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Are you looking for a soothing, relaxing gaming experience? Then look no further than Zen Mosaics which is an exclusive iWin pre-release! Play it here before anywhere else! In this unique nonogram game, you have 120 custom built puzzles to choose from in 20 fascinating locations. At the end of your journey through the puzzles, after you’ve restored a beautiful zen garden, you can unlock a special endless mode! Plunge into this soothing zen-like experience and relax while building your zen garden!

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Hey guys! Spring is here and in the air. I am sitting here, looking at the tulips on my table (yellow and white!) that my mom gave me for Easter, I hear the birds chirping outside and all I can think is… Spring is FINALLY here! This winter has been a long, wet one here in Northern California and we are ready to dry out and enjoy the outdoors. But sadly… not quite yet. Rain is still in the forecast so I will have to come up with something else to do. Like play outdoor video games!

Here is a quick list of some games that might satiate your Springtime feeling until you can actually get outside and bask in the sun.

Play now! Play now! Play now! Play now!

Play now! Play now!
Play now! Play now! Play now! Play now!

Play now! Play now!

So don’t let that rain get you down! Go and enjoy your Springtime. Hey look… the weatherman is changing his predictions to sunshine! Almost to the real thing!

We have our Coconut Queen contest winners for you today! Our grand prize was a 200 Dollar American Airlines Gift Card!

And that Grand Prize winner is craftbugjo!! Congratulations, you have won both the 200 dollar gift card as well as 3000 Opals! Please keep an eye on your email for further instructions!

For our 2nd place winner, we have dianahere6! 2000 Opals will be coming your way soon!

For our 3rd place winner we have suma6869!! Expect 1000 more Opals in your pockets soon!

And last, but not least, we have conflay earning a nice 500 Opals!

Congratulations to all of our Coconut Queen Contest winners!! The Opals will be awarded later tonight.

To post a COMMENT please click HERE!

You know what game is coming soon? I’ll give you three hints.

1. It’s on a tropical island.
2. It’s got beautiful sandy beaches.
3. And you are the queen!

Can you guess yet? That’s right, it’s Coconut Queen!

Click here to enter the Coconut Queen contest!

Since Coconut Queen takes place on the far away tropical island of Lui Lui, here at iWin we wanted to give you your own chance at a getaway vacation.
For this week’s contest, in honor of the upcoming release of Coconut Queen, we are giving away the grand prize of:

A 200 Dollar American Airlines Gift Card!

So pack that swim suit, and be sure to order a fruity drink with little umbrella. It’s time to enter the Coconut Queen contest! Surf, sand, and sun are yours to be won!

To enter, go to our iWin Promotions room located HERE and click on the door. The door will take you to an entry form page. Just fill out the entry page and you’ll be entered! This will be a random drawing of 4 lucky winners.

What are all the prizes? Well I’m glad you asked!

1st prize – 200 Dollar American Airlines Gift Card and 3000 Opals
2nd prize – 2000 Opals
3rd prize – 1000 Opals
4th prize – 500 Opals

You may enter the Coconut Queen contest twice according to the rules listed here. But beware, entering more than twice may disqualify you from the contest.

Also, unfortunately due to shipment restrictions, our first prize is only open to US Residents.

This contest will end next Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 10am PST.

The winner will be announced the next Wednesday afternoon.

So go click the door and ENTER HERE and be a Coconut Queen today!

Want more Coconut Queen? Check out the official Coconut Queen Game Website for your exclusive FREE: calendar, wallpapers & ringtones!

As for last week’s contest, we had a TON of entries! At the end of the contest we had well over 3200 entries! This was our biggest weekly contest to date! Our grand prize winner of last week’s Kelly Green contest was kawrider66!! Congratulations and enjoy your Year of Seeds!

For 2nd place, winning a lovely 50 dollar flower bouquet, we have angeljoey!!

Both 1st and 2nd place winners will need to check their email for further instructions.

wldgtr won 3rd prize and 1000 Opals, and last but not least wildrose3 won our 4th prize spot with 500 Opals!

Congratulations! The Opals will be awarded late tonight, so keep an eye on your Opals balances!

Click here to enter the Coconut Queen contest!

iWin has been abuzz with the upcoming release of Kelly Green Garden Queen . Talking about gardening in the game naturally leads to talk about people’s personal gardens, and all the beautiful flowers they have.

Do you love flowers? I know I do!

Well for this week’s contest, in honor of the release of Kelly Green: Garden Queen we are going to be giving away the grand prize:

A YEAR OF SEEDS!!

You too can be like Kelly Green and grow your very own beautiful windowsill garden year-round! The grand Kelly Green Contest Prizeprize winner will receive this SUPER CUTE assortment of 12 candy-colored earthenware pots along with their easy-to-grow seeds! Be your very own Gardening Queen in no time!

But that’s not all! Our 2nd place winner will receive a 50 dollar flower bouquet! You can enjoy all the beauty of the flowers without the wait!

To enter go to our iWin Promotions room located HERE and click on the door. The door will take you to an entry form page. Just fill out the entry page and you’ll be entered! This will be a random drawing of 4 lucky winners.

What are all the prizes? Well I’m glad you asked!

1st prize – Year of Seeds and 3000 Opals
2nd prize – Flower Bouquet and 2000 Opals
3rd prize – 1000 Opals
4th prize – 500 Opals

Please note to win Opals you must include your iWin account name.

You may enter the Kelly Green Garden Queen contest twice according to the rules listed here. But beware, entering more than twice may disqualify you from the contest.
Also, unfortunately due to shipment restrictions, our first and second place prizes are only open to US Residents.

This contest will end next Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 10am PST.

The winner will be announced the next Wednesday afternoon.

So go click the door and ENTER HERE and be a Garden Queen today!

As for last week’s contest, there were a LOT of great entries. Our grand prize winners last week were emom1st, baileyvm, nluvtm, cattjam, kblue56, 13sahsa, and hottdott!! Congratulations on winning 3000 Opals!
There are a lot of different types of summer days, and we wanted to make sure variety of them were winners!  The Opals will be awarded late tonight, so keep an eye on your Opals balances!

Click here to enter the Kelly Green: Gardening Queen contest!

Just in time for the weekend we are pleased to announce new store items (see below), new features, and a bunch of bug fixes.

First off, new Hotel features…we were pleasantly surprised at how quickly the community utilized the Message Wall.  In response we have added the ability to reply directly to Message Wall posts and have them appear on a friend’s wall. Makes it much easier to have a conversation.

You can now track how many people have visited your rooms by clicking on the “More” button in your Profile area and looking at the “Visits” total. This is a total of people who have visited any of your rooms.

And finally you can browse other rooms easier with the addition of new criteria in the  “Meet Others” area. We have broken it out by time period as well.

With the release yesterday we had a bunch of minor bug fixes but a major one as well. If  you were having issues viewing the Store items this problem should be cleared up now. If you are still having trouble please submit a ticket by clicking on the “Help” button in the Hotel and we will check it out.

Here are the new items that we launched today. A nice mixture of indoor and outdoor items and the teenage daughter to go with the teenage son we launched on Tuesday:

ITEM: CATEGORY:
Jukebox Appliances
Birdhouse Hobby
Birdfeeder Hobby
Coat Hooks Decor
Game Console Appliances
Game Console (back) Appliances
Teenage Daughter Pals

Thanks and have a great weekend!

Nathan
Senior Producer
iWin.com

Hello there! Since I last posted, we here at iWin have been really busy… Hotel iWin launched, we have had loads of exclusive games (P.J. Pride Pet Detective, Destination: Europe, Mysterious City: Cairo, Nanny Mania 2) and we have increased our focus on bringing you awesome Steals & Deals (games that are up to 85% off retail price).

While we have been working hard to bring you all of these cool new games and features, it occured to me that there are some things that we do that might not be obvious… so I thought I would tell you about them.

Firstly, for every iWin developed or distributed game that we launch on our site (about 20 a year), we have a program called “The Sneak Peek Program” which allows certain users to see, play and purchase a game days before it is launched at iWin.com or anywhere else.  How do you join the Sneak Peek program?  Well there are a few ways.  For our iCoins members, we try and send the games out about 3-4 days before they officially launch.  For our newsletter subscribers and toolbar installers, we send it out 1 day before it launches.

So what are all of these different programs?

iCoinsiCoins  is a great program because it allows its members to purchase games at deeply discounted rates (all games at least 65% off).  The best part is that unlike other game clubs, the iCoins program has three subscription tiers, one of which asks for no time or game commitment to join.

The Newsletter – if you aren’t already a newsletter subscriber, you should think about signing up. Why? Well, we work hard to make sure that not only do we let you know of all the great discounts, promotions and new games that are out but we also send out email-only discounts and promotions all the time. Sign up by creating an account at iWin.com and then editing your mail preferences.

And finally,

The Toolbar –  Does everyone know about the toolbar?  If you don’t have it, you are definitely missing out.  We update this toolbar every day, multiple times… just to make sure that our toolbar installers know about every promotion, discount or new game that launches at iWin.com.  What is even cooler is that just for downloading it, we give you a free copy of Jewel Quest Solitaire!  And just like iCoins and the newsletter, we work hard to make sure that we can offer our toolbar users special discounts and promotions that no one else has access too (psst- there is a 40% off coupon in the toolbar right now!!)

 

 Oh and… just in case you didn’t see it… Jewel Quest Solitaire III is about to launch (iCoins members- you will get your Sneak Peek today!) To get everyone excited, we have created a downloadable March 2009 calendar,  just for you.  Get it now!  Enjoy!

Get your free Jewel Quest Solitaire III March 2009 calendar!

Get your free Jewel Quest Solitaire III March 2009 calendar!

Lately, I have come to realize that I have a lot of stress in my life.  I don’t know how it happened.  It was like one day, I just up and got… stressed.  I mean, I can remember back just 2 years ago when I would come home from work, not a care in the world.  My boyfriend (now husband) and I would either hop on our bicycles and take a long ride after work or go hit the tennis courts for a fun hour of back-and-forth.

 Now, two years later, we have started to fulfill what, as a little kid, I thought was the “dream” life.  We got married, got a puppy, got ANOTHER puppy, bought a house.  This is what everyone always dreams of right? So why so stressed?  Well, the answers are pretty obvious- mortgage, responsibilities and… the dreaded commute.

 Yup- like 88% of the American workforce, I commute.  And no, I don’t like it.  My commute, door-to-door is about 90 minutes on average.  That is just a wee bit higher than the national average commute time of 24.3 mins  but thankfully, I love my job, so somehow that makes up for it.

You may be asking yourself, “Where is she going with this?”  Well, let me break it down for you.  I, as aforementioned, am stressed out.  I don’t have the time I used to.  I have a long commute.  I still need “me” time so that I can remain sane.  Solution?  Games. 

Luckily, I don’t have to drive and I work in the gaming industry so I have the inside scoop on which ones are awesome and which ones are not.  I download them before hitting the road and then I have a really relaxing way to spend the next hour and half.  And honestly, before you know it, the commute it over, I am relaxed and back with my cute husband and adorable puppies.  And stress-free.  Until tomorrow.  But hey, I just downloaded Build-a-Lot 3 and P.J. Pride Pet Detective, Destination: Europe… so I am armed and ready to roll.

 How do you de-stress?  What games do you love to play at the end of a long day?

 PS- a statistic I find somewhat disturbing about the average American commute- the average yearly commute time is equivalent to 100 hours!  If you compare that to the average yearly vacation time (80 hours)… well, it is pretty darn sad, don’t you think??

Hey iWin players!

My name is Shadow and me and my team of technical monkeys help keep all the server’s up, running, and happy and most importantly SECURE! In fact, security is why I decided to write to you today.

You may have noticed our stylish new ‘Green Bar’ when you go to buy games.  The bar represents VeriSign’s  “Extended Validation Certificate”, you may have seen it at places like your bank’s website. This is VeriSign’s super tip top certificate so you always know your data and transactions are safe when you are spending time with us here at iWin!

The Verisign Green Bar

The Verisign Green Bar

You keep playing games, and me and my monkeys will keep the servers up and safe and secure so you can play with peace of mind!

Until next time….

Your friends at iWin Technical Operations

So my husband and I recently bought a home… our first home! It was very emotional and exciting… and a little nerve-wracking! Not only do we now have a mortgage that get to worry about, we also actually have to fix everything that is wrong, instead of just calling up our not-so-friendly ex-landlord. But I would say that overall, the positives thus far greatly outweigh the negatives and every small challenge has somehow become an exciting hurdle that we hold hands and jump over together.

In thinking about this blog post, I was wondering how I could tie my recent purchase into casual games. Of course, there are some obvious tie-ins- Home Sweet Home comes to mind initially. But the more obvious one to me was Nanny Mania, which seemed very apropos. In Nanny Mania, you run around, taking care of children, their parents and well, essentially you run the entire house. That is how I feel lately. Although, I guess in my case, I am my own nanny, running after my dogs, my husband and the never-ending mess. Sad!

In performing this exercise of comparing my life to games, I came across a surprising conclusion. I mean, I never felt that I was much of a “gamer”. When I started working for a casual games company, I really didn’t expect that I would become a “gamer”. In a lot of ways, I have and in other ways I haven’t. I have found some games that I absolutely adore (Dream Chronicles anyone?) and others that drive me mad with frustration. But overall, as I get older and get more responsibilities in my life, both professionally and personally, I find that the games we create not only provide a treasured sense of escape from the daily mundane but sometimes, scarily, I can really relate to the people, stories and gameplay. Am I turning into a game character or are these developers dissecting my life and turning my life into a game?!

Regardless of the answer, I thought it was an interesting exercise. So I turn the question back to you- What game best represents your life at the moment? This should be interesting!

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