Astraware Casino updated with 2 new games!

KEELE, Staffordshire,UK – January 30th, 2008 – Astraware® is excited to announce an update to Astraware Casino which adds additional features as well as 2 new games.

Since the release of Astraware Casino in December 2007, customers have offered excellent feedback and requests for additional features. In response to these, Astraware Casino version 1.10 is now available as a FREE upgrade to registered owners. The new version includes two new games – Video Derby – which is reminiscent of the miniature mechanical horse racing games seen in casinos and arcades, and 3 Card Poker – a variation of poker also known as Tri-card Poker and based on the British card game, Brag. In addition, Astraware Casino now also includes a Repeat Last Bet option in Craps, Roulette, and 3 Card Poker to make it easier for players to repeat the more complex bets in those games.

With new games included in Astraware Casino, players will discover yet more fun trophies to be unlocked and added to their Souvenir Suitcase.

Astraware Casino version 1.10 is available for Palm OS® and Windows Mobile® smartphones and PDAs. Registered owners can simply download the new version and it will accept their existing registration code. New users can purchase a copy priced $19.95. To download, try or buy, click here.

Astraware Solitaire gets an update and romantic Valentine card backs!

KEELE, Staffordshire, UK – January 30th, 2008 – Astraware® is pleased to announce an update to Astraware Solitaire which more easily allows the addition of new graphical features like extra card backs and backgrounds.

Whilst players will see no difference in the way the game plays, Astraware Solitaire version 1.20 now includes a different way of handling resources so instead of having multiple special versions of Astraware Solitaire on their devices, players can keep one copy of the game on their device and install seasonal card back sets as they want. Spooky Halloween and seasonal Winter card back sets which were included in special versions of Astraware Solitaire are now available separately, and a brand new Valentine-themed card set is released just in time for the most romantic day of the year.

Version 1.20 of Astraware Solitaire is a FREE upgrade for everyone who already owns any version of the game! Users wishing to upgrade from the standard version of Astraware Solitaire can simply install the new version over the top. Users of Astraware Solitaire Winter or Halloween editions should install the new version and add the card back packs they want.

Astraware Solitaire is available here. New users can purchase a registration code for $19.95.

Astraware to join the Handmark family

KANSAS CITY, Mo. USA & KEELE, Staffs. UK – January 7, 2008 12.00 GMT – Handmark and Astraware have announced a new business relationship in which Astraware will become part of the Handmark family.

Handmark and Astraware have worked together on entertainment projects for several years. Astraware undertook development work on the Tetris® Handmark major game license, and both companies already offer each other’s titles on their respective web shops.

Through the new relationship, Astraware will expand its existing UK games development studio to develop new high profile licenses as well as continuing work on original titles. In addition to Palm OS® and Windows Mobile®, Astraware will release their first titles for Symbian® S60® and UIQ® in the first quarter of 2008, and will add games for BlackBerry® devices later in the year.

“We recognize the genius of the mobile gaming pioneers who created Astraware and welcome them to the Handmark family,” said Paul Reddick, Handmark CEO. “We share a passion for delivering superior mobile experiences.”

“For over 10 years, Astraware has successfully created some of the best mobile gaming brands in the industry, building a company through unparalleled focus on quality and customer satisfaction,” said Howard Tomlinson, co-founder and CEO of Astraware. “I am excited to be joining forces with Handmark and we will be able to focus our experience and talent on creating games across more platforms, and together we will become one of the most powerful forces in the mobile gaming industry.”

About Handmark

Handmark® is a global leader in the development and distribution of mobile media, focused information and entertainment content for BlackBerry®, Palm® Treo™, Symbian®, and Windows Mobile® devices. The award-winning Handmark Pocket Express®, transforms ordinary handsets into powerful business and entertainment tools. Handmark manages distribution partnerships around the world with major device manufacturers and operators. These partnerships, along with its technology and distribution relationships with The Associated Press, Oxford University Press, MobiTV, TV Guide, EA Mobile, and Zagat Survey as well as all major U.S. mobile operators, play a large part in the company’s growth and success. Handmark has offices in London, UK; as well as in the U.S. in Kansas City (world headquarters); San Francisco; Atlanta; New York; and Dallas. For more information, visit www.handmark.com.

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