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Sure Why Not: Al Roker Debuts Weather-Themed Game for iPhone

We're assured he actually contributed to the app in some way.
Al Roker poses with fellow app creators Katie Linendoll and Steve Lunny. (Facebook)

Al Roker poses with fellow app creators Katie Linendoll and Steve Lunny. (Facebook)

Because you’re not officially a celeb these days until you’ve slapped your name on some crappy app, TODAY Show host and noted White House pooper Al Roker now has a weather-themed iPhone game.

The cheesy-looking app, called Al’s Weather Rokies, is based on the fateful day in 2013 when Mr. Roker overslept for the first time in his decades-long career, a press release explains. Here’s the premise of the game, which promises to be both “addictive” and occasionally indicative of actual weather conditions. How nifty:

“Roker loves the weather so much, he often dreams about it. It is up to players to wake him and get him to the studio. Players flick quirky characters, called ‘Rokies,’ at matching icons in Roker’s dream to clear a path to his alarm clock. The goal is to break through the weather “Rokies” in order to strike the alarm clock and wake up Roker. The game also incorporates the player’s local weather forecasts; the icons used in gameplay, during the Weather Blitzzz rounds, are based on that day’s weather conditions.”

The game apparently combines Mr. Roker’s “love of animation, the weather and his interest in technology.”

You're telling us this is gonna be more addictive than Doodle Jump? (Screengrab: iTuens)

You’re telling us this is gonna be more addictive than Doodle Jump? (Screengrab: iTuens)

Besides Mr. Roker, the game was also created by TODAY show tech contributor Katie Linendoll, and interactive media designer/animator Steve Lunny. The press release assures us that Mr. Roker did contribute to the app in at least one meaningful way — by creating some inspirational doodles.

“Creating an app that fused animation and weather was an exciting opportunity I could not pass up. I loved being part of the creative process and sketching some of the mascots featured in the game,” said Roker. “I challenge everyone to WAKE ME UP!”

Al’s Weather Rokies is available for $0.99 in the App Store. Don’t all rush at once.

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