Astraware Press Releases

Astraware Signs Deal with RealNetworks? RealArcade for Distribution and Marketing of Palm OS Game Titles

Popular Astraware games for Palm OS handhelds to be available at RealNetworks? RealArcade

THE MIDLANDS, ENGLAND (April 10, 2002) – Astraware Ltd today announced that RealNetworks will distribute many of Astraware?s popular game titles for Palm OS® handhelds through RealNetworks®, Inc. RealArcade(TM) game distribution platform. RealNetworks will also market Astraware?s games directly to its more than 4.5 million RealArcade users. Game titles that will initially be available through the RealArcade service will include: Bejeweled, Alchemy, Seven Seas, Atomica, Collapse and Text Twist.

"We believe that many of our over one million existing PC game customers who own Palm Powered® handheld devices will be interested in buying games for them, provided the games are of high quality and easy to acquire," said Paul Thelen, Director of Marketing for RealArcade. "Astraware was an obvious choice as a handheld device partner due to their strong reputation in the Palm OS development community and the high quality games they have produced."
Astraware is the first provider of games for handheld devices for RealArcade, and Astraware plans to provide additional games for RealArcade in the near future. The initial game set is a representation of many of the most popular and addictive of Astraware?s famous puzzle games and includes:

  • Bejeweled, recent winner of Best Palm OS Game by Handheld Computing Magazine, has been hailed for its highly addictive game play. In fact, due to its addictive nature, one reviewer recently decried that it is "quite possibly the most evil game ever created." Players strive to remove colorful gemstones from the screen by swapping adjacent jewels to create sets of three or more. Once jewels are removed, new gems fall onto the screen to replace them.
  • In Alchemy, players attempt to become the mythical Alchemical Grand Master by placing runes of magical shapes and colors onto the screen, thus turning lead into gold.
  • In Seven Seas, players navigate their galleon through hazardous waters, avoiding pirates, reefs, and even sea monsters.
  • Atomica players make molecules in Dr. Atomica’s Laboratory, building up atomic power by moving atoms to make larger and larger molecules without causing a nuclear eruption.
  • Players of Collapse need to move fast to find rows and columns of three or more like-colored blocks. They must then click on them to make them disappear, collapsing the rows and columns above.
  • For word game lovers, Text Twist never disappoints. Players begin with a six-letter scrambled word and they must attempt to unscramble that word, and as many other three, four, or five-letter words as possible, within a time limit.

"RealNetworks carries a wide assortment of very cool games for the PC, and we are delighted to provide our own collection so that their gaming community can become as hooked on handheld gaming as our own customers have become," said Howard Tomlinson, Astraware?s CEO. "As RealNetworks grows its new section devoted to handheld games, we plan to continually offer new and exciting games for RealArcade users to choose from."

All of Astraware?s new games work with handhelds running the Palm OS 3.0 or higher and each sell for $14.95. The games will now be available to download through the RealArcade software, and at: http://www.realarcade.com/.

About Astraware Limited

Founded in 1994, Astraware Ltd. shareware games and utilities. The company provides a range of products available for handheld computers, including the popular Zap!2000. Astraware?s Bejeweled game was recently named as the Best Handheld Game for 2001 by Handheld Computing Magazine. Handheld gaming enthusiasts have downloaded more than a million copies of Astraware?s products, and the company has customers in over 100 countries. For more information, contact CEO Howard Tomlinson at howard@astraware.com or visit www.astraware.com.

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Astraware Promises to Halt Personal Productivity Gains by Releasing Five New Highly-Addictive Games for Palm Powered Handhelds

Leading developer of handheld games optimizes new titles for both color and grayscale screens

THE MIDLANDS, ENGLAND (March 1st, 2002).Astraware Ltd today announces the release of five new game titles for Palm Powered? handheld computers. The new games are a mix of puzzle, action, and strategy titles, including Nisqually, Astro Defence, Eye of Horus, RoundUp and Big Money. While these new games differ in style of game-play, they are all optimized for both color and grayscale screens, are compatible with all of the latest Palm OS hardware, and are all highly addictive in nature.

“We have been extremely busy at Astraware, developing the games that our customers crave the most and working with the online game industry?s leading developers to move the best arcade and online games to the most popular handheld platforms,” said Howard Tomlinson, Astraware?s CEO. “We are always looking to partner with the best game designers to create licensed games for both Palm OS and Pocket PC handheld platforms.”

Nisqually is an online version of GameHouse?s popular online version by the same title. Nisqually is a puzzle game which is easy to learn, but increases with complexity to complete each level. Gamers aim to clear a screen full of blocks by sliding them to make groups. The challenge is to arrange the blocks to be left with just the right amount of each type to complete the level.

“Nisqually is a deceivingly complex game that is consistently ranked as one of the most popular games on the Web,” said Ron Powers, GameHouse?s Director of Business Development. “Astraware?s handheld version will rock your world just as our online version has done!”

Astro Defence gives arcade fans the opportunity to take out their frustrations by blasting asteroids and alien spacecraft while protecting a space colony with turret-mounted cannons.

Another original game created by Astraware for Palm OS handhelds is Eye of Horus, a tile matching game that tests the players? memories and wits. Astraware has added an “Egyptian flair” to the game, including features such as spells and other magical effects that can earn bonus points for the player.

Those players with a knack for employing logic in their game-play will enjoy RoundUp, a game licensed from independent game creator, Marc Silver. The objective for the game is for players to guide colored marbles back to their ?home? positions, one move at a time. The online version of the game is available for play on the official Rubik?s Web site at www.rubiks.com.

“RoundUp?s themes are creating order from chaos and getting everyone home safe,” says Mr. Silver. “It is an incredibly simple, yet totally compelling and addictive game.”

For gamers who are always on the lookout for a fast buck, Big Money is the game for them. This game is Astraware?s handheld version of PopCap Games? latest arcade-style Web game. The game requires fast reactions and good coordination as the player frantically attempts to clear coins from the screen and grab as many money bags as possible. Skillful players will work their way up to become a “millionaire.”

“Big Money has been PopCap?s most popular game since it was released,”exclaimed John Vechey, PopCap?s Business Developer. “It is always a thrill for us to partner with Astraware and see our games become huge hits on handheld devices.”

All of Astraware?s new games work with handhelds running the Palm OS 3.0 or higher and sells for $14.95. Links for downloading the games are available on Astraware?s Web site (www.astraware.com) from the start of March.

For more information about PopCap Games, visit www.popcap.com.

For more information about GameHouse, visit www.gamehouse.com.

About Astraware Ltd.
Founded in 1994, Astraware Ltd develops quality shareware games and utilities. The company provides a range of products available for handheld computers, including the popular Zap!2000. Astraware?s Bejeweled game was recently named as the Best Handheld Game for 2001 by Handheld Computing Magazine. Handheld gaming enthusiasts have downloaded more than a million copies of Astraware?s products, and the company has customers in over 100 countries. For more information, contact CEO Howard Tomlinson at howard@astraware.com or visit the company’s Web site at www.astraware.com.

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Astraware?s ?Bejeweled? Ties for First in Handheld Computing Magazine?s ?Best Commercial Game? Award

Judges warn that lost productivity and alienation from family members may result

Astraware is proud to announce that its Bejeweled game for Palm OS handhelds was named as one of two winners in Handheld Computing Magazine?s Best Palm Powered Products of 2001 Awards under the category of ?Best Commercial Game.? Bejeweled is a colorful, easy to play puzzle game created and distributed by Astraware Ltd. The annually celebrated ?Best? award presentations recognize the finest releases in Palm Powered(tm) products within the past year. Product categories include software and accessories as well as peripherals and other devices.

Astraware?s Bejeweled was recognized for its colorful graphics and simple to use, yet highly addictive game play quality. Judges admitted that they had not been so hooked on a puzzle game since the release of Tetris in 1989.

?I am very excited about the success of Bejeweled and honored for it to be awarded as the best of the best in a very competitive category,? said Howard Tomlinson, Astraware?s CEO. ?When we created the game, we hoped to produce something that would to appeal to game enthusiasts of all ages, and Bejeweled fits the bill?it?s amazingly simple to play, yet unbelievably difficult to put down.?

Bejeweled works with handhelds running the Palm OS 3.0 or higher and sells for $14.95. Links for downloading the application are available on Astraware?s Web site (www.astraware.com).

About Astraware Ltd.
Founded in 1994, Astraware Ltd (http://www.astraware.com/) develops quality shareware games and utilities. The company provides a range of products available for Palm OS(tm) handhelds, including the popular Zap!2000. Palm enthusiasts have downloaded more than a million copies of Astraware?s products, and the company has customers in nearly 100 countries. For more information, contact CEO Howard Tomlinson at howard@astraware.com

Astraware and GameHouse Team to Offer Titles for Palm OS Devices

THE MIDLANDS, ENGLAND (January 16th, 2002). Astraware and GameHouse today announced their partnership to bring Collapse and Text Twist, two popular online games, to Palm Powered? handheld computers.

Collapse is a fast-paced original game concept created by GameHouse that is one of the most-played online games in history. With its intense, addictive, yet deceptively simple gameplay, it has widespread accolades across the entire online gaming community, including "Game of the Year", by RealNetworks.

Text Twist is GameHouse?s wildly popular word game. Both educational and gripping, it appeals to discriminating puzzle game fans and word game aficionados alike.

Collapse and Text Twist are the first two of GameHouse?s titles that Astraware is bringing to the Palm OS platform with three more to come soon.

"GameHouse has produced some excellent online games," said Howard Tomlinson, Astraware?s CEO. "When I first browsed their site I knew instantly that some of their games would be perfect for Palm Powered handhelds. The key elements to their games are simplicity, slick graphics, and absorbing game play. These characteristics make a truly addictive game, regardless of whether it is played on a Palm OS handheld or online."

"Creating a partnership with Astraware was one of our most significant business decisions over this past year," said Ron Powers, GameHouse?s Director of Business Development. "Our games are responsible for approximately 250 million ad impressions on the Web each month. By teaming with Astraware to offer Palm OS versions of our most popular games, which can be easily purchased over the Internet, we are able to put our games in the hands of many more players and immediately grow our customer base. We are very excited about our relationship with Astraware."

About Astraware Ltd.

Founded in 1994, Astraware Ltd. (http://www.astraware.com/) develops quality shareware games and utilities. The company provides a range of products available for Palm OS™ handhelds, including the popular Zap!2000. Palm enthusiasts have downloaded more than a million copies of Astraware’s products, and the company has customers in nearly 100 countries. For more information, contact CEO Howard Tomlinson at howard@astraware.com.

About GameHouse

GameHouse is an online game development company that focuses on designing interactive and creative content for branding, advertising, database development, and free entertainment purposes. Visit their extensive portfolio and beta test site at www.gamehouse.com for more information.

Palm OS is a registered trademark, and Palm and Palm Powered are trademarks of Palm, Inc. All other products, services and company names are trademarks, registered trademarks or services marks of their respective owners.