Photo Hunt in Hawaii Brings Virtual Travel and Quiz Show Competition to Casual Gamers

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Spinapse launches new software game set in the Hawaiian Islands.

Game developer Spinapse announced the release of Photo Hunt in Hawaii, a new brand of entertainment software that combines virtual travel, quiz show competition, and location-based trivia. Designed for the casual gamer, Photo Hunt uses offbeat humor and real world settings to appeal to adults as well as trigger-happy kids.

Game play in Photo Hunt centers around 24 live-action scenes, where you seek out and photograph your assignments to place on the game board. To add realism to the scenes, Spinapse eschewed 3D models in favor of live footage shot on location in Hawaii. Animals, people, and other objects were painstakingly processed and then programmed with their own behaviors and intelligence. As a result, they come and go in their natural settings, doing what they normally do -- swimming, flying, surfing, and generally going about their business.

Players, on the other hand, are out for fame and fortune. Each matching snapshot gets you quick cash, a spin of the Big Wheel, and a chance to show what you know about the culture, history, and inhabitants of Hawaii. Photo Hunt's challenging and often unconventional brain twisters are full of surprises and subtle humor, making it easy to learn about the islands while you play the game.

"Hawaii has a lot going for it besides beauty," says Bill Purdy, CEO of Spinapse. "We wanted to include the customs and the people and the oddities that make the islands interesting and unique."

Like many real-world vacations, Photo Hunt in Hawaii is as much an escape from the daily grind as it is a chance to visit new places. But don't be surprised if you come back from this trip a little smarter than when you left.

Price and Availability:

Photo Hunt in Hawaii costs $19.95 and is available for download at It runs on Windows 98/NT/2000/ME/XP and Macintosh 10.2 or higher.

About Spinapse:

Spinapse makes games for brains. The company was formed in 2004 by Bill Purdy and John Taylor, two veterans of the educational software industry. Both are alumni of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and have created award-winning products for companies such as Lucas Learning, MSN, Viacom, Riverdeep, the Library of Congress,, and Apple Computer.


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