Astraware Launches Five New Games for Pocket PC Handhelds

Premier developer of PDA games converts popular Palm OS puzzle and strategy games for use on Pocket PCs

THE MIDLANDS, ENGLAND (September 17, 2002). Astraware Ltd. today announces
five new titles for Pocket PC handhelds – Nisqually, Alchemy, Abysma, Elixir, and Bounce Out. Each of these games are versions of popular Palm OS titles, and are all optimized to take advantage of the color screens and sound capabilities of Pocket PC devices. Astraware is also announcing an upgrade to the company?s popular Diamond Mine game, the Pocket PC version of its top-selling Bejeweled for Palm OS handhelds.

Nisqually is a handheld version of GameHouse?s popular online puzzle game by the same title. Nisqually 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!”

Alchemy is a handheld version of the popular online game by PopCap Games. Players attempt to turn lead into gold. The goal is to become the mythical Alchemical Grand Master. They place runes of magical shapes and colors onto the screen, and turn the board to gold. This official Pocket PC adaptation retains all of the game play of the online version but allows players to take it with them anywhere.

In Abysma, players are opposed by both time and a descending “bar of doom.” A
bar descends downward across a screen of multi-sized blocks. Energy is lost when the bar of doom comes across a blank space, causing players to race to fill in the gaps with adjoining blocks before the bar hits the empty spots and saps all of their energy.

Elixir pits the player against the clock in a race to, literally, pop as many pills as possible. As iridescent capsules descend down the screen, the player must explode as many pills as possible, but only those that are not supporting the capsules above them.

Bounce Out is similar to Astraware?s popular Bejeweled and Diamond Mine
titles, except that players are rushed to swap colorful balls rather than gemstones in order to line up three or more in a row and players may swap vertically as well as horizontally and diagonally. As sets of three or more are formed, the balls “bounce out” and the balls above drop and wiggle into place, completely reconfiguring the game-board. The colorful balls in Bounce Out make this game an especially attractive game for the high resolution color screens of Pocket PC handhelds.

Combined with Rook?s Revenge, a raucous “kill-or-be-killed” version of chess
released earlier this month, and the upgraded version of Diamond Mine, Astraware now offers a large stable of exciting games for Pocket PC users.

“We are very excited to expand our Pocket PC offerings, not only expanding the
potential market for Astraware games but expanding our technical capabilities to develop new and exciting handheld games,” said Howard Tomlinson, Astraware?s CEO. “With the memory, high resolution screens, and quality audio capabilities of Pocket PC handhelds, our games really shine on this platform.”

Astraware?s new games sell for $14.95 each. Links for downloading the games
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(r) and Pocket PC handhelds, including the popular Zap!2000 and Diamond Mine. Handheld 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 or visit www.astraware.com.

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Astraware and ASAP bring Rook’s Revenge to Handheld Devices

Astraware Brings Rook’s Revenge to Palm OS and Pocket PC Handhelds

“This ain’t your daddy’s chess game: it’s a no-holds-barred, kill-or-be-killed battlefield adventure”

THE MIDLANDS, ENGLAND (September 4, 2002) – – Astraware Ltd today announces the release of Rook’s Revenge for Palm Powered(tm) and Pocket PC handheld computers. 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.

Real.com reviewer Sky Cutter described Rook’s Revenge as a “rollicking good time” in which “Pawns rush madly across the board, Knights gallop and smash unsuspecting victims, Queens sweep through leaving destruction in their wake while Kings try to keep out of everyone’s way…it is mad, it is mayhem and in the beginning it can leave you completely befuddled.”

Rook’s Revenge for Palm OS(r) is the first game to fully take advantage of the high resolution screens and enhanced audio offered by the latest Sony CLIÉ handhelds, with a special version using high quality 3D-rendered graphics and sampled wave audio. A version is also available which will run in grayscale or color supporting the vast majority of Palm OS devices available running Palm OS 3.0 or later.

Astraware is also releasing a version of Rook’s Revenge for Pocket PC users. The Pocket PC version is designed to leverage the technologies of ARM, MIPS and SH3 machines, 16 bit color graphics, and high quality audio.

Astraware is also releasing four more games for Palm OS:


  • Link Letters is Astraware?s version of the classic pen and paper game in which users change one word into another by replacing one letter at a time, with the goal of completely morphing your beginning word into a target word provided by the computer.
  • What Word is a Palm OS version of GameHouse’s popular Web game, in which players are presented with a five-by-five grid of random letters and strive to swap pairs of them to make new words vertically or horizontally. Players earn points for every word they successfully make, but must come up with the target “What Word” before time runs out.
  • For those wanting to enjoy a fun game and practice their skills at entering “graffiti” or typing on their handhelds, T-Blaster is a fun choice. Aliens are attacking again, just as they did in Astraware’s Zap!2000 game, but this time players must destroy them by inputting the letter or word that they carry.
  • Sure to be popular among Astraware’s huge number of puzzle fans is Candy Cruncher, licensed from Pyrogon games. Players must create lines of similar candies by rearranging them in a candy box before they are crunched away. The goal is to complete as many lines as possible before the time runs out.

“We are once again working hard to destroy the productivity that so many other application developers are trying to increase through handheld computers,” said Howard Tomlinson, Astraware’s CEO. “With these latest games, we are leveraging the enhanced features on the latest devices – in particular the better sound and graphics – and as Palm OS 5 becomes available you can expect an even greater game-playing experience.”

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.

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.

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Astraware and Trixiam Studios Team to Offer Titles for Palm OS Devices

Astraware today announced their partnership with Trixiam Studios

…to bring Abysma and Elixir, two of Trixiam?s popular PC puzzle-style games, to Palm Poweredtm handheld computers. Both games are fast-paced games that require quick thinking and offer addictive game-play.

In Abysma, players are opposed by both time and a descending “bar of doom.” A bar descends downward across a screen of multi-sized blocks. Energy is lost when the bar of doom comes across a blank space, causing players to race to fill in the gaps with adjoining blocks before the bar hits the empty spots and saps all of their energy.



Elixir pits the player against the clock in a race to, literally, pop as many pills as possible. As iridescent capsules descend down the screen, the player must explode as many pills as possible, but only those that are not supporting the capsules above them.


“We?re glad to be working with Trixiam Studios, a team that takes a very refreshing approach to the development of online and PC games, to put the most popular games in the hands of PDA users,” said Howard Tomlinson, Astraware?s CEO. “I knew from the moment I first encountered Abysma that it had the magic formula that works so well for handheld and Web games – eyecatching graphics, simple but challenging game-play, and completely absorbing.”



“When the idea of creating handheld versions of our games came about, it wasn?t a tough decision to decide to partner with Astraware,” said Sylvain Dufour, Trixiam Studio?s CEO. “Astraware has an excellent track record of creating blockbuster versions of online and PC games for handhelds. The ability to expand our customer base to potentially millions of PDA users through our relationship with Astraware is very exciting to us.”

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 Bejeweled and 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 or visit www.astraware.com.

About Trixiam Studios, Inc.

Based in Miami Beach, Florida, Trixiam Studios, Inc. is a game development company that focuses on producing original games for all major platforms. All games can be played directly from Web browsers, and enhanced download versions are also available. Trixiam Studios currently licenses its games to major game portals. For more information, contact Sylvain Dufour at syl@trixiam.com or visit www.gameplate.com


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Astraware Celebrates Bejeweled?s First Birthday With Free Games and Other Prizes for All

In its first year, Bejeweled is honored with Best Game award and top sales rankings

THE MIDLANDS, England (April 15, 2002)… Astraware is celebrating the 1st birthday of Bejeweled, its acclaimed game for Palm Poweredtm handhelds known for its sparkling graphics and addictive game-play. Bejeweled, which recently was named Best Game of 2001 by Handheld Computing Magazine, is Astraware?s version of the popular online version by PopCap Games. Since it was first released in March 2001, Bejeweled has often been ranked among the most downloaded Palm OStm applications.

“Astraware has consistently produced software that we love to use to show off what Palmtm handhelds can do,” said Steve McGuigan, Manager, Software Business Development at Palm, Inc. “And because it?s available for grayscale and color, Bejeweled is great for any Palm handheld. Our latest handhelds — the Palm m130 and m515 — maximize game enjoyment with vivid color screens and support for more than 65,000 colors.”

To celebrate Bejeweled?s birthday, Astraware is hosting an online celebration at its Web site, www.astraware.com. Visitors will have the opportunity to register for prizes, including free games, and Astraware t-shirts and mugs. Other prizes include Palm m130 and m125 handhelds, both donated by Palm, Inc.; a Sony NR70V handheld donated by Sony; clip-on GameFace joysticks donated by Handspring; and software donated by many of the top Palm OS developers. Software sponsors include Electric Pocket, DreamQuest, Cutting Edge Software, Trust Digital, and Bachmann Software. To sweeten the pot, Astraware is guaranteeing that everyone who enters the contest will win a prize.

While many Palm OS developers are working hard to make their customers more productive, Astraware is striving to achieve the opposite results. “Curse you, Astraware, for all those lost hours when I could have been working — but no, I was having a blast playing Bejeweled instead,” exclaimed Denny Atkin, Handheld Computing Magazine?s editor-in chief. “Bejeweled is the first handheld game that should be regulated as a controlled substance.”

“In this age of shoot-em-up style games loaded with adventure and destruction – we love those games too, by the way – it has been amazing how wildly popular a simple matching game like Bejeweled has become,” said Howard Tomlinson, Astraware?s CEO. “Bejeweled is simple to play, quick to learn, and maddeningly addictive. We couldn?t be happier as we celebrate a tremendous first year for Bejeweled.”

About Astraware Ltd.

Founded in 1994, Astraware Ltd. develops shareware games and utilities for handheld computers. 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 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.