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Poptopia Gives You a Popcorn-Scented Gaming Experience

Poptopia

Poptopia is making a splash as the first scented mobile game in the market, although I’m not sure how the added smells enrich the gaming experience. The game itself is relatively simple enough. All you have to do is pop kernels into popcorn to feed the on-screen mouth and keep going for as long as you can.

The scent is care of the Pop Dongle, which contains enough essence of pop corn to emit the delicious scent of popcorn 500 to 1,000 times. Unfortunately, only a few people will be able to experience the game with the accompanying scents, as the dongles aren’t available for sale. The Pop Dongles are only up for bidding on eBay, with previous listings bringing in bids of up to $315.

That seems like an atrocious price to pay for a mobile gaming accessory, but it’s all for a good cause: 100% of the proceeds from the auctions will go to the American Red Cross. To bid or to find out more about the Pop Dongle, you can check out the listing here.

[ eBay Listing ] VIA [ C|NET ]

Limited Edition 3D Monopoly: Same Classic Game With a Three-Dimensional Twist

3D Monopoly

Monopoly has been around for decades and it’s one of the most played and well-loved games for family game nights. When you played it as a kid, I bet you didn’t really consider the more serious implications of what the game stood for. Could this game have shaped the minds and motivations of countless tycoons throughout the world? We’ll never know.

But the game itself is all about fun and absolute control of the properties on the board, and that much stays the same in the new limited edition version of the game: Monopoly 3D. Board Walk is still one of the most coveted properties, and people will still be on a race to acquire all the utilities and rail roads. What’s obviously different in this edition are the game board and tokens, as they have been done up in three striking dimensions.

Only 2,000 pieces of Monopoly 3D edition have been made, with each set being signed and numbered by artist Charles Fazzino, who designed the elements on the board that depict NYC. This includes six pewter game pieces, play money, title deeds, chance and community chest cards, wood houses, hotels, and the banker’s tray aside from the 3D artwork with embedded crystals and foil accents on the board. It’s an impressive set that carries an even more impressive price tag: $500.

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Now Available: Plants vs. Zombies 2 for iOS–It’s About Time!

Plants vs Zombies 2

It’s about time they released the sequel to 2010′s hit game, Plants vs. Zombies. In case this is your first time hearing about PvsZ, it’s a tower defense action-strategy game that pits plants against brain-seeking zombies.

The follow-up is called Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time and it brings back most of the beloved plants from the first game, plus a bunch of brand-new ones. But with new plants comes new zombies, and you’ll encounter new ones including Ra Zombie from Ancient Egypt, the Swashbuckler Zombie from the Pirate Seas, or the Chicken Wrangler Zombie from the Wild West.

The best part? You can download Plants vs. Zombies 2 for free on iOS! You might, however, feel compelled to spend a buck or two since are a bunch of power-ups and plants are only available with in-app purchases.

[ Plants vs. Zombies 2 ] VIA [ Geeky Gadgets ]

Brilliant Idea: Smartphone “Game” Challenges You To Throw Your Phone As High As Possible

SMTH-App

Oh, what could possibly go wrong? SMTH (Send Me To Heaven) is a simple application that uses a phone’s accelerometer to determine just how high above the ground the device has reached, after it’s been foolishly thrown up in the air by some overconfident simpleton. The higher the better, with high scores posted online in a bid to challenge you to outdo your similarly quick witted friends. It’s only available for Android phones, probably because Apple took some issue with the idea in general. But hey, if your phone is on the way out in the first place, maybe this is a cool way to send it off. Kind of like doing a smoke show in the parking lot when it’s time to replace your car’s tires?

[ Google's Play Store ] VIA [ IncredibleThings ]

Puzzle Pong Takes Beer Pong Into The Pool

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Puzzle Pong is not the first floating beer pong setup, but the makers have thought long and hard about this and introduced some improvements over other such products already on the market. Puzzle Pong is modular and can be assembled into a 4, 6, or 8 foot long table with ease, and then folded back up into a 7 lbs. briefcase when you’re done. It’s made from polypropylene foam, which not only makes it float, but is also more durable than other floating materials. The recesses for the cups feature tiny holes that allow water to drain through and prevent splashing around from a stray shot. Of course, we’re not sure why you’d want to avoid getting splashed while standing in a pool, but there you have it.

If you want your own Puzzle Pong, head over to Kickstarter and pledge $50. Delivery is slated for November so you’ll likely miss the summer, unless you live in the kind of climate that’s summery all year long. And if that’s the case, we hate you.

[ Project Page ]

The Human Slingshot Game: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

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We’re counting down the days until the above “toy” gets banned from shelves everywhere, but until then, we’ll encourage as many people as possible to get it. It’s a very large band of stretchy material that is meant to be used by 4 people at once.

“Gameplay is simple, but amazingly fun. In a synchronized pattern, players run toward each other and into the walls of the giant band creating the momentum necessary to catapult the other players across the confines of the slingshot.”

Grown men hurtling towards each other with no protection, aided in their momentum by a giant stretchy rubber band? Sign us up!

A description really doesn’t do the Human Slingshot justice. We suggest watching a few seconds of the below video. Then, once you spend the $75 asking price and receive the product, we’d like to remind readers that alcohol has been known to enhance activities that require coordination. That said, we’re not liable for any damages that your body may incur.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Geekologie ]

You Could Buy An Exotic Car With Some Track Time, Or This Fancy F1 Simulator For About The Same Amount

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Only this simulator doesn’t go anywhere. It’s a glorified game. And yes, it’s as expensive as some exotic cars, clocking in at an astounding £90,000 (roughly $140,000). So what do you get for the same price as a slightly used 2006 Ferrarri F430 Spider?

This Formula 1 Full Size Racing Simulator houses a custom racing simulator, complete with three 23-inch screens, a 5.1 surround sound system, and a custom computer powered by an Intel Core i7 processor. The details continue with a full set of pedals, an F1-type quick-release steering wheel with force feedback, your choice of a silver, red, or black paint job, magnesium alloy wheels, and Pirelli F1 show tires.

Pirelli F1 tires… for a vehicle that doesn’t move? Three screens? Please… There is an art in separating people from their money, and this particular gimmick includes sending a team over to your house to install this thing and “make sure it fits”. This, sadly, is probably a selling point for some.

Oh… we should mention it’s being sold at Costco. Yeah…

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Uncrate ]

AppQuiz Turns Your iPad Into a Portable Game Show

AppQuiz

The iPad’s size is perfect for multi-player gaming. In fact, there are a lot of games out there that should be played by more than one player, like the quiz game that you can play with the AppQuiz iPad accessory.

It looks like half an octopus (minus the head), but it’s actually four buzzers that players are supposed to whack or press to take their turn. It comes with a free, game show-type app that features thousands of questions and a virtual host named Chuck Boldhart to keep things fun and entertaining. The AppQuiz dock itself is also compatible with the iPhone, but that would mean that all four players would have to squeeze a bit tighter together so they can see what’s being displayed on the screen.

Hit the jump to check out a video of the AppQuiz in action, along with links on where you can get it.

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Now This is How Angry Birds Should be Played

Angry Birds Slingshot Controller

I’m sure you’ve tried playing Angry Birds by now, given that it’s one of the most popular games in the industry. If you haven’t, then I bet you’ve probably heard about it and what the game is all about. In case you’ve been living under a rock you haven’t, it’s basically an action game where you use a slingshot to fling angry-looking birds across your screen to bring the green alien pigs down.

Angry Birds is available on a lot of platforms, from the iOS to Android and finally, to the PC. On touchscreen devices, the sling of the slingshot is dragged by the player to aim and send their birds flying, while the mouse does the player’s bidding on the PC. But that’s soon about to change, if you take a hint from Copenhagen-based Hideaki Matsui and Andrew Spitz.

What these guys did was build an awesome ‘Super Angry Birds’ USB controller, which simulates the act of using a real slingshot. The controller detects how much the player pulls the bird back and the angle that they’re tilting the slingshot to fire the bird off in the right direction on the game screen. The duo put the controller together using a hacked motorized fader found in audio mixing consoles and manages the hardware with an Arduino-based micro-controller developed by the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design. Throw in bits of code programmed in max/MSP and you’ve got Super Angry Birds right there.

Check out a video of the controller in action after the jump.

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