Award-winning Astraware Solitaire Now Available for BlackBerry Smartphones

KANSAS CITY, MO and LONDON, UK – June 5, 2009 – Handmark® today announced the release of Astraware Solitaire – its award-winning solitaire games pack for BlackBerry® smartphones.

This highly acclaimed games pack, created by Astraware® – the Handmark Game Studio, includes 12 of the most well-known single player card games selected from customer feedback. These games include Klondike, Pyramid, Spider, Clock, and Yukon.

Astraware Solitaire boasts a range of exclusive, must-have features including:

  • Fully customizable game play allowing customers to use their chosen rule set for each game
  • ‘Mirror’ layout – an essential feature for one-handed use
  • Choice of card face, including an option suitable for those with visual impairments
  • Detailed statistics for players who love to track their wins
  • Golden Trophy Deck reward system which players can unlock as they play

“Of all the mobile Solitaire games I’ve ever played, Astraware Solitaire delivers the best user experience,” said Cassidy Lackey, VP of Handmark Studios. “It has all the card games I love to play and it’s the perfect game for those spare moments when I’m waiting at the airport or between meetings.”

Astraware Solitaire is available for the BlackBerry® Storm smartphone and all BlackBerry smartphones with a trackball. It is immediately available to download at www.handmark.com or www.astraware.com for $9.95 and will soon be available on BlackBerry App World™. For more information click here.

Handmark Announces Futuristic Racing Game, Phaze Available on Apple App Store

KANSAS CITY, MO – June 2, 2009 – Handmark® today announced the release of Phaze™, an exciting new futuristic racing game, on the Apple App Store. Phaze is unique to iPhone™ and iPod® touch and offers players an exhilarating race experience as they select their ship and race around 16 rollercoaster-like tracks with stomach-flipping twists and turns, and velocity-increasing boost pads, while collecting powerups and avoiding their competitors’ weapons!

“Following the success of GTS World Racing and Hellfire for iPhone and iPod touch we are excited to bring fans of arcade-style racing games another high-quality, addictive game,” said Cassidy Lackey, vice president of Handmark Studios. “Our partnership with world-class developers like Pazzazz, brings exclusive games to the App Store that will surely keep users on the edge of their seat!”

Phaze features 2 play modes – Single Race and Championship across 16 futuristic locations and with 4 levels of difficulty. Players begin with a choice of 3 ships, and a further 7 can be unlocked through Championship mode.

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

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

Phaze has been created exclusively for the iPhone and iPod touch by Pazzazz Games (GTS World Racing, Hellfire).

Award-winning Astraware Sudoku now available for BlackBerry® smartphones!

Staffordshire, UK – March 24th 2009 – Astraware® – the Handmark® Game Studio™ is excited to announce the release of Astraware Sudoku for BlackBerry® smartphones. Alongside the new release, this award-winning Sudoku game has also been updated for Palm OS® and Windows Mobile® smartphones – with enhanced graphics, and changes to the existing game engine to improve calculations and hints for some of the more difficult puzzles.

Recognised by many as the best mobile Sudoku game for a range of smartphones, Astraware Sudoku includes all the features avid Sudoku players want. The game includes the highly acclaimed OTA Puzzle of the Day that allows players to download a puzzle for each difficulty level from the Sudoku of the Day webserver each day and on completion submit their time to see how they compare to other players worldwide! The BlackBerry and PalmOS versions of Astraware Sudoku also enable players to download packs of puzzles at multiple difficulty levels as and when required, so players never need worry about running out of puzzles.

Astraware Sudoku includes a wide range of assistance including a Sudoku solver, manual and automatic pencilmarks, a smart hints system to give players helpful guidance without just showing the solution, and hold-and-highlight for locating particular numbers or groups. Players can use these features to learn how to play Sudoku, improve their game and progress to higher difficulty levels!

In addition, players can enter their own puzzles from magazines and newspapers and use all of Astraware Sudoku’s assistance to help solve them.

To coincide with this release, Astraware Sudoku for BlackBerry, Palm OS and Windows Mobile has been reduced to the new regular price of $9.95!

Astraware Sudoku is available for BlackBerry®, iPhone™, iPod® touch, Windows Mobile® and Palm OS®. For more information click here. For more indepth information on playing Sudoku, including more complex solving methods, visit our companion website at Sudokuoftheday.com.

Astraware releases fun new word game for multiple smartphone platforms

STAFFORDSHIRE, UK – February 6th 2009 – Astraware® – the Handmark® Games Studio™ has today released a fun new word game featuring ever-friendly, fishy host, Wordsworth Smartygills. Bubble Shuffle™ follows on from Bubble Babble in the ‘Bubble’ word game series.

Bubble Shuffle is a simple undersea-themed word-building game that challenges players to create words from a given set of bubble letters. Perfect for adults and children, the game begins with 4 letters to work from and increases over multiple levels to 7 letters. To progress from level to level players must create at least one word from all of the letters. Players can shuffle the bubbles as many times as they want, to help them find more words.

The game features 4 fun game modes – 2 timed, and 2 more relaxing untimed games, each with a variation on the basic gameplay. Wordsworth Smartygills guides you through how to play, and can provide hints and clues throughout the game just by tapping him. Bubble Shuffle includes 4 levels of difficulty, and advanced anagram-anglers are rewarded for finding more unusual and esoteric words, with the option of requiring rare words from the inbuilt extended dictionary!

Players can earn a collection of colorful seahorse pets for Wordsworth by various achievements, from reaching new difficulty levels to the challenge of finding all of the possible words within the time limit.

Bubble Shuffle is available for Palm OS®, Windows Mobile®, iPhone™ and iPod&reg touch. For more information, click here.

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.