Handmark Brings Family-friendly Holiday Fun to the Apple App Store with Launch of Astraware Board Games for iPhone and iPod touch

Kansas City, MO – Dec. 10th, 2008 – Handmark® today announced Astraware Board Games, a collection of eight classic board games including Chess, Backgammon, Ludo, Checkers, Reversi, Nine Men’s Morris, Snakes & Ladders and Tic Tac Toe, is now available for the iPhone™ and iPod® touch on the Apple App Store.

“Astraware Board Games is a perfect pastime for families getting together over the holiday season,” said Cassidy Lackey, VP, Handmark Studios. “These timeless classic games for iPhone and iPod touch are easy to learn so that everyone can join in with the fun.”

The award-winning Astraware Board Games pack is perfect for families to enjoy together. Many of the games include customizable rules and a range of difficulty levels, but are tailored to non-expert, casual players.

Optimized for play on the iPhone and iPod touch, Astraware Board Games allows players to shake their device to shake the dice, touch and slide their piece to move it, and enjoy enhanced graphics that take advantage of the high-quality screen on the devices. In addition, players have the choice of playing against the CPU, against friends using “hotseat” multiplayer on one device, or against a friend on two separate devices using a local Wi-Fi connection.

Astraware Board Games is available for $4.99 from Apple’s App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at http://www.itunes.com/appstore.

More information, screenshots, and a demo video are available here.

Handmark Brings Cult Mac Game ‘Platypus’ to the Apple App Store

KANSAS CITY, MO – Dec. 8th, 2008 – Handmark® today announced the release of Platypus, its cult side-scrolling shooter game for iPhone™ and iPod® touch, on the Apple App Store.

The award-winning game, based on the highly-acclaimed Mac and PC game from Idigicon and developed by Astraware® – the Handmark Games Studio™, is a unique arcade game based off of characters and scenes made from modelling clay.

The original creator hand built every ship, tree, and explosion using clay art, photographed them and created digital graphics for the game. Explosions within the game “splat” instead of “bang”, and the fruit bonuses make the game graphics seem almost tangible.

“We are so pleased to see one of our most successful titles make its way onto this new and exciting platform,” said Giles Hunter, Managing Director, Idigicon.

Using a choice of control methods including the iPhone’s built-in accelerometer, players pilot the venerable F-27 ‘Platypus’ across squashy fields and trees, avoiding the snowy mountains to defend peaceful Mungola from invasion. Enemy ships disappear in a splat, and several different power-ups are available to assist with the 20-level mission across 4 huge clay scenarios.

“Platypus is a game that feels so real you just want to touch it – and now on the iPhone and iPod touch you can!” said Howard Tomlinson, Director of Game Development, Astraware. “It’s arcade blasting fun at your fingertips!”

Platypus is available for $4.99 from Apple’s App Store on iPhone or iPod touch or at http://www.itunes.com/appstore.

For more information and to view a demo video, click here.