Archive | September, 2009

…Treasure World brings the Nintendo DS into the real world?

Treasure World

Treasure World from Aspyr for the Nintendo DS is an interesting new way to look at gaming.

To play, you take your DS out into the wild and roam the streets looking for star dust. In this case, star dust can be gathered from the Wi-Fi signals that are all around you, and each one unlocks a special treasure chest that is filled with goodies. Just turn the game on, wander around an area with lots of unique signals, and the game will tick off rewards like a pinball machine on overdrive.

Once you return home, the game will reward your adventure with costumes for your character and decorations for your world. Then, in another interesting twist, you can arrange those decorations in any way that you’d like, and your world becomes a 32-note music tracker, allowing you to create and share songs by just placing things in various locations.

Overall, I’m impressed with what Aspyr has done with the concept. They’ve managed to trick kids into playing outside by rewarding them with trinkets and toys, and then have turned them into composers with a unique music machine that encourages experimentation and sharing. Well done!

[Club Treasure World]

…It’s TGI Friday: Achievement Unlocked?

Achievement Unlocked

Achievement Unlocked is another meta game, similar to the previously featured Upgrade Complete, that gives you 100 achievements to unlock in order to finish the game.

Don’t worry about beating levels, finding ways to kill enemies, or beating the final boss… there are none. Focus solely on your ultimate destiny… doing random tasks that have nothing to do with anything.

Plus, if all else fails, just remember that opening the ‘Hint?’ box unlocks and achievement…

[Achievement Unlocked]

…Whitoken gives your iPod Touch a second life?


Like everything Apple, the iPod Touch’s design is a study in simplistic beauty.

However, as with most things tech, there are those that just can’t help but tinker, which is why one crafty designer named 6mik has created a theme for jailbroken iPod Touches called Whitoken that gives a whole new look and feel to the default interface. (And reminds me a lot of Marvin the Paranoid Android from Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.)


…Billie Tweets?

Billie Tweets

Billie Tweets is a tribute to Michael Jackson that combines YouTube and Twitter to show that we can all speak his language. (With a little selective editing of course.)

[Billie Tweets]

…Jelli is here to kill the radio?

Jelli Logo

The radio is dead, and Jelli is here to replace it.

Ok, so maybe that’s a bit extreme, but the concept behind Jelli is a fascinating one, and does have the potential to change radio as we know it.


Essentially, Jelly is a single radio station that’s 100% listener controlled. Users can nominate songs, vote for songs they like, and bomb the ones they don’t, and the song with the most votes at the end of the currently playing track gets the next spot in line. The more you listen, the more power you gain, though even first timers have the ability to push a song over the edge.

The result is a mix of music that will surprise and delight, with an ever changing flow of community taste and creative control.

Just don’t expect to hear the Billboard Top 40 playing on repeat any time soon.