Astraware and Revolution Software announce agreement to bring classic adventure games to PDAs

THE MIDLANDS/YORKSHIRE, ENGLAND – July 29th 2005Astraware and Revolution Software are excited to announce a new partnership which will see Revolution’s classic games brought to PDAs.

Both Revolution and Astraware are active members of Game Republic, an alliance formed to bring together companies within the games industry, so when Revolution first began development for the PDA games market, they sought the expertise of Astraware, the leader in this field.

The first title being developed for handhelds is Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars; the first in the worldwide multi-million selling adventure game series originally released for PC and PlayStation(R) in 1996. The story opens in Paris with an explosion in a cafe, and unfolds as American tourist George Stobbart and photo-journalist Nico Collard set about investigating the explosion and are drawn into a globe-trotting adventure involving conspiracies, cults and murder, all revolving around the Knights Templar. The handheld version is due out in the coming months.

“Broken Sword is ideal for the PDA,” commented Charles Cecil, managing director, Revolution Software. “The game retains its unique ability to captivate and enthrall and its loyal fan base still active today is a testament to its enduring power. Our agreement with Astraware will allow the game to reach an even broader audience. With their skills in handheld development, they are a perfect partner for this product.”

“We are excited and proud to be working with Revolution Software to publish their highly-acclaimed titles to handheld devices,” said Howard Tomlinson, CEO of Astraware. “Their Broken Sword games fill a gap which has long been open – for titles with great stories and fantastic presentation. We believe that Revolution’s games will appeal to handheld users around the world, just as their PC games have done.”

More details regarding the handheld version of Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars will be revealed soon.


Astraware offers mythic mosaic magic with Pixelus

THE MIDLANDS, ENGLAND – July 6th, 2005 – Astraware and PopCap are pleased to announce the release of Pixelus for Palm OS® and Windows Mobile™ for Pocket PC handhelds on July 6th. Pixelus was originally developed for PC by Nuclide, makers of other fine games including Rocket Mania.

The game is set on the mythical island of Pixelus and players must help Claudius navigate the various temples of Pixelus to recreate the beautiful mosaic floors by replacing missing tiles. Each temple contains an increasing number of mosaic puzzles which Claudius must complete to please the gods and escape the island.

To complete the puzzles players slide tiles into place using other tiles as a guide. As each puzzle is solved it displays the completed mosaic in full colour. Pixelus features beautiful highly-detailed graphics, an atmospheric music soundtrack and over 200 puzzles offering varying levels of difficulty for novice players or expert puzzle fans. With these elements, Pixelus has all the makings of another classic puzzle game.

Howard Shortt from Tekguru is already a fan: “…clearing a difficult level brings about a level of satisfaction in me that I rarely feel playing games…some may say the game is a time sponge as it’s not one you can put down too easily. It has a home on my device and I’ll keep it there.”

Pixelus is available for both hi-res and lo-res Palm OS® 5.0 devices and Windows Mobile™ for Pocket PC with QVGA or VGA screens. Pixelus is priced $19.95 and is available from the Astraware website.