Astraware Celebrates Chinese New Year with a Bang

Astraware Celebrates Chinese New Year with a Bang

PopCap and Nuclide.com?s Rocket Mania sees it?s debut for Palm Powered Handhelds and Pocket PC Devices.

THE MIDLANDS, ENGLAND – January 20th, 2004 – Astraware, the top developer and publisher of games for PDAs, today announces the release of Rocket Mania, converted for both Palm OS and Pocket PC handhelds by Astraware from the original web and PC based version from PopCap and Nuclide.com, it retains all the stunning pyrotechnic features, stunning music and addictive gameplay of the original.

Soon after Rocket Mania was released, our customers started asking us for a handheld version. Who better to develop it than Astraware? We knew Rocket Mania would work great on a PDA because it is so natural to play the game by tapping the screen.” said Luc Van den Borre, CEO of Nuclide.com. “This PDA version of Rocket Mania has all the fun and excitement of the PC version, and being able to play on the go really adds another dimension. I expect our players will love it!

The game launches players into a world of fireworks and fuses, making them perform spectacular displays to thrill the crowds, as they complete fuses to link a burning match to one or more rockets. The game features two play modes, Classic and Strategy, to suit both frantic or thoughtful players, and a third Action mode will be released shortly as a free upgrade for registered customers.

Rocket Mania mixes captivating gameplay with great sound and visual effects, and adds some great character with its cute dragon and cool ranks.” said Howard Tomlinson, CEO of Astraware. “All of this makes for a superb combination, and as soon as I saw the game, I knew it would be a magical game for our PDA audience. Now everyone can be a Curious Badger!

Rocket Mania is available for Palm OS® and Microsoft Mobile OS Pocket PC based devices at Astraware?s website, www.astraware.com, priced at $17.95.

About Astraware Limited
Founded in 1994, Astraware Limited develops shareware games and utilities. The company provides a range of products available for mobile devices, including the popular Zap!2000. Astraware?s Bejeweled game was named as the Best Handheld Game for 2001 by Handheld Computing Magazine and Handango?s Game of the Year 2003. Handheld gaming enthusiasts have downloaded more than 10 million copies of Astraware?s products, and the company has customers in over 100 countries. For more information, contact VP Marketing, John Phillips at john@astraware.com, or visit www.astraware.com.

About Nuclide.com
Nuclide.com is a privately held company founded in 2001 and headquartered in Antwerp, Belgium. Its small but perfectly formed band of developers is set on making Nuclide.com Europe’s premier developer for casual games. Visit their website at www.nuclide.com for more information and the latest games.

About PopCap
The company was founded in 2000 by John Vechey, Brian Fiete, and Jason Kapalka, who?d learned their trade earlier working for internet game companies like Flipside and pogo.com. In 2002, they consolidated their operation by opening an office in Seattle. Today, PopCap have nearly twenty employees and a host of contractors and development partners. PopCap games can be found on numerous different platforms, from the web to PCs to Macs, to PDAs and cell phones, even mid-flight airline entertainment. Visit www.popcap.com for more information.