Blondie is long gone, so it's rare nowadays that we get asked to ring somebody's bell.
Perceiving our growing sense of injustice, VML invited us to ring its bells with Handbell Hero. It's kind of like Guitar Hero -- WITH BELLS!
This was way funner than that ornery virtual account manager that Burns left us (to die!) with.
...we give you a menagerie of holiday games, courtesy of Miniclip -- the same people who brought us presidential paintball.
To usher in the giggles and cheer (and, uh, promote its Fool Proof insurance product), Kwik-Fit gives us Turkey Target. It's a game involving turkeys and an outfoxed fox in a Santa hat.
Kwik-Fit also launched a holiday game called Pimp My Sleigh.
Fun fun fun.
Why strain the dancing girls for votes when the 2008 presidential candidates can play paintball instead?
On Miniclip, they can. And thank heavens. Nothing says POTUS like a paintball ass-kicker. (We'd say Hillary's got the competitive advantage there. We bet she's loaded with quiet rage!)
Bravo partnered with LimeLife to promote Top Chef, a show that's a lot like Iron Chef except not as entertaining because it isn't ever-so-crappily dubbed.
The result was a game called Top Chef Challenge, which is available on mobile phones. The object is to climb from entry-level dishwasher to 5-star chef in a virtual kitchen.
The game is available for a one-time charge of $6.99, or a $2.99 subscription fee if you happen to have a particularly extortionate US-based carrier. (Did we mention carriers suck ass? Now there are studies to prove it.)
Hey, this is pretty nifty. CT-based Shift Control Media, which builds casual games for marketers, has relaunched its website with help from Vancouver's mod7.
The site vibes like an RPG game: You're an alien exploring human behavior and interning at a Madison Avenue agency. The reading's a little heavy compared with the few instances of action, but then again you get to hear bullshit words like "synergy" from alien ears.
The alien also observes that "all the attractive humanoids work in marketing." Hell yes, little green man.
AdFreak just received an email which claimed ING Direct this Friday would, "take over two city blocks with a life sized board game. 'Road to Saving' is designed to teach Philadelphians how to save their money, in a fun, innovative way." Apparently, local celebrities (they have them) will be there to instruct people on how to play the game as well as compete with the $5,000 first prize going to charity. The average Joe, three of which will compete after the celebs, not being so rich will get to keep the prize money for themselves.
So if you live in Philadelphia, don't be surprised if your favorite block suddenly resembles Monopoly...or something.
You can pimp your ride, pimp your profile, un-pimp your ride, pimp your brand, pimp your stroller, pimp your burger and pimp your minivan.
Now, courtesy of Tamba Internet and Kwik-Fit Insurance, you can Pimp Your Sleigh. Yes, that's right. You can ad mods until Santa's sleight looks like something out of a Fast and Furious movie. You can trick out the seating, add a hood ornament, affix a spoiler, colorize it with stickers, choose a driver, race your creation down a slalom course and, yes, send the whole thing to a friend.
Somewhere in all of this is a promotion for Kwik-Fit Insurance in the way of prizes and placement of winning designs on the main page of the site. Let your inner Santa out to play.
Red Bull isn't the only thing that gives you wings. Now, Visit Britain and UK airline BMI do too. (Funny how an airline isn't the first thing that comes to mind when you phrase the words "It gives you wings!")
Check out The Perfect Flight, an advergame composed by CherryandCake. Draw your own BMI-based flight route, then try coming closest to the real-life flight duration. Winnings include all-paid stays in London, Yorkshire, Scotland and the East Midlands.
This is just what we need and about all we can handle after a long Thanksgiving holiday break: a mindless match game from Zippo. Created by Blattner Brunner, It's your standard pair match thing: click, flip, click, flip. That's it. Nothing else to it. Oh, you can buy a Zippo lighter after you win if you want. Maybe this is perfect therapy to work off the Turkey coma as you sit at your desk this morning trying - but failing - to get yourself motivated for the week no less the day.