American Express(R) and Fishlabs Launch 'CASH IQ'By American Express, PRNE
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
The Ultimate Brain Workout for iPhone(TM) and iPod Touch(TM) Users
LONDON, November 11, 2010 - American Express and Fishlabs today announce the launch of 'Cash IQ', a
new, free iPhone and iPod touch game featuring four addictive cash-focused
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Cash IQ's series of challenging brain workouts has been designed to
stretch and flex mathematical and memory based skills. 'Beat the Bank',
'Check your Balance', 'Shopping List' and 'Flip & Pin' complete the addictive
Beat the Bank
Coins of various denominations drop from the top of the screen into a
piggybank. Some of the coins drop out of the bottom of the piggybank; the
player is challenged to correctly state the balance remaining inside at the
end of each sequence. Once a sequence has finished, a calculator-type
interface appears, allowing the player to enter the amount they believe is
remaining. Numbers can be entered using the iPhone's touch screen and a timer
counts down, giving the player a limited period to enter their total, the
added pressure only increases the challenge.
Check Your Balance
Gamers are tasked to place shopping bags on a seesaw, ensuring that when
it finally rests it is evenly balanced. Each bag represents a different item,
such as groceries or clothing, reflecting popular categories of spend for
Platinum Cashback Cardmembers. The player can drag and drop the bags on and
off the seesaw using the touch screen or the mouse.
A classic memory game, Shopping List features a conveyor belt that moves
a selection of items across the screen in sequence. Again, the items reflect
popular areas of spend for Cardmembers such as petrol, grocery, travel and
sporting goods. Once the final item has scrolled across the screen, a grid
appears and players must tap to select each of the items from the grid in the
order that they were scanned. If the player gets an item wrong a klaxon will
sound and the correct object will flash, then the player must continue to try
and guess the remaining order or objects.
Flip & Pin
In this puzzle game players must flip different shaped tiles around a 12
x 12 grid, and cover the highlighted areas completely. Within each level the
player will be given sufficient shaped tiles to correctly complete the puzzle
- with a limited number of pins available to hold tiles in place. Tiles must
lay flat, none must touch and none must overlap. As difficulty builds the
areas and shapes become larger and more complex, often with more than one
area appearing on screen at any one time. Each tile movement is counted. At
the end of the level bonuses are given for the least number of movements.
Gameplay modes and high scores:
Players can play the mini-games individually or in sequence via three
modes of play. 'Classic' mode randomly selects three of the mini-games for
the player to play through. 'Brain strain' tests the player by giving them
one minute to complete each of the mini-games in an attempt to gain the
highest score. 'Training' lets the player select and play any of the mini
After each game in Classic and Brain strain modes, the player's score is
displayed and totalled up, 5% is then added to their score. The 5% represents
the market-leading introductory cashback offer available in the first three
months on the Platinum Cashback Credit Card 1.
With the iPhone version of Cash IQ, players can challenge their friends
to beat their high scores using Facebook Connect. Selecting a game mode takes
the player to an information screen, displaying their friends' rankings. From
here the player can choose to play solo or challenge one of their friends,
simply by tapping on their avatar.
- Free iPhone game download - iPhone and Facebook integration - challenge friends iPhone and compete with them for Facebook high scores - Four mini-games and three gameplay modes
The launch of Cash IQ forms an integral part of American Express' current
Platinum Cashback Credit Card marketing campaign.
Richard Harris, American Express' Head of Membership, comments: "This is
our first venture into the world of digital games in the UK. We're excited to
be working with award-winning Fishlabs to create this unique and compelling
series of games that bring to life the benefits of the American Express
Platinum Cashback Credit Card in an engaging way. The Facebook Connect
functionality of the game will make Cash IQ a very popular and sociable game
to play with friends."
Michael Schade, CEO & Co-Founder, Fishlabs, comments: "With
Cash IQ American Express reaches out to millions of potential customers by
building on the huge popularity of games on the iPhone . Games are an ideal
way to create brand awareness and communicate the benefits of the Platinum
Cashback Credit Card. The broad appeal of the classic but addictive gameplay
guarantees the maximum impact within the target group."
Visit amex.co.uk/cashiq to watch the trailer, and download the free
iPhone game. Cash IQ is available now for free download on the App Store.
About American Express
American Express Company is a diversified worldwide travel, financial and
network services company founded in 1850. It is a leader in charge and credit
cards, Travellers Cheques, travel and insurance products.
FISHLABS is specialized in 3D mobile games development of rich racing and
action titles on iPhone, iPad, Nokia, Android smartphones and J2ME (Java).
FISHLABS is also known for extremely successful ad games on the iPhone,
having dominated the App Store download charts in almost every country for
weeks. To date, FISHLABS' iPhone games generated more than 30 million
Notes to Editors:
1) Market-leading according to Moneysupermarket.com as of
01.11.10. 5% cashback is available up to GBP100 in the first three months
and on a tiered basis up to 1.25% after that.
For more information:
To download Cash IQ visit amex.co.uk/cashiq
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American Express, Jacquie Goozee / Elle Denton, T: +44(0)1273216674 e: Jacquie.goozee at aexp.com, T: +44(0)1273212623 e: Elle.denton at aexp.com, Fishlabs, swordfish pr GAMES, Ilka Tollner / Freyja Melhorn, T: +49(0)89-600-316-41, ilka at swordfish-pr.de, freyja at swordfish-pr.de
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