Astraware releases first game for Symbian® S60® and UIQ®

KEELE, Staffordshire, UK – March 31st, 2008 – Astraware® is excited to announce the release of their first game for Symbian® S60® and UIQ® smartphones! Astraware Boardgames features 8 classic boardgames including Reversi, Chess, and Backgammon, all designed with casual players and non-experts in mind.

Astraware Boardgames offers 3 levels of gameplay that everyone can enjoy, even complete beginners. If you’re new to board games, you can play a nice easy game to begin with and when you’re winning those regularly, select a harder difficulty.

The game features plenty of options so that you can choose to play it your way – against the computer, or alongside other players, and with your choice of rules, so whether you like huffing in checkers, flying in nine men’s morris, want more ladders or less snakes, Astraware Boardgames lets you play it your way!

The gameplay and graphics are designed to evoke the feel of classic board games, played on wooden boards, with traditional playing pieces and satisfying piece movement. Astraware Boardgames includes Chess, Backgammon, Ludo, Checkers, Reversi, Nine Men’s Morris, Snakes and Ladders, and Tic Tac Toe.

Astraware Boardgames is compatible with S60 3rd Edition devices including the Nokia N95 and E61, and with UIQ 3 devices including the Sony Ericsson P1i and Motorola RIZR Z8. The game includes support for English, Spanish, German and Portuguese languages and is available here.

Astraware releases Hexic® and Mozaki™ for Windows Mobile®

KEELE, Staffordshire, UK – March 27th, 2008 – Astraware® is excited to announce the release of two new games for Windows Mobile® based on popular MSN Games titles. Both Hexic® and Mozaki™ have been developed by Astraware for Microsoft’s Carbonated Games studio.

Hexic is a fantastic twist on the match-three genre by famed Tetris® designer, Alexey Pajitnov. Hexic is deceptively simple to begin with – just rotate any trio of hexes in order to form a cluster of three or more same-color pieces – but a real brain-boggling challenge to master. Featuring Marathon, Timed, and Survival game modes, players are sure to enjoy many hours turning hexes into stars, stars into pearls, and pearls into victory!

Mozaki is a classic brain-teasing strategy puzzler, also by Alexey Pajitnov. Players grab a piece from the stack and place it on the board, connect pieces of the same color to make an unbroken line from the colored edge to the centre of the screen, and connect the required number of lines and win the level. Marathon Mode is deceptively simple, but more colours and mismatched blocks increase the difficulty. Players who prefer to play against the clock can check out Timed Mode for an extra challenge.

“It is exciting to work with Microsoft on these well known titles from MSN Games, and we’re pleased to be the online distributor and to bring them to our Windows Mobile customers!” said Howard Tomlinson, Director of Game Development, Astraware.

“It’s our goal to give video gamers the flexibility to take their favorite games with them on any handheld or phone,” said Alfredo Patron, Director of Microsoft’s Mobile Communications Business in Europe. “We’re excited to extend these two popular games to our broad customer base which relies on our 140+ phone designs.”

Hexic and Mozaki are available for Windows Mobile® and are priced at $9.95 each. Both games are optimised for play with 5-way or stylus. For more information, to download a trial, or to buy, click here.

Bejeweled 2 for Palm OS® and Windows Mobile® gets a major update!

KEELE, Staffordshire, UK & Seattle, WA, USA – March 19th, 2008 – Astraware® and PopCap Games® are very excited to announce a major update to PopCap’s best-selling, flagship game, Bejeweled® 2.

In version 1.30, Bejeweled 2 adds much-requested support for 240×240 square screen Windows Mobile® devices such as Palm® Treo™ smartphones and includes support for 320×320 Windows Mobile Professional and Classic devices such as Samsung’s SGH-i780 smartphone.

This update also sees the very first release on Windows Mobile® Standard devices. Bejeweled 2, version 1.30, supports 240×320 and 320×240 resolution non-touchscreen devices including the HTC S710, HTC StrTrk, Samsung Blackjack & Blackjack II, and Motorola Q and Q9.

The game has been brought fully up-to-date on Astraware’s current games framework and controls have been optimized for play with either 5-way or stylus. Bejeweled 2 is recognised by both public and media as the must-have puzzle game for your Palm OS® or Windows Mobile® device, and this update supports an even wider range of devices than ever before!

Bejeweled 2, version 1.30, is a completely FREE update for registered users. Players who haven’t yet experienced this award-winning classic can purchase a copy here.

Update to Astraware Casino adds Texas Hold ‘Em No Limit Poker

KEELE, Staffordshire, UK – March 12th 2008 – Astraware® is excited to announce a new update to Astraware Casino.

In response to customer requests, Astraware Casino version 1.20, now includes Texas Hold ‘Em No Limit Poker, which allows players to bet the pot or even go all-in when they have that winning hand! Unlike a real casino, if you do bet the lot and lose, Astraware Casino will allow you to visit the Bank and carry on playing. There’s even a fun ‘Souvenir’ trophy for a big loss!

Alongside Texas Hold ‘Em No Limit Poker, Astraware Casino also includes Slots, Blackjack, Video Derby, Craps, Roulette, Texas Hold ‘Em Limit Poker, Baccarat, Video Poker, Video Keno, and Three Card Poker. The game gives players $1000 in their virtual wallet to begin playing with, and includes a fun trophy system with the ‘Souvenir Suitcase’, which marks achievements in each of the games.

Astraware Casino version 1.20 is a completely FREE upgrade to registered users. The game is available for Palm OS® smartphones and PDAs running OS5 and above, and for Windows Mobile® Classic, Professional and Standard devices running Windows Mobile® 2003 and later.