iPhone & iPad App Round-Up: Ben & Jerry’s, iChatr, Underground 3D Rollercoaster Rush HD

Underground 3D Rollercoaster Rush HD

 

Bouncing off the success of the iPhone version, Digital Chocolate has released a brand new version of 3D Rollercoaster Rush for the iPad dubbed Underground 3D Rollercoaster Rush HD. This new version supports OpenFeint, along with the iPad’s larger display to make for a more robust game experience.

The idea is that you are racing against time on some of the most badly designed roller coasters available. These coasters are ripe with steep hills, collapsing track, unfinished loops and other obstacles, which you must conquer in order to score the best time possible. Inside Social Games described it as a “racing-puzzle game” and as being frustrating at times, but incredibly rewarding due to the nature of the social integration.

Ben & Jerry’s Scoop of Happiness

Also released recently is a brand new Ben & Jerry’s Scoop of Happiness app based on the ice cream we all know and love. The new version of the app features an augmented reality function called Moo Vision. The idea is unique in that you hold your cup of ice cream to the iPhone camera and it will show you images based on the flavor. The New York Super Fudge Chunk Ice Cream, for instance, will show you Manhattan skyscrapers and lady liberty. Besides explaining these images to you, you may also share them with Twitter or Facebook friends as well.

Along with the augmented reality camera function, the app also features a few fun games to play like Mystic Moo’s Flavor Fortune game which is a crystal ball for deciding which ice cream you should eat next.

iChatr

iChatr has blown up the iPhone 4 world recently by offering what is essentially “Chat Roulette” for the iPhone. Utilizing the iPhone 4′s front facing camera in possibly its greatest fashion, iChatr simply asks that you’re on a WiFi connection and then takes you to a chatting screen in which you talk to random strangers using your phone.

One would hope that requiring an iPhone 4 would be enough to deter any “Nasty Nancys” playing on iChatr, but that’s a risk of playing with the app. It’s free to download if you so choose and have an iPhone 4.

Enter to Win! Zynga + 7-Eleven + Contest = Free Stuff for FarmVille, Mafia Wars & YoVille

Now that you can snag special-edition virtual items for FarmVilleMafia Wars and YoVille by stocking up  on snacks at 7-Eleven – Who doesn’t want to win a free 7-Eleven gift card? (Rhetorical question.)

To celebrate the new Zynga cross-promotion at BuyEarnPlay.com, 7-Eleven (the Integer Group, a FreshWorks agency) has kindly provided Frisky Mongoose with a sizely stack of $10 gift cards to give away to you, our readers!

So how can YOU claim one? Easy! All you have to do is head over to our brand-spanking new forums and leave a comment HERE to enter to win.

Tell us about your favorite special 7-Eleven snack item – is it one that comes with a virtual game prize? (like FarmVille ice cream that comes with a free Neapolitan Cow code, Mafia Wars Brownie Bites that come with a Pepper Shaker weapon code, or a YoVille brownie that comes with a coffee machine code for your virtual home.)

Or can you think of other good cross-promotional items beyond the 20 virtual gifts currently on offer? Perhaps you’d like to see a bag of Jelly Beans that comes with a free Beanstalk code, or gummy worms that come with a free Frisky Mongoose…

Whatever the case, all commenters will be entered in a random drawing and 10 will win a free $10 gift card. You have 1 week to enter, so don’t delay. Contest winners will be announced next Monday and we’ll send gift cards by mail to 10 lucky readers.

E3 2010: Pac-Man Party Hands-On (Nintendo Wii)

At E3 2010, I had a chance to go hands-on with Pac-Man Party, a new Namco title for the Nintendo Wii. As the name would suggest, the title is a party game, which will have you and your friends staring as members from Pac-Man lore. Of course there’s Pac-Man, as well as Pinky, Blinky, Inky, and Clyde, among others.

Pac-Man Party can be most easily described as a digital board game, but containing various mini-games and a complete substitution of the dice rolling system for its main gameplay components, rather than the aforementioned dice and basic flipping of a card, as one particular example.

As you go around the board, you’ll build castles that match your character’s color, much like you buy properties in a game like Monopoly. For the “dice rolling” segments; that is, segments that determine how many spaces you’ll travel around the board, you’ll throw darts at balloons or a at a dart board (both of which are labeled with numbers), press the button on a virtual slot machine, take part in a small game of Plinko, or otherwise.

If two players land on the same square, this triggers a mini-game challenge – these mini-game challenges utilize the game’s motion controls by having you spin the remote to throw pizza dough, move a paint roller around a canvas (whichever player covers the largest portion of the canvas with paint wins), and so on. Other mini-games are button press games, like one that places all players on a garbage conveyer belt – various household items come from the right side of the screen, towards a trash compactor on the left. You’ll have to stop yourself from going into the trash compactor by pressing a button to jump over the debris, which comes in piles of various shapes and sizes.

Pac-Man Party was announced on Day 2 of E3, and will be hitting store shelves sometime later this year. It’s the first new Pac-Man game in five years, and we’ll be sure to bring you more news about it as it becomes available.

CrowdStar Adjusts Pearl Rewards in Happy Aquarium

The next time you login to Happy Aquarium, you’ll likely be met with a pop-up similar to the one at left, letting you know that CrowdStar, the game’s developer, has changed the way that Pearls are awarded in the game. While you’ll still receive a Pearl bonus each time you level up in the game, the amount of Pearls you’ll received has now increased.

While we haven’t figured out the exact formula for leveling up thus far, we do know that to compensate for the change, CrowdStar is offering users a one-time bonus of extra Pearls, with a larger amount being given away depending on your level.

As an example, as a level 23 user, I received 16 Pearls as a bonus due to the new calculations. How many bonus Pearls did you receive? Or, more importantly, if you’re a user who stopped playing Happy Aquarium due to the game’s increasing reliance on premium currency, will this be enough to make you come back?

Powermat Partners With MyTown for Two-Fold Promotion

Powermat, a company specializing in wireless charging stations has announced a partnership with Booyah’s MyTown, the check-in app that has grown to more than 2 million players since its launch.

The promotion between the two companies runs until June 13, and in that time, users who check-in at any supported Powermat retailer (Best Buy, Target, and Bed Bath and Beyond are just three examples) will receive Powermat branded virtual items within the game.

To take the promotion once step further, users are given added incentive to physically interact with the Powermat products in store in the form of a contest that will see all who do so entered to win a Powermat Wireless Charging System for their iPhone, which is otherwise available to purchase for around $70, depending on the retailer.

“Partnering with MyTown offers us a unique opportunity to engage millions of technology savvy consumers with a unique cutting-edge forum,” said Beth Harrison Meyer, Vice President of Global Marketing for Powermat, via a company press release. “Powermat is all about using technology to enhance consumer convenience. With MyTown, we are reaching the most tech savvy consumers right where they live. What could be more convenient than that?”

Zynga Tweaks FarmVille Fertilization Timer & Tuscan Wedding Ingredients

In addition to the new Move and Recycle tools released in FarmVille last night, and the Cracked Ribbon, Zynga has also made a few “behind the scenes” changes (if you will) that deal with the more technical aspects of the game, but still affect all users.

First, they have changed the timer on fertilizing your neighbors’ crops. Where the timer used to be set at once every 24 hour period (meaning that if you fertilized their farm at, say, 6 PM, you couldn’t fertilize again until after 6 PM the next day), the timer now automatically resets for all users at midnight. This means that if you’d like to get in on the bonuses associated with fertilizing crops, you could start fertilizing a short while before midnight and then fertilize again once the clock flips over to the new day.

Lastly, for those who were looking to get ahead by sending Wedding Tent ingredients from the free gifts page by circumventing the locks associated with the ingredients (the available ingredient switches every two days), your progress has now been foiled, as Zynga has announced that these links no longer work. To put it plainly, the game now “knows” that you shouldn’t be sending that ingredient, as it isn’t available, and won’t let you cheat.

Head over to the game’s page to see if you can fertilize anymore of your neighbors’ crops.

Powermat Partners With MyTown for Two-Fold Promotion

Powermat, a company specializing in wireless charging stations has announced a partnership with Booyah’s MyTown, the check-in app that has grown to more than 2 million players since its launch.

The promotion between the two companies runs until June 13, and in that time, users who check-in at any supported Powermat retailer (Best Buy, Target, and Bed Bath and Beyond are just three examples) will receive Powermat branded virtual items within the game.

To take the promotion once step further, users are given added incentive to physically interact with the Powermat products in store in the form of a contest that will see all who do so entered to win a Powermat Wireless Charging System for their iPhone, which is otherwise available to purchase for around $70, depending on the retailer.

“Partnering with MyTown offers us a unique opportunity to engage millions of technology savvy consumers with a unique cutting-edge forum,” said Beth Harrison Meyer, Vice President of Global Marketing for Powermat, via a company press release. “Powermat is all about using technology to enhance consumer convenience. With MyTown, we are reaching the most tech savvy consumers right where they live. What could be more convenient than that?”

Zynga Announces Game Integration Deal with Yahoo!

If you thought that after signing a five year deal with Facebook, Zynga would stop looking for outside support for their games, think again. Yesterday, the mega-developer of social and casual games like FarmVille, Mafia Wars and Cafe World announced a new deal with Yahoo! that will see the developer’s games integrated into Yahoo!’s global network of properties, including Yahoo! Messenger, Yahoo! Mail, and Yahoo! Games, just for starters.

While no particulars of the deal were announced, such as when Zynga games will actually be making an appearance, or who is paying who (and in what quantities) to strike the deal, our friends at Gamezebo have more details about what we can expect, straight from the press release itself:

  • Ability for people to play Zynga games and access their personal Zynga game updates across Yahoo!’s properties including the Homepage, Yahoo! Games, Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! Messenger and others.
  • Sharing of updates across multiple social experiences simultaneously while playing their favorite Zynga games on Yahoo!
  • Product integration of Zynga games with the Yahoo! Application Platform (YAP), Yahoo!’s OpenSocial container through which third-party developers can develop applications on Yahoo!

To put it bluntly, this deal will mean that Yahoo!’s audience of 600 million people will, in the future, be able to play ports of their favorite Zynga games via Yahoo!, and stay up-to-date on what’s happening in those games regardless of whether they’re using Yahoo! Games, Yahoo! Messenger or otherwise.

Mark Pincus, founder and CEO of Zynga, has this to say about the partnership:

“With over 35 million unique users playing our games every single day, social games are fast becoming a leading source of entertainment worldwide surpassing most television shows. Our partnership with Yahoo! gives millions of new users the ability to connect with friends and families through games.”

Once we know more about which games will be added, and when, we’ll be sure to let you know.

No Farmville For Pakistan Players

A Facebook page titled Everybody Draw Mohammed Day infuriated Pakistan officials with its promotion of portrayals of Mohammed, leading them to ban Facebook until May 31st. The page asked users to create and upload images of Mohammed as a protest against Islamic Extremists’ threats against portrayals of the holy man.

The page is blocked until the end of the month but the ban may be extended depending on Pakistani officials’ decisions. This means that Pakistani Facebook game players will be unable to tend to their farms, cities, and restaurants for an indefinite amount of time.

According to MTV Multiplayer, Facebook has no intention of removing the page. The official Facebook statement is this: “We strongly believe that Facebook users have the freedom to express their opinions, and we don’t typically take down content, groups or pages that speak out against countries, religions, political entities or ideas.”

Get All Bejeweled Games At Once, Save Some Dough

PopCap has announced their latest promotion for all of you awesome puzzle game fans out there. Bejeweled is quite possibly their most popular game and for right now, you can score an excellent deal when buying all three versions of it at once. The offer is called “The Bejeweled Bundle” and includes Bejeweled 2, Bejeweled Twist and Bejeweled Blitz. What normally would sell for $59.85 is going for just $39.95 when you buy the Bejeweled Bundle. That’s over 30% off, and I’m sure that anyone can appreciate a good deal when they see it.

You can find the deal right here. It’s unknown just how long the special deal will be available, so I’d jump on it as quickly as possible.