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Advertising / Product tie-ins / Advergames

Group Description

Denotes any game that is based on a trademarked character, product, mascot, or logo for the primary purpose of advertising that trademark or product. Most of these are given away free or sold for a pittance. Examples: Ford Simulator, Cool Spot (7up), etc.

Exclusions:
  • Giveaways or promotions where a "regular" game might be given away by a specific company or product.

  • Games based on toy or other licenses that are not intended primarily as ads (if the developer paid for the right to use the property, it doesn't belong).

  • Games that have product placement or other forms of in-game advertising but the game itself is not an ad. (Most sports games.)

  • In the event of the product or brand being promoted being a musical act, album or tour, please find and file under the famous musical star games group. If it is a television show, there is the TV-inspired games group, while for films and books we have the movie-inspired games and literature-inspired games groups, respectively. Finally where toys are concerned, please use the this group -- the product in question is a toy.

See also:

Advergames - Wikipedia article
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Selected Covers

Doritos Crash Course Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Doritos Crash Course
TRON iPhone Front Cover
Front cover for TRON
Harms Way Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Harms Way
Key Features Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Key Features
Volvo: The Game Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Volvo: The Game

Selected Screenshots

Instructions
Screenshot from Rain of Arrows
Welcome to the party (initial screen)
Screenshot from Google's 15th Birthday
Title
Screenshot from TRON
Start of the game
Screenshot from Key Features