Astraware to support Palm’s upcoming Windows Mobile-based Treo smartphones.

THE MIDLANDS, UK / CTIA, SAN FRANCISCO, CA – September 28th, 2005 – Following an announcement from Palm Inc. and Microsoft Corp., Astraware is excited to announce its support for Palm’s future line of Windows Mobile™-based Palm® Treo™ smartphones, the first of which is scheduled to be available to Verizon Wireless customers in early 2006.

“We are delighted that Astraware will be supporting our use of this new operating system on our devices,” said Paul Leeper, director of Developer Relations at Palm®, Inc. “We have shared a long and successful relationship with Astraware, and we believe that the availability of their games for our new line of Treo smartphones will provide a great user experience.”

A number of Astraware‘s games are now Windows Mobile™ 5.0 compatible and these include Tradewinds, Bejeweled, Pixelus, Text Twist and Crazy Daisy.

“We hope that the combination of great hardware and popular OS will bring many more people to the Smartphone fold, and to see the collection of games we have to offer,” said Howard Tomlinson, CEO of Astraware.

For more information on Astraware, visit http://www.astraware.com.

The announcement by Palm® Inc. and Microsoft® Corp. can be found at Palm?s Press Room at: http://www.palm.com/us/company/pr/.

About Treo Smartphones

Palm Treo smartphones make it easier than ever for mobile professionals to stay connected. By combining a compact, full-featured mobile phone with email, an organizer, messaging and web access,(1) Treo smartphones let users organize and simplify their business and personal lives all in one place.

(1) Within wireless service coverage area only. Availability and coverage depends upon carrier and the geographic scope of international roaming agreements. Email, messaging and web access requires data services from a mobile service provider at an additional cost. ISP may also be required.

Palm and Treo are among the trademarks or registered trademarks owned by or licensed to Palm, Inc.

Relax and give your mind a workout with Astraware Sudoku!

THE MIDLANDS, UK – September 7th, 2005 – Astraware is excited to announce the release of Astraware Sudoku – our take on the puzzle craze that’s become a worldwide phenomenon. In addition to the release of the game for Palm OS® handhelds, we have created a dedicated website for Sudoku players from total beginners to complete experts – http://www.palmsudoku.com.

Sudoku is a logical puzzle game, originally created in puzzle books and then made available in countless newspapers worldwide. The grid is 9 cells high by 9 cells wide and within the grid are 9 boxes each featuring 9 cells. The object is to fill in the numbers 1-9 in each row, column and box, but they must only appear in each one once. Many people are put off by seeing a grid with numbers in it, but in fact the puzzle doesn’t require any arithmetic at all – just deduction and logic, and with the inbuilt assistance in the game and the aid of our accompanying website, everyone can play Sudoku.

Astraware Sudoku is suitable for players of all abilities and features include 6 levels of difficulty, pencilmarks in a choice of styles, optional completion and tracking of pencilmarks, a unique and innovative notepad which enables players to make handwritten notes and sketches overlaid upon the grid, and an advanced hint system to assist you by highlighting areas where progress can be made without giving away the answer.

“Several Astraware staff, myself included, had become hopelessly addicted to the Sudoku puzzles appearing in the newspapers.” said Howard Tomlinson, Astraware’s CEO. “We decided that if we were going to produce a Sudoku game for PDAs, it would be one that we’d want to play, with just the features that allowed each of us to play in the way we wanted to. We hope that people will particularly appreciate some of the more unique features that we’ve created, such as the notepad and advanced hints!”

Astraware Sudoku includes a selection of inbuilt puzzles of varying difficulty for you to evaluate. After registration the game will allow a range of additional pre-built puzzle packs to be added. These extra packs will be available free of charge from http://www.palmsudoku.com. The unlocked version of Astraware Sudoku includes a puzzle creator which will generate literally billions of true Sudoku puzzles, all of which are solveable by logic alone. It also includes a puzzle solver, so you can input any Sudoku from a newspaper or book and Astraware Sudoku can show you the solution or give you hints to help you play along.

Astraware Sudoku is available here for Palm OS® handhelds running OS4.0 and above.