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July 2009


Hi everyone, I want to give you a heads up about a couple of great games we released this week.

The first is Mysterious City Vegas. It’s a nice hidden object game made by the same folks who brought you Mysterious City Golden Prague and Mysterious City Cairo, and produced by us here at iWin.

Like the other Mysterious City games, Vegas has a mix of hidden object and spot the difference screens.  To spice things up a bit, and continue the Las Vegas theme, there are also casino-style mini games such as video poker and slots, where you can wager the points you’ve earned in order to win even more!  It’s a very fun game, although I must say, I’ve been to Las Vegas a couple times, and I didn’t quite recognize some of those places!  I’m sure it’s just because it’s been awhile.

Talk about the game and Las Vegas in general in the Mysterious City Vegas Forum.

The other great game we put out this week is Bookworm Adventures 2 from the folks who brough you Peggle Nights and (of course) Bookworm Adventures.

If you think all word games are the same, then you are wrong, wrong I tell you!  Journey through a land of nursery rhymes and fairy tales while battling famous foes with nothing but your wits and vocabulary!

Hey, I thought the three little pigs were supposed to be GOOD guys???

You can talk about  your Bookworm exploits and big, brainy vocabulary here in the Bookworm Adventures 2 Forum.

Have fun playing and have a great weekend!

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Did you ever play Opposite Day as a kid? Where everything you said was the exact opposite of what you meant? Well today we have a random mishmash of items. It’s almost like opposite day!

What would you find if you were to go out into the woods today? How about a Statue of David, a Parrot Stand, and a Baby crib? And what would you find if you went inside? A Teepee of course! They fit nicely in your living room. The Manx Cat would fly through the sky, and you’d wear a Striped Shirt or Denim Bucket Hat in the bathtub!

Everything is crazy and backwards! Because that’s what you say on Opposite Day!

SALE ITEM CATEGORY
Indian Princess Costume Costumes (female)
Campfire Outdoor
Rain Foreground Foregrounds
Tribal Mask Wall Objects
Wall Torch Wall Objects

This sale ends on Tuesday around noon PST. So get your sale items today!

Here are the new items we have for you today:

ITEM CATEGORY
Teepee Outdoor
Manx Cat Pets
Statue of David Decor
Parrot Stand Hobby
Baby Crib Hobby
Denim Bucket Hat Hats (male)
Mom’s Striped Shirt Tops (female)

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The iWin Weekly Contest this week is for the best ‘Summer Days’ room with a grand prize of 3,000 Opals!

There have been heat waves all over the country. And to celebrate summer we would like to announce the iWin Weekly Contest for the best ‘Summer Days’ room! To enter this contest create a Hotel iWin room with your best summer scene. It can be on the beach, it can be a fun day in a park, it can be whatever you wish as long as it’s something that has a summer feel!

You will need to submit your hotel floor number as a reply on the forums. The reply must be in the contest thread, not as a PM or a post in another thread. You will have until next Tuesday at 10am PST to submit your entries. And each person can enter twice, but more than 2 entries will disqualify you.

For our official contest rules please go here!

This contest will end next Tuesday at 10am PST. Any entries made after 10am PST will not be considered.
Contests are done each Wednesday. The contest is closed on Tuesday at 10am, so that we have time to go through all of the entries. The winners and new contest are then posted on Wednesday afternoon / evening.

As for last week’s contest, there were a lot of really great Space Rooms. So many that we have a large amount of grand prize winners!
Our grand prize, 3,000 Opal winners this week are Dinismurf, gweduck, cattjam, jottiejr, alfish66, dianne1950, donut2009, and emom1st!

We even have some great 2nd place winners. Each of the following people will be awarded 2000 Opals! mookie57, wattikins, tooleclan, Msshay26, Wolfdove1, and jjthoms!!

However, if you entered, you won’t be walking away empty handed. We would like to award 500 Opals to everyone who entered! This is our thank you gift for sharing your lovely memories with us!
Please keep in mind you had to have entered a space room for the 500 Opals to be awarded. If your room was not space related, it will not be getting Opals.

The Opals will be awarded late tonight, so keep an eye on your Opals balance.


To enter the new best ‘Summer Days’ room iWin contest please click here!

To some, fancy is when you put a coaster under your drink. To others, it’s a solid gold statue of them on their front yard. Somewhere inbetween lies the truth – the finer things in life. You don’t have to be a billionaire to appreciate them.

There are even fancy dogs, with fancy faces and fancy attitudes – sometimes they have a fancy bark. Unfortunately, some are so fancy that they simply don’t bark at all. But who will guard your fancy stuff? Well, technology has defeated this age old problem.

A security camera may not scare intruders off, but at least you’ll know who took your stuff. Thankfully, theft is not a problem in the Hotel. Still, it’s good to keep an eye on things.

Speaking of keeping an eye on things, put your eyes on this week’s room of the week, puzzlfrk53’s fancy dining room.

SALE ITEM CATEGORY
Persian Olive Rug Floor Objects
Art Deco Railing Decor
Flowers with Vase Decor
Grand Piano Hobby

This sale ends Friday around noon PST. So get your sales items today!

Here are the new items we have for you today:

ITEM CATEGORY
Wine Rack Hobby
Crystal Vase Decor
Fancy Room Divider Decor
Asian Room Divider Decor
Tuscan Room Divider Decor
Shih Tzu Dog Pets
CCTV Camera Wall Objects


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Getting hungry? I know I am. If you’re anything like me, and I think you just might be, you eat now and then. Maybe you are eating right now, as you read this.

If you are, you know that it requires an essential ingredient – food. Yes, you can go through all the actions of eating without having any food, but it’s an exercise in futility. So, with that, we bring you more means by which to eat! Food, and food accessories!

Have a great weekend – try not to fill up on pixels before dinner.

SALE ITEM CATEGORY
Place Setting Decor
Place Setting – Back Decor
Cup of Coffee Hobby
Pizza Hobby

This sale ends Tuesday around noon PST. So get your sales items today!

Here are the new items we have for you today:

ITEM CATEGORY
Pie Hobby
Spaghetti Hobby
Burger and Fries Hobby
Fast Food Soda Hobby
Toaster Appliances
Baking Set Hobby


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Peter – Game Producer at iWin

Well, it’s been a long time in the making, but Kelly Green Garden Queen is nearly ready! Just a couple of weeks left to tidy things up. What is Kelly Green you ask? Well, it’s just the coolest combination of great resource management combined with time management!

In Kelly Green Garden Queen, you get to manage the success of the Kelly Green Nursery. You see, Kelly was a city girl until a legal notice about her Grandfather’s estate, and a long forgotten struggle with the lawyers, gave full ownership of the nursery to Kelly. She never thought she had it in her, but then she figured, what a great opportunity to have an organic flower nursery of her own! From then on, it becomes a family affair.

You get to help Kelly reach her ultimate goal of creating a large successful nursery by managing resources and customers; Plant the plants, milk the cows, arrange the bouquets and get those orders filled! Not only do you have four very unique characters to manage, you also have the potential for a nearly limitless nursery to build.

It’s a very cool game with hours of entertainment. The graphics are like nothing you’ve seen and the game play sets this one apart from the competition.

So when it comes out, grab it! Play it! ENJOY IT!!!

It was a blast to create.

The iWin Weekly Contest this week is the best ‘Space Room’ with a grand prize of 3,000 Opals!!
With the 40th anniversary of the moon landing on July 20th, we wanted to honor this momentous historical occasion! To enter this contest create a Hotel iWin room with your best space scene!
It can be our moon, or some distant made up planet!

Be creative, go wild! Who knows what life could be out there!iWin Weekly Contest 3000 Opals

Could there be a planet of talking chairs? Who knows!!

You will need to submit your hotel floor number as a reply on the forums. The reply must be in the contest thread, not as a PM or a post in another thread. You will have until next Tuesday at 10am PST to submit your entries. And each person can enter twice, but more than 2 entries will disqualify you.

For our official contest rules please go here!

This contest will end next Tuesday at 10am PST. Any entries made after 10am PST will not be considered.
Contests are done each Wednesday. The contest is closed on Tuesday at 10am, so that we have time to go through all of the entries. The winners and new contest are then posted on Wednesday afternoon / evening.

As for last week’s contest, thank you everyone for submitting such great stories and memories about Michael Jackson. We pored over these wonderful entries and selected the three best ones. I think all of your entries truly honored his memory, which made this contest very difficult to judge.

Our grand prize, 3,000 Opal winners this week are lmlahti, zyla, and ycolon@ff

However, if you entered, you won’t be walking away empty handed. We would like to award 500 Opals to everyone who entered! This is our thank you gift for sharing your lovely memories with us!

The Opals will be awarded late tonight, so keep an eye on your Opals balance.

To enter the new best ‘Space Room’ iWin contest please click here!

I think we’re all here for the same reason – we like to have fun. With that shocking bit of news out of the way, I present to you today’s offerings!

Toys for everyone, just like the title says! Babies need toys, they help develop their motor skills (and hopefully keep them quiet) – pets, too. Dogs love to chew, cats love to chase. It’s just that simple. You need toys, too. You can never outgrow fun. Well, go have fun!

And while you’re having fun, go have a slice of pizza at sumchick83’s parlor! It’s our room of the week this week!

SALE ITEM CATEGORY
Dominoes Set Hobby
Backgammon Set Hobby
Blackjack Table Hobby
Toy Robot Hobby
Jewel Quest III Video Game Hobby

This sale ends Friday around noon PST. So get your sales items today!

Here are the new items we have for you today:

ITEM CATEGORY
Ball Rolling Game Hobby
Party Game Mat Floor Objects
Rope Chew Toy Hobby
Bone Chew Toy Hobby
Mouse Cat Toy Hobby
Blocks Hobby


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There’s something going on today. Something big, I just can’t remember what it is.

No no, don’t tell me, it’s on the tip of my tongue.

Starts with a “J”, ends with an “uest”

Ow, I keep bumping my head on something, what is tha…

Holy moly, Jewel Quest Mysteries 2: Trail of the Midnight Heart is out today!!!

Ok ok, I knew that, we’ve all been working very hard to bring you this wonderful game.

I think you’re really going to like it. Of course it has all the familiar elements; a great adventure story that you’ve come to expect from the Jewel Quest series – Jewel Quest jewel boards between the levels – hidden object search screens with breathtaking art.

It also has some really cool new features.

Some of the objects you’re searching for – say a hammer or a screwdriver – are tools that will be placed into your inventory as you find them. You’ll need to figure out how to use them in the scene in order to uncover pieces of the jewel boards. If you’ve found all the objects on a screen and it won’t let you leave yet, you need to do something with an inventory object, look for something that’s sparkling and use an inventory item there.

Other times you’re searching for dragonflies in your list of objects, and once you find them, they will bring you a piece of the jewel board.

There’s also a really unique feature in the scrolling search screens. You are moving through the landscape (in a plane, on a train, etc) and plucking out the objects as you go.

In each search screen there are gold lion coins. For each three you find, you earn an extra hint. There are also a bunch of small jewels to find in each screen. You can use those to purchase cool powerups to assist you. A few of the powerups are: Freeze Screen – Allows you to pause the timer while you continue to hunt. Dragonfly – A dragonfly leads you to a gold lion coin. Jewel Sense – Your cursor sparkles of it’s near a jewel.

And as if all that isn’t enough, we’ve also got two, TWO different contests!

iWin is giving away $1,000 a week for 6 weeks!

Download the game, and look for the iWin logo in one of the opening search screens. Click on the iWin logo to bring up an entry form. You could be one of six lucky people to win $1,000!

We’re also giving away a gorgeous diamond and garnet necklace.

I have seen the necklace, and it is beautiful! We’re talking real diamonds. I’m also very fond of money, so I’m extremely jealous that iWin employees aren’t eligible to win!

I asked around for a few quotes from the folks who worked on Jewel Quest Mysteries 2, and here’s what I got.

“this hidden object game is so rich and lavish, you feel like you’ve been dropped right into the actual locations”

Andrew – Lead Quality Assurance Engineer

iWin Wonder Producer Dennis had this to say:

“I wish everyone in the world can be as awesome as Terrie. Without her, iWin would fall to pieces”

Truer words have never been spoken, but then he gave his actual quote.

I hope everyone will enjoy the game because we really put a lot of effort into it”

Then we pretended to be cops and mercilessly interrogated Dennis until he caved and gave us the following interview:

Q: Describe for us what it was like making Jewel Quest Mysteries: Trail of the Midnight Heart

It was both heaven and hell for the team this time around. There was always some type of heated debate between team members on what features to add and keep. At times, it could be described as “Live bees pumped into air conditioning.” But in the end, when we do our focus group testing or when we take early builds to have our family members play-test it, the positive reactions we get makes it all worthwhile.

Q: What is your favorite element of this exciting new game?

A: The team really liked how the traveling scrolling screens came together. We really wanted to get some new mechanics into the hidden object genre, and hope introducing parallax scrolling screens will add a new dimension to the gameplay.

Q: What are the main differences between Jewel Quest Mysteries: Curse of the Emerald Tear and its sequel, Jewel Quest Mysteries: Trail of the Midnight Heart?

A: Well, this time around, we went bigger and better on all fronts. More hidden object screens, more animations, more gameplay modes, better replayablility, and more upgrades to choose from. We wanted to make this a true sequel with all aspects of the game. We also added the scrolling screen this time around to give the player a different gameplay mechanic in addition to the tried and true hidden object screens.

I hope everybody gives Jewel Quest Mysteries 2 Trail of the Midnight Heart a play. It’s a wonderful game, and I’m very proud to be a part of it!





Shine up your chainmail, don your fanciest gown and get ready for a fantasy adventure.

Take a trip to a beautiful land with an amazing castle and be treated like royalty when you arrive. All is well in… wait a minute…

IS THAT A UNICORN?! Unbelievable! A herd of Unicorns has been spotted on the Hotel grounds. There can’t be more than about 25 of them, but what a sight to behold. To see such a rare and mythical creature is unbelievable. We’ll never see another group of these, you’d better grab one before someone else does! By the time you finish reading this sentence, they could be gone! Why are you still reading!?

SALE ITEM CATEGORY
Blue Renaissance Dress Costumes
Sorceress Gown Costumes
Wizard Robes Costumes
Medieval Mail Suit Costumes

This sale ends Tuesday around noon PST. So get your sales items today!

Here are the new items we have for you today:

ITEM CATEGORY
Unicorn Pets
Fairytale Castle Backgrounds
Sand Castle Outdoor
Medieval Weapons Wall Objects
Long Red Carpet Floor Objects
Velvet Rope Decor


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