Astraware Announces Six Games for NOOK® HD and NOOK® HD+

Astraware Crosswords Deluxe Free Trial Comes Preloaded on these Critically-Acclaimed New Tablets

Staffordshire, UK — November 13, 2012 – Astraware® is excited to announce a trial of their game Astraware Crosswords has been selected to be bundled with Barnes & Noble’s NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ tablets. The studio also announced today the availability of five other games for these devices – Astraware Word Games, Astraware Kriss Kross Deluxe, Astraware CodeWords Deluxe, Astraware Mahjong and Astraware Solitaire.

“We’re eager to extend our success with NOOK® game apps to the newest NOOK devices,” said Howard Tomlinson, CEO of Astraware. “Barnes & Noble has built the lightest and highest-resolution tablets and we are delighted to offer six of our family-friendly games to NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ users.”

About the games

Astraware Crosswords Deluxe lets you take your favorite pastime wherever you go and compete online by downloading and playing the Daily and Weekender puzzles. NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ owners will be able to try the game using the version preloaded on their device.

Astraware Word Games is the best brain-teasing pack of 5 different word games in 3 different difficulty levels.

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.

Astraware Kriss Kross Deluxe brings this popular word and logic puzzle, also known as Fitwords, to NOOK in an easy to use interface and with over 100 built-in puzzles in a range of difficulty levels and grid sizes.

Astraware CodeWords Deluxe tests your ability to solve the code by figuring out which number represents each of the letters to form words in a crossword style grid.

Astraware Solitaire includes 12 of the most popular single-player card games, each with customizable rules, and a choice of card backs and backgrounds.

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

The games are available today on the NOOK Store™. Astraware Word Games and Astraware Solitaire are priced at $4.99 each. Other games are $2.99 each. All six games will also be available for customers in the United Kingdom in mid-November. For more information and screenshots, visit http://www.astraware.com/nook.

Astraware Crosswords Deluxe now available for HP TouchPad; extends current promotion until the end of the month

Staffordshire, UK — September 27, 2012 –Astraware is pleased to announce the release of their new game Astraware Crosswords Deluxe for HP Touchpad.

Astraware Crosswords Deluxe offers over 150 built-in puzzles in 3 different grid sizes and 3 graded difficulty levels. Players can also download a Daily puzzle each day ant try to top the global leaderboard by completing the puzzle in the fastest time! For more of a challenge, there is a Weekender puzzle available each Friday with a bigger grid and a few more challenging clues, perfect for solving leisurely on Saturday or Sunday morning, or even on Friday afternoon!

This is the 7th title the UK-studio has released for this device and it joins their other games, Astraware Sudoku, Astraware Casino, Astraware Mahjong, Astraware Solitaire, Astraware Word Games and OddBlob. To celebrate their two most recent releases, Astraware have extended the promotion of their other games which are available for 99c until the end of the month.

For more information on the game click here.

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

Staffordshire, UK – September 24 2012 – 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 Crosswords Deluxe offers over 150 built-in puzzles in 3 different grid sizes and 3 graded difficulty levels. Players can also download a new Daily puzzle each day ant try to top the global leaderboard by completing the puzzle in the fastest time! For more of a challenge there is a Weekender puzzle available each Friday with a bigger grid and a few more challenging clues, perfect for solving leisurely on Saturday or Sunday morning, or even on Friday afternoon!

With the launch of Astraware Crosswords, the UK-based studio has now expanded their range of highly-acclaimed classic games packs to seven titles, as it joins Astraware Word Games, Astraware Casino, Astraware Sudoku, Astraware Board Games, Astraware Solitaire and Astraware Mahjong. The studio’s multi-platform approach means that support for other devices and operating systems will follow.

Astraware Crosswords Deluxe can be purchased for $2.99 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 Crosswords Deluxe click here.

Astraware Word Games now available for Mac

Staffordshire, UK – August 23 2012 – Astraware® is excited to announce the launch of their word games pack, Astraware Word Games, for Mac OS X.

Astraware Word Games is a pack of 5 different word games (Shuffle, Wordsearch, Hexxed, Gridlock, and Spellmaster) which comprises 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.

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. For users running Mountain Lion, Astraware Word Games takes advantage of Game Center on Mac with a worldwide leaderboard and 30 achievements. There is also an option to print Wordsearch puzzles for offline play or to give to family and friends.

Astraware Word Games is available for download through the Mac App Store for an introductory price of $2.99 (typically $4.99). For more information on Astraware Word Games for Mac click here.

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.