveaways, we thought that this called for something special, Design your own GelaSkin. Let me explain, for those of you who aren’t familiar with GelaSkins you definitely need to check out their site, they describe it as “Protection with style. Not Bulk.” And it’s true, their skins are ultra thin with amazing print quality.
Alright, I’m getting to the point, we are asking you guys to design a skin/logo for us. I’m not talking about a design for just a few skins, we’ll be ordering tons of these things for different contest and promotional giveaways. Think about it, if you win your artwork could be on iPhones around the world, how cool is that! On top of that we’ll obviously be giving you a free skin of your design and also your very own 148Apps T-shirt.
So heres how it’s going to go down:
Your design can be of anything, App related or not, but it must be tasteful. You can get some great ideas and inspiration from the GelaSkins gallery page. Although it need not be directly related to iPhone apps we do ask that you work our 148Apps logo into it somewhere. If you check out the GelaSkins gallery you’ll notice that many of the iPhone skins are cropped down from larger pictures, we can definitely do this as well, in the end the picture printed will need to be cropped to 1500 x 1500 pixels. You can grab a large version of our logo artwork here. You’ll also notice that they recommend designing an optional wallpaper to go with the skin which if your skin is chosen we will post the downloadable artwork on our page.
Choosing the Winner
We’re going to be stealing a page from the American Idol book here. The judging panel will consist of 3 148Apps representatives, each counting as 1 vote and then all of the readers will be allowed to vote on their favorite design. The most popular choice of the readers will count as 1 vote in the final panel. If there are enough submissions then there will be a semi final round where the designs are narrowed down to the top 3 to choose from and a new vote will be taken.
Viewing and Voting
There will be a submission gallery page setup where readers can browse through all of the submitted artwork for their favorites. The official voting and design submission procedure is still being discussed and details will be released soon.
While the contest is being announced today it will not officially begin until Monday, July 20th, 2009. Submissions will then be accepted until 11:59 pm Friday, July 31st, 2009. Votes will then be counted at 11:59 pm Monday, Aug 3rd, 2009. Results will then be announced on Tuesday, August 4th, 2009.
**One note about the artwork submissions. At 148Apps we fully appreciate artistic nature and encourage everyone to follow that nature and design anything they would like. But because of the wide demographic of readers we have we request that all submissions remain tasteful and reserve the right not to post any which we consider to be inappropriate or offensive. Thank you and have fun!
Welcom to the Design A GelaSkins Gallery Page. All submissions are added the night of submission so if you don’t see yours right away don’t fret, it will be there in the morning. To keep things honest voting will not take place until all the submissions have been made. In the mean time feel free to make comments about them at the bottom. Click here for more contest details. Spread the word!
The new iPhone is here, or will be on Friday. We’ve already covered the big bucket of amazing that is the iPhone 3GS and the huge disappointment that is the horrible carrier we are saddled with here in the US. But, let’s get back to the item at hand, our Design the Next iPhone contest.
As you remember our contest was for you, our faithful readers, to pick the features that you thought would be announced on the next iPhone, the one we now know as the iPhone 3GS. We had a great turnout for entries and before we announce the winners, let’s take a look at some of the most popular things people thought we’d see in the iPhone 3GS but won’t.
The most expected feature that wasn’t announced (yet), was multiple colors other than black and white at 34%. Following that closely was wireless syncing and then multitasking for third party apps.
The least picked features overall were the Apple logo used as a flash and wireless charging (ala the Palm Pre).
A big huge thanks to Griffin Technology for sponsoring our contest. They donated over $200 in great products to use as prizes for this contest.
I don’t know how excited you are about it, but Slacker just updated their mobile app! For those of you who have never used Slacker, it is basically Pandora but with a larger library… which means less repeats and more awesomeness. In their own words, “The Slacker Radio application for iPhone offers listeners millions of songs, high-quality sound and an intuitive interface,” said Jonathan Sasse, senior vice president of marketing at Slacker. “With new features and sleek usability upgrades we are continuing to make the listening experience even more powerful and easy to use.”
To celebrate the update, Slacker has given me a 1 year subscription to Slacker Radio Plus (full description here) to give out however I please. Mwahaha. So here is what I would like you, the reader to do. I am looking for some good music, and I want you, dear reader, to tell me what to listen to.
I am going to take each entry (example entry – CCR) and play it as a Slacker playlist. The best Slacker playlist to come from the artist or song that you give me wins the prize. I’ll listen to any genre, as long as it’s good music, so don’t ask me what my favorite genre is.
Good Luck! Send me some good stuff… and thanks in advance.
All entries should either be posted in the comments section of this page or sent to me via Twitter (@148apps). Contest will close Sunday night with the winner being selected on Monday to much fanfare. One note from Slacker… the winner must have a valid email address already configured for Slacker (i.e. they already use Slacker with it)… so go get one, they are free.
Rule 1. Enter as many times as you want.
Rule 2. Tell all of your friends to send me their music entries
Rule 3. Don’t send me anything from the Baja Men.
I think we’re all expecting (and hoping) a new iPhone will be announced at the keynote presentation at WWDC in a few weeks. But the rumors as to what features that iPhone will have are all over the place.
Starting today and through the morning of the keynote, we invite you to guess what the features of the next iPhone will be. The three people with the top scores overall will win some great prizes from Griffin Technology with a total retail value of over $250!
Here’s how the contest will work. We’ve gathered a bunch of the rumors we’ve heard and read about the new iPhone and put them in a pick list and assigned points to each based on how unlikely we think each feature is. To enter the contest, you guess which ones are correct. You will get points for each correct feature you guess and lose the points listed for each incorrect feature you choose.
Read on for the full list of prizes and more on how to enter.
We normally would condense press releases like this into easy to read morsels, but I want the power of the 3rd to last sentence to hit you as hard as it hit me. According to Two Tribes and Chillingo, you could, and I quote, win “a chicken to be adopted in your name”. How cool is that!
After the success of our last contest, we decided to look through our email and sort out all of the promo codes that developers had sent us to give away to our readers. Apparently our last competition caught the attention of quite a few developers and we have a hefty pile of codes to give out! While the last contest took place on the site itself, due to the sheer number of codes that we have to give out, we’ve decided to use our Twitter account to distribute them.
We know that not all of you have Twitter accounts, but considering the fact that it’s so easy to set up and some of the best iPhone apps released to date are Twitter apps, there’s really no reason why you shouldn’t jump onboard.
If you’d like to join the give-a-way, go to our promo code page to submit your app and we’ll add them to our list.
The iPhone App Developers have a particularly awesome tool at their disposal: Promo Codes. Not only do these promo codes allow sites like 148apps to review all the apps we do, but they’re often used for contests as well. Primarily, we’ve been using Twitter as a way to give out promo codes for contests, but I’ll be honest with you, the response isn’t always that great. So in an attempt to include everyone who visits our site, we’re going to be expanding our giveaways onto the blog. Continue reading CONTEST: “What If” 148Apps Changed Their Name With Every Firmware Update »
Bracket busters, diaper dandies, Cinderella teams, sweet sixteen, great eight, final four – all terms you only hear in March. To celebrate the fantastic March Madness we’re kicking off our first March Madness Contest. To join in on the fun, sign up for the CBS Brackets on Facebook and join the 148Apps Readers Group.
We’ll have prizes for first and second place. As follows:
1st place overall – $30 in iTunes Gift Cards (US only) 2nd place overall – 148Apps T-shirt from AppTees
Please note, to enter the contest you must have a Facebook account and join the 148Apps Readers Group in the CBS Brackets app.
And if you want to keep up on the tourney on the go, CBS has just released the CBS March Madness On Demand app. It lets you watch every single game of the tourney when connected to a WiFi network and listen to audio over 3G/Edge. We’ll see how it works, CBS has always had trouble meeting the demand for their web streaming during tournament time. The iPhone app uses the MobiTV network, so hopefully it won’t have the same issues.
And even though I know that Perrin will likely kick all of our butts, 148Apps staff are not eligible to win but can join in on the fun.
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Posted February 21st, 2009 by Gary Lucero Our Rating: :: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Yard Sale Hidden Treasures: Sunnyville is a hidden item puzzle game. It takes you from yard sale to yard sale, hunting for new items for your home so you can ready it for the big home contest. While the beautifully animated yard sales are the real stand out, the whole game oozes charm. Even the simplest, most inane aspects of game play contribute to make it a fun and engaging game.
Want to help us with some good old fashioned robbery?
Tag Games, announced today their Get In The Game contest for their upcoming iPhone release Car Jack Streets.
Car Jack Streets, created by two of the original Grand Theft Auto team members, is a game very similar in look to the original overhead view Grand Theft Auto. Though Car Jack Streets does seem to have a much more pleasing comic look to it. The game will be launched in March and to celebrate, the developers are having a contest to let one lucky person get their face (in caricature format) included in the game and have a mission created especially for them.
The contest is only open for a week, so hurry up and enter. Full details are below.
The winner of our competition will be caricatured in true Car Jack style and will also have the honour of having a mission created especially for them!
Want to be immortalized in video gaming history? Sure you do!
To be in with a chance of winning simply send us a picture of yourself hanging out next to your dream car to firstname.lastname@example.org The winner will in the judges’ view combine the best combination of gangsta pose and hot wheels!
Images must be in JPG/GIF/PNG format and be no larger than 500k. The competition closes on Monday 16th February at 12 noon GMT. The judge’s decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
Tim Haines, developer of BurnBall (iTunes Link) has started a blog fight friendly competition amongst 5 iPhone app review sites. The competition divides users into tribes and awards the top blog each day with a promo code to give away to readers. Here’s how it works.
First, if you already have BurnBall, change your name in the app to end in 148Apps (change it to something like “John Michaels 148Apps”. That puts you in the 148Apps tribe – you’ll be in good company! Then the blog with the tribe member that’s the highest up the high score table each day will win a promo code.
Post a comment to this post if you are in our tribe and don’t forget to change your name in the game. Also, if you want a promo code for BurnBall, post a comment here. We’ll give out any that we win to a random commenter on this message. To start that off, we’ve got 2 promo codes for BurnBall to give away this afternoon.
Make sure you play each day for the highest score in BurnBall, you can check the scores in the game.
Update: One rule modification has been made — to keep Razorian Fly and their rabid followers from running away this competition each and every day. If a single player wins in any of the three levels (Easy, Hard, OMG), they can not win again in that level. Seems simple enough.
Update: Congrats to Hyprhypr and saulbhp winners of BurnBall promo codes. We’ll give away more if our Tribe wins! Come on 148Apps Tribe!
Todd Bernhard from No Tie Software wrote us to let us know about an interesting contest they are running to promote their app 100sounds. We’re always interested in new methods app developers use to help raise awareness of their apps. With $10 prizes to 100 video producers, this one should help raise the hype behind the app.
The contest works like this — the first 100 people to produce and send in a video of how they use 100sounds will get a $10 iTunes Gift Certificate. This offer is good for 100 days or until 100 videos are received. In addition, particularly creative video producer can also win additional prizes such as cases and headphones.
It’s an interesting promotion, and we wish them all the best! For more information on the contest and info on how to enter, head on over to http://www.notiesoftware.com/
The Great Indie Bake Off, created and organized by Gavin from Antair Games, has gotten 16 different entries baked by indie developers. The contest organized as a homage to the game cakes often featured on Kotaku, was open for entries from any indie iPhone app developer. It was devised as yet another great way for smaller developers to get a little extra publicity, and, of course, a way to eat some great cake!
To commemorate the bake off, Gavin has gathered some great prizes from the developers. Prizes include promo codes for some of the games features on the cakes, iTunes gift cards, and more. For a full list of prizes, see the voting page. To enter, select your favorite cake and put in your email address on the next page. Voting and contest entries end 1/25/2009.
United Lemur’s first iPhone app, Puzzllotto will officially be available Wednesday. The details of the huge promotion tied to the release that Mike Lee of United Lemur can be announced now. The first person to finish the game could win up to $30,000 USD if they finish it in the first 30 days.
The app, Puzzllotto, available in the app store starting Wednesday at $4.99 is a puzzle game with the game play and the goal being unknown at the start. Discovery of that is all part of the exploration aspect of the game. Similar to Myst in that aspect, it’s all up to the player to figure out.
The huge announcement today has to do with the prize that goes to the player that finishes the game first. The winner gets a progressive prize pool that could reach as high as $30,000 US.
The contest prize starts out at $0 on the first day of the app’s release (10/22). From there it goes up by $1,000 per day, each day at noon pacific time with a max of $30,000. The first person to beat it gets all of the money, a trophy, and the title of Puzzllotto Champion. If no one beats the game by the 31st day (11/19 at noon), then the contest will end and the money will be donated to United Lemur’s charity of choice, Madagascar Fauna Group.
This promotion marks the first large scale prize-based promotion we’ve seen for an iPhone app. While other companies have tried smaller cash prizes, this promotion has the possibility to be very large. Good luck everyone — let us know how you are doing in the comments below or via Twitter.
We’ve included the full press release and some pictures of the app after the break.
Puzzllotto the first release from United Lemur is due to be released Monday with a huge promotion attached. While the game briefly showed up in the App Store tonight, it quickly disappeared. The game itself is puzzle based set in an amazingly lush jungle. The actual method of game play and the goal is unknown at the start — it’s all part of the exploration aspect of the game. Similar to Myst in that aspect, it’s all up to the player to figure out. What is known is that the first person to finish the game is in for a big surprise.
We got a chance to play with a pre-release version of this game and the graphics and sounds are fantastic. The sounds have been provided by the amazing Dr. Douglas Quin — who also did the sounds for EA’s Spore. While the graphics have been done by Louie Mantia who made many of the Tapulous apps look so goodDavid Lanham. While we’d like to say that we don’t want to ruin the surprise on how the game is played, the truth is we haven’t spent enough time with it yet to figure it out.
While we can’t tell you everything we know about the promotion that’s backing this game’s release — well not until the embargo is lifted, hopefully Monday, United Lemur has set up an amazingly huge promotion lined up for this first release. The name of the app may give you some clue as to the direction, but you will be amazed at the details.
One small clue from the description of the game in the App Store:
Be the first to uncover its secrets and claim the title and trophy of the Puzzllotto Champion. The malevolent spirits are all in your head, but the fun—and the treasure—are real.
United Lemur, you may remember, is the group of veteran developers many of whom were most recently at Tapulous. After a few of them left the company, Mike Lee formed United Lemur as a socially conscious indie development house.
Check back Monday for more on the game and the promotion. Until then, keep hitting this URL as you might be able to get it early and get a head start.
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