THE MIDLANDS, UK – May 16th 2006 – Astraware® and PopCap Games® are excited to announce that their flagship game, Bejeweled®, has been selected to be bundled with the new Palm® Treo™ 700p smartphone, Palm, Inc.’s first Palm OS® based Treo smartphone on EvDO.
Bejeweled for Palm OS is the official handheld version of PopCap’s classic puzzle game which has consumed more than 1 billion hours of leisure time since its introduction in 2001. In addition to its accolade as the best selling handheld game ever, Bejeweled has won an array of awards including Game of the Year from Handango in 2003 and was inducted into Computer Gaming World?s Hall of Fame – one of only 2 puzzle games included.
“We are very happy to be able to include Bejeweled with our new Treo 700p smartphone,” said Mark Bercow, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Palm, Inc. “It is particularly fitting to partner the award-winning classic handheld game with the newest smartphone in our popular Treo line.”
“How could any Palm device be complete without Bejeweled? The perfect five minute game – although many people admit to playing it for somewhat longer than that!” said Howard Tomlinson, CEO of Astraware. “I’m delighted for it to be included with the Treo 700p!”
Bejeweled is amazingly simple to play, but unbelievably hard to put down! Players simply select adjacent pairs of gems to swap them and make matching horizontal and vertical lines of three or more. The game features two fun types of play – Easy for more relaxed moments and Timed for a frantic against-the-clock challenge. For more information on Bejeweled and other great Astraware games click here.
Originally conceived and developed by PopCap Games for web and PC play, the handheld version of Bejeweled has been recreated for Palm OS® and Windows Mobile® by Astraware, and has consistently been one of the most popular handheld titles, played by casual gamers and professionals alike in their spare moments.
As the first Palm OS based Treo smartphone on EvDO, the Palm Treo 700p smartphone uses its fast data connection to speed email, messaging, large attachment downloads and web browsing.(1) The speed also allows for streaming multimedia content, and the Treo 700p smartphone ships with Palm?s first built-in streaming application. Treo 700p users also can take advantage of broadbandlike EvDO speeds on their laptop computers by using the new smartphone as a wireless modem via USB or Bluetooth® wireless technology. By using SD memory cards, currently available with 2GB of storage (sold separately), in addition to the 128MB of built-in memory (60MB dedicated user storage), users have plenty of room to download and carry important documents and multimedia content. More information about the Palm Treo 700p smartphone can be found here.
(1) Within EvDO data wireless service coverage area only. Actual data speeds vary based on network capacity and application design. Backward-compatible with 1xRTT and IS95 networks. Email and web require data services from a mobile service provider at an additional cost. VPN may also be required.
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