We’ve been keeping tabs on Firemint’s newest upcoming title since it was announced back in February of this year. Things were much different back then: their new game was still known as Agent Squeak, Firemint wasn’t owned by EA yet, and Steve Jobs was still the CEO of Apple (ok, that one just happened, but still). Fast forward to now, and after a nearly 2 year development time, the title that is now known as SPY mouse [99¢] is now available in the US App Store.

We’ll be putting SPY mouse thoroughly through the ringer and bringing you a review soon, but if you like scoring free games while picking up a cup of your favorite overpriced coffee then I want to let you in on a little promotion that’s going down to celebrate the launch of the game.

Beloved coffee chain and free WiFi sanctuary Starbucks has been running a new promotion called the Pick of the Week, where the cafe highlights a new book, TV show, or application and gives them away for free. Starting next Tuesday August 30th, SPY mouse will mark the first game to participate in this program. Basically, you’ll just need to stop into any Starbucks in the US and score a Pick of the Week card which will allow you to redeem SPY mouse for free through iTunes. Pretty simple, right?

There is a catch, though. These Pick of the Week cards are in limited supply, and once they’re gone, they’re gone. Previously, Starbucks offered up the premium version of the music recognition app Shazam Encore [$5.99] as part of this promotion, and word on the street was that they were pretty hard to come by. Seeing as games are the most popular type of app in the App Store, and SPY mouse is brand spanking new, it might be kind of difficult to get your caffeine-riddled hands on one of those cards.

Don’t distress, though. If heading to your local Starbucks sounds like too much of a task, or you’re worried about them running out of cards, there is a simple solution. You can spend one of your hard-earned dollars and just buy the game the old-fashioned way. It is available right now, after all, and the Starbucks promotion doesn’t start until next Tuesday. No matter the path you take to obtain a copy of SPY mouse, keep your eyes peeled for our full review to hit soon and as always stop into our forums to hear discussion and impressions of the game.

  • http://twitter.com/minimaxir Max Woolf

    You get a $6 App for going to Starbucks this week, you get a $1 App for going next week.


  • BanditDarville

    Any idea when the iPad version is coming out ?

    • macaroon

      I bought it and personally I find it all very tiny on the iPhone. Would probably great on the iPad. Also, in order to play the challenges, you have to spend time floating around in vital space with other players online. Why? I bought the friggin' game. Let me play it!

      • Macaroon

        Virtual not vital...

    • Frobots

       Since I got an iPad, I don't buy low res games anymore.

      • BanditDarville

        Me either....Even though I have a iPhone 4....games are just more fun on the iPad.

      • http://www.appfreakblog.com appfreak

        Same here, I can't understand why Firemint keeps delaying the release of their iPad versions... I thought EA's input would be noticeable in things like this

  • FrankStallone

    You'll spend more money on the gas it takes to drive to Starbucks, not to mention the time you waste and the shame you'll feel entering the building. Just pay the dollar and buy the game.

    • Adams Immersive

      Not to mention, you might feel obligated to buy a small coffee or something! For more than a buck.

      (Wait—they don’t have Small. Well, then Medium.)

    • Me

      No kidding. What is this review, an ad for Starbucks? Nevermind, I'll answer that...yes.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        Where at any point in this article does it say it's a review?

  • Anonymous

    I love Firemint. I love Starbucks. I live in Australia. Firemint is an Australian developer. Starbucks has Australian stores. EA has Australian offices. I feel so lonely in this comment thread :'( Guess I'll splurge and buy it, hahaha. Whilst drinking a Starbucks drink!

    • http://www.facebook.com/amy325276520 Amy Tsai

      me too!! i want a free code as well ...T_T...anyone got a spare one to share?

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