The Incredible Race Game - The Background

"The Incredible Race Game" is loosely based on the successful TV show "The Amazing Race", broadcast on CBS Television in the USA from 2001 to present (21 seasons to date). The Amazing Race was re-created for the Asia region in 2006, where it is known as "The Amazing Race Asia". Numerous other countries have adapted the format and it is currently very popular in Australia (The Amazing Race Australia), China ("The Amazing Race: China Rush"), Norway ("The Amazing Race Norge"), Latin America ("The Amazing Race"), Israel ("HaMerotz LaMillion") and has recently made its debut in France ("The Amazing Race"), and will appear this year (2013) in Canada ("The Amazing Race Canada"). Other versions have also appeared in the Ukraine ("Velyki perehony") the Philippines ("The Amazing Race Phillipines") and Vietnam ("The Amazing Race Vietnam") although the last two are no longer in production. On the TV show, teams of 2 race each other around the world, competing in challenges along the way and avoiding coming last in each "leg" of the game to avoid elimination. The team that survives until the end and wins the last leg, is awarded the prize ($1 Million).

To play in our online version, things are much simpler! You dont have to leave home to begin with, but you do have to travel around the world - competing in 6 Challenges along the way! The players in each game (played in groups of 10 players) will win Zwooper Game points which are used to determine your overall ranking on the Zwooper website, and Zwooper Chips, which can be spent in the Avatar Studio. Read on for more information...


Registration

To play any of the Individual Challenges in full, you do not need to register. However in order to save your scores, create your own Avatar, play the Incredible Race Game and enjoy all of the other Zwooper benefits, you must register with us and sign in.
Registration is free, unless you wish to upgrade your membership to VIP status, which gives you a number of benefits. Details of these benefits can be found on the VIP page.

Multiple Accounts 

You are only allowed a single account on Zwooper, and to prevent multiple accounts being created, we carry out IP address checks regularly, to detect multiple accounts from a single IP address connected to the site. If multiple accounts are found, we reserve the right to ban access from a specific IP address, either temporarily or permanently. If you have other family members who wish to join Zwooper, please contact us so we can create an IP exception, however members of the same family sharing the same IP address, will not be able to play in some of our Adventures at the same time.


The Avatar Studio

Once registration is complete, you will be supplied with a randomly generated basic Avatar which will be male or female depending on the Gender you selected during the registration process. Click the Avatar Studio link at the top of the screen and you will arrive at the Avatar Studio Home Page which is divided into 3 areas. The Gift Shop is where you purchase items to send to your Zwooper friends as Gifts, The Boutique is where you can browse all of the items available for your own Avatar, and My Wardrobe is where your free outfits are stored along with gifts you receive and any items you purchase in The Boutique.

The Gift Shop - Select the item you wish to send to a Friend, and click "Gift it". You will then be requested to enter the recipient's User Name and a message for them. This message will be sent to the player's Zwooper inbox, and a message will also be sent to their private email address, notifying them that they have received a gift. If you receive a Gift Notification, go to the message in your Zwooper message inbox, click on the image thumbnail in the message and you will be able to try the item on immediately. The item will also be added to your Wardrobe. Gifts can only be made to Friends, and items marked as "VIP only" can only be gifted by VIP members. Gifts that are "gender specific" can only be gifted to players of the correct gender.

Shopping for Yourself - The Boutique - Although some items are free, designer items can only be purchased using Zwooper Chips. You can try any item on without buying it by clicking the "Try it" button. Click it again for your Avatar to revert to its previous appearance. You can do this as many times as you want, and your Avatar will display the item(s) you try. Once you are happy with your new look, click the "Complete Now" button and providing you have sufficient Chips in your account, your Avatar will be saved and these new items will be added to your wardrobe. Clicking "Clear all" will revert your Avatar back to its original appearance. 

Wardrobe - This is where all free items for your Avatar are stored along with items you have purchased in the Boutique, and items that have been gifted to you by other players. Items in your Wardobe can be worn at any time, and will remain in your Wardrobe unless you choose to delete them permanently by clicking the small black cross which will appear when you hover over an image. When you are in your Wardrobe, you can remove items from your Avatar by clicking the small red and white cross beneath the image in the relevant category, however you must always have a background, a skin and eyes - so these items cannot be removed, but they can be replaced. Clicking on your Avatar from anywhere on the website (apart from actual Game pages) will take you directly to your Wardrobe.


How to use your completed Avatar as your Facebook Profile Pic!

Once you have completed your Avatar, it can be saved for use on other sites, as your Profile Picture on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for example. Simply right click on the completed Avatar image using your mouse, and save the image to your computer by choosing "Save image as". This will save a copy of your Avatar onto your PC, which you can then upload as your Profile Pic.


Chips

Chips are earned by competing in our games, and currently both the Incredible Race Game and our Individual Challenges provide opportunities to win. Details on the amounts you can win are explained further down this page. You can also purchase Chips from the "Chip Shop" using PayPal's secure online Shopping Cart, using either a PayPal account or by credit / debit card. The Chip Shop can be accessed from your Profile page at any time, or will automatically launch when you have insufficent Zwooper Chips and try to complete a purchase from the Boutique. The Chip Shop offers several Chip packages. Make your choice and complete your purchase. Your Chip allowance will be credited to your account immediately. Alternatively, you can become a Zwooper VIP member, which will give you a large allowance of Chips, and a discount on further Chip purchases. VIP membership has other benefits too - take a look at the VIP page (accesed from your Profile page) for more information.

Having completed your registration and chosen your Avatar, you are ready to start playing and recording your scores in our Individual Challenges section of the site, or taking part in short versions of the Individual Challenges as you travel around the world in an Incredible Race Game!


To Play Individual Challenges...

Go to the Individual Challenges section of the site from the Games menu. You will arrive at a page of thumbnails of all of our Individual Challenges - click on any one to play the game. Assuming you have signed in to your account - your scores for each game you play will be saved in our database, and the top 10 scores recorded each day will be displayed on the Leaderboard.

Points and Chips awarded for Daily Leaderboard positions
 
Place Zwooper Game Points Zwooper Chips
1st 25 10
2nd 20 9
3rd 15 8
4th 10 7
5th 5 6
6th 5 5
7th 5 4
8th 5 3
9th 5 2
10th 5 1


To Play The Incredible Race Game...

Having arrived at the START RACE page (The World Map) you must select the flashing START button to begin your race. This will create your Race ID (shown on the map), your timer will begin (displayed at the top right hand corner of the map) and you will have 30 minutes to complete each one of the 6 Race Game challenges, taking you from USA to Mexico, then to England, Dubai, India and ending the race in Australia. If you prefer, you can join a specific game (a game that your friends are playing in for example) by choosing the relevant Game ID number from the list of open Games below the START button. Having selected a game from this list, your Incredible Race Game will begin immediately.

Select the first marker (USA) and begin the first Race Game Challenge. At the end of the time allowance, your Challenge will automatically end and your score will be recorded in the database. You must then click the red button to return to the World Map, and you will be able to start your second challenge (Mexico). You can only move on to the next Race Game Challenge once you have completed the previous Challenge. Once your Race Game has started, the clock will not stop ticking! try to complete your 6 Race Game Challenges before the time is up, and remember that if you finish all 6 Race Game challenges in the shortest total time within your group of 10 players, you will get a bonus that could move you up the leaderboard by several places!

When you have completed the last of the 6 Race Game Challenges, you must return to the World Map and click on the FINISH LINE Mat. Your scores will then be saved in our database and compared with the 9 other players that started their Incredible Race Game at a similar time to you. Your position in each Challenge compared to the other 9 players will then be displayed on the Scoreboard. Game Points and Chips will be awarded, as shown below. As soon as you have completed your Incredible Race Game, you are free to start another.

By visiting your Profile page, you will be able to view the history of Incredible Race Games that you have played. Current games that you have yet to finish, or that are waiting for the other 9 competitors to finish, will be displayed as a red button. Once the game is over (when all 10 players have finished) this button will turn green and the final positions and awards for this race will be displayed when you click on the button to view the full Scoreboard which will also list the individual scores for each challenge.


POINTS and CHIPS awarded for The Incredible Race Game

Place Zwooper Game Points Zwooper Chips
1st 25 10
2nd 20 9
3rd 15 8
4th 10 7
5th 5 6
6th 4 5
7th 3 4
8th 2 3
9th 1 2
10th 1 0


Site Ranking / Colour Levels

Your Site Ranking and Colour Level is determined by the Game Points you earn on Zwooper. Your total Game Points are displayed in the panel under your Avatar, and your current Player Level is designated by a coloured square, circle or star in front of your User Name.

Colour Levels and shapes are awarded at the following levels...
 
Level Number Level Colour Points Shape
1 White 0 - 14 Square
2 Purple 15 - 74 Square
3 Yellow 75 - 149 Square
4 Cyan 150 - 349 Square
5 Red 350 - 699 Square
6 Green 700 - 1499 Square
7 Pink 1500 - 2999 Square
8 Maroon 3000 - 5999 Square
9 Lime 6000 - 9999 Square
10 Blue 10000 - 14999 Circle
11 Orange 15000 - 20999 Circle
12 Sky 21000 - 27999 Circle
13 Violet 28000 - 36999 Circle
14 Jade 37000 - 49999 Circle
15 Magenta 50000 - 69999 Star
16 Gold 70000 - 99999 Star
17 Midnight 100000 - 139999 Star
18 Crimson 140000 - 199999 Star
19 Black 200000+ Star


Messaging

The Private Messaging area is accessed from the main navigation at the top of the page. Click on the Message button and you will be taken to your Inbox. Click on the "New message" button and type the first 3 letters of another player's User Name in the "Recipients" text area, and their name should automatically appear for you to select. (You are only able to send messges to players from your current list of Friends). You can add additional Friend's User Names to send the message to multiple recipients too. Give the message a subject, and type your message in the "Message" area, using Smileys and text formatting if you wish.

Click the "Send Message" button, and the message will be sent. A copy of the sent message wil be stored in your "Sent" box for reference. The recipients will receive a notification on the Messages button that they have received a new item of mail. The new message will appear in bold at the top of the list of messages, and once you have received a reply to the message, the message will appear in your own Inbox, with the number of replies marked, creating a "thread" of messages about the same subject. NB.You cannot add recipients to a message thread once it  has been sent.


Zwooper Talk Page 

The Talk page is where Zwooper members can interact with each other using posts and comments. Once you have reached Purple level (15 points) or if you become a VIP member, you are free to post and comment.

Your post can be awarded a score from 1 to 5 by the other players (one rate per post from each player), and the highest earning posts will appear in the Top Posts column on the right. The top earning posts of the day will win a prize. (NB - this feature will be added shortly)

You can "filter" the Talk page and only see posts created by a particular user (Author). You can also filter the Talk page and only see posts or comments that include a mention of a user (as long as the "@" symbol was included before the username when the original text was typed). You can also search by a hashtagged "keyword". When adding a post or comment, simply type a hashtag (#) before any word, and that post or comment will appear in a search for that word. 

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Twenty 4/7 Game - The Background

The Zwooper Game Twenty 4/7 is loosely based on the TV show "Big Brother" produced in many countries throughout the world. Big Brother is a reality game show originally created by John de Mol. The premise of the show is a group of people living together in a large house, isolated from the outside world and continuously monitored by television cameras. Each series lasts for about three months, with 12–16 contestants entering the house. To win the final cash prize, a contestant must survive periodic evictions and be the last one standing. The idea for Big Brother is said to have come during a brainstorming session at the Dutch-based international television production firm Endemol on March 10, 1997. The first version of Big Brother was broadcast in 1999 on Channel Veronica in the Netherlands. Since then the format has become a worldwide TV franchise, airing in many countries in a number of versions: Big Brother: Ty wybierasz (Big Brother: You Decide - Poland), Big Brother, Tilbake/Huset (Big Brother, Back In The House - Norway), Big Brother Stjärnveckan (Big Brother, Week Of Stars - Sweden), Big Brother, Reality All Star (Denmark), Gran Hermano (Spain), Teen Big Brother (United Kingdom), Big Brother All-Stars (Belgium, United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Africa and Spain), Veliki Brat: Generalna Proba (Big Brother Try Out - Serbia), Big Brother: Secret Story (France, Lithuania, Portugal, Netherlands and Peru).
 

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Survival Game - The Background

The Zwooper Game Survival is loosely based on the TV show "Survivor" produced in many countries throughout the world. In Survivor contestants are isolated in the wilderness and compete for cash and other prizes. The show uses a system of progressive elimination, allowing the contestants to vote off other tribe members until only one final contestant remains and wins the title of "Sole Survivor." The format for Survivor was created in 1992 by British television producer Charlie Parsons for a United Kingdom TV production company called Planet 24, but the Swedish version debut in 1997 ended up becoming the first Survivor series to actually make it to television.

Survivor, through its seasons and various international versions, has maintained the basic premise of the game despite several new rules and twists introduced in later versions. In the game, sixteen to twenty contestants, the castaways, are split into tribes and assigned separate camps at the filming's location, typically a tropical setting. As a tribe, the castaways must survive the elements, construct shelter, build fire, look for water, and scrounge for food and other necessities for the entire filming period, around 39 days. In the first half of the game, the tribes face off in challenges, some for rewards of food, shelter, or luxury items, while others are for immunity, preventing the winning tribe from having to go to the next Tribal Council. Tribes that do go to Tribal Council discuss the events of the last few days with the host asking questions, and then must vote out one of their own players, eliminating them from the game.
In the second half of the game, the tribes are merged into a single tribe. Challenges are played at an individual level for individual rewards and immunity. At subsequent Tribal Councils, those eliminated start to form the jury, who sit in on all subsequent Tribal Councils but otherwise do not participate. When only two or three castaways remain, those castaways attend a final Tribal Council, where the jury is given the opportunity to ask them questions. After this, the jury members then vote to decide which of the remaining castaways should be declared Sole Survivor.