Handmark Releases Down 4 The Count Boxing Game on App Store

KANSAS CITY, MO (USA) and LONDON, UK – Aug. 26, 2009 – Handmark® today announced Down 4 The Count for iPhone™ and iPod® touch, a full-on action arcade boxing game, is available on the App Store. Building on its catalog of more than 35 games and apps in the App Store, Down 4 The Count utilizes the innovative Multi-Touch user interface to allow players to touch to punch, swipe to dodge, and hold to block as they take on multiple challengers each with their own unique style and special skills. As a feature of iPhone OS 3.0, Down 4 The Count allows players to create their own boxing-themed playlist from their iTunes Music Library, within the game.

“We’re delighted to work with SpiderMonk to help publish this exciting new boxing game for iPhone users to enjoy,” said Cassidy Lackey, vice president of Handmark Studios. “Down 4 The Count is a great addition to our catalog of quality titles and we look forward to helping the SpiderMonk team bring more of their unique, independently developed titles to iPhone in the future.”

Down 4 The Count sees players take on 10 challenging opponents in bouts of up to three rounds. Players must knock-out Banker Bob, Zed The Zombie and other fighters to progress through the rankings. The final challenge comes with Cyborg 3300, who must be defeated to become World Champion.

Down 4 The Count is the first game to launch as a result of a new publishing agreement between SpiderMonk Entertainment and Handmark. SpiderMonk has previously created games for consoles, handhelds and PCs. Down 4 The Count is its first offering for iPhone and iPod touch users.

Down 4 The Count is available at the introductory price of $0.99 for a limited time from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore.

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Handmark Releases Astraware Sudoku and Astraware Casino for Symbian S60 phones

KANSAS CITY, MO (USA) and LONDON, UK – Aug. 21, 2009 – Handmark® has today released its award-winning Astraware Sudoku and Casino games for S60® phones, including the new Nokia 5800 and N97 touch screen devices.

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Astraware Sudoku and Astraware Casino are both available now at www.handmark.com for S60 3rd Edition and later devices as well as several other smartphone platforms. For more information visit: astraware.com/sudoku and astraware.com/casino.