Tales of the Orient: The Rising Sun is Coming Soon! Get An Advance Look Now!

In the upcoming release Tales of the Orient: The Rising Sun, an iWin EXCLUSIVE that you can play here before anywhere else, prepare to be transported in time to the Edo Period of Japan’s history. In this era of Shoguns, honor and courage, you must use all the Match-3 skills at your disposal to help a noble Samurai and beautiful Geisha build a Japanese village.

Get an exclusive first look at the stunning art from this gorgeous Match-3 epic below and keep an eye on iWin.com to be among the first to play the game when it’s released!







Get A Sneak Peek At Upcoming Release, Hello Venice 2!

Get an exclusive sneak peek at tomorrow’s new release, Hello Venice 2: New York Adventure!  In this exciting Match-3 game, you must help Adda and Ciro find the seeds of the Golden Tree, which can only be brought back to life by the world’s best alchemists! Check out some gorgeously rendered screenshots from this upcoming release below!


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The Gamers Guild Results Are In!

The first ever Gamers Guild Awards have come to a close but were definitely a rousing success! We received a TON of votes! Thank you to everyone who participated!

The results are in and have all been tallied up! So without any further ado, we’re pleased to present the winners of the inaugural Gamers Guild Awards as voted on by YOU!

Best Lead Male – Austin The Butler

Austin the Butler, from the Gardenscapes series took a commanding lead right out of the gate and never looked back. With nearly 54% of the votes, it’s pretty clear that Austin is one of gaming’s most beloved characters!

Best Lead Female – Emily

This category was a bit more contentious with a neck and neck battle between Emily, from the Delicious series and Kate Beckett from Castle: Never Judge a Book By Its Cover. Ultimately, Emily prevailed with 30% of the votes, but it was a close race the entire time!

Best Art Direction – Namariel Legends Iron Lord

This was another close one, with all 5 nominees receiving between 15% and 20% of the votes. However, when all was said and done, it was Namariel Legends: Iron Lord that pulled ahead and won with a solid 25%.

Best Original Storyline – Fall of the New Age Collector’s Edition

In the Best Original Story category Chinese Dragon put up an excellent fight, but Fall of the New Age Collector’s Edition proved victorious with 43% of the votes.

And last, but CERTAINLY not least…

Best Game – Gardens Inc 2 The Road to Fame Platinum Edition

The Treasures of Montezuma 4 was a worthy adversary, but ultimately proved no match for Gardens Inc. 2: The Road to Fame Platinum Edition, which received 41% of your votes!

That’s it for this year folks! Thank you for all your votes! Can’t wait to see what the rest of 2014 has to offer and we hope you’ll join us again for next year’s Gamers Guild Awards!

Have You Voted For Your Favorite Games In The Gamers Guild Awards Yet?

There’s only a few days left to vote on your favorite games from 2013! The competition is FIERCE! Have a look at the current standings in the the Best Lead Female category and you can see how close the top two contenders are at the moment! Emily from the Delicious series is just barely edging out Kate Beckett from the game Castle: Never Judge a Book By Its Cover!

So hurry up and VOTE for your favorites today! We can’t wait to see who wins!

The Gamers Guild Awards Are Here! Vote For Your Favorite Games!

Roll out the red carpet! The first ever Gamers Guild Awards have arrived and we want to hear from YOU! Click HERE or on the image above to see all of the nominees in each of the five categories, then vote for your favorites! Let us know which games thrilled you, which characters you loved and which game’s storyline kept you fascinated and coming back for more!

Check out all the nominees and vote TODAY!

Got A Sweet Tooth?

iWin’s EXCLUSIVE release, Sweet Shop Rush has me thinking about (and craving) some candy. But not your typical Snickers, Reese’s or Kit Kat bars. That’s so predictable, so boring. How about something out of the ordinary, something off-beat? Something weird. Two (or three…or more) great tastes that taste great together (or not…).

Maybe something like Barratt Shrimps & Bananas candy from the UK?

A classic flavor combination if ever there was one.

Apparently, it’s not ACTUALLY shrimp flavored; the shrimp candies reportedly taste like raspberry. Which is disappointing since everyone knows how delicious shrimp and bananas are together, right?

Then of course there’s Japan’s infamously wide assortment of Kit-Kat flavors. Ever wondered what an Edamame Soybean Kit-Kat would taste like? Of course you have. You’re human. It’s natural.

Yum.

How about Purple Sweet Potato? Wasabi? Soy Sauce? Yes, these are all real flavors that exist and (presumably) people have eaten. No, I don’t get it either. (Although Cinnamon Cookie Kit-Kat does sound pretty darned tasty, I must admit.)

Not that Japan has a monopoly on bizarre candy flavors. One need look no further than Northern California’s own Jelly Belly jellybeans for some truly weird and surreal tastes. Ever thought to yourself, “gee, I sure wish I had some lawn clippings I could munch on”? Jelly Belly has got you covered! Curious about the taste of canned dog food? Jelly Belly to the rescue! Stinky socks? Moldy Cheese? Skunk spray? Check, check and check!

Sure. Makes perfect sense.

You know what? On second thought, I’ll just stick with good old Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, M&Ms, or even just a classic Hershey Bar. Doesn’t that sound much better than a Red Bean Sandwich Kit-Kat or a toothpaste flavored jellybean? So go ahead and indulge! Grab some candy and treat yourself to our newest EXCLUSIVE release, Sweet Shop Rush!

An Indie Game Dev Needs Your Help!

Invoke Games is currently hard at work bringing their thrilling new hidden object adventure, Arcana: Sands of Destiny to fruition, and they need YOUR help for the final push to make it happen!

They have set up a campaign with indiegogo.com where, for as little as $5 you can help bring this game to life as well as receive a copy of the game as soon as it’s released! The more you’re willing to donate, the more exciting bonus items and content you’ll receive! Check out their campaign page HERE and learn more about Invoke Games at their site!

Arcana: Sands of Destiny is an epic hidden object game where you’ll play as intrepid explorer Jenny Hopkins. Join the adventure as she faces an ancient evil in the mysterious and magical land of Egypt during the earliest days of the 20th century! Here’s a sneak peek of what the game will look like once it’s completed with your help!

7 Surprising Facts About Dinosaurs

In honor of our newest EXCLUSIVE release, Day D Time Mayhem, we thought it would be fun to share some interesting dinosaur facts. For instance, did you know that a T-rex’s tooth could be up to 10 inches long or that it’s massive jaw could eat the equivalent to an adult tiger in one bite? Yep, to a T-rex, one of the most dangerous creatures of the modern world would be nothing more than a nice amuse-bouche. Read on for some more fun dino facts!

1. Some species of dinosaurs were incredibly small, comparable to the size of a pigeon or a small house cat. A kind of pterodactyl, known as the Nemicolopterus had a wingspan of only 10 inches!

2. Many well known dinosaurs didn’t exist at anywhere near the same time. For instance, there was actually a greater span of time between when the T-rex and stegosaurus walked the earth than the time between when a T-rex was alive and the present day.

3. Dinosaurs can be divided into two distinct categories. There were the ornithischian, or “bird-hipped” variety and then there was the saurischian, or “lizard-hipped” dinos. Surprisingly, modern birds evolved from the “lizard hipped” kind!

4. Afraid of snakes? If so, a dino known as a Madtsoia would probably be your worst nightmare. Reaching lengths of 50 to 65 feet, it killed much like modern boa constrictors or pythons, squeezing its prey to death with its immense muscular strength.

5. Imagine a scorpion almost three and a half feet long, armed with huge, extremeley sharp claws and of course massive amounts of venom produced from its nightmarishly large stinger! The terrifying Pumonoscorpius existed during the Carboniferous period in the forests of what would eventually become modern day Scotland.

6. The oldest known species of dinosaurs were found in Madagascar and have not yet been formally given a name. Existing roughly 230 million years ago, they predate the previous oldest known dino, the Eoraptor, by nearly 2 million years.

7. The smallest known dinosaur skeletons ever found come from a creature known as the Mussaurus, or “mouse lizard”. The largest of the species could still fit inside a modern shopping bag.

Learn anything new about dinosaurs? Hungry for more dino action? Then be sure to experience the zany dinosaur-packed fun of the latest exclusive iWin release, Day D Time Mayhem!

7 Things You Might Not Know About Chinese New Year!

The Chinese New Year begins on January 31, 2014 and millions of Chinese people the world over will be celebrating during the 15 day long festival. But how much do you actually know about the Lunar New Year? Here are 7 facts about its history and traditions you might not have been aware of!

1.  It initially began centuries ago as a means of protecting the Chinese people against a mythical creature known as the Nian, a child eating beast that lives under the sea or in the mountains. Legend holds that the Nian could be scared off by loud noises and wearing something red, which is why firecrackers and the color red are still prominent in New Year’s celebrations to this day.

2. The Chinese New Year is based on cycles of the moon, which means that unlike Western calendars, Chinese calendars have 6 months with only 29 days and 6 months with 30 days. Every 3 years there is an extra lunar month called rùnyuè.

3. It is believed unwise to wash your hair on the first day of the Chinese New Year as you will be washing away your good luck.

4. In order to make sure you’re not in debt in the new year, all outstanding bills should be paid and any money owed to friends or family should be paid back as well.

5. Legend says that the Buddha asked all of the animals to meet him on the Chinese New Year. 12 showed up and he named a year after each of them.

6. 2014 is the year of the horse and to celebrate, the USPS will be issuing a Lunar New Year Series of commemorative stamps featuring traditional Chinese drums decorated with peonies, a Chinese calligraphic character for “horse” and the paper cut design of the horse, the 2014 stamp is the seventh stamp in the series.

Kam Mak, the official painter of the annual Chinese New Year’s stamp for the USPS, said the idea of choosing the traditional Chinese drum as the central element to adorn the year of the horse stamp came from his childhood memories.

“As a kid growing up in Hong Kong, hearing the sound of the Chinese drumming in the lion dance performance lifted up my spirits for the new year,” Mak said. “The strength of the drum sound is the heartbeat of the lion, what a beautiful and powerful sound to usher in the new year.”

The Chinese-American artist said the inspiration of his concept for the whole Lunar New Year series was based on his personal experiences.

 

What are the characteristics of those born in a Horse year? Horses are typically known to be independent, energetic,  always ready for the next big adventure and highly fond of traveling. They can however also be brash and inconsistent. Famous Horses include Sir Isaac Newton, Paul McCartney, Oprah Winfrey and Jerry Seinfeld.

7. Food served during the Chinese New Year is often symbolic. Fish, which sounds like “excess” or “surplus” in Mandarin is a staple of all meals. Chicken and prawns are for happiness, while oranges and pomelos symbolize good luck and fertility respectively.

Now that you know more about Chinese New Year, dive deeper into the legend of the Dark Dragon in iWin’s latest exclusive release, Chinese Dragon.

The January Game Calendar Is Here!

Hey folks, it’s January and the beginning of a new year! Start 2014 off right with a ton of thrilling new games! Get a peek at what’s coming out this month with, the January Game Calendar,  now available for you to download and print out! Click HERE to get your copy and get up to date on all the exciting games coming out in the coming weeks!

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