February 2009

We have had many requests for a flat screen tv for your rooms and this weekend we deliver! Also included in this update are other house hold fineries like a Wood Dining Table, lamps, and more. If you have the winter blues and your avatar is looking a little pale, we have included a Tanning Bed to get that toned look.

We hope everyone is enjoying the Hotel.

If you are having any issues please remember that you will get better customer support filing a ticket with our customer support folks: http://hotelsupport.iwin.com

And they have a boatload of articles in their knowledge base to help you out.  Articles include “How Do I Earn More Opals?” and “How Do I Change Floors?”.  Good stuff.

Here’s the list of the new items:

Round Wall Clock Wall Objects
Antique Radio Appliances
Wood Stove Appliances
Tanning Bed Beds
Wood Dining Table Tables
Dressing Table Tables
Hanging Light Bulb Lighting
Lit Desk Lamp Lighting
Modern Floor Lamp Lighting
Fancy Wall Light Lighting
Old Table Lamp Lighting
TV Stand Other Furniture
TV Stand – Back Other Furniture
Plasma TV Appliances
Plasma TV – Back Appliances

Happy Friday everyone!

I’m in a pretty good mood – The weekend is almost here, we’ve got a sunny day before the rain is supposed to start again…it’s all good and I’d like to share with my blog buddies.

So just for you guys, just for the weekend, I’m putting up a 25% off coupon!

Simply add the game (or games!) you want to the cart and enter coupon code WEEKEND when you’re ready to check out, and you’ll get 25% off your order!

And don’t forget to check out iWin and Hotel iWin on Twitter.



As always, backup CDs and iCoins purchases aren’t included in this offer.

Have a great weekend!

Have you joined the Twitter Revolution?

iWin has! 

Now you can keep in touch with both iWin.com and Hotel iWin right there on your Twitter!

We’ll give you a tweet out whenever we’ve got a new game out, a great sale , if we’ve added new items to the hotel, or just if we have something fun to say.

If you’re a tweeter, and want to be the first kid on your block to know about all the cool stuff going on at iWin.com and Hotel iWin, follow us and we will keep you informed!

Click on the buttons to check out our Twitter pages!

Hey there blog fans! 

I thought you guys might like to have a look at Nanny Mania 2: Nanny Goes to Hollywood, and what the heck, you can see it a day before it gets released on iWin.



Aren’t you glad you checked the blog today?




Nathan here again to announce our first injection of new items for the Hotel iWin shops.  We have some cool stuff that you can grab NOW in the shops.

We plan on launching new items every week so check the Hotel shops often to ensure you don’t miss an item.

Do you want a particular item for your room but don’t see it in the store? Use the “Suggest” button on the store page to send us a message. We can’t promise we will make your item but we will read your suggestion.

Wall Heater Furniture
Classic Alarm Clock Furniture
Microwave Furniture
Turntable Furniture
Boom Box Furniture
Giza Background Interior/Exterior
Brass Bed Furniture
Flowers with Vase Decor & Hobby
Cedar Hot Tub Furniture
Frying Pan Decor & Hobby
Knife Set Decor & Hobby
Floor Lamp Furniture
Blue Wall Sconce Furniture
Luggage Rack Furniture
Glass Top Round Table Furniture
Nightstand Furniture
Mounted Marlin Decor & Hobby
Wall Shelf Decor & Hobby

Thanks for helping us make Hotel iWin a success!

Senior Producer at iWin

Hi, my name is Nathan Fahrenthold and I am the Senior Producer for Hotel iWin.  Our launch has been a huge success and it is very exciting to see the thousands of new rooms and avatars being created every day.

I have been checking in with our crack team in Customer Support (you know, the folks who answer the support tickets) and wanted to use this space to talk about a couple questions I see a lot.

How the heck do I earn more Opals?

The easiest way to earn Opals is to play iWin games.  We award one Opal per minute you play.  If you own the game you get two Opals per minute.  Buying the game is great way to avoid the ads and earn double the currency.

We also have many other ways to earn Opals including:

  • Sign up for iCoins = 1,000(!) Opals (that’s like playing a whole week of games)
  • Sign up for the iWin newsletter = 500 Opals
  • Post a message on someone’s Message Wall = 5 Opals (you can get 25 Opals a day max)
  • Write a game review (again, 25 Opals max per day)

We will be adding new ways to easily earn Opals in the future so check the blog often!

Why can’t I change my avatar’s face and hair on each floor?

Your avatar’s face appears in other places other than the Hotel like the iWin Game Manager and the Online Party games.  We don’t allow the face to change from floor to floor as it wouldn’t be possible to determine which face to use.  Anything from the Faceplace Spa will stick from floor to floor.

And don’t forget that you can find the answer to most questions in the support portal at http://hotelsupport.iwin.com

roombrowsershotHotel iWin is pleased to announce its grand opening!

Imagine a tropical, luxurious, and slightly wacky place you can escape to anytime you feel like geting away.


Imagine over a thousand outfits, furniture pieces, room decorations, pets, and pals that you can buy, arrange, and decorate to your heart’s desire.

Now imagine that this is all free, and that the currency you spend in this hotel can be earned doing what you already love doing — playing games on iWin.com!

And finally, imagine this wonderful place populated by thousands of others from around the world who also love casual games and would love to meet you.

Welcome to Hotel iWin! 

Pay the Hotel a visit and let us know what you think, or if you have any ideas for features or items that would make your experience more fun!

A lot of the high quality games we release here on iWin come with an embargo date.  In other words, the developer of the game has set a certain date that we can release their game on or after, but never before.

A lot of times, these dates all hit at once, and we will have an entire week or more of really great games coming out every day. 

Note to game developers:   You guys really should call each other!

This is one of those weeks, every single day we have a really great game coming out!

On Sunday we released Treasures of Mystery Island, and while I’ve had a hard time keeping the name straight (Mysteries of Treasure…Secret…Island thingy?), I am totally hooked.

The story?  A little cheesy.  The dialog?  A little cheesier, and when are these game developers going to realize that the casual audience is mostly women?

 Guys, you can put a few more clothes on your female characters! 

They look cold. 

And hungry.

 The gameplay though,  is really fun. 

It’s a hidden object game, but you’re looking for pieces of items at the different locations.  Once you find all the pieces, the item is assembled and you have to place it in the proper place in another location, usually with groups of similar items. 

Some of the items are really well hidden too.   The items you need to assemble are shown at the bottom of the screen, so you can see what you’re looking for, but may of the bits are very well incorporated into the background.  There were several screens were I found the unlimited hints very helpful,  you just have to wait for them to recharge. 

So that’s one of the games I’ve been playing for an appallingly large portion of my weekend.  There’s another one that I’ve been playing a lot too, but I can’t tell you about it until tomorrow.  I’ll give you a hint though, it rhymes with Harm Flenzy.

So what game are you playing these days?

Happy playing, everybody!

Lincoln Lincoln, I been thinkin’, what the heck have you been drinkin’?

We here at iWin still can’t address the age old “What’s Lincoln been drinkin'” question, but to honor his 200th birthday, what we can do is give you 50 % off all games*

Now through Wednesday, February 18th enter coupon code CHIEF to receive 50% off your order.

And remember, you get an extra day this weekend, that would be a perfect time to catch up on your game playing.

 What, you were expecting hearts & cherubs?

* As always, Online Party games and already discounted items such as iCoins purchases are not included in this offer.

There’s a word that’s been bandied about a lot over the last few months, and it’s a word I don’t care for very much.  The word is “staycation”.  In a nutshell, it means taking your vacation at home rather than traveling.  Unfortunately, even with gas prices back down to a reasonable range, the uncertain economy has insured that staycation, both the word and the practice, may be here to stay for a while yet.

My problem with this is two-fold. 

First, the word made popular and endorsed as a positive thing by the media, who can probably afford to take real, going places vacations.

My second problem is that I like to travel!  I haven’t done a whole lot of it, but vacation days are precious, and I’d much rather spend them exploring someplace new and exotic rather than my boring old hometown!  Even residents of Hawaii like to go somewhere else on vacation.

I would like to start a new word: Gamecation.  So many casual games these days take place in cool, exotic places, and have such amazing art that it’s almost like being there, and you don’t even have to use up any of your vacation or PTO days to do it.  I love playing these games and dreaming about future trips to those locations.  What’s even better is when I’ve been to the place in the game, then it’s like going through my travel pics!  Check it out.

As you can imagine, P.J. Pride Pet Detective: Destination Europe takes place in several European cities, including Antwerp, Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam, where I’ve actually been.  Here’s one of the Amsterdam screens from the game.

And here’s one of my vacation pics from when I was in Amsterdam.  We stayed on a houseboat on one of the canals, and this is a picture of the houses across the street & canal from the boat.  Fairly similar.


Here’s a scene from Mysterious City: Golden Prague.  It’s a distant shot of the St. Charles Bridge (it’s that cool bridge in the Vin Diesel movie XXX)


And here’s my shot of the palace and cathedral from the St. Charles Bridge.  I don’t have a shot from the same angle because that was on the way back, and I was pooped and not so enthusiastic about the picture taking!

I’ve also been to Hawaii, so there’s also Hawaiian Explorer: Lost Island, and of course Big City Adventures: San Francisco, which is really a staygamecation, because while I don’t live in San Francisco, I do work there.

Then there are the game locations I haven’t been to, but would like to go, but I think that’s another post.

So talk to me.  Are you taking a vacation this year, and if so, where are you going?  Where have you been?  Have you taken any good gamecations lately?  Tell me all about it!

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