Gentlemen, start your engines for GTS World Racing!

Staffordshire, UK – May 28th 2008 – Astraware® and Pazzazz Games are excited to announce the release of GTS World Racing™ for Palm OS® and Windows Mobile® smartphones and PDAs.

GTS World Racing is the must-have sequel to the highly acclaimed GTS Racing Challenge, and has been created by Pazzazz and published by Astraware.

Fans of classic coin-operated arcade racing games will love the retro style graphics and exhilarating sound effects. Experience the roar of engines as you select your car, race your opponents, set the fastest laptimes, score points for most race wins and burn rubber to gain championship victory!

GTS World Racing offers 64 track layouts across 16 worldwide locations – from snowscapes to dusty deserts; 3 car types to choose from each with their own handling characteristics; and 4 difficulty levels from Easy to Extreme!

The game offers 4 play modes to satisfy every level of expertise:

  • Single Race – check out the tracks and practice your skills before heading for the main event;
  • Challenge Cup – race at each of the 16 locations and achieve the required finishing position for your chosen difficulty;
  • Grand Tour – complete all 64 tracks in all 16 locations and achieve the required finishing position in each; and
  • Championship – complete the full 16 race season and score the most points to win the championship.

GTS World Racing is available for a wide range of smartphones and PDAs running Palm OS® 5 and later, and Windows Mobile® Professional, Classic and Standard 2003 and later. Click here for more details.

Astraware Solitaire now released for Symbian® S60® and UIQ® phones!

STAFFORDSHIRE, UK – May 28th, 2008 – Astraware® is excited to announce their version of the classic card games pack – Astraware Solitaire – is now available for smartphones running Symbian® S60® 3rd Edition and UIQ® 3. The game was released for Palm OS® and Windows Mobile® devices in June 2007 and has been highly acclaimed by both public and media since then.

Astraware Solitaire features 12 of the most well-known and best-loved single player card games, chosen based on direct feedback and suggestions from Astraware customers. The games include Klondike, Pyramid, Spider, and Freecell, and to make the playing experience both familiar and fun, each game has custom gameplay options so everyone can enjoy the games using their favorite variation on the standard rules.

The game’s controls have been specially designed to be simple and comfortable to play with, and along with just the right balance of effects really make it easy to play and feel like you would when playing with a real pack of cards.

“We always aim to give our customers the best possible experience, with games that are not only fun, but include a user-friendly interface, and lots of customization options, so they can really feel like they’re playing the game their way. Astraware Solitaire is a premier example of this with a selection of 12 great card games chosen from customer feedback,” said Cassidy Lackey, VP, Handmark Studios. “The game has been incredibly popular for Palm OS® and Windows Mobile® smartphones, and so we’re very pleased to extend Astraware’s support to the many millions of S60® and UIQ® devices worldwide.”

Smartphones are very personal and everyone loves to customise the look of their handheld. Astraware Solitaire also offers lots of choices including decorative backgrounds, changeable color themes, and a beautiful selection of cardbacks to enhance the look of your game.

Most important of all, there is a choice of card front including a familiar traditional set with beautiful face cards, and a clear card face option which is better for those with visual impairments, or for playing in bright daylight.

If you like to track your progress, the game statistics will tell you how long you’ve played and how often you win, and Astraware Solitaire also includes a fun trophy system which unlocks extra card graphics and the highly sought-after Golden Trophy Deck of cards. Once you’ve collected them all, you can even be use them to play with!

With 12 highly-absorbing, traditional card games, Astraware Solitaire is the perfect pastime for everyone’s smartphone.

Astraware Solitaire is available for smartphones running S60® 3rd Edition and UIQ® 3.

The complete list of games included is: Calculation, Canfield, Clock, Four Seasons, Freecell, Golf, Idiot’s Delight, Klondike, Pyramid, Spider, Sultan’s Harem, and Yukon. To try Astraware Solitaire for yourself, click here, or visit SymbianGames.com.

Handmark Unveils New Games and Applications for BlackBerry Smartphones

Premier mobile media provider continues to expand mobile catalog for BlackBerry customers, together with Astraware®, the Handmark Game Studio

Orlando, FL – Wireless Enterprise Symposium 2008 – May 13, 2008 – Handmark®, a global leader in mobile media, today announced new, exclusive applications for BlackBerry® smartphones including Bible translations; a new ringtone application, Ringtone Junkie; as well as best-selling games from Astraware®, the Handmark Game Studio.

“A rapidly growing number of BlackBerry users are turning to Handmark for their mobile information and entertainment needs,” said Cassidy Lackey, VP of Handmark Studios. “Astraware, the Handmark Game Studio, focuses on providing only the best mobile content, and we are pleased to bring these new, quality titles to BlackBerry.”

Bible Translations for BlackBerry Smartphones – AVAILABLE 5/28
This is the first Bible product designed by Handmark specifically for BlackBerry smartphones. The application offers unlimited wireless access to 16 Bible translations including four of the five most popular modern translations. The Bible product for BlackBerry smartphones will be available May 28 at Handmark.

Ringtone Junkie – AVAILABLE 5/28
Ringtone Junkie is a new and improved ringtone management application, developed by Handmark, providing access to thousands of popular MP3 ringtones. The application enables customers to download, store, access, and assign custom ringtones to contacts in their BlackBerry Address Book. Ringtone Junkie will be available May 28 at RTJunkie.com or Handmark for a one-time purchase of $19.95.

Astraware® games – AVAILABLE by 8/31
Astraware, the world-renowned UK-based game developer, will expand its reach by releasing its first games for BlackBerry smartphones in Q3 2008, including Idigicon’s highly acclaimed Platypus. Flagship titles Astraware Solitaire, Astraware Sudoku, Astraware Casino and Astraware Boardgames will follow from Q4 onwards. These titles will be available at the Astraware website or Handmark.com.

To receive updates on the latest Handmark releases, go to Handmark and sign up for the Handmark e-newsletter.

Hidden Expedition: Titanic Released for Additional Mobile Platforms

Astraware Releases Hidden Expedition: Titanic for Symbian® S60® and UIQ® Smartphones

KEELE, England and SEATTLE – May 7, 2008 – Astraware® and Big Fish Games, Inc.™, are excited to announce the availability of the highly acclaimed Hidden Expedition: Titanic™ game for Symbian® S60® 3rd Edition and UIQ® 3 smartphones.

Hidden Expedition: Titanic was the first ‘hidden object’ game to be released for Palm OS® and Windows Mobile® in September 2007 and is now available for play on Symbian S60 and UIQ phones worldwide.

The legendary RMS Titanic, which sank in 1912, still houses a wealth of artifacts and treasures on-board. Hidden Expedition: Titanic offers players the opportunity to explore the wreckage of this once-majestic ship and collect antique artifacts for the Titanic Museum.

Players hunt for hidden objects within the wreckage during 14 diving missions, ultimately leading to the final prize: The Crown Jewels. Based on the best-selling PC game, Hidden Expedition: Titanic for S60 and UIQ features the same stunning graphics and atmosphere of the original. Players have the choice of using the intuitive five-way control scheme or the stylus to find a variety of artifacts hidden within the sunken ship.

Hidden Expedition: Titanic is available for S60® 3rd edition devices including phones from Nokia, Samsung and LG and UIQ® 3 smartphones from Sony Ericsson and Motorola. The game is available, priced $19.95, from the Astraware website and at SymbianGames.com.