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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

Tonka Construction Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Tonka Construction
Toffifee: Fantasy Forest DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Toffifee: Fantasy Forest
Chex Quest DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Chex Quest
Surf 'm Up! Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Surf 'm Up!

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Chex Quest 2