Your planet needs you – Moonfighter!

THE MIDLANDS, UK – December 30th, 2005 – Astraware and Pazzazz Games are pleased to announce the release of Moonfighter for Palm OS® and Windows Mobile® for Pocket PC.

Moonfighter is a fun gravity-based shoot-em-up that challenges players to pilot their spacecraft around lunar terrains and blast aliens whilst collecting energy spheres to extend their mission time. Players can progress through thousands of Moonfighter levels, each one offering more challenging terrains and more enemy attacks.

“This is the kind of spacey game I grew up with – careful maneuvering, rotate and thrust just enough to stay in place but not too much…” said Howard Tomlinson, CEO of Astraware. ?Great for practising and getting my dexterity back!”

Moonfighter offers three types of alien enemies: Turrets – static units placed at strategic points around the terrain; Spiderbots – walking units that climb the cavern walls and Saucerbots – anti-gravity platforms that can float around. Enemy attacks take the form of Guns – unguided laser bolts with unlimited range; Missiles – medium range guided torpedoes; and G-weapons – short range gravity distortion fields that either attract or repel your craft. As players fly around the alien terrains they will encounter narrow valleys, lunar peaks, and underground caverns many of which are protected by heavy-duty blast doors.

Moonfighter is developed by Pazzazz Games, creators of the award-winning GTS Racing Challenge and Hellfire: Apache vs Hind, and exclusively published by Astraware. The game is available here.

Take home a pocket full of Chuzzles today!

THE MIDLANDS, UK – December 14th 2005 – Astraware and PopCap are excited to announce the release of Chuzzle for Palm OS® and Windows Mobile® for Pocket PC.

Chuzzles are googly-eyed little balls of fur that giggle, squeak, and sneeze as you push them across the board! Group three Chuzzles of the same colour together and watch them pop in a flurry of fur. Tap them to hear them squeak, sneeze and more!

“This game is already unbelievably cute, utterly compelling, and so completely absorbing – and now you can carry round a pocket full of Chuzzles,” said Howard Tomlinson, CEO of Astraware. “Sorry Rudolph, this Christmas you’re just not the cutest creature in town!”

Chuzzle features four fun-filled modes of play: Classic Chuzzle – match the Chuzzles and watch them pop to gain a high score; Speed Chuzzle – play against the clock to match Chuzzles until time runs out; Mind Bender – solve the Chuzzle puzzles to match the pattern on screen; and Zen Chuzzle – a gentle endless game where you match Chuzzles to earn magical charms. Look out for Giant Chuzzles, Super Chuzzles and Rainbow Chuzzles which all carry their own special effects and bonuses!

“We?re very pleased to have Astraware looking after the Chuzzles who live on Palm and PocketPC devices,” said James Gwertzman, Director of Business Development for PopCap. “These smaller relations of the Web/PC-based Chuzzles need special care and attention, and Astraware has done a terrific job of building them a new home that?s just right for Chuzzles on the go!”

MoDaCo have already hailed the game as “the most addictive puzzle game of the year”. Chuzzle is developed by Astraware based on the best-selling PC and online game from PopCap. Chuzzle is available for all devices running Palm OS® 5.0 and Windows Mobile® for Pocket PC 2002 and above. Click here to download your copy.

Astraware releases update to its award-winning Astraware Sudoku game.

THE MIDLANDS, UK – December 1st 2005 – Astraware is excited to announce a major update to Astraware Sudoku for Palm OS® and Windows Mobile® for Pocket PC and Smartphone. The new Puzzle of the Day option offers a brand new Sudoku puzzle at each difficulty level downloadable ‘over the air’ each day. This unique feature also lets users submit their times directly from their device and see how they rank against other players worldwide for the same puzzle.

“We’re all Sudoku addicts here at Astraware, and adding this new feature has us competing to get better and better at solving the puzzles,” said Howard Tomlinson, CEO of Astraware. “We’re looking forward to all of our registered customers joining in with the Astraware team and Beta testers in the daily high score lists!”

Astraware Sudoku featuring Puzzle of the Day is a free update to all registered owners of the game. The Puzzle of the Day feature can be accessed either over the air from a connected device, from standalone handhelds using a cellphone as a modem, or via ActiveSync’s pass-through connection, while users without a connected device can still take advantage of Astraware Sudoku‘s ability to generate billions of Sudoku puzzles on their device.

Astraware recently attended Orange™ Code Camp in Opio, France where the Puzzle of the Day feature was developed. Astraware Sudoku‘s over-the-air puzzle delivery was awarded Best Overall Product at the event and received the grand prize of a Segway Human Transporter. The Astraware Team has since taken delivery of the Segway!

Astraware Sudoku is available here.

A Sudoku of the Day puzzle is also accessible for non-PDA owners via the Sudoku of the Day website. It’s available for people to add to their blogs and websites or direct to their email inbox each day. The Sudoku of the Day site also includes Sudoku Gear – a quirky range of merchandise featuring genuine Sudoku puzzles – ideal for a Sudoku addicts everywhere.