Astraware Launches Four Games for Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Color™, The Award-Winning Readers Tablet™

Staffordshire, UK – 4th May 2011 – Astraware® is excited to announce the launch of four games, now available on Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Color Reader’s Tablet. The Astraware games are available through NOOK Apps™, a collection of high-quality applications launched this week for NOOK Color. As was announced on April 25, 2011 Barnes & Noble issued a major software update that delivered significant new features and content to its NOOK Color Reader’s Tablet including NOOK Apps, one of the most-requested features from NOOK Color customers.

Astraware Mahjong, Astraware Solitaire, Astraware Sudoku, and Astraware Casino have all been optimised to take advantage of NOOK Color’s high resolution screen, and touchscreen controls. Astraware Mahjong is currently exclusive to NOOK Color on the Android platform for a limited time.

“We’ve put together a selection of titles that are ideal for people who like to both relax and use their brains – which will be perfect for NOOK Color owners! With great features to make the games rewarding to play, and customisation to really make them your own, these will sit perfectly alongside the books, magazines, and entertainment that NOOK Color owners already enjoy!”

Astraware Mahjong includes 30+ puzzle layouts, 4 difficulty levels, and a Daily puzzle challenge where players can compare times with other players worldwide.

Astraware Solitaire includes 12 of the most popular single player card games in 1 pack, including Klondike, Spider, Freecell, Pyramid, and more.

Astraware Casino includes 11 popular casino games in 1 pack including Texas Hold ‘Em Poker, Slots, Roulette, Blackjack, Craps, and more.

Astraware Sudoku includes puzzles at 6 difficulty levels, a puzzle generator, puzzle solver, ability to enter your own puzzles from newspapers and books, and a wide range of assistance including automatic or manual pencilmarks, and a smart hints system. It also includes the Sudoku of the Day daily puzzle challenge.

All 4 games can be purchased for $4.99 each on device. NOOK Color customers can easily download each game in seconds from Shop on NOOK Color. For more information on NOOKcolor, visit www.nookcolor.com. For more information on Astraware games, visit: www.astraware.com.

Astraware Releases Free Sudoku Of The Day Application for iOS and Android

Staffordshire, UK – April 29th 2011 – Astraware® is excited to announce Sudoku of the Day – a new free version of their popular daily puzzle challenge – for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets.

Each day players can get 6 puzzles for free, 1 at each difficulty level, then complete the puzzles and submit their times to try and top the global leaderboards. The game shows how their time compares to other players worldwide. Players can also share their best times with their friends via Facebook Connect. A new set of puzzles is added to the game every day. The Sudoku Of The Day free app is supported by advertising. It includes a range of in-app purchase options including a quick pack of extra 50 puzzles to play offline, the option to remove advertising altogether, and the ability to unlock all the other features found in Astraware Sudoku, like the puzzle generator, entering your own puzzles, and much more!

Sudoku Of The Day is one of the most popular and unique features in Astraware Sudoku – Astraware’s full-featured award-winning pay-to-download Sudoku game, and already has more than 30,000 players submitting times to the global leaderboards each week. The new free Sudoku of the Day app is sure to see this number grow.

Sudoku of the Day also includes a new mood theme feature, a beautiful real-time animated background that gently changes colour through the day, as well as a choice of number fonts.

Sudoku of the Day for iOS is available for iPhone and iPod touch and includes optimized graphics for Retina display devices. A separate version optimized for iPad, is also available. The game requires a minimum of iOS 4.0.

Sudoku of the Day for Android is compatible with devices running Android OS 2.0 and later, and with 320×480, 480×800, 480×854, and 600×1024 screen resolutions.

For more information on Sudoku Of The Day and to download your copy, click here.

Astraware releases Captain CupCake and the Donut Disaster for iPhone® and iPod touch®

Staffordshire, UK – April 28th, 2011 – Astraware® today announced the release of Captain CupCake and the Donut Disaster™ on the App Store. The game was developed by Chaos Games Studio, a student who spent a year on work placement with Astraware. He developed Captain CupCake in his spare time after he returned to university to complete the third year of his degree.

“Captain CupCake is an old-school platformer, requiring skill and planning, but with tactical choices to make in choosing different routes for higher scores, better times, or an easier level,” said Howard Tomlinson, CEO of Astraware. “Wrapped up in a great comical character (who faceplants most unelegantly when you fall off a platform), this game has fantastic charm!”

The Veggie Villains have stolen the donuts from every bakery on the Isla Cocoa. They need to be retrieved and there’s only one man for the job – Captain CupCake!

Captain CupCake and the Donut Disaster is a quick, fun pick up and play platform game with dozens of short levels ideal for tea breaks or waiting in line. The game includes dozens of levels across 2 play zones, the second of which is unlocked by mastering the first. The game is free to download, but players who enjoy the game can also purchase additional zone packs in-game using the iOS In-App Purchase system.

Captain CupCake and the Donut Disaster is compatible with iPhone and iPod touch and includes hi-res graphics for Retina Display devices. It can also be used on the iPad in x2 mode. Players can download the game free on the iPhone App Store, or for more information and screenshots, click here.

Astraware Sudoku for Android gets major update with improved performance and new features.

Staffordshire, UK – April 21, 2011 – Astraware® is pleased to announce a major update for its award-winning Astraware Sudoku game for Android smartphones and tablets.

The game has been completely rebuilt using Android’s NDK (native development kit) which gives the game greatly improved performance across a range of phones, and has enabled the inclusion of new game features. Astraware Sudoku now includes a puzzle generator which can create billions of different true Sudoku puzzles; a real-time animated background that gently changes color to suit the time of day; and a choice of different number styles, so players can customize the look of their game.

Astraware Sudoku includes all the features that avid Sudoku players need – a puzzle generator which creates billions of puzzles at multiple difficulty levels; a puzzle solver which can help with puzzles input from newspapers and books; various types of assistance to help players learn and improve their game including manual or automatic pencilmarks, hold-and-highlight and smart hints; and the Sudoku of the Day daily puzzle challenge where players can download each day’s puzzle at their chosen difficulty level and once completed, compare their time with other players worldwide. Players who are proud of their best times, now also have the option to post them to Facebook.

This new update requires Android OS 1.6 or later and supports devices with 320×480, 480×800, and 480×854 screen resolutions. In addition, support for full-screen play on the Samsung Galaxy Tab (600×1024) has been included.

Astraware Sudoku is available from Android Market at the special re-launch price of $1.99 for a limited time. For more information and screenshots, click here.

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.