Astraware Launches Five New Games for Pocket PC Handhelds

Premier developer of PDA games converts popular Palm OS puzzle and strategy games for use on Pocket PCs

THE MIDLANDS, ENGLAND (September 17, 2002). Astraware Ltd. today announces
five new titles for Pocket PC handhelds – Nisqually, Alchemy, Abysma, Elixir, and Bounce Out. Each of these games are versions of popular Palm OS titles, and are all optimized to take advantage of the color screens and sound capabilities of Pocket PC devices. Astraware is also announcing an upgrade to the company?s popular Diamond Mine game, the Pocket PC version of its top-selling Bejeweled for Palm OS handhelds.

Nisqually is a handheld version of GameHouse?s popular online puzzle game by the same title. Nisqually is easy to learn, but increases with complexity to complete each level. Gamers aim to clear a screen full of blocks by sliding them to make groups. The challenge is to arrange the blocks to be left with just the right amount of each type to complete the level.

“Nisqually is a deceivingly complex game that is consistently ranked as one of the most popular games on the Web,” said Ron Powers, GameHouse?s Director of Business Development. “Astraware?s handheld version will rock your world just as our online version has done!”

Alchemy is a handheld version of the popular online game by PopCap Games. Players attempt to turn lead into gold. The goal is to become the mythical Alchemical Grand Master. They place runes of magical shapes and colors onto the screen, and turn the board to gold. This official Pocket PC adaptation retains all of the game play of the online version but allows players to take it with them anywhere.

In Abysma, players are opposed by both time and a descending “bar of doom.” A
bar descends downward across a screen of multi-sized blocks. Energy is lost when the bar of doom comes across a blank space, causing players to race to fill in the gaps with adjoining blocks before the bar hits the empty spots and saps all of their energy.

Elixir pits the player against the clock in a race to, literally, pop as many pills as possible. As iridescent capsules descend down the screen, the player must explode as many pills as possible, but only those that are not supporting the capsules above them.

Bounce Out is similar to Astraware?s popular Bejeweled and Diamond Mine
titles, except that players are rushed to swap colorful balls rather than gemstones in order to line up three or more in a row and players may swap vertically as well as horizontally and diagonally. As sets of three or more are formed, the balls “bounce out” and the balls above drop and wiggle into place, completely reconfiguring the game-board. The colorful balls in Bounce Out make this game an especially attractive game for the high resolution color screens of Pocket PC handhelds.

Combined with Rook?s Revenge, a raucous “kill-or-be-killed” version of chess
released earlier this month, and the upgraded version of Diamond Mine, Astraware now offers a large stable of exciting games for Pocket PC users.

“We are very excited to expand our Pocket PC offerings, not only expanding the
potential market for Astraware games but expanding our technical capabilities to develop new and exciting handheld games,” said Howard Tomlinson, Astraware?s CEO. “With the memory, high resolution screens, and quality audio capabilities of Pocket PC handhelds, our games really shine on this platform.”

Astraware?s new games sell for $14.95 each. Links for downloading the games
are available on Astraware?s Web site, www.astraware.com.


About Astraware Ltd.
Founded in 1994, Astraware Ltd. (http://www.astraware.com/) develops quality
shareware games and utilities. The company provides a range of products available for Palm OS(r) and Pocket PC handhelds, including the popular Zap!2000 and Diamond Mine. Handheld enthusiasts have downloaded more than a million copies of Astraware’s products, and the company has customers in nearly 100 countries. For more information, contact CEO Howard Tomlinson at howard@astraware.com or visit www.astraware.com.

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Astraware and ASAP bring Rook’s Revenge to Handheld Devices

Astraware Brings Rook’s Revenge to Palm OS and Pocket PC Handhelds

“This ain’t your daddy’s chess game: it’s a no-holds-barred, kill-or-be-killed battlefield adventure”

THE MIDLANDS, ENGLAND (September 4, 2002) – – Astraware Ltd today announces the release of Rook’s Revenge for Palm Powered(tm) and Pocket PC handheld computers. Rook’s Revenge is a raucous, real-time chess game that is more about being a fast thinker and mover than a grand master. While the game features a standard checkered board and chess pieces – all moving according to traditional chess rules – and the objective is to kill the opponent’s king, this is where the similarities cease. Instead of taking turns at moving their pieces, the players can move them as soon and as often as they like.

Real.com reviewer Sky Cutter described Rook’s Revenge as a “rollicking good time” in which “Pawns rush madly across the board, Knights gallop and smash unsuspecting victims, Queens sweep through leaving destruction in their wake while Kings try to keep out of everyone’s way…it is mad, it is mayhem and in the beginning it can leave you completely befuddled.”

Rook’s Revenge for Palm OS(r) is the first game to fully take advantage of the high resolution screens and enhanced audio offered by the latest Sony CLIÉ handhelds, with a special version using high quality 3D-rendered graphics and sampled wave audio. A version is also available which will run in grayscale or color supporting the vast majority of Palm OS devices available running Palm OS 3.0 or later.

Astraware is also releasing a version of Rook’s Revenge for Pocket PC users. The Pocket PC version is designed to leverage the technologies of ARM, MIPS and SH3 machines, 16 bit color graphics, and high quality audio.

Astraware is also releasing four more games for Palm OS:


  • Link Letters is Astraware?s version of the classic pen and paper game in which users change one word into another by replacing one letter at a time, with the goal of completely morphing your beginning word into a target word provided by the computer.
  • What Word is a Palm OS version of GameHouse’s popular Web game, in which players are presented with a five-by-five grid of random letters and strive to swap pairs of them to make new words vertically or horizontally. Players earn points for every word they successfully make, but must come up with the target “What Word” before time runs out.
  • For those wanting to enjoy a fun game and practice their skills at entering “graffiti” or typing on their handhelds, T-Blaster is a fun choice. Aliens are attacking again, just as they did in Astraware’s Zap!2000 game, but this time players must destroy them by inputting the letter or word that they carry.
  • Sure to be popular among Astraware’s huge number of puzzle fans is Candy Cruncher, licensed from Pyrogon games. Players must create lines of similar candies by rearranging them in a candy box before they are crunched away. The goal is to complete as many lines as possible before the time runs out.

“We are once again working hard to destroy the productivity that so many other application developers are trying to increase through handheld computers,” said Howard Tomlinson, Astraware’s CEO. “With these latest games, we are leveraging the enhanced features on the latest devices – in particular the better sound and graphics – and as Palm OS 5 becomes available you can expect an even greater game-playing experience.”

All of Astraware’s new games work with handhelds running the Palm OS 3.0 or higher and sells for $14.95. Links for downloading the games are available on Astraware’s Web site, www.astraware.com.

About Astraware Ltd.

Founded in 1994, Astraware Ltd. develops shareware games and utilities. The company provides a range of products available for handheld computers, including the popular Zap!2000. Astraware’s Bejeweled game was named as the Best Handheld Game for 2001 by Handheld Computing Magazine. Handheld gaming enthusiasts have downloaded more than a million copies of Astraware’s products, and the company has customers in over 100 countries. For more information, contact CEO Howard Tomlinson at howard@astraware.com or visit www.astraware.com.

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