Astraware Releases Candy Train for Palm OS&reg and Pocket PC Devices

The Midlands, England (October 27th, 2003) – – Astraware Limited announces the release of Candy Train for Palm OS&reg and Pocket PC devices.

Candy Train is a superb conversion of the original web based game developed by PopCap, which puts players in control of their own candy train, as they flick the squares to join up pieces of the train track to help navigate the little train.Collecting the candy themed bonuses whilst taking care to watch out for the switching tracks and the danger of crashing into the edge of the scenery or running out track.

Candy Train is cute, simple to play, and has lovely sound and visual effects! If you liked PopCap’s original web based version, you’ll love our PDA version, since tapping with a stylus is an easy and intuitive way to play this type of game.” said Howard Tomlinson, Astraware CEO. ” My favourite aspect is the addition of a newly composed musical soundtrack which is great fun to accompany the game as you play!

Both Palm OS&reg and Pocket PC versions of Candy Train are available now, and are priced US$9.95 for a limited period on Astraware?s Web site, www.astraware.com .

About Astraware Limited.
Founded in 1994, Astraware Limited licenses, develops and publishes high quality games for handheld computers. The company provides a range of products, including the popular Zap!2000 and Bejeweled, which was named as the “Best Handheld Game for 2001” by Handheld Computing Magazine. Handheld gaming enthusiasts have downloaded more than a million copies of Astraware products, and the company has customers in over 100 countries. Astraware currently offers over fifty of the best game titles for handheld platforms, both from its award winning in-house gaming development department and by building successful partnerships with a over a dozen companies worldwide. For more information, contact John Phillips, VP Marketing at john@astraware.com or visit www.astraware.com.

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Astraware Launches TipTop for Palm Powered Handhelds and Pocket PC devices.

Astraware Launches TipTop for Palm Powered Handhelds and Pocket PC devices.

THE MIDLANDS, ENGLAND (August 22, 2003) – – Today Astraware announces the release of TipTop, their newest game title for Palm and Pocket PC handhelds.

Based on the popular web game by PopCap and ASAP games, TipTop is filled with Fifties style and Vegas pizzazz. All players have to do is match and clear all the winning symbols, using magnets, bombs and other special blocks to score crazy combos, but not break the bank.

We?re very excited to bring TipTop to the handheld market ” said Josh Gordon, VP of Business Development for ASAPGames. “TipTop has translated incredibly well, ensuring hours and hours of fun and challenging gaming for players.

With stunning high resolution graphics, dynamic sounds and addictive gameplay, TipTop looks set to be another puzzle classic for the handheld gaming scene.

People often ask what the secret is to creating great games on handhelds,” said Howard Tomlinson, Astraware?s CEO “and the answer is being eyecatching and simple to get right into, but provide hours of entertainment. TipTop fits the bill perfectly, with some great graphics and sounds, and the choice between strategic and arcade modes will keep players enthralled.

TipTop is available for all Palm OS and Pocket PC 2000 or above devices from Astraware?s website at www.astraware.com priced at $14.95

Astraware Launches Bejeweled Game of the Year Edition for Palm OS 5.x and Pocket PC with Dynamic New Aurora Sound System

Bejeweled Named Best Game Application 2003 at Handango Developer Summit

THE MIDLANDS, ENGLAND – August 8, 2003 – Astraware announces that its most successful PopCap licenced game, Bejeweled, has been named as Best Game Application 2003 in the Handango Champion Awards. In celebration of this honor, Astraware is releasing the Bejeweled “Game of the Year Edition”, which premieres the company?s new Aurora sound technology.

Aurora adds the single missing ingredient to Bejeweled?s formula for success, a musical score to accompany the game?s enhanced sound effects.

Aurora is the next evolutionary leap for Astraware’s products and game development because sharp sound effects and atmospheric music add so much to the impact and user experience,” said Howard Tomlinson, Astraware’s CEO. “We’re expecting to see an immediate rise in the sales of headphones as many of our players will still want to be able to attend meetings while illicitly trying to beat their Astraware high scores.
Aurora brings a unified sound system to Astraware?s games, allowing the company to support more devices with a greater variety of audio effects than ever before. Optional components within Aurora allow Astraware to add real-time mixing, spot sound effects, background music, and output systems for Palm OS 5.x, Yamaha Sound, Pocket PC and MS Smartphone devices.

The initial release of Bejeweled “Game of the Year Edition” is designed for all Palm-branded OS 5.x devices, including Zire 71, Tungsten T and Tungsten C models and Pocket PC 2002/2003 devices.

Bejeweled is very simple to play, but difficult for players to put down. They can choose from a relaxing and absorbing Easy-level, or a frantic Timed-level game, as they tap adjacent pairs of gems to swap them and make matching horizontal and vertical lines of three or more.

In honoring Bejeweled as “Game of the Year”, Handango recognized the game for its endurance as the top selling handheld game of all time. The game had previously been named Game of the Year for 2001 by Handheld Computing Magazine with a warning for new players to “put in for vacation time” prior to playing Bejeweled for the first time because of its addictive nature.

Astraware Rolls Out GTS Racing Challenge for Pocket PC Platform Handhelds

Astraware delivers Pazzazz Games? critically-acclaimed 3D auto racing game to Pocket PC devices

The Midlands, England (July 18, 2003) – – Astraware Ltd and Pazzazz Games are launching a new Pocket PC version of the popular Palm OS auto racing game, GTS Racing Challenge. The game is a 3D racing game that delivers console-quality visuals and game-play to Pocket PC handhelds.

After GTS Racing Challenge was first released, the media universally applauded the game for its excellent graphics and game-play. BargainPDA commented, ?Astraware is behind another great game–this time it’s the best looking racing game the Palm OS has ever seen,? while Aximsite remarked, ?No other racing games that are currently available on Pocket PC even come close to this one.?

The game-play of GTS Racing Challenge is similar to SNES / Game Boy Advance titles like F-Zero or Mario Kart, but with large, realistic car sprites rendered in full color from 3D models. Both the players? view and cars are free to rotate in 3D, and the raceway is fully texture-mapped. The cars race along roadways with photo-realistic skylines. The game offers a wide variety of racing options, including 32 separate racetracks and three different super-charged models of GTS race cars. Players will enjoy power sliding around corners, skidding into a U-turn for a sudden change of direction, or even cranking the wheel and ?doing doughnuts? on the spot. Taken together, these features put GTS Racing Challenge at the cutting edge of PDA games.

?GTS Racing Challenge has already wowed the media and consumers alike as the most playable and thrilling car racing game available for the Palm OS,? said Howard Tomlinson, Astraware?s CEO. ?Bringing this title to Pocket PCs will excite fans who have been eagerly awaiting the first quality race driving game for the platform.?

Astraware has long been recognized as one of the top producers of PDA games while Pazzazz Games enjoys a solid reputation for developing 3D games for console game systems and PDAs. Astraware and Pazzazz Games first worked together in 2002 to develop a more advanced racing game than had ever before been available for Palm Powered? handhelds, resulting in the launch of the original GTS Racing Challenge for Palm OS in February of 2003.

Astraware Releases Insaniquarium for Palm HiRes+ and Pocket PC

The Midlands, England (June 20th, 2003) – – Astraware Limited announces the release of the critically acclaimed Insaniquarium for Palm Hi-Res+ and Pocket PC devices.

Insaniquarium was heralded as ?undoubtedly one of the best games of the year? and ?insanely impressive? on it?s original release for Palm OS® and the new versions take advantage of the 320×480 HiRes+ Sony CLIÉ devices and the 240×320 screen size of the Pocket PC, by using a landscape format that brings a whole new dimension to an already addictive title.

“This game runs perfectly and takes full advantage of the hi-res+ screen,” said Shaun McGill of CliePlanet. “And is as immensely playable as ever!.”

Insaniquarium is a superb conversion of the original web based game developed by PopCap which lets players become aquarium owners and buy and raise a selection of fish, not only do they have to ensure that their fish are well fed, but they also have to fight off nasty aliens with the help of a whole gang of crazy pets.
Even better, these fish are not ordinary fish! These cute little fellows drop valuable coins! And you’ll need every penny you can get, since the price of fish-food isn’t going down.

Both versions of Insaniquarium are available now, and are priced US$14.95 on Astraware?s Web site, www.astraware.com existing owners of the original Palm OS® version of the game can download a free upgrade again via Astraware?s web site.

Astraware Releases First Three Microsoft® Certified Game Titles for Smartphone Devices

The Midlands, England (May 28, 2003) – – Astraware Limited announces the release of its first game titles for the Microsoft® Smartphone platform, bringing three of its top selling games for Pocket PC and Palm Powered handhelds to the next generation of wireless handhelds.

The three initial titles, Seven Seas, Mummy Maze and Atomica, have each earned official Microsoft certification, are graphically superb conversions of games originally developed by PopCap. Each game has been designed to run smoothly on the new Microsoft® Smartphone platform.

  • Seven Seas gives players the opportunity to navigate a ship through hazardous waters, avoiding pirates, reefs, and even sea monsters.
  • Mummy Maze players must outsmart a vengeful mummy while guiding an explorer through the mazes inside a pyramid.
  • Atomica enables players to assume the role of mad scientists in Dr. Atomica’s Laboratory, creating atomic power by moving atoms to create larger and larger molecules without blowing up the lab.
  • “We are thrilled about expanding our product line to the Microsoft® Smartphone platform, enabling users of these devices to experience the same addiction as Palm OS® and Pocket PC device owners already do,” said Howard Tomlinson, CEO of Astraware Limited. “While users of these devices are buying them with the purpose of increasing their productivity on the go, we will gladly provide them with the games that are sure to fill all that extra time.

    Seven Seas, Mummy Maze and Atomica are available now for all models of Smartphones, and are priced US$14.95 at the Astraware website

    Astraware and Pazzazz Games Team to Deliver GTS Racing Action to Palm OS Handhelds

    Pazzazz Games selects Astraware as publisher of its first Palm OS title, a 3D racing game that delivers console-quality visuals and game-play

    The Midlands, England and Loire-Atlantique, France (February 17, 2003) – – Astraware Ltd has become the exclusive publisher of Pazzazz Games? exciting new GTS Racing Challenge game for Palm OS® handhelds. GTS Racing Challenge is a
    3D racing game that delivers console-quality visuals and game-play to Palm OS® handhelds. Astraware has long been recognized as one of the top producers of PDA games while Pazzazz Games enjoys a solid reputation for developing 3D console
    games. This announcement marks the second deal in as many weeks in which another game developer has turned to Astraware to take its products to market.

    The game-play of GTS Racing Challenge is similar to SNES / Game Boy Advance titles like F-Zero or Mario Kart, but with large, realistic car sprites rendered in full color from 3D models. Both the players? view and cars are free to rotate in 3D, and
    the raceway is fully texture-mapped. The cars race along roadways with photo-realistic skylines. The game offers a wide variety of racing options, including 32 separate racetracks, three different super-charged models of GTS race cars. Players will
    enjoy sliding around corners, skidding into a U-turn for a sudden change of direction, or even cranking the wheel and ?doing doughnuts? on the spot. Taken together, these features put GTS Racing Challenge at the cutting edge of Palm OS games.

    “When it came to a distribution partner, Astraware was the obvious choice,” said Andy Wilton, co-founder and lead programmer of Pazzazz Games. “Not only do they dominate the online market for Palm OS games, but their market knowledge
    and testing resources have been crucial in helping us hone GTS Racing Challenge, keeping us firmly focused on the points that matter to Palm OS gamers.”

    “GTS Racing Challenge is an amazingly high caliber game that tackles the challenges of putting smooth, fast-paced action on the screen of a Palm OS handheld,” said Howard Tomlinson, Astraware?s CEO. “We?re proud that Pazzazz Games
    selected Astraware as its publisher and invite all other developers of PDA games to call us to discuss how we can help them make their own games a big success.”

    GTS Racing Challenge is available now in versions for both 16-shade greyscale and 256-color models of Palm Powered PDAs, and is priced at US$17.95 at Astraware?s
    Web site, www.astraware.com. A high-resolution and audio enhanced version for the latest Palm OS 5 handhelds is in testing and scheduled to be released in the near future.

    About Astraware Ltd.


    Founded in 1994, Astraware Ltd. licenses, develops and publishes high quality games for handheld computers. The company provides a range of products, including the popular
    Zap!2000 and Bejeweled, which was 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. Astraware currently offers over fifty of the best game titles for
    handheld platforms, both from its award winning in-house gaming development department and by building successful partnerships with a over a dozen companies worldwide. For more information, contact CEO Howard Tomlinson at
    howard@astraware.com or visit www.astraware.com.

    About Pazzazz Games


    Founded in 2001 by industry veterans Andy Wilton and Jim Gardner, Pazzazz Games is an independent developer of games for handheld systems. Pazzazz team members have worked on a wide range of platforms including Amiga, PC, PSX,
    Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance, creating games such as the critically-acclaimed helicopter action titles Zeewolf and Zeewolf II. Other credits include Star Trek: New Worlds (Virgin), B-17 II – The Mighty Eighth (Rage),
    AirForce Delta (Konami) and the NFL Blitz series (Midway). For more information, contact Andy Wilton at andy@pazzazzgames.com or visit
    www.pazzazzgames.com.

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

    Astraware and Whitehorse Games Team to Deliver Chess, Checkers and Backgammon to Palm OS Handhelds

    Whitehorse Games are the first from another developer to be published by Astraware


    THE MIDLANDS, ENGLAND (February 10, 2003) – – Astraware Ltd has become the exclusive publisher of Whitehorse Games? Chess, Checkers and Backgammon games for Palm OS® handhelds. Astraware has long been recognized as one of
    the top producers of PDA games. The agreement with Astraware marks the company?s move toward becoming a publisher of games from other developers as well as its own.

    The new ChromaGames bundle includes all three Whitehorse Games in a single set. All three games are optimized for the high resolution screens and fast processing speeds of Palm OS 5 devices, though they can be played on any Palm OS
    PDA with OS 3 or higher. The games feature the same easy-to-use interface and offer hints for players who are slow to identify the best possible moves. Whitehorse Games? Backgammon boasts a first-of-its-kind neural-network artificial intelligence,
    significantly increasing the challenge of game-play.

    “I have been building commercial videogames since 1984, and my 14 products have been distributed via Activision, Electronic Arts, Crystal Dynamics, Macmillan and Palm, Inc.,” said Bill Mitchell, founder of Whitehorse Games. “I speak from
    experience when I say that Astraware is a solid choice for the professional PDA game developer.”

    “We?re delighted to bring Whitehorse Games? to market and invite other game developers interested in making their PDA games successful to give us a call,” said Howard Tomlinson, Astraware?s CEO. “The ChromaGames bundle is an excellent
    addition to our product offerings: high quality games that are fun to play and fully take advantage of the handheld platform.”

    The ChromaGames bundle is available for US$19.95 at Astraware?s Web site, www.astraware.com.

    About Astraware Ltd.


    Founded in 1994, Astraware Ltd. develops 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 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.

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

    Handheld Computing Magazine Hails Astraware?s Rook?s Revenge as Among Best Mobile Computing Products of 2002

    LAS VEGAS (January 10, 2003) – – Astraware is proud to announce that its Rook?s Revenge game for Palm OS and Pocket PC handhelds was awarded as one of the Top 40 Mobile Computing Products of 2002 by the editorial staff of Handheld Computing Magazine.


    Rook?s Revenge is a raucous, real-time chess game that is more about being a fast thinker and mover than a grand master. While the game features a standard checkered board and chess pieces all moving according to traditional chess rules and the objective is to kill the opponent?s king, this is where the similarities cease. Instead of taking turns at moving their pieces, the players can move them as soon and as often as they like.


    When most people think of playing a chess game, they get about as excited as most of us get preparing our annual tax returns but Rook?s Revenge, however, has really gotten players excited about starting up a chess match, said Howard Tomlinson, Astraware?s CEO. This game has been phenomenal for us, and we?re excited to once again have one of our games recognized by Handheld Computing Magazine as one of the best in the industry.


    Astraware?s Bejeweled was named Best Game of 2001 by the editorial staff of Handheld Computing Magazine, with the judges admitting they had not been so hooked on a puzzle game since the release of Tetris in 1989.


    Rook?s Revenge is available for both Palm OS and Pocket PC handhelds 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 develops quality shareware games and utilities. The company provides a range of products available for Palm OSTM 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

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

    Astraware Seizes the Day, by Launching Bejeweled for Palm OS 5 on Same Day as Launch of Palm?s First OS 5 Handheld

    New version of acclaimed game sparkles with enhanced graphics, audio and speed

    THE MIDLANDS, ENGLAND (October 28, 2002)Astraware Ltd today, in conjunction with the release of Palm, Inc.?s new Palm? Tungsten? T handheld, the first Palm handheld based on the new Palm OS? 5 and an ARM processor, announces the launch of a new version of its award-winning Bejeweled game optimized to take advantage of the higher-resolution screen, improved audio and faster processing speed of Palm OS 5 devices. Bejeweled has been consistently ranked as the top selling Palm OS game since it was originally released in early 2001 and was named Best Handheld Game by Handheld Computing Magazine at the PalmSource conference earlier this year.


    When we want to show off the performance and high-resolution screens of the Palm Tungsten T handheld, one of the first applications we turn to is Astraware?s Bejeweled, said Paul Leeper, Chief Evangelist, Palm Solutions Group. The sparkling gemstones, excellent game sounds and fast animation make the new version of Bejeweled an excellent entertainment choice for Tungsten T users.


    Bejeweled is very simple to play, but difficult for players to put down. They can choose from a relaxing and absorbing Easy-level, or a frantic Timed-level game, as they tap adjacent pairs of gems to swap them and make matching horizontal and vertical lines of three or more. In honoring Bejeweled as the best game of 2001, the editors of Handheld Computing Magazine warned new players of its addictive nature by urging them to put in for vacation time prior to playing Bejeweled for the first time.


    The new version of Bejeweled has been enhanced for high-resolution, high color-depth displays of the new devices that are arriving on the market. The game screen now supports 320 x 320 pixels and uses 16-bit color for the graphics. And while the visual aspect of Bejeweled is the first thing to catch a player?s eye, the sound of gemstones clinking together as they fall into place has always been an enjoyable part of the game. Enhanced sounds have been added for when gems land, swaps and matches are made, time runs out, among others.


    The new version of Bejeweled takes advantage of the faster speed of the ARM processor by recreating the screen much faster than before, enabling the animations to run much smoother. Astraware has incorporated ARMlets, small pieces of ARM native code that enable the game to perform faster processing for such functions as unpacking and drawing graphics, into this new version of Bejeweled.


    We believe in the old credo ?Carpe Diem: Seize the Day,? and we worked hard to ensure that Bejeweled would be ready for launch on the same day as Palm?s first OS 5 device, said Howard Tomlinson, Astraware?s CEO. We pride ourselves on producing the games that hardware manufacturers use to show off their device capabilities, and we?re not afraid to take advantage of new features to enhance our games! And what could be better than the most popular Palm OS game ever to welcome in Palm OS 5!

    About Astraware Ltd.


    Founded in 1994, Astraware Ltd. develops 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 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.

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