Astraware Press Releases

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Astraware launches major Crosswords 2 update!

All New Astraware Crosswords 2!

That’s right! Our flagship puzzle game Astraware Crosswords is relaunched with an updated sleek look, extra puzzles, new statistics and features, but keeps the same great gameplay (and just the right types of puzzles!) as before!

Version 2 is available now on all stores and is a FREE download!  On Apple, Amazon and Google stores it’s an automatic update, so you don’t have to do anything – on NOOK it’s a new product with a free download.

If you’re already an Astraware Crosswords player, any purchases you’ve made (deluxe versions or any extra puzzle packs) will automatically be available for you to play in the new version!

What’s New in Version 2?

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A new design of our title screen is now a cool and soothing blue to match the latest OS version changes – but the biggest change is that instead of two giant buttons – one for today’s Daily Puzzle and one for the Weekender, there’s now a box with separate PLAY buttons for each day!

That means you can now play back through any of the daily puzzles from the last week!

The Weekender puzzle is still available to play at any time, and a new one is available every Friday, just as before.

 

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Is your device Haunted?

Staffordshire, UK – October  24, 2014 – Astraware® releases Haunted, a brain-teasing puzzle game for iPad®, iPhone® and Android phones and tablets.

Just in time for Halloween, Astraware has released Haunted, a brand new game that has you finding your way through room after room of puzzles with monsters to avoid and treasure to find.

Haunted is a game for those who like to use their brain to solve puzzles, rather than be the fastest to tap. Find your way through each room one step at a time, and the monsters in the room react to your every move. Zombies are slow and move towards you, but other monsters behave in other simple (but different) ways, and learning how they move is the key to solving the game!

Take your time to plan, there’s no need to be hurried, and you can undo your moves as often as you like or reset the room right back to the beginning if you decide that a particular path isn’t going to work out. Stars are awarded for each room you complete, just one for escaping, two for escaping with all the possible treasure, and three for finding the perfect route with the minimum number of steps. You can go back at any time to re-attempt a room and get that coveted third star.

The first launch has 6 houses filled with a total of 80 rooms to solve, some are straightforward and are there to help you to learn, some present real challenges! There are four monster types, as well as pit traps and treasure to find, with more to come in future updates. It is ideal for ages 7 and up.

Haunted is available to download on the App Store, Google Play, Amazon Appstore for Android and NOOK Apps.  It is a free download with occasional adverts on iOS and Android, and is set at $2.99 on NOOK with no adverts.

For more information on Haunted, see the Astraware page at: www.astraware.com/games/haunted, or view the presskit.

About Astraware

Based in the heart of England, Astraware is Howard Tomlinson and David Oakley, who have been passionately developing games for handheld devices since 1997.

Astraware brings award-winning board game to mobile devices; Mijnlieff now available for NOOK, iOS and Android

Staffordshire, UK – November 29 2013 – Astraware® and Hopwood Games are excited to announce the release of the award-winning Mijnlieff board game app for NOOK®, iPad®, iPhone®, iPod® touch, and Android phones and tablets.

The partnership between Astraware and Hopwood Games will allow users to enjoy this brilliant two-player game directly on their smartphone or tablet. The game includes a built-in tutorial, 12 Viking AI players with their own playing style, the ability to play with your friends online, a range of tilesets and backgrounds to customize the look and an achievement system.

“We are proud to be working with Hopwood Games to bring this fantastic abstract board game to mobile devices,” said Howard Tomlinson, CEO of Astraware. “In particular we are excited with the social connectivity which allows players to have a game with their friends in real time or even turn-by-turn with friends in different timezones!”

The objective of the game is simple: to create more lines of three than your opponent. There are 4 types of pieces which each restrict where the opponent may play and each player starts with two of each piece. The board itself is modular and can be arranged in different ways which encourage a range of strategies. The Square layout is great for learning the game; the other variations are perfect for more seasoned players.

“Astraware has done a great conversion of the Mijnlieff,” added Andy Hopwood, game creator and founder of Hopwood Games. “I am amazed with how they managed to capture the complex simplicity of the game and how accessible it will now be for players around the world.”

Mijnlieff is available to download on the App Store, Google Play, Amazon Appstore for Android and NOOK Apps. For more information on Mijnlieff, see the press kit at: www.mijnlieffgame.com.

Astraware brings award-winning board game to mobile devices; Mijnlieff now available for NOOK, iOS and Android

Staffordshire, UK – November 29 2013 – Astraware® and Hopwood Games are excited to announce the release of the award-winning Mijnlieff board game app for NOOK®, iPad®, iPhone®, iPod® touch, and Android phones and tablets.

The partnership between Astraware and Hopwood Games will allow users to enjoy this brilliant two-player game directly on their smartphone or tablet. The game includes a built-in tutorial, 12 Viking AI players with their own playing style, the ability to play with your friends online, a range of tilesets and backgrounds to customize the look and an achievement system.

“We are proud to be working with Hopwood Games to bring this fantastic abstract board game to mobile devices,” said Howard Tomlinson, CEO of Astraware. “In particular we are excited with the social connectivity which allows players to have a game with their friends in real time or even turn-by-turn with friends in different timezones!”

The objective of the game is simple: to create more lines of three than your opponent. There are 4 types of pieces which each restrict where the opponent may play and each player starts with two of each piece. The board itself is modular and can be arranged in different ways which encourage a range of strategies. The Square layout is great for learning the game; the other variations are perfect for more seasoned players.

“Astraware has done a great conversion of the Mijnlieff,” added Andy Hopwood, game creator and founder of Hopwood Games. “I am amazed with how they managed to capture the complex simplicity of the game and how accessible it will now be for players around the world.”

Mijnlieff is available to download on the App Store, Google Play, Amazon Appstore for Android and NOOK Apps. For more information on Mijnlieff, see the press kit at: www.mijnlieffgame.com/presskit.

Astraware announces first game release for BlackBerry Z10

Astraware Crosswords now available on BlackBerry World

Staffordshire, UK – May 30, 2013 – Astraware® is excited to announce the release Astraware Crosswords for BlackBerry® Z10, the studio’s first ever game for BlackBerry 10 OS.

Astraware Crosswords is a popular and well-loved version of this favorite puzzle game and pastime. It offers 45 built-in puzzles in 3 different grid sizes and 3 graded difficulty levels. The game is packed with features users love, including unlimited access to download and play the new Daily puzzle each day and larger Weekender puzzle every week. Players worldwide have submitted in excess of 1 million scores to the global leader board! There is also an option to buy extra puzzle packs for offline play and to unlock the Solver feature.

“We’re delighted to bring Astraware Crosswords to BlackBerry 10 as the first of a range of Astraware titles” said Howard Tomlinson, CEO of Astraware. “Players can pull up the game each day to play the daily game for free during their commute or coffee break, and for enthusiasts there is a range of additional puzzles to play with more available to purchase. We look forward to supporting the platform with more of our most popular games in the near future!”

Astraware intends to bring a number of their latest games to Blackberry 10 to add to the range of quality casual games available on BlackBerry World.

Astraware Crosswords is available now on BlackBerry World. For more information visit here.

Astraware Announces Six Games for NOOK® HD and NOOK® HD+

Astraware Crosswords Deluxe Free Trial Comes Preloaded on these Critically-Acclaimed New Tablets

Staffordshire, UK — November 13, 2012 – Astraware® is excited to announce a trial of their game Astraware Crosswords has been selected to be bundled with Barnes & Noble’s NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ tablets. The studio also announced today the availability of five other games for these devices – Astraware Word Games, Astraware Kriss Kross Deluxe, Astraware CodeWords Deluxe, Astraware Mahjong and Astraware Solitaire.

“We’re eager to extend our success with NOOK® game apps to the newest NOOK devices,” said Howard Tomlinson, CEO of Astraware. “Barnes & Noble has built the lightest and highest-resolution tablets and we are delighted to offer six of our family-friendly games to NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ users.”

About the games

Astraware Crosswords Deluxe lets you take your favorite pastime wherever you go and compete online by downloading and playing the Daily and Weekender puzzles. NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ owners will be able to try the game using the version preloaded on their device.

Astraware Word Games is the best brain-teasing pack of 5 different word games in 3 different difficulty levels.

Astraware Mahjong takes the ancient tile-matching game and gives it a modern twist with 3D graphics, more than 30 puzzle layouts, multiple difficulty levels and a daily puzzle challenge.

Astraware Kriss Kross Deluxe brings this popular word and logic puzzle, also known as Fitwords, to NOOK in an easy to use interface and with over 100 built-in puzzles in a range of difficulty levels and grid sizes.

Astraware CodeWords Deluxe tests your ability to solve the code by figuring out which number represents each of the letters to form words in a crossword style grid.

Astraware Solitaire includes 12 of the most popular single-player card games, each with customizable rules, and a choice of card backs and backgrounds.

Astraware Mahjong takes the ancient tile-matching game and gives it a modern twist with 3D graphics, more than 30 puzzle layouts, multiple difficulty levels and a daily puzzle challenge.

Pricing and Availability

The games are available today on the NOOK Store™. Astraware Word Games and Astraware Solitaire are priced at $4.99 each. Other games are $2.99 each. All six games will also be available for customers in the United Kingdom in mid-November. For more information and screenshots, visit http://www.astraware.com/nook.

Astraware Crosswords Deluxe now available for HP TouchPad; extends current promotion until the end of the month

Staffordshire, UK — September 27, 2012 –Astraware is pleased to announce the release of their new game Astraware Crosswords Deluxe for HP Touchpad.

Astraware Crosswords Deluxe offers over 150 built-in puzzles in 3 different grid sizes and 3 graded difficulty levels. Players can also download a Daily puzzle each day ant try to top the global leaderboard by completing the puzzle in the fastest time! For more of a challenge, there is a Weekender puzzle available each Friday with a bigger grid and a few more challenging clues, perfect for solving leisurely on Saturday or Sunday morning, or even on Friday afternoon!

This is the 7th title the UK-studio has released for this device and it joins their other games, Astraware Sudoku, Astraware Casino, Astraware Mahjong, Astraware Solitaire, Astraware Word Games and OddBlob. To celebrate their two most recent releases, Astraware have extended the promotion of their other games which are available for 99c until the end of the month.

For more information on the game click here.

Astraware Crosswords Deluxe released exclusively for Barnes & Noble’s Award-Winning NOOK Color™ Reader’s Tablet™

Staffordshire, UK – September 24 2012 – Astraware® is excited to announce the launch of their brand new word games pack, Astraware Word Games, exclusively for Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Color Reader’s Tablet.

Astraware Crosswords Deluxe offers over 150 built-in puzzles in 3 different grid sizes and 3 graded difficulty levels. Players can also download a new Daily puzzle each day ant try to top the global leaderboard by completing the puzzle in the fastest time! For more of a challenge there is a Weekender puzzle available each Friday with a bigger grid and a few more challenging clues, perfect for solving leisurely on Saturday or Sunday morning, or even on Friday afternoon!

With the launch of Astraware Crosswords, the UK-based studio has now expanded their range of highly-acclaimed classic games packs to seven titles, as it joins Astraware Word Games, Astraware Casino, Astraware Sudoku, Astraware Board Games, Astraware Solitaire and Astraware Mahjong. The studio’s multi-platform approach means that support for other devices and operating systems will follow.

Astraware Crosswords Deluxe can be purchased for $2.99 from the NOOK Apps Store and customers can easily download games in seconds from the NOOK Bookstore on NOOK Color. For more information on NOOK Color, visit www.nookcolor.com. For more information on Astraware Crosswords Deluxe click here.

Astraware Word Games now available for Mac

Staffordshire, UK – August 23 2012 – Astraware® is excited to announce the launch of their word games pack, Astraware Word Games, for Mac OS X.

Astraware Word Games is a pack of 5 different word games (Shuffle, Wordsearch, Hexxed, Gridlock, and Spellmaster) which comprises anagram games, word searches, grid puzzles and spelling challenges. Each of the five games offers a choice of difficulty levels or puzzle sizes and the ability to play Timed or Classic modes, so players can opt for a challenging brain teaser or a relaxing game to pass the time. As requested by existing users of the game, a Daily mode has also been added to allow players to compete against players worldwide.

Astraware Word Games boasts over 2,000 lovingly hand-drawn doodles and benefits from a generous 100,000 word dictionary, which grades words not just on their letters and length, but also on how interesting or unusual they are and rewards players accordingly. For users running Mountain Lion, Astraware Word Games takes advantage of Game Center on Mac with a worldwide leaderboard and 30 achievements. There is also an option to print Wordsearch puzzles for offline play or to give to family and friends.

Astraware Word Games is available for download through the Mac App Store for an introductory price of $2.99 (typically $4.99). For more information on Astraware Word Games for Mac click here.