Astraware Press Releases

Astraware announces Astraware Sudoku for the Mac App Store

Staffordshire, UK – January 24, 2011 – Astraware® today announced the availability of Astraware Sudoku on the Mac App Store.

Astraware Sudoku includes all the features avid Sudoku players require including a puzzle generator which creates billions of puzzles at multiple difficulty levels; an intelligent hint system; manual or automatic pencilmarks; a Sudoku solver; and Enter Your Own which allows you to enter puzzles from newspapers and magazines and use the assistance tools to help solve them. Astraware Sudoku also includes the unique Puzzle of the Day daily challenge, where players can download each day’s featured puzzle at their chosen difficulty level and once completed submit their time to see how they compare with other players worldwide.

Astraware Sudoku for Mac has been enhanced with high resolution graphics, a real-time ambient background that changes automatically to reflect the time of day wherever the player is, and a special ctrl-click (right click) option for trackpad or mouse can be selected to enable fast completion of numbers. Players can also choose from a selection of restful background colors and a range of different number styles to personalise their game further.

Pricing and Availability

Astraware Sudoku is available today on the Mac App Store, priced at $1.99. For more information and screenshots, click here.

Astraware Announces Three Games for the Mac App Store

Staffordshire, UK — January 6, 2011 — Astraware® today announced the availability of three games on the Mac App Store – Astraware Solitaire, Astraware Mahjong, and OddBlob.

“We’re eager to extend our success with iOS gaming to the Mac,” said Howard Tomlinson, CEO of Astraware. “We look forward to reaching even more customers with our new games on the Mac App Store.”

Astraware is delighted to bring three of its classic family-friendly games to Mac users. Astraware Solitaire includes 12 of the most popular single-player card games, each with customizable rules, and a choice of card backs and backgrounds. OddBlob is a fun arcade puzzle game where the graphics were entirely created by hand from modelling clay, and 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

Astraware Solitaire, OddBlob and Astraware Mahjong are available today on the Mac App Store, priced at $1.99 each. For more information and screenshots, click here.

Astraware and Digital Eel launch Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space on the iPad

Staffordshire, UK – January 5th 2011 – Astraware® is excited to announce it’s going to be a weird and wonderful January for iPad owners. The UK-based game studio has extended their long-term partnership with Digital Eel to bring the award-winning space adventure trading game, Weird Worlds: Return To Infinite Space, to the iPad®.

Originally released for Mac and PC in 2006, Weird Worlds is set in a randomly generated universe where players meet exotic aliens, discover black holes, encounter drifting space hulks carrying untold riches or untimely death, witness the death of stars and engage in space combat using a diverse array of weapons.

” Weird Worlds is perfect for iPad,” said Howard Tomlinson, CEO of Astraware. “Directing space battles with a touch of the finger is great fun, and very engaging!”

Weird Worlds is quick to play (game can be played in just 15 to 30 minutes) and each game begins with a newly generated star map, so offering players countless hours of challenging space exploration, combat and adventure!

“We’re really happy to work with Astraware to bring Weird Worlds to the iPad,” said Rich Carlson, CEO of Digital Eel. “The team at Astraware have taken the game a step beyond, into the future. Now players can experience the wonders, dangers and disgusting aliens of the Purple Void with the touch of a finger! Eww!”

Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space is available now, priced $4.99, exclusively on the App Store on iPad and from www.itunes.com/appstore. For more information on Weird Worlds: Return To Infinite Space for iPad, click here.

Astraware and Sandlot Games launch Tradewinds 2 for Palm Pre and Pre Plus

Staffordshire, UK – November 11, 2010 – Astraware® and Sandlot Games® are excited to announce they are bringing the highly-acclaimed adventure trading game, Tradewinds® 2, to Palm® Pre™ and Pre Plus smartphones.

Astraware has recently released its first games for webOS™, and is delighted to work with long-term partner Sandlot Games to add to the range of quality games on the App Catalog by bringing one of its most popular franchises to the platform.

“Astraware continues to be a fantastic partner on a variety of platforms, bringing the best of our franchises to new users worldwide,” said Daniel Bernstein, CEO of Sandlot Games. “We look forward to the success of Tradewinds 2 on the webOS platform.”

Based on the PC game of the same name, Tradewinds 2 is an adventure trading game set in the Caribbean. Players are invited to navigate a fascinating new world and discover uncharted ports teeming with friends and foes alike. They can be a master commander, defeating pirates and plundering their vast hordes of booty, or they can play it safe by trading exotic island goods, gradually amassing untold wealth, power and influence.

“We’re delighted to work with Sandlot to bring Tradewinds 2 to webOS smartphones,” said Howard Tomlinson, CEO of Astraware. “Many long-time Palm users will know and love the Tradewinds games and we’re sure they’ll love the hours of in-depth game play, trading in goods, battling pirates and completing missions”.

Tradewinds 2 is available now for Palm Pre and Pre Plus running webOS 1.4.5 from the App Catalog on device. For more information about Tradewinds 2, click here.

Astraware Board Games launched for Palm Pre and Pre Plus!

Staffordshire, UK – October 6th 2010 – Astraware® is excited to launch another new game for Palm® webOS® devices. Following a number of requests from Pre™ and Pre Plus users, Astraware Board Games is the latest game to be added to Palm’s App Catalog.

Astraware Board Games is a collection of 8 classic board games designed with non-experts in mind and includes Chess, Backgammon, Ludo, Checkers, Reversi, Nine Men’s Morris, Snakes and Ladders, and Tic Tac Toe. It’s perfect for families to enjoy together using the ‘Hotseat’ Multiplayer mode and many of the games include customizable rules and a range of difficulty levels.

The games are designed to evoke the look and feel of classic board games played with traditional boards and playing pieces, and for games that use dice, Astraware Board Games includes the option to shake your phone to roll the dice!

Astraware Board Games is available now exclusively from the Palm App Catalog on device, priced at $2.99. Astraware Board Games requires the webOS 1.4.5 update. For more information, click here.

Astraware releases 2 more games for Palm Pre!

Staffordshire, UK – September 15th, 2010 – Astraware® is excited to announce the release of 2 new titles for the Palm® Pre™ and Pre Plus. Astraware Casino and Police Range follow hot on the heels of Astraware’s debut webOS™ releases, Astraware Sudoku and OddBlob, which received an excellent reception from the webOS community on their release.

Astraware Casino, already Astraware’s best-seller across a range of smartphone platforms, features 11 of the most popular casino games in 1 easy-to-use pack including Texas Hold ‘Em Poker, Craps, Roulette, Slots, and Blackjack. The game includes instructions on how to play each game and has a fun awards system – the Souvenir Suitcase – with awards unlockable in each of the games!

Police Range is a fun target practice range where players can put their skill and accuracy to the test as they train on 2 different types of police practice range – Crime Alley and Target Practice. Online high score leaderboards add to the challenge as players compete against their friends and other players worldwide.

Both games, built using Palm’s PDK, require the 1.4.5 webOS upgrade to be able to run. Astraware Casino and Police Range are available now, priced $2.99, from Palm’s App Catalog on device. For more information and screenshots, click here.

Astraware announces first game releases for Palm webOS devices!

Staffordshire, UK – August 24, 2010 – Astraware® is excited to announce the release of its first games for Palm® webOS™. The first two games, Astraware Sudoku and OddBlob, will initially support Pre™ and Pre Plus devices with support for Pixi™ to be added later.

Astraware has a long and successful history of working closely with Palm. Zap!2000 was the first color game released for Palm OS and for several years Palm smartphones offered at least one Astraware game bundled along with it. Now that Palm has released their PDK development kit, which allows developers greater access to some of the core functions of webOS, Astraware is able to continue that relationship by bringing some of their best-selling games to the platform.

Astraware Sudoku is a multi-award-winning version of the worldwide smash puzzle game. It is packed with features that avid Sudoku players love, including the unique Puzzle of the Day feature, which sees in excess of 20,000 users regularly downloading the daily puzzles and uploading their times on the global leader board. First released for smartphones earlier this year, OddBlob is a cute puzzle-arcade game entirely created from modeling clay, and featuring online leader boards for players to post their high scores in both Strategy and Panic modes.

“We’re delighted to be re-establishing our long-term relationship with Palm, and supporting the new platform with a range of great casual games,” said Howard Tomlinson, CEO of Astraware. “Our experience at supporting well-featured devices in a range of sizes and resolutions has helped us to make our first webOS games a pleasure to play, and we look forward to bringing many more titles to the platform.”

Astraware intends to bring a number of their own-IP games to the webOS platform as well as working with their premium licensor partners to add to the range of quality casual games available in the Palm App Catalog.

“Palm has a rich history with Astraware, and we’re excited to see that relationship continue with the webOS platform,” said Ben Galbraith, director of Developer Marketing, Palm, Inc. “Astraware’s popular titles are a welcome addition to the breadth and quality of webOS games in the Palm App Catalog.”

Astraware Sudoku and OddBlob are available now on the webOS App Catalog, priced $4.99 each. For more information click here.

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Astraware releases Brad Mitchum – Lost In Time for Windows Phone!

Staffordshire, UK – August 12th 2010 – Astraware is excited to announce the release of Brad Mitchum: Lost in Time, a fun action arcade game developed by Angel Software and Naaty Design using BitRabbit’s RabbitFactory cross platform game engine.

Brad is an archeologist who has travelled the four corners of the globe in search of lost cities and legendary objects. After discovering and investigating a mysterious talisman, he is thrown back in time and must fight off waves of attacking metallic balls to restore the talisman and find his way home.

Brad Mitchum: Lost in Time is a fun action arcade game inspired by classic ball-shooting titles like Pang or Buster Bros and includes 3 high action game modes: Story – with cinematic sequences and progressive difficulty; Pure – an arcade style mode; and X-trem: a special extra-difficulty mode with combo systems and multiple weapon types for hardcore players.

Brad Mitchum is available for Windows Phone devices with touchscreens (or 5 way d-pad if available) running WM 5 and later, priced at $4.99. For more information click here.

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Astraware announces two new games for Windows phone – OddBlob and Police Range

STAFFORDSHIRE, UK – July 14, 2010 – Astraware is pleased to announce the release of two new games for Windows phone and Windows Mobile devices – OddBlob and Police Range.

OddBlob is a fun puzzle arcade game created entirely from modelling clay. Help OddBlob bound across the squishy maze to grab bonuses, chomp fruit, and win points as quickly as he can as the chasing tiles disappear behind. Bounce and double bounce tiles can help you reach your goal or throw you through the gaps to impending peril below, and cake slices earn you a try at the Cake Or Doom mini-puzzle!

Police Range is Astraware’s take on the classic shooting range game. Put your skill and accuracy to the test as you train on the shooting range to become a crack police marksman. Choose from 2 ranges to train on: Target Practice, and Crime Alley, which between them test your accuracy, reaction speeds, eye and nerve!

Both OddBlob and Police Range include Astraware’s new online high score table, which enables players to submit their best scores using wifi or data connection to see how they compare with other players worldwide. Players with non-connected devices can post their scores on the local high score table. Both games also include a range of fun awards and achievements.

OddBlob and Police Range are both available for devices with touchscreens running Windows Mobile or Windows phone 5 and later. Both games are priced $4.99 each, and a special discount will be available to Astraware Newsletter subscribers. To subscribe, click here.

Astraware Creates in Clay!

Staffordshire, UK – March 2nd 2010 – Astraware®, the UK-based smartphone games studio, is excited to reveal details of its newest game creation, OddBlob. The game, starring a groovy purple character with big eyes and an even bigger appetite, features hand-crafted clay graphics modelled by Astraware’s own art team.

In this multi-level arcade game, players guide OddBlob as he bounces intrepidly upwards along a tiled playboard in a choice of 2 play modes, avoiding pitfalls, collecting tasty fruit, and other assorted bonus items. Every piece including animated backgrounds is made of clay.

This unusual approach to graphics creation requires some additional care and effort, as described by Astraware’s lead artist, Mike Hanson…

“We created a load of mock-ups of how OddBlob might look in different art styles, but we selected clay as it has a tactile quality that makes him feel more solid. Once we’d chosen the material we considered how he should look: fat? thin? blue? green? etc.”

“After we settled on the look we had to build him. Rigging and animation was tricky – we couldn’t produce one model which could undergo the stresses of such bouncy movements so we had to build a set of bodies, ready-modelled into the positions, with arms using thin wire to hold them together. That done, we photographed him from 8 directions along with the other game elements, all with the same lighting setup for consistency. Then everything was coloured and processed in Photoshop.”

“I love the fact that modern games don’t always have to be about 3D technology. It’s great to see these classic materials working in games now, reproducing the kind of quirky style once reserved only for TV.”

Whilst adding to the development time and cost compared to more traditional game graphics techniques, creating the original clay elements and then photographing them in high resolution allows the graphics to support a wide range of devices and resolutions – something that fits perfectly with Astraware’s multi-resolution cross-platform strategy.

“Experimenting with a different production style was quite a risk for us, but suits the style of this game so well that it was definitely worthwhile,” said Astraware CEO, Howard Tomlinson. “While we’re continuing to use 2D and 3D graphics in many of our games, we’re really looking forward to trying clay again in a future title!”

For more information on the development of OddBlob including photos of the modelling process, visit Astraware’s Facebook page.

OddBlob will be released across several smartphone platforms in the coming weeks. For more information on availability or to purchase, click here.