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Hasbro zAPPed Games Go Digital with iOS Devices

Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS), a global branded play company, has launched Hasbro zAPPed Gaming. These new games will allow players to combine traditional analog, face-to-face gaming with the increased functionality of today’s consumer technology.

In 2012, the company says, Hasbro zAPPed games will kick off a new era of gaming with three iconic brands – THE GAME OF LIFE, MONOPOLY and BATTLESHIP. Elements of these games will come to life when apps on iOS devices join with a game board to create a social twist on the digital gaming experience.

The first game to hit store shelves is THE GAME OF LIFE zAPPed, available on Feb. 10. With more than 100 laugh-out-loud clips from “America’s Funniest Videos” mixed with humorous animations, the game provides a new spin on the classic game.

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You can download the THE GAME OF LIFE zAPPed app onto the iPad, cue up the game, place the iPad on the game board, and watch as game comes to life on each turn as you travel around the game board. Players can create and upgrade their own Peg Person and spin the virtual spinner in the accompanying iPad app.

The game will be available first on Amazon.com and ToysRUs.com for the approximate retail price of $24.99. It will be available in Toys R Us Times Square immediately and in stores the week of Feb. 17 before rolling out to other retailers later this year. The game is recommended for 2 to 4 players, ages 8 and up. THE GAME OF LIFE zAPPed app is available as a free download from the App Store.

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With MONOPOLY zAPPed, an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch will be turned into a banking unit and will add and subtract money from virtual accounts with a simple tap of a special bank card on the iOS device.

Plus, players will see the Chance and Community Chest cards come to life through fun and challenging virtual mini games as the players work their way towards becoming a property mogul. (Available June 2012)

In the BATTLESHIP zAPPed game players, inspired by the “BATTLESHIP” feature film from Universal Pictures, use their iPad screen as the playing surface when waging epic battles by executing strategic maneuvers, launching devastating missile attacks and initiating lethal airstrikes.

Once ship pawns are placed on the screen, the iPad will automatically recognize which pawns are in play and when they are moved. (Available September 2012)

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