The curtain may be closing on Australia’s much-loved music trivia show, Spicks and Specks, but the more than million-strong fans can now keep the beat alive with the Spicks and Specks Quiz application for iPhone.
Based on the hugely popular ABC TV program, the Spicks and Specks Quiz app includes favourite games from the show such as ‘Know Your Product’, ‘Would I Lie To You’ and the ever-disconcerting ‘Musician or Serial Killer’, with a few new ones thrown in.
Spicks and Specks host extraordinaire, comedian Adam Hills, says the app will give fans the chance to keep a little piece of the show with them wherever they go.
“We know all our fans have watched Spicks and Specks in their living room each week shouting answers at the TV screen,” Hills said. “Now they can play on the bus each day and shout answers at their phones.”
The app features a career challenge mode that sees players embark on a music career and accumulate points to rise through the ranks from regular punter to rock god status, as well as a quick play mode for those all-important practice sessions. Players can also share their scores and challenge friends via Facebook.
ABC Digital Product Development Manager, Melissa Firth, said the app was developed with a commitment to maintaining the style and format that has made the TV show an enduring success.
“Spicks and Specks has such a strong and passionate fan-base and we’re really excited to be able to extend the show that Australians love into a format they can engage with directly,” she said.
The Spicks and Specks Quiz app is available on the App Store for $1.99.
Fans of the Angry Boys TV show can now carry their favourite of Chris Lilley’s controversial cult characters in their pockets, with the app of the same name released for iPhone.
Inspired by the storylines of the show, the Angry Boys app features a series of games dedicated to individual characters including ‘Sneaky Nuts’, ‘Blake’s Ball Shot’ and the headline feature ‘Mainies’ – based on character Daniel Sims’ practice of driving up and down the main street of fictional country town Dunt in his mum’s hotted-up Pulsar – ‘The Pulsie’.
Since appearing in the first episode earlier this year, the term ‘Mainies’ has become an Australian cultural phenomenon with over 100 Facebook fan pages created in honour of the activity, with names such as “Doing mainies in your Pulsar” which boasts over 20,000 fans.
Designed to be played in the car, the ‘Mainies’ feature uses the iPhone’s accelerometer to detect when the vehicle is accelerating, breaking and changing gears to bring to life the experience of doing ‘Mainies’ with Daniel. The app then creates sound effects like those of ‘The Pulsie’ and includes sound-bites from Daniel such as “Ooh champion! Yes! Well done” or “Geez you’re a shit driver.”
Developers say the feature will work for ‘Basic Mainies’, ‘Music Mainies’ and ‘BMX Mainies’, but unfortunately is not yet optimised for ‘Walking Mainies’.
Overview of other app features:
· ‘Sneaky Nuts’ – Do a Nath and sneak some nuts into your favourite happy snaps with the Sneaky Nuts feature. Take a photo or choose one from your library, and you’ll get a pair of nuts to place on the photo. Sneak some nuts in over the top, through the fly or anywhere else and share with mates on Facebook, Twitter and email.
· ‘Blakes Ball Shot’ – Inspired by Angry Boys character Blake Oakfield, an aging former world champion surfer and part-time gang member who lost his testicles to a bullet wound, the game allows you to play as Blake who is about to be shot in the balls and test your reflexes by tapping the screen as soon as the gun fires to dodge the bullet. Your score is based on how many milliseconds it took you to react, and also how big the remaining distance was between the bullet and Blake’s balls.
· Wallpapers – Having an Angry Boys wallpaper is pretty much like having a wall of legends on your phone. Choose from Nathan in the orange beanbag, Gran and Kerri-Anne, S.mouse slappin his elbow, Jen Okazaki’s glamour shots and many more.
· Youtube Clips - For when you’re bored in between doing Mainies and chatting to your Gran on Skype and that, you can watch all your favourite bits from Angry Boys. The app updates with the all the latest YouTube clips each time it loads.
Planned updates to the app include features for popular characters S.mouse, Jen Okazaki and Ruth ‘Gran’ Sims.