Twirdie is a simple iPhone golf game with a unique twist: players use Twitter to move the ball across the course.
Put simply, Twirdie = Twitter + Golf.
To take a swing, players think of a word and type it into Twirdie. Then Twirdie searches Twitter to find out how many times that word was tweeted in the past 60 seconds. That number is how far the player’s ball travels.
For example, Monday morning at 9 am might be the perfect time to use the word“coffee” while“pizza” just might do the trick late night on a Friday. But Twirdie isn’t just about the common weekly trends that naturally occur during the days of the week. Twirdie is a live data game so people are playing with data that is changing every second. What happens when Lady Gaga releases an album, or when President Obama addresses the nation?
Twirdie is a simple but addictive game where players learn about, and play with the world around them as it changes in real time. Now you can play with what the world is talking about.
One tweet put it best“Digital heroin for people who like golf and Twitter and want both at the same time.”
Twirdie has been featured by NPR, South by Southwest, b3ta.com, 100shiki.com, and countless other international blogs and is the brainchild of recent Parsons graduate and 2010 IGF nominated game designer Kurt Bieg (see Halcyon for the iPad) who has been pioneering the live data game genre. Twirdie was also completed with the help of another Parsons graduate, Ramsey Nasser, who recently developed Zajal, a unique creative coding language.
Twirdie will be available for purchase for iPhone iOS 4.0 and later on Thursday, June 16 th, 2011 for $.99 on the App Store.
Simple Machine, LLC is a New York City based game studio started in 2011 by recent Parsons MFA Design and Technology graduate and IGF nominated game designer Kurt Bieg. Simple Machine is heavily focused on designing live data games for social networks and mobile platforms. For additional information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.