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New (and free) Zune HD games now available

Zune HD Games

Following up on the promise of more free games for the , Microsoft has released six new titles that are now available for your downloading pleasure. We’ve got a blurb on each game here, but we’ve gotta just say, after playing with PGR Ferrari Edition, we are thankful for that Tegra processor that the Zune HD is packing. Sure, it’s no App Store equivalent, but hey, it’s free content that is actually more fun than a flashlight or tip calculator:

  • Audiosurf Tilt: Audiosurf creates a rollercoaster ride from any song. Choose any song from your music collection and watch Audiosurf turn it into a unique roller coaster track for you to ride. The song you choose determines the shape, the speed, and the mood of each track. Tilt your Zune like a steering wheel to collect colored blocks and avoid speedbumps. Unlock more than 30 designs, each with its own special theme and color palette.
  • Checkers: Enjoy the classic game of Checkers in a beautiful outdoor park setting.  Play against the computer or against a friend.
  • Lucky Lanes Bowling: Bowl in different game modes: exhibition, blackjack, golf. Play in five different bowling alleys with unique themes, all with the swipe of a finger. Choose from twenty different bowlers and twenty two different ball styles. You can play against the computer or play with up to four friends.
  • Piano: Play your own tune, or play along with your favorite music on this electronic piano.
  • Project Gotham Racing: Ferrari Edition: Tear through the streets of London, Tokyo, and New York in the Ferrari of your choice using multi touch controls and the built in accelerometer.
  • Vans Sk8: Pool Service: From the Admiral to the old abandoned rec center pool, Bucky Lasek and Omar Hassan know a good bowl to skate.  Hit the pools and put these Vans skaters to the test with all the tricks in their bag and achieve hero status once you unlock their pro model skateboards.

According to Microsoft, the Facebook and Twitter apps are still being worked on, but are still on track for Zune HD as well.


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Play the Numbers with the Sudoku Toilet Roll

Posted by Lolita Beckwith Categories: Household

Sudoku Toilet Roll

We all know you can end up spending a lot of time on the toilet. In case you forget to bring your PSP or DS into the loo with you, why not a little Sudoku (poetic, eh?)? Yes, it’s the Sudoku Toilet roll, a nifty way to exercise your brain and, well, pass the time. Just make sure you always have a pencil handy. Each roll contains 240 sheets, and is available for $16 USD. By the way, if you’re one of those hardcore pen-using Sudoku enthusiasts, test your mettle with Sudokube.

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E3 2007: Microsoft’s Press Conference Recap And Impressions

E3 Microsoft Bringing It Home

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend E3 this year – instead, I’m on vacation in Cape Cod, using awful hotel Wi-Fi to watch streamed press conferences. Not the most glamorous way to take it all in, but exciting announcements, great games and new details are welcome no matter how you hear about them.

Here’s my personal transcription (in very brief form) of all the announcements and showings, along with some reflection on what Microsoft had to show.


Sudoku + Rubik’s Cube= Sudokube!

Posted by Lolita Beckwith Categories: Toys

SudokubeWe’re betting many of you are looking at the image and headline of this story, smacking your head and saying, “Now why didn’t I think of that?”. Yes, it’s Sudokube, a combo of two of the most popular puzzles of the modern era: Rubik’s Cube and Sudoku. For the unfamiliar, Sudokube is basically a Rubik’s Cube, but with numbers. Instead of matching colors, you align the numbers from 1-9 on each side. As with Sudoku, we’re betting it’s a lot harder than it sounds, but tons of fun. Sudokube measures 2.16 x 2.16” and is available for just under $10 USD.

Read More | Sudoku Cube Product Page via Tracing Gadget


Kid Galaxy is Answer to Sudoku Addicts

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Handhelds, Misc. Tech, Toys

Sudoku

Hooked on Sudoku? Kid Galaxy, designer and developer of creative toys and games is featuring their handheld Pro at this week’s NY Toy Fair 2007. The gadget features over 1,000,000 puzzles, 4 different skill levels, and an adjustable screen. It also sports check, hint, and mute buttons, a timer, a step counter, and an input for downloading games. Pro Sudoku is available online for $15.00, requires 3 AAA batteries (not included,) and also comes in a $5.00 Sudoku To Go Model.

 

Read More | Kid Galaxy

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