Astraware and GameHouse announce the release of ShapeShifter for Palm OS(R) and Windows Mobile(TM) for Pocket PC

THE MIDLANDS, ENGLAND – January 24th 2004 – Astraware and GameHouse are pleased to announce a further collaboration with the release of ShapeShifter for Palm OS® and Windows Mobile? for Pocket PC handheld devices.

Roll up, roll up and try your hand with the ShapeShifter. Place the coloured shapes in the moving cut-outs. Fill up the rows and they disappear. Clear the board to move on to the next shape-shifting level!

Howard Tomlinson, Astraware’s CEO commented, “ShapeShifter was an ideal candidate for handheld conversion, because the stylus interface is so intuitive for this type of game. We’re extremely pleased with how playable the game is!”

ShapeShifter has two fun-filled modes of play; Beat The Clock, where players must fill a specified number of rows before time runs out; and Shape Speedster, which requires players to clear a number of rows before the board fills up. As they are cleared, another row appears. If the rows reach the top of the board, then your game is over. As players progress through the levels the types and colours of shapes change to create a greater challenge. Beat The Clock also includes special bonus levels to test players speed and dexterity.

Reactions to the game include:

“Another brilliant port of a PC bestseller courtesy of Astraware, Shapeshifter is a wicked game in the best sense of the word. Are you in a good enough Shape to play it beyond the very first levels?” – Maya Rozenshein, Palm247

“ShapeShifter, a uniquely fascinating and very addictive arcade game that, try as hard as I might, I can?t compare to anything I?ve ever played before.” – David Eaton, freelance journalist

“This game has the potential to break my Bejeweled 2 addiction! Of course if it does, I will just be replacing one habit with another!” – Jan Galbraith, Palm Addict

ShapeShifter is enhanced with the same zingy sound effects as the PC version and has a carnival-style music soundtrack courtesy of Astraware?s Aurora Sound Engine. The game is available from January 24th 2005 for Windows Mobile? for Pocket PC and Palm OS® devices at Astraware’s website, priced $19.95.

Mars Needs Cows released for Windows Mobile(TM) for Smartphone and updated for Palm OS(R) and Windows Mobile(TM) for Pocket PC

The Midlands, UK – January 12th, 2005 – Astraware and PopCap are pleased to announce that Mars Needs Cows for Windows Mobile? for Smartphone has arrived.

The highly-anticipated Smartphone version includes all the alien abduction action of the original puzzle game and offers cute cartoon animals with realistic sound effects and a music soundtrack inspired by the classic sci-fi movies of the 50s. The menu screen for the Smartphone version of Mars Needs Cows has been redesigned for ease of use on Smartphone devices and now features a spaceship selector module. As with all of Astraware’s Smartphone titles, Mars Needs Cows fully utilises the 5-way controller found on all Windows Mobile for Smartphone devices.

To coincide with the release of the Windows Mobile? for Smartphone version of Mars Needs Cows, both the Palm OS® and Windows Mobile? for Pocket PC versions of the game have been updated to V2.1. Both feature updated graphics as well as a number of minor bug fixes.

Mars Needs Cows for Palm OS® and Windows Mobile? for Smartphone and Pocket PC is priced $14.95 and is available from the Astraware website. As with all Astraware titles, the Palm OS® and Windows Mobile? for Pocket PC updates are free to existing registered users.

Bejeweled 2 for Palm OS(R) updated to version 1.1

THE MIDLANDS, UK – January 11th, 2005 – Astraware and PopCap have released an update for the Palm OS® version of Bejeweled 2 which increases the options available to Palm-powered device owners.

Bejeweled 2 has been praised for its rich backgrounds and sound effects, but these can be heavy on the device requirements. Astraware is announcing a new option for users who would like to take up a little less space on their device, and this option also makes it easier to run on devices with more restrictive heap memory requirements, such as the Zire 71, Tungsten T and T2. Bejeweled 2 ‘Lite’ can also be used by owners of all devices who wish to free up some storage space as it is approximately 500K smaller.

The new ‘Lite’ option, available as of the new 1.1 update, differs by using fewer sound effects and just one of the planet backdrops, but still has all of the same modes, great gem graphics, and special effects as the standard package.

Bejeweled 2 version 1.1 also introduces a number of bug fixes and minor improvements to the game including improved gem-swapping for the Tungsten T5 and Treo 650. It is available to download now from Astraware’s website. The Lite option is available as a separate download from the Bejeweled 2 page.

Astraware and PopCap announce the release of Zuma for Palm OS(R) and Windows Mobile(TM) for Pocket PC on January 6th 2005

THE MIDLANDS, UK – January 6th, 2005 – Astraware and PopCap are pleased to announce the release of Zuma for Palm OS® and Windows Mobile? for Pocket PC on January 6th 2005.

The handheld version of Zuma features all the fun and madness found in the online gaming favourite from PopCap. Zuma features colourful graphics that reflect the ancient South American civilisations and is accompanied by a panpipe music soundtrack and chanted sound effects to give a real flavour of South America.

“As always, Astraware has done a stellar job porting our game to handheld devices,” said Jason Kapalka, Creative Director of PopCap Games. “Their version of Zuma captures all the fun and flavor of the original.”

Players match sets of three or more coloured balls by firing them from the mouth of the mythical stone frog toward the advancing line of balls. Bonus balls that cause explosions, line reversal, and slow-downs appear at random to further enhance the gameplay and help players complete the levels.

Zuma will be available for Palm OS® and Windows Mobile? for Pocket PC handhelds. The Palm OS® version includes Hi-Res+ support in both landscape and portrait modes. The Windows Mobile? for Pocket PC version also supports scaling for VGA devices. Zuma is available from Astraware’s website, http://www.astraware.com, priced $19.95.”