Astraware Press Releases

Astraware releases ‘Astraware Word Games’ App for iPad, iPhone & iPod touch

Staffordshire, UK – June 07 2012 – Astraware® is excited to announce the launch of their popular word games pack, Astraware Word Games, for iPhone®, iPod® touch and iPad®. Originally released exclusively on the Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Tablet, Astraware Word Games is a beautifully presented pack of five classic word games that is sure to appeal to lovers of words and language. The UK-based studio has added extra features to the original game and it now includes a daily challenge, a built-in dictionary, a bookcase award system and, for the first time ever, delightful doodles are drawn as players find words!

The games included in the pack are Shuffle, Wordsearch, Hexxed, Gridlock, and Spellmaster and comprise 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.

“People who read a lot of books naturally build up wide vocabularies, and we have built a set of games that not only allow players to take advantage of this, but encourage players to find and use new words too,” said Howard Tomlinson, CEO of Astraware. “In particular looking for new words to trigger doodles is a lot of fun!”

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. And with over 30 classic books to collect as awards, the game is sure to keep players entertained for a long time.

Astraware Word Games is available for download through the iTunes App Store for an introductory price of $1.99 (typically $4.99). Existing users of Astraware Word Games for Nook or Kindle Fire will be able to download the update with the extra features shortly from Barnes & Noble’s Nook Apps or Amazon’s Appstore for Android, respectively. Support for other platforms including Android OS and webOS for HP Touchpad will follow. For more information on Astraware Word Games visit: www.astraware.com/wordgames.

Astraware Launches ‘Mahjong of the Day’ App for iPad, iPhone & iPod touch; Updates Original Mahjong App

Both Games Support New Features in iOS 5, Including Twitter Integration and Asynchronous Turn-Based Gaming

Staffordshire, UK – October 13 2011 – Astraware® is proud to announce their latest app, Mahjong of the Day, is now available on the App Store for iPad®, iPhone® and iPod touch®. Mahjong of the Day compliments the company’s existing feature-rich Astraware Mahjong game, which includes 30+ puzzle layouts, an unlockable trophy tile set and a global daily puzzle challenge. Both games include brand new features found only in iOS 5, including Twitter integration and asynchronous turn-based gaming.

Mahjong Of The Day gives players four new downloadable mahjong puzzles every day. Once downloaded, players can complete the puzzles and submit their time to compare against other players on Astraware’s global leader board. Using the new iOS 5 Twitter integration players can brag about how quickly they solved the puzzle to their friends, or challenge a friend to best their time using the new asynchronous turn-based gaming feature.

“Casual game players don’t always like to admit it, but they can be very competitive – albeit in subtle ways,” said Howard Tomlinson, CEO of Astraware. “Being able to send challenges to your friends via this new Game Center feature is a great addition for players of this relaxing game who occasionally want a little more competitive challenge!”

The Mahjong Of The Day App is available for free from the App Store on iPad, iPhone or iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore/. Through In-App Purchase, players can purchase options to remove ads, buy a pack of 50 extra puzzles, or unlock all of the features found in Astraware Mahjong.

Alongside the release of Mahjong Of The Day, Astraware Mahjong has been updated with a completely redrawn and enhanced main tile set, which is also included in the free game. Astraware Mahjong also includes a selection of new tile sets to play with, and these are also available by purchasing an unlock in Mahjong Of The Day.

The Astraware Mahjong App is available for $2.99 from the App Store on iPad, iPhone or iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore/.

Astraware releases major update to Astraware Solitaire for Android.

Staffordshire, UK – September 14th 2011 – Astraware® is excited to announce the release of a major update to the Android version of Astraware Solitaire – their highly acclaimed single-player card games pack. The pack includes 12 of the most popular card games including Klondike, Freecell, Spider, and Pyramid.

The update, which is FREE to purchasers of the previous version, is a completely rebuilt game, developed using the Android NDK (native development kit). The update offers greatly improved performance, and compatibility with a wide range of newer devices.

One of the most requested updates from players is the addition of support for more native resolutions and so Astraware Solitaire now supports HVGA (320×480), WVGA (480×800), FWVGA (480×854), QHD (540×960) and WSVGA (600×1024), and allows rotation into landscape for all those resolutions too!

Astraware Solitaire has been updated with a selection of new card graphics and backgrounds, which allows players to customize the look of their game. Users can also customize the gameplay to use their favorite variations on the standard rules.

Astraware Solitaire includes a fun achievement system – the Golden Trophy Deck. There are 52 awards to collect and on completion, the Golden Deck is unlocked for players to use in the game.

The new Astraware Solitaire update is available from Android Market, Astraware’s own website, and other online app stores. For more information on the game, click here.

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

Staffordshire, UK – August 15 2011 – 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 Word Games is a beautifully presented pack of five classic word games that is sure to appeal to lovers of words and language. The included games are Shuffle, Wordsearch, Hexxed, Gridlock, and Spellmaster and comprise word searches, spelling challenges, grid puzzles, and anagram games. 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.

“People who read a lot of books naturally build up wide vocabularies, and we have built a set of games that not only allow players to take advantage of this, but encourage players to find and use new words too,” said Howard Tomlinson, CEO of Astraware. “That’s why we chose Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Color as the ideal platform for our educational games pack. With a range of game styles and modes, there are variants to keep any player entertained and enlightened for hours using NOOK Color’s beautiful 7-inch, full-color touchscreen.”

Astraware Word Games boasts 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. Additionally, the game includes a choice of three graphical themes and several ambient music tracks to enhance the look and feel of the game, and Wordsearch has a wide selection of fun themed word lists to play with.

With the launch of Astraware Word Games, the UK-based studio has now expanded their range of highly-acclaimed classic games packs to six titles, as it joins Astraware Casino, Astraware Sudoku, Astraware Board Games, Astraware Solitaire and Astraware Mahjong. Astraware’s multi-platform approach ensures that users can get access to their range of titles across Android, iOS, BlackBerry, webOS, Symbian, Windows Mobile and Mac.

Astraware Word Games can be purchased for $4.99 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 Word Games games, click here.

Astraware and Electric Pocket To Share Marketing Resources

Staffordshire, UK & Chepstow, UK – July 13th 2011 – Astraware® and Electric Pocket Limited are pleased to announce a new arrangement which sees them sharing experience and resources in order to benefit both businesses.

This new agreement will see Astraware’s Publishing and Marketing Team, led by Chief Communications Officer, Alison Barclay, lend their apps marketing expertise to Electric Pocket’s quality range of applications and utilities, which includes BugMe!, MailTones, and the forthcoming Coverjam. Astraware will assist with marketing and promotion of individual applications as well as Electric Pocket as a company.

“Electric Pocket and Astraware have been good friends since the pioneering days of mobile computing, and strong advocates of each others apps for many years,” said Iain Barclay, Chief Product Officer, Electric Pocket. “We’re delighted to formalise this agreement between our two companies, and look forward to the skills and energies of Astraware’s marketing team bringing our apps to the attention of a new audience.”

“As small companies, developing mobile products to delight customers, whether they be apps or games, we have a great deal in common, and have enjoyed working alongside each other for many years,” said Howard Tomlinson, CEO Astraware. “Sharing our marketing expertise is an obvious step – and hopefully will be great for the exposure of all our collective products.”

Astraware and Electric Pocket will continue to operate as separate companies.

Astraware® and Sandlot Games® launch Tradewinds® 2 for for Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Color™, The Award-Winning Readers Tablet™

Staffordshire, UK – June 14th 2011 – Astraware and Sandlot Games are excited to announce the launch of Tradewinds 2 for Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Color Reader’s Tablet. This launch marks the first time that Tradewinds 2 has been available for any Android™ device and is currently exclusive to NOOK Apps™!

Tradewinds 2 is based on the highly acclaimed PC game from Sandlot Games. Players can take part in their own Caribbean adventure, navigating a fascinating new world and discovering uncharted ports teeming with friends and foes alike. Be a master commander, defeating pirates and plundering their vast hordes of booty, or, play it safe by trading exotic island goods, gradually amassing untold wealth, power and influence.

“With its strong storyline elements, a wealth of missions and tasks to complete, and multiple ways to play the game, we’re sure that Tradewinds 2 will appeal to NOOK Color users,” said Howard Tomlinson, CEO of Astraware. “The game is as immersive as a good page-turner!”

“We continue to be excited by our partnership with Astraware and their ability to bring our best games to new markets, such as NOOK Color readers,” said Daniel Bernstein, Founder and CEO of Sandlot Games. “The game is a perfect fit for this platform.”

Tradewinds 2 can be purchased for $4.99 on the device and customers can easily download games in seconds from the Shop on NOOK Color. For more information on NOOK Color, visit NOOKColor.com. For more information on Astraware games, click here.

Astraware Launches Four Games for Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Color™, The Award-Winning Readers Tablet™

Staffordshire, UK – 4th May 2011 – Astraware® is excited to announce the launch of four games, now available on Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Color Reader’s Tablet. The Astraware games are available through NOOK Apps™, a collection of high-quality applications launched this week for NOOK Color. As was announced on April 25, 2011 Barnes & Noble issued a major software update that delivered significant new features and content to its NOOK Color Reader’s Tablet including NOOK Apps, one of the most-requested features from NOOK Color customers.

Astraware Mahjong, Astraware Solitaire, Astraware Sudoku, and Astraware Casino have all been optimised to take advantage of NOOK Color’s high resolution screen, and touchscreen controls. Astraware Mahjong is currently exclusive to NOOK Color on the Android platform for a limited time.

“We’ve put together a selection of titles that are ideal for people who like to both relax and use their brains – which will be perfect for NOOK Color owners! With great features to make the games rewarding to play, and customisation to really make them your own, these will sit perfectly alongside the books, magazines, and entertainment that NOOK Color owners already enjoy!”

Astraware Mahjong includes 30+ puzzle layouts, 4 difficulty levels, and a Daily puzzle challenge where players can compare times with other players worldwide.

Astraware Solitaire includes 12 of the most popular single player card games in 1 pack, including Klondike, Spider, Freecell, Pyramid, and more.

Astraware Casino includes 11 popular casino games in 1 pack including Texas Hold ‘Em Poker, Slots, Roulette, Blackjack, Craps, and more.

Astraware Sudoku includes puzzles at 6 difficulty levels, a puzzle generator, puzzle solver, ability to enter your own puzzles from newspapers and books, and a wide range of assistance including automatic or manual pencilmarks, and a smart hints system. It also includes the Sudoku of the Day daily puzzle challenge.

All 4 games can be purchased for $4.99 each on device. NOOK Color customers can easily download each game in seconds from Shop on NOOK Color. For more information on NOOKcolor, visit www.nookcolor.com. For more information on Astraware games, visit: www.astraware.com.

Astraware Releases Free Sudoku Of The Day Application for iOS and Android

Staffordshire, UK – April 29th 2011 – Astraware® is excited to announce Sudoku of the Day – a new free version of their popular daily puzzle challenge – for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets.

Each day players can get 6 puzzles for free, 1 at each difficulty level, then complete the puzzles and submit their times to try and top the global leaderboards. The game shows how their time compares to other players worldwide. Players can also share their best times with their friends via Facebook Connect. A new set of puzzles is added to the game every day. The Sudoku Of The Day free app is supported by advertising. It includes a range of in-app purchase options including a quick pack of extra 50 puzzles to play offline, the option to remove advertising altogether, and the ability to unlock all the other features found in Astraware Sudoku, like the puzzle generator, entering your own puzzles, and much more!

Sudoku Of The Day is one of the most popular and unique features in Astraware Sudoku – Astraware’s full-featured award-winning pay-to-download Sudoku game, and already has more than 30,000 players submitting times to the global leaderboards each week. The new free Sudoku of the Day app is sure to see this number grow.

Sudoku of the Day also includes a new mood theme feature, a beautiful real-time animated background that gently changes colour through the day, as well as a choice of number fonts.

Sudoku of the Day for iOS is available for iPhone and iPod touch and includes optimized graphics for Retina display devices. A separate version optimized for iPad, is also available. The game requires a minimum of iOS 4.0.

Sudoku of the Day for Android is compatible with devices running Android OS 2.0 and later, and with 320×480, 480×800, 480×854, and 600×1024 screen resolutions.

For more information on Sudoku Of The Day and to download your copy, click here.

Astraware releases Captain CupCake and the Donut Disaster for iPhone® and iPod touch®

Staffordshire, UK – April 28th, 2011 – Astraware® today announced the release of Captain CupCake and the Donut Disaster™ on the App Store. The game was developed by Chaos Games Studio, a student who spent a year on work placement with Astraware. He developed Captain CupCake in his spare time after he returned to university to complete the third year of his degree.

“Captain CupCake is an old-school platformer, requiring skill and planning, but with tactical choices to make in choosing different routes for higher scores, better times, or an easier level,” said Howard Tomlinson, CEO of Astraware. “Wrapped up in a great comical character (who faceplants most unelegantly when you fall off a platform), this game has fantastic charm!”

The Veggie Villains have stolen the donuts from every bakery on the Isla Cocoa. They need to be retrieved and there’s only one man for the job – Captain CupCake!

Captain CupCake and the Donut Disaster is a quick, fun pick up and play platform game with dozens of short levels ideal for tea breaks or waiting in line. The game includes dozens of levels across 2 play zones, the second of which is unlocked by mastering the first. The game is free to download, but players who enjoy the game can also purchase additional zone packs in-game using the iOS In-App Purchase system.

Captain CupCake and the Donut Disaster is compatible with iPhone and iPod touch and includes hi-res graphics for Retina Display devices. It can also be used on the iPad in x2 mode. Players can download the game free on the iPhone App Store, or for more information and screenshots, click here.

Astraware Sudoku for Android gets major update with improved performance and new features.

Staffordshire, UK – April 21, 2011 – Astraware® is pleased to announce a major update for its award-winning Astraware Sudoku game for Android smartphones and tablets.

The game has been completely rebuilt using Android’s NDK (native development kit) which gives the game greatly improved performance across a range of phones, and has enabled the inclusion of new game features. Astraware Sudoku now includes a puzzle generator which can create billions of different true Sudoku puzzles; a real-time animated background that gently changes color to suit the time of day; and a choice of different number styles, so players can customize the look of their game.

Astraware Sudoku includes all the features that avid Sudoku players need – a puzzle generator which creates billions of puzzles at multiple difficulty levels; a puzzle solver which can help with puzzles input from newspapers and books; various types of assistance to help players learn and improve their game including manual or automatic pencilmarks, hold-and-highlight and smart hints; and the Sudoku of the Day daily puzzle challenge where players can download each day’s puzzle at their chosen difficulty level and once completed, compare their time with other players worldwide. Players who are proud of their best times, now also have the option to post them to Facebook.

This new update requires Android OS 1.6 or later and supports devices with 320×480, 480×800, and 480×854 screen resolutions. In addition, support for full-screen play on the Samsung Galaxy Tab (600×1024) has been included.

Astraware Sudoku is available from Android Market at the special re-launch price of $1.99 for a limited time. For more information and screenshots, click here.