Handmark Launches Award-Winning Astraware Sudoku on Apple App Store

New game offers iPhone and iPod touch users unique features and daily puzzles over the air

KANSAS CITY, MO – Oct. 15, 2008 – Handmark® today announced the availability of Astraware Sudoku for iPhone™ and iPod® touch on the Apple App Store. Astraware Sudoku uses the power of the innovative Multi-Touch user interface to offer an experience optimized for iPhone and iPod touch users with gameplay suitable for all levels and abilities.

“The Astraware team has many years of experience in touch screen gaming and has earned a fantastic reputation in the industry for the quality of games developed,” said Paul Reddick, Handmark CEO. “We are pleased to expand our offerings in the Apple App Store with what we believe is the best Sudoku game available for iPhone and iPod touch.”

“We wanted to make a game that was extremely enjoyable and playable, with the smart features seamlessly incorporated so they are available without getting in your way,” said Howard Tomlinson, Director of Games Development, Astraware. “Our hints help you to look for answers rather than giving them to you straight away, so you still get the pleasure of finding and solving the puzzle for yourself. That way, players improve and find themselves attempting – and completing – the trickier puzzles.”

A unique Puzzle of the Day feature allows players to download daily puzzles directly to their device using Wi-Fi or a cellular data connection. Players can select their difficulty level and, on completion of the puzzle, submit their time to Sudoku of the Day to see how they compare against other players around the world.

In addition, Astraware Sudoku includes a powerful puzzle generator that can create an unlimited number of true Sudoku puzzles – enough to satisfy the most avid of players. Players can also enter Sudoku from newspapers or magazines and complete them within the game, and use all of the included assistance features to help solve them.

Astraware Sudoku is available for $4.99 worldwide from Apple’s App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore/. For more information and view a video demonstration of the game, click here.

Platypus – the squishiest shoot-em-up ever now available for S60®, UIQ®, and BlackBerry® smartphones!

Staffordshire & S. Yorkshire UK – September 24th, 2008 – Following a release for Palm OS® and Windows Mobile® devices earlier this year, Astraware® and Idigicon are excited to announce the release of Platypus for 3 more smartphone platforms. The squishiest shoot-em-up ever is now available for S60®, UIQ®, and BlackBerry® smartphones worldwide, including the new BlackBerry Bold!

Based on the cult classic for PC and Mac, Platypus is a fast, frantic and fun side-scrolling arcade shooter with a difference – the entire game is made from clay!

The vast continent-spanning city of Collosatropolis has finally reached the limits of its expansion, and tall buildings cover every available space. The Collosotropolan leaders decide to invade the neighbouring country of Mungola. They don’t anticipate much of a struggle as Mungola’s entire defence force consists of a single squadron of fighter planes – the venerable F-27 ‘Platypus’.

Your mission is to pilot your trusty Platypus and save peaceful Mungola! Fly across the squashy fields and trees, avoid the snowy mountains and protect your planet. Shoot down the enemy ships and marvel as they disappear in a splat! Collect fruit bonuses and a range of power-ups to aid you in your quest!

Platypus is a fantastic, fun arcade game featuring 4 massive worlds each with several challenging levels. It’s the perfect casual game for arcade gamers and the perfect arcade game for casual gamers!

Platypus is optimised to use d-pad controls on S60 phones, d-pad or touchscreen on UIQ phones, and the trackball on BlackBerry smartphones. For more information, click here. Club Astraware members can get a substantial discount off all versions of Platypus for a limited time. Simply login here to check out the special price!

Pick Up Some Bargain Booty with Astraware’s Talk Like a Pirate Day Sale!

Staffordshire, UK – September 18th, 2008 – Avast me hearties!!! Friday 19th September is International Talk Like a Pirate Day and the Astraware Team is celebratin’ once again! ARRR!

To celebrate with us, get your hands on some fine booty – 6 of the best pirate/nautical/treasure games on very special offer for just 24 hours with more than 50% off each!

Save several dubloons off the price of Tradewinds, Tradewinds 2, Hidden Expedition Titanic, Seven Seas, Bubble Babble, and Golden Skull, but don’t delay – at the stroke of midnight the offer ends! Don’t be a scurvy landlubber, get yourself along to our promo page!

A word from Captain Redbeard Tomlinson: “Yarrr, these games be great for when ye’ve been marooned and the rum’s run out!”

Don’t forget – Friday 19th September – Yo Ho Ho!

Handmark Launches First Arcade-Style Racing Game for iPhone, Leveraging Apple’s Unique Accelerometer Feature

Kansas City, MO – August 11, 2008 – Handmark® today announced the release
of GTS World Racing™ for iPhone™ and iPod® touch users. It is immediately
available through the Apple® App Store.

GTS World Racing offers a unique mobile gaming experience utilizing the iPhone built-in accelerometer feature. Players can accelerate, brake and steer the car by moving and turning the device itself. The game includes 64 track layouts and offers a choice of multiple car types and difficulty levels, as well as 4 exciting play modes – Single Race, Challenge Cup, Grand Tour, and Championship.

“We are excited to continue releasing the finest in mobile content, taking advantage of the unique capabilities of our partners like Apple,” said Paul Reddick, Handmark CEO. “We bring the highest quality mobile applications to the market for our partners and end-users, making the mobile experience both fun and productive.”

In addition to the unique interface and use of the accelerometer feature, GTS World Racing offers players a choice of music options. Users can select the exhilarating music soundtrack or use the music from their iPod to create their own customized racing soundtrack.

GTS World Racing was jointly developed by Astraware®, the Handmark Game Studio™, and Pazzazz Games.

“We have a long-standing relationship with Pazzazz Games and are delighted to bring GTS World Racing to the App Store,” said Howard Tomlinson, Director of Game Development, Astraware. “I love that I can control the game holding and turning my iPhone just like a steering wheel, which really shows off how well the device’s accelerometer works. This is classic arcade racing fun!”

GTS World Racing is available exclusively from Handmark through the App Store
for a one-time purchase of $7.99. For more information click here.

Astraware and PopCap Games, Inc. release Insaniquarium Deluxe for Palm OS® and Windows Mobile® smartphones.

STAFFORDSHIRE, UK & SEATTLE, WA – August 6th 2008 – Astraware® and PopCap Games, Inc. are excited to announce the release of one of PopCap’s flagship titles for Palm OS® and Windows Mobile® smartphones. Insaniquarium Deluxe™ offers hours of frantic aquarium fun as you feed your fish, watch them grow and protect them from alien invaders!

Insaniquarium Deluxe is the craziest aquarium game ever – tend to your fish and keep them happy and they’ll reward you with precious coins and jewels. Use the money you earn to buy upgrades for your tank or egg parts which hatch lots of different in-tank pets with special powers. These pets can help you feed your fish, collect coins, or even protect against the aliens that will invade your tank and wreak havoc. You can also use the money you earn to buy better weapons to see the aliens off quicker!

Insaniquarium Deluxe includes 3 fun ways to play:

  • Adventure – keep your fish healthy and protect them from aliens through 4 fun aquarium stages each with multiple levels of mayhem;
  • Time Trial – feed your fish and fight off the alien invaders to make as much money as possible against the clock. A new time trial is unlocked as you complete each stage in Adventure
  • Challenge – once you’ve mastered Adventure, face the ultimate challenge as you feed your fish and try to protect them from ever increasing alien attacks. The challenge ends when the last fish is zapped!

Insaniquarium Deluxe is available for Palm OS® 5 smartphones and PDAs with at least a 320×320 screen, and for smartphones and PDAs running Windows Mobile® 2003 and later. For more information, to try and to buy, click here.

Astraware announces their Hot Summer Sale!

Staffordshire, UK – August 1st 2008 – Summer’s here and it’s time for some fun! Whether you’re on vacation, or just want something new to play, Astraware® has the solution – the Astraware Hot Summer Sale!

Starting on 1st August, Astraware is offering 25 games each with at least 25% off the regular price. Several of the games are as low as $9.95 each!

If you’re looking for action games like Platypus or GTS World Racing, strategy titles like Westward or Tradewinds 2, word games like Bubble Babble, or favorite classics like Astraware Sudoku – they’re all included with special prices for a limited time! The Hot Summer Sale only lasts until midnight on 17th August, so make sure you don’t miss out.

For all the details and to bag yourself a bargain, visit the Hot Summer Sale page here.

Big Box of Blox now available for S60® phones and FREE for Club Astraware members during July!

Staffordshire, UK – July 1st 2008 – Astraware and Digital Eel are excited to announce the release of Big Box of Blox for Symbian® S60® smartphones. This blox-stacking extravaganza is already available for Palm OS® and Windows Mobile® smartphones and PDAs.

Big Box of Blox is a blox-stacking game taken to outrageous extremes! Players arrange the three-blox-high stacks as they fall. Match blox in groups of three or more, vertically or horizontally, to eliminate them – but that’s not all!

Don’t just stack the blox. Smash them, blast them, mutate them or explode them in a shower of flames! Use special blox including jokers, bombs, frogs, mushrooms, fireballs and slot machines to clear the board before it reaches the top!

Big Box of Blox includes five mind-bending game modes: Flaming Peelout, Blok Atak, Groink, Mushroom King and Asylum Cubez, and players can even create their own combination using the special Custom Mode.

Faithful to the critically-acclaimed PC version, Big Box of Blox features cool psychedelic graphics, awe-inspiring animated backgrounds, brain crunching sound effects and an epic music soundtrack. The game’s graphics reflect the dark and mysterious nature of the PC original, but smartphone-owners are sometimes known to go outside into the light, so Big Box of Blox also includes a gamma adjustment slider so users can select their preference from dark and atmospheric to vibrant and acidic.

As an introduction to this fantastic game, Club Astraware members can get Big Box of Blox FREE during July 2008. Existing Club Astraware members just need to log into their account to get their free copy of the game.

Non-members can join Club Astraware here – it’s completely FREE and only takes a couple of minutes, or they can purchase Big Box of Blox for S60®, Palm OS® or Windows Mobile® for $9.95 here.

What better way to celebrate 4th July than with some Fireworks?

Staffordshire, UK – July 1st 2008 – Astraware® is pleased to announce their fun application Astraware Fireworks is available again for a limited time.

Astraware Fireworks is a simple FREE application, showing sequences of fireworks flying and exploding into the air. As 4th July is traditionally a time for fireworks and celebrations in the USA, the features have been created to help our American friends highlight one of their major holidays – Independence Day! Astraware Fireworks features a selection of patriotic backgrounds including the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore and the Stars and Stripes, and offers a choice of stirring tunes including the Star Spangled Banner and Stars and Stripes Forever!

Astraware Fireworks is available for devices running Palm OS® 5 and later and Windows Mobile® 2003 and later, and this year a new BlackBerry® version is available which includes the backgrounds and firework effects but doesn’t include music, so sorry BlackBerry-owners – this time round you’ll have to hum your own marches!

What better way to celebrate 4th July than with some Fireworks? Download your copy here today – it’s available for a limited time only! Oh, and did we mention, it’s FREE?!

Experience a Wild West adventure in the wild, rough and tumble world of Westward® for S60® and UIQ® smartphones!

Staffordshire, UK & BOTHELL, Wash USA – June 25th, 2008 – Astraware® and Sandlot Games® are excited to announce the release of Westward® for Symbian® S60® and UIQ® smartphones. The highly acclaimed game was released for Palm OS® and Windows Mobile® smartphones and PDAs earlier this year.

Based on the hit PC game by Sandlot Games, Westward offers many hours of absorbing game play as players control the destiny of the Wild West by building thriving towns, exploring unchartered plains, dense forests and rocky canyons and guiding their settlers to safety and success.

Westward features 4 different locations to explore with more than 20 game levels. Players manage a variety of resources and deal with environmental disasters like fire and drought, all while following the trail of the Mad Russian, a con artist extraordinaire, who must be brought to justice before he can cheat anyone else out of their life savings.

Westward has been optimized for smartphones running S60 3rd Edition and UIQ3 and can be controlled using 5-way, key controls or stylus. The game is available now, priced $19.95. To download a trial or to purchase, click here.

Boost your word-power with this undersea bubble-bursting brain teaser!

STAFFORDSHIRE,UK – June 11th, 2008 – Astraware® is excited to announce the release of Bubble Babble – a brand new word game for Palm OS® and Windows Mobile® smartphones and PDAs.

Challenge your word power with this undersea bubble-bursting brain teaser! Link together letter bubbles to form words and impress Wordsworth Smartygills – your friendly fishy host! Bubble Babble includes a fun interactive tutorial to teach you how to play with the bubbles and make words from them. Score points for each word you make. Impress Wordsworth with more complex or unusual words and he’ll reward you with shiny shells for your collection!

Bubble Babble has 4 entertaining play modes which are perfect for both adults and children, for all levels of skill or vocabulary:

  • Challenge – create a set number of words against the clock,
  • Target – reconstruct the separated word from the letter bubbles,
  • Mystery – try different permutations of letters to find the hidden word,
  • Freeplay – just enjoy making words to boost your points score.

Each day Wordsworth Smartygills will tell you the Word of the Day. Make this word during play to earn a special award!

Use multiplier bubbles to enhance your points score, and get help from Stella Starfish, in her wildcard bubble! Unlock higher difficulty levels as you play – it can help you keep your brain sharp and maybe learn some interesting new words!

Bubble Babble is available here for smartphones and PDAs running Palm OS® 5 and above, and Windows Mobile® Professional, Classic and Standard devices running Windows Mobile 2003 and later.