Astraware Press Releases

Handmark Launches “Hellfire” Helicopter Game on Apple App Store

KANSAS CITY, MO. – Jan 22, 2009 – Handmark® today announced the release of its Hellfire™ game on the Apple App Store. Hellfire is a challenging new helicopter game that utilizes the unique accelerometer feature built-in to iPhone™ and iPod® touch to deliver thrilling gameplay.

“Our GTS World Racing game made superb use of the unique accelerometer feature in iPhone and iPod touch and customers loved it,” said Cassidy Lackey, Vice President of Handmark Studios. “Hellfire also offers a fantastic gaming experience that takes advantage of many of the innovative features these revolutionary devices have to offer and is positioned to be another big winner with mobile gamers.”

Created by Pazzazz Games, and published by Handmark, Hellfire allows players to choose two different types of helicopter gunships with a range of different weapons to battle the enemy and rescue prisoners of war. Using the accelerometer-based control method, pilots can manoeuvre their helicopter both left and right and to tilt to speed up and slow down. Hellfire players can select from individual missions in 16 locations or undertake a full campaign in a number of different territories. The game also includes 4 different difficulty ranks offering players an increasing challenge as their helicopter skills progress.

Hellfire is available for $4.99 from Apple’s App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore

For further information, screenshots or to view a demo video click here.

Handmark Brings Family-friendly Holiday Fun to the Apple App Store with Launch of Astraware Board Games for iPhone and iPod touch

Kansas City, MO – Dec. 10th, 2008 – Handmark® today announced Astraware Board Games, a collection of eight classic board games including Chess, Backgammon, Ludo, Checkers, Reversi, Nine Men’s Morris, Snakes & Ladders and Tic Tac Toe, is now available for the iPhone™ and iPod® touch on the Apple App Store.

“Astraware Board Games is a perfect pastime for families getting together over the holiday season,” said Cassidy Lackey, VP, Handmark Studios. “These timeless classic games for iPhone and iPod touch are easy to learn so that everyone can join in with the fun.”

The award-winning Astraware Board Games pack is perfect for families to enjoy together. Many of the games include customizable rules and a range of difficulty levels, but are tailored to non-expert, casual players.

Optimized for play on the iPhone and iPod touch, Astraware Board Games allows players to shake their device to shake the dice, touch and slide their piece to move it, and enjoy enhanced graphics that take advantage of the high-quality screen on the devices. In addition, players have the choice of playing against the CPU, against friends using “hotseat” multiplayer on one device, or against a friend on two separate devices using a local Wi-Fi connection.

Astraware Board Games is available for $4.99 from Apple’s App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at http://www.itunes.com/appstore.

More information, screenshots, and a demo video are available here.

Handmark Brings Cult Mac Game ‘Platypus’ to the Apple App Store

KANSAS CITY, MO – Dec. 8th, 2008 – Handmark® today announced the release of Platypus, its cult side-scrolling shooter game for iPhone™ and iPod® touch, on the Apple App Store.

The award-winning game, based on the highly-acclaimed Mac and PC game from Idigicon and developed by Astraware® – the Handmark Games Studio™, is a unique arcade game based off of characters and scenes made from modelling clay.

The original creator hand built every ship, tree, and explosion using clay art, photographed them and created digital graphics for the game. Explosions within the game “splat” instead of “bang”, and the fruit bonuses make the game graphics seem almost tangible.

“We are so pleased to see one of our most successful titles make its way onto this new and exciting platform,” said Giles Hunter, Managing Director, Idigicon.

Using a choice of control methods including the iPhone’s built-in accelerometer, players pilot the venerable F-27 ‘Platypus’ across squashy fields and trees, avoiding the snowy mountains to defend peaceful Mungola from invasion. Enemy ships disappear in a splat, and several different power-ups are available to assist with the 20-level mission across 4 huge clay scenarios.

“Platypus is a game that feels so real you just want to touch it – and now on the iPhone and iPod touch you can!” said Howard Tomlinson, Director of Game Development, Astraware. “It’s arcade blasting fun at your fingertips!”

Platypus is available for $4.99 from Apple’s App Store on iPhone or iPod touch or at http://www.itunes.com/appstore.

For more information and to view a demo video, click here.

More miniature military mayhem as My Little Tank gets extra levels and new platforms!

Staffordshire, UK – November 18th 2008 – Astraware® – the Handmark® Games Studio™ is excited to announce that its highly acclaimed miniature tank game, My Little Tank, has been updated with new levels and is now available for three new platforms

My Little Tank is a fun arcade blaster in which players can navigate through the original 60, and now 20 additional, action-packed, increasingly challenging levels as they shoot enemy tanks, defend their base, and destroy enemy radar stations and bases. Lovingly crafted miniature terrains include snow, swamp, plains, and deserts. The game also includes a range of power-ups to aid players in winning each mission.

The update for Palm OS® and Windows Mobile® smartphones adds support for newer devices and new resolutions. In addition, My Little Tank is being released for S60® and BlackBerry® smartphones for the first time. A version for iPhone™ and iPod® touch is now available on the App Store.

The update is FREE for existing registered owners of the game, or players new to the game can purchase for just $9.95. There’s also a special discount for Club Astraware members during November – just login or join to check it out!

For more information on My Little Tank click here.

Handmark Brings Miniature Tank Mayhem to Apple App Store

Kansas City, MO – November 17th, 2008 – Handmark® today announced its newest game for iPhone™ and iPod® touch, My Little Tank, is available on the Apple App Store.

My Little Tank is a casual-style, arcade blaster fully optimized for play on the iPhone and iPod touch. The game includes a choice of control options including an onscreen virtual d-pad, swipe to move the tank, and accelerometer-based directional tilt.

After choosing a tank color, players can navigate through 80 action-packed, increasingly difficult levels as they shoot enemy tanks, defend their base, and destroy enemy radar stations and bases. Beautifully crafted miniature terrains include snow, swamp, plains, and deserts. The game also includes a range of power-ups to aid players in winning each mission.

My Little Tank is available for $4.99 from Apple’s App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore/.

More information and a demo video is available here.

Handmark Announces ‘Glyph’ Puzzle Game Available on Apple App Store

Kansas City, MO – November 3rd, 2008 – Handmark today announced its Glyph® puzzle game for iPhone™ and iPod® touch is available on the Apple App Store. Glyph is a puzzle game, developed in partnership by Sandlot Games and Astraware – the Handmark Games Studio, in which players try to save the dying world of Kuros by reassembling ancient glyphs hidden beneath layers of rock and glistening stones. Using the unique iPhone multi-touch interface, players can touch groups of like-colored gemstones to break through ancient layers of rock and reveal the glyphs.

“We are thrilled to partner with Handmark to bring Glyph to iPhone and iPod touch,” said Daniel Bernstein, President and CEO of Sandlot Games. “Glyph represents the first game in our initiative to bring all our best-selling titles to this revolutionary new platform.”

“The beautiful graphics in Glyph make full use of the stunning screen and offer an incredibly immersive feel,” said Howard Tomlinson, Director of Game Development, Astraware. “We’re truly delighted at how much fun it is!”

Glyph immerses players in a fantastic gaming experience with vibrant graphics, atmospheric music and sound effects, and an ethereal guide to talk players through the game and story of Kuros. The game offers many hours of fun with more than 200 levels across 2 play modes. The release of this title extends the long-term relationship between Sandlot Games and Astraware – the Handmark Games Studio, which began with the award-winning strategy game, Tradewinds®, in 2004.

“We are excited to continue building out our catalog of high-quality games and apps for the Apple App Store,” said Cassidy Lackey, Vice President of Handmark Studios. “Glyph is a fun, well-designed game that I am confident iPhone and iPod touch users will find enjoyable.”

Glyph is available worldwide for the introductory price of $1.99 (regular price $4.99) from Apple’s App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore.

For more information and to view a demo video, click here.

Handmark Launches Award-Winning Astraware Sudoku on Apple App Store

New game offers iPhone and iPod touch users unique features and daily puzzles over the air

KANSAS CITY, MO – Oct. 15, 2008 – Handmark® today announced the availability of Astraware Sudoku for iPhone™ and iPod® touch on the Apple App Store. Astraware Sudoku uses the power of the innovative Multi-Touch user interface to offer an experience optimized for iPhone and iPod touch users with gameplay suitable for all levels and abilities.

“The Astraware team has many years of experience in touch screen gaming and has earned a fantastic reputation in the industry for the quality of games developed,” said Paul Reddick, Handmark CEO. “We are pleased to expand our offerings in the Apple App Store with what we believe is the best Sudoku game available for iPhone and iPod touch.”

“We wanted to make a game that was extremely enjoyable and playable, with the smart features seamlessly incorporated so they are available without getting in your way,” said Howard Tomlinson, Director of Games Development, Astraware. “Our hints help you to look for answers rather than giving them to you straight away, so you still get the pleasure of finding and solving the puzzle for yourself. That way, players improve and find themselves attempting – and completing – the trickier puzzles.”

A unique Puzzle of the Day feature allows players to download daily puzzles directly to their device using Wi-Fi or a cellular data connection. Players can select their difficulty level and, on completion of the puzzle, submit their time to Sudoku of the Day to see how they compare against other players around the world.

In addition, Astraware Sudoku includes a powerful puzzle generator that can create an unlimited number of true Sudoku puzzles – enough to satisfy the most avid of players. Players can also enter Sudoku from newspapers or magazines and complete them within the game, and use all of the included assistance features to help solve them.

Astraware Sudoku is available for $4.99 worldwide from Apple’s App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore/. For more information and view a video demonstration of the game, click here.

Platypus – the squishiest shoot-em-up ever now available for S60®, UIQ®, and BlackBerry® smartphones!

Staffordshire & S. Yorkshire UK – September 24th, 2008 – Following a release for Palm OS® and Windows Mobile® devices earlier this year, Astraware® and Idigicon are excited to announce the release of Platypus for 3 more smartphone platforms. The squishiest shoot-em-up ever is now available for S60®, UIQ®, and BlackBerry® smartphones worldwide, including the new BlackBerry Bold!

Based on the cult classic for PC and Mac, Platypus is a fast, frantic and fun side-scrolling arcade shooter with a difference – the entire game is made from clay!

The vast continent-spanning city of Collosatropolis has finally reached the limits of its expansion, and tall buildings cover every available space. The Collosotropolan leaders decide to invade the neighbouring country of Mungola. They don’t anticipate much of a struggle as Mungola’s entire defence force consists of a single squadron of fighter planes – the venerable F-27 ‘Platypus’.

Your mission is to pilot your trusty Platypus and save peaceful Mungola! Fly across the squashy fields and trees, avoid the snowy mountains and protect your planet. Shoot down the enemy ships and marvel as they disappear in a splat! Collect fruit bonuses and a range of power-ups to aid you in your quest!

Platypus is a fantastic, fun arcade game featuring 4 massive worlds each with several challenging levels. It’s the perfect casual game for arcade gamers and the perfect arcade game for casual gamers!

Platypus is optimised to use d-pad controls on S60 phones, d-pad or touchscreen on UIQ phones, and the trackball on BlackBerry smartphones. For more information, click here. Club Astraware members can get a substantial discount off all versions of Platypus for a limited time. Simply login here to check out the special price!

Pick Up Some Bargain Booty with Astraware’s Talk Like a Pirate Day Sale!

Staffordshire, UK – September 18th, 2008 – Avast me hearties!!! Friday 19th September is International Talk Like a Pirate Day and the Astraware Team is celebratin’ once again! ARRR!

To celebrate with us, get your hands on some fine booty – 6 of the best pirate/nautical/treasure games on very special offer for just 24 hours with more than 50% off each!

Save several dubloons off the price of Tradewinds, Tradewinds 2, Hidden Expedition Titanic, Seven Seas, Bubble Babble, and Golden Skull, but don’t delay – at the stroke of midnight the offer ends! Don’t be a scurvy landlubber, get yourself along to our promo page!

A word from Captain Redbeard Tomlinson: “Yarrr, these games be great for when ye’ve been marooned and the rum’s run out!”

Don’t forget – Friday 19th September – Yo Ho Ho!

Handmark Launches First Arcade-Style Racing Game for iPhone, Leveraging Apple’s Unique Accelerometer Feature

Kansas City, MO – August 11, 2008 – Handmark® today announced the release
of GTS World Racing™ for iPhone™ and iPod® touch users. It is immediately
available through the Apple® App Store.

GTS World Racing offers a unique mobile gaming experience utilizing the iPhone built-in accelerometer feature. Players can accelerate, brake and steer the car by moving and turning the device itself. The game includes 64 track layouts and offers a choice of multiple car types and difficulty levels, as well as 4 exciting play modes – Single Race, Challenge Cup, Grand Tour, and Championship.

“We are excited to continue releasing the finest in mobile content, taking advantage of the unique capabilities of our partners like Apple,” said Paul Reddick, Handmark CEO. “We bring the highest quality mobile applications to the market for our partners and end-users, making the mobile experience both fun and productive.”

In addition to the unique interface and use of the accelerometer feature, GTS World Racing offers players a choice of music options. Users can select the exhilarating music soundtrack or use the music from their iPod to create their own customized racing soundtrack.

GTS World Racing was jointly developed by Astraware®, the Handmark Game Studio™, and Pazzazz Games.

“We have a long-standing relationship with Pazzazz Games and are delighted to bring GTS World Racing to the App Store,” said Howard Tomlinson, Director of Game Development, Astraware. “I love that I can control the game holding and turning my iPhone just like a steering wheel, which really shows off how well the device’s accelerometer works. This is classic arcade racing fun!”

GTS World Racing is available exclusively from Handmark through the App Store
for a one-time purchase of $7.99. For more information click here.