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Six Atari Classics to Launch on Xbox Live Arcade

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by on November 6, 2006 at 9:59 am

In addition to its robust classic arcade roster, Microsoft also delivers a great mix of original development and independent game titles to Xbox Live members this holiday season and into the New Year

Today, as part of the Xbox 360 showcase event, Microsoft provided a preview of some of its holiday and early 2007 line-up for Xbox Live Arcade, the premiere destination for downloadable games. Centipedes, Asteroids and Missiles will be among the many gaming icons to visit gamers’ homes next year, as Microsoft and Atari, Inc. announced the future arrival of some of the most beloved classic coin-op games on Xbox Live Arcade.

Beginning in January 2007, Atari will release six titles on Xbox Live Arcade throughout the year. Both classic and evolved versions will be available for each of the following titles:

Centipede/Millipede: defend your village against an onslaught of centipedes, spiders, army ants and more. In addition to the classic mode, the evolution mode offers high definition graphics and special effects like motion blur, trails and particle-based explosions to make the experience as enjoyable today as it was decades ago.

Battlezone: the original tank vs. tank action classic has received an Xbox Live overhaul, adding in exciting new multiplayer modes including Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch and Capture the Flag. This updated version is truly a must-have for any fan of the original, which is also included. Additionally, players can use the Xbox Live Vision camera to watch live video of their opponents. Combine these features with new special effects for weapon firing, impacts and explosions and you have one killer classic as you’ve never experienced it before.

Asteroids/Asteroids Deluxe: rotate, thrust, flip, fire and jump to hyperspace as you blast oncoming asteroids to smithereens just like in the 1979 original, but in updated, beautifully rendered, high definition graphics that complement the classic original.

Missile Command: protecting your city from alien missile attacks has never looked better now that this classic has been overhauled with updated graphics and 3D rendered vistas. Choose from the evolved mode or the timeless original gameplay.

Tempest: clear a web of enemies before time runs out and advance to the next stage, using an arsenal of weapons at your disposal. This evolved version features a graphics overhaul while maintaining the same addictive gameplay of the original.

Warlords: a multiplayer classic that resurrects the competitive spirit of arcade games from years gone by. Knock out the other kings in their castles while keeping yourself protected at the same time. Up to four players can join the action with the game taking control of any vacant castles allowing for a variety of single- or multiplayer experiences. Gamers can also import their own pictures to their castles for an extra personalization.

Playing these Atari favorites on Xbox Live Arcade provides gamers with a next-generation experience found nowhere else. All Atari games for Xbox Live Arcade feature high definition graphics with enhanced sound effects, full online leaderboard support, TrueSkill matchmaking for multiplayer games and feature a variety of Achievements. Gamers also have the option to play the original arcade versions of these classic titles.

“With our already diverse library of retro classics, original development and indie games, plus a host of new games hitting our service in the upcoming months, it’s never been more fun to play on Xbox Live Arcade,” said Greg Canessa, group manager of Xbox Live Arcade. “The Atari Classics in particular will provide an incredible gaming experience for our community and I personally can’t wait until everyone can play these updated versions for themselves.”

“Years ago, we couldn’t even have imagined how gorgeous the classic games from 25 years ago would look with high definition graphics, but Xbox 360 has allowed us to make that leap,” said Chris Bergstresser, Senior Vice President, Atari Networks. “Enhanced with leaderboards, achievements and multiplayer support, these classic franchises are brought to a whole new level – offering gamers an experience like they’ve never had before.”

Xbox Live Arcade’s diverse library of titles is going to keep growing, with a particular emphasis on new, originally developed games from indie developers and big studios alike. Over 100 indie developers and virtually every major console publisher in the world are working to develop games for Xbox Live Arcade. Some of the diverse titles we will be releasing by this holiday include:

Small Arms (Gastronaut Studios) – an indie developed original title designed specifically for Xbox Live Arcade, featuring frantic multiplayer brawling combined with action and precision shooting.

Novadrome (Buena Vista Games) – originally developed futuristic racing on Xbox Live Arcade.

Assault Heroes (Wanako/Vivendi Games) – blast waves of formidable foes in this originally developed top-down shooter, single player or two player co-op action.

Heavy Weapon (PopCap Games) – experience this irreverent, original side-scrolling action game that supports up to 4 players simultaneously.

Defender (Midway) – space combat classic updated for this generation.

Contra (Konami) – the seminal side-scrolling shooter that started it all will be launching on Xbox Live Arcade this Wednesday, November 8 at 0800 GMT

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Xbox Live Arcade Wednesdays Roll On With ‘Galaga’

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by on July 26, 2006 at 10:23 am

Xbox Live Arcade Wednesdays continue with the launch of ‘Galaga’, one of the most popular retro arcade games of all time. Originally released in 1981 by Namco, the addictive action shooter marks its 25 year anniversary with a next generation debut on Xbox Live Arcade on July 26.

GAME FOCUS:
Following its release in 1981 ‘Galaga’ became an instant classic with its innovative fighter combination system and varied enemy attack patterns. Now the original ‘Galaga’ retro gameplay action is back! Take control of your fighter and defend against invading aliens. Join forces with other rescued fighters to form a Dual Fighter and attack with twice the firepower!

GAME FEATURES:
With high-definition graphics, Xbox Live Achievements and Leaderboards, the Xbox Live Arcade version of this all-time classic shooting game provides hours of fun.

‘Galaga’ boasts:

* Classic Galaga shooter action is back!
* Over 250 levels
* 12 unique Achievements
* Earn Perfect Bonuses and increase your fighter status
* Full worldwide Leaderboards
* Unique Dual Fighter combination attack mode
* Original music and sound effects

WHEN CAN I GET IT: Download ‘Galaga’, Wednesday, July 26, at 1am PDT on Xbox Live Arcade.

‘Galaga’ (Namco): 400 Microsoft Points

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Nintendo DS Continues to Set a New Course for Portable Gaming

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by on May 9, 2006 at 2:57 pm

DS Lite, 100+ New Games Expand the Popularity of Nintendo DS in 2006

LOS ANGELES, May 9 /PRNewswire/ — For 18 months, hundreds of thousands of new players have joined together to disrupt the portable video game market. They proudly identify themselves as owners of Nintendo DS(TM), Nintendo’s remarkable hand-held system that continues to overturn traditional thinking. As the movement grows and becomes stronger, developers worldwide have taken notice. Both new and traditional players will be well-served in 2006, as more than 100 new games of all kinds hit the market for Nintendo DS.

On June 11, Nintendo DS itself gets a makeover when Nintendo introduces the lighter, brighter Nintendo DS(TM) Lite in the Americas. The redesigned system features a more compact size and screens with four adjustable brightness levels. The Polar White system will sell as low as $129.99 at retailers nationwide.

“We remain committed to going where others can’t — or won’t,” says George Harrison, Nintendo of America’s senior vice president of marketing and corporate communications, during Nintendo’s annual media briefing in Los Angeles prior to the start of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) video game trade show. “By grouping our innovative DS games together under the umbrella term ‘Touch Generations,’ new players will easily be able to identify games designed for them.”

To date, Nintendo DS has sold through more than 16 million units worldwide. Nintendo DS demonstrates that marrying improvements to the interface with amazing software results in a dramatic shift in the way that both game makers and the public think of video games. With new ways to play and new categories of software, the success of Nintendo DS is setting the stage for Wii(TM).

More than 100 games will be available for Nintendo DS this year alone from publishers worldwide. Some of the biggest fan favorites will come from Nintendo:

* New Super Mario Bros.(R), a new 2-D Super Mario game that anyone can enjoy.

* The Legend of Zelda(R): Phantom Hourglass builds on the cel-shaded fun of The Legend of Zelda(R): The Wind Waker(TM) with touch-screen controls and wireless competition.

* Chibi-Robo(TM): Park Patrol sends everyone’s favorite robotic helper on a new mission in the great outdoors.

* Elite Beat Agents(TM) brings the cult import hit Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan! to the Americas.

* DK(TM): King of Swing DS sends Donkey Kong(R) on a swinging new adventure.

* Hotel Dusk: Room 215(TM) turns Nintendo DS into a film noir mystery.

* Pokemon(R) Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team for the first time lets users play as a Pokemon, speaking and interacting with other characters in a world populated only by Pokemon.

* Gamers also can anticipate creative new Nintendo DS games featuring Star Fox(R), Wario(TM) and Kirby(TM), as well as a wild adventure set on Yoshi’s Island(R).

From the start, Nintendo DS challenged convention, and consumers responded en masse. Nintendogs(TM) taught people that they could communicate with simulated puppies — and with one another. Mario Kart(R) DS, Animal Crossing(TM): Wild World and Metroid(R) Prime Hunters have attracted millions of people around the world to play via Nintendo(R) Wi-Fi Connection. Brain Age(TM): Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day demonstrated that gamers could no longer be defined by age, while both Brain Age and Animal Crossing have expanded the video game market to female customers. The next wave of Nintendo DS games stands ready to capitalize on these triumphs.

The worldwide innovator in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Nintendo DS(TM), Game Boy(R) Advance and Nintendo GameCube(TM) systems, and upcoming Wii(TM) console. Since 1983, Nintendo has sold more than 2 billion video games and more than 360 million hardware units globally, and has created industry icons like Mario(TM), Donkey Kong(R), Metroid(R), Zelda(TM) and Pokemon(R). A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, visit the company’s Web site at www.nintendo.com.

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Buena Vista Games Strengthens Self-Publishing Business, Unveils New Video Game Lineup at 2006 Electronic Entertainment Expo

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by on May 9, 2006 at 2:58 am

Portfolio Includes Console and Handheld Titles Based on New Intellectual Properties and Franchises from The Walt Disney Company

Spectrobes, Turok and Desperate Housewives: The Game To Make World Premieres

BURBANK, Calif. — (May 8, 2006) — Buena Vista Games, Inc. (BVG), the interactive entertainment arm of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS), today announced its largest and most diverse lineup ever of console, computer and handheld video game titles to be showcased at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), May 10-12 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Booth No. 1024 in the South Hall.

With a broad portfolio of video games that appeals to a wide audience, BVG’s portfolio includes titles inspired by major theatrical releases, popular and award-winning television shows and new intellectual properties.

“Buena Vista Games’ 2006 portfolio features the most diverse and extensive product mix to date, with titles based on the rich movie and television brands of The Walt Disney Company and new original properties that we look to build into evergreen franchises for the future,” said Graham Hopper, senior vice president and general manager, Buena Vista Games. “We continue to strengthen our self-publishing business with compelling new games that have broad entertainment appeal across all audiences and all major markets worldwide.”

For console game players, BVG will showcase a broad range of titles including Turok, an FPS game set on a mysterious planet that is based on the Classic Media comic book license; Disney’s Chicken Little: Ace in Action, based on the “super hero movie within a movie” of the box office hit film “Chicken Little”; Disney’s Meet the Robinsons, inspired by the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures’ futuristic computer-animated film; Lumines Plus, the first console extension of the highly popular Lumines puzzle franchise; and Disney’s Kim Possible: What’s the Switch?, the first console game based on the hit Disney Channel franchise.

For Windows PC users, Desperate Housewives: The Game, based on the award-winning ABC/Touchstone Television series “Desperate Housewives” will be available for game play for the first time.

BVG’s strategy for its kids games portfolio is focused on three endeavors in 2006 – the launch of the Disney on the Go brand; new efforts in handheld preschool learning games with the launch of Disney’s Little Einsteins for Game Boy® Advance; and migrating handheld franchise hits to the console for sophisticated gameplay in a family-safe environment with Disney’s Kim Possible for PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system.

BVG will showcase handheld games for all major handheld platforms (the PSP (PlayStation®Portable) system, Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance). The company’s handheld portfolio will include Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, based on the upcoming summer blockbuster movie; Spectrobes, a new original title being developed in Japan; Lumines II, Every Extend Extra and Meteos: Disney Edition, action puzzle games from Q ENTERTAINMENT; and games based on popular Disney Channel properties including “Hannah Montana,“ “Little Einsteins,” “American Dragon,” “Phil of the Future,” “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody,” “That’s So Raven” and more. Also, BVG will present new titles for young girls based on the Disney Princess franchise including a game based on the upcoming DVD release of “The Little Mermaid.”

Along with its self-publishing business, BVG continues to work with its licensing partners on phenomenal games based on Disney and Disney€Pixar properties. THQ Inc. will showcase Disney€Pixar Cars and Bethesda Softworks will show Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrow in their respective booths at E3.

Console Games

Turok*
Turok is an epic, story-driven FPS game set on a dark, mysterious planet in the near future. Players take on the role of Joseph Turok, a former Black Ops commando, now part of an elite Special Forces squad on a mission to take down a war criminal on a genetically-altered planet. After the ship is shot down while approaching the planet, Joseph Turok must use his instincts and elite military training to elude an army of well-trained soldiers, and the ravenous, unpredictable creatures that populate the dangerous environment. Joseph Turok’s mission? Survive at all costs.

Platforms: Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system
Release Date: 2007

Lumines Plus*
Lumines Plus is a pulsing new version of the original PSP system game for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system. Lumines Plus includes new skins and a two-player battle mode.

Platform: PlayStation 2
Release Date: Fall 2006

Disney’s Meet The Robinsons
Disney’s Meet the Robinsons, based on the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures animated film, is a time-traveling action/adventure game. Players will experience the adventure as Wilbur Robinson, helping him chase the dastardly Bowler Hat Guy and his diabolical robotic hat Doris through multiple timelines in an attempt to thwart their evil plans. The game weaves in and out of the film’s plot, expanding the Robinson world and offering an all-new adventure. Wilbur will have a host of gadgets at his disposal as he battles enemies and solves puzzles while pursuing Bowler Hat Guy and trying not to alter the future.

Platforms: Wii, PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance
Release Date: 2007

Disney’s Chicken Little: Ace in Action
Inspired by the “superhero movie within the movie” finale of Walt Disney Pictures’ box office hit film “Chicken Little,” Disney’s Chicken Little: Ace in Action features Ace, the superhero alter ego of Chicken Little, and the Hollywood versions of his misfit band of friends: Runt, Abby and Fish-Out-of-Water. The crew of the intergalactic Battle Barn faces off against Foxy Loxy and her evil Amazonian sidekick, Goosey Loosey, who have an evil plan to take over Earth. Battle evil alien robots through multiple levels across the solar system and combat your foes in one of three distinct game play modes: Ace on foot as a soldier, Runt as the driver of an armored tank, or Abby as the pilot of a spaceship. The original Chicken Little and his friends Abby, Runt and Fish we know from the film are featured in cut scenes throughout the game.

Platforms: Wii, PlayStation 2 and Nintendo DS
Release Date: Fall 2006

Disney’s Kim Possible: What’s the Switch?
Kim Possible and her perennial nemesis Shego must grudgingly team up to bring everything back to normal when the minds of Dr. Drakken and Ron Stoppable are switched in this action-packed adventure. It’s now up to Kim and Shego to save the day – together.

Platform: PlayStation 2
Release Date: Fall 2006

Windows PC Game

Desperate Housewives: The Game
A lifestyle simulation game for Windows based on the hit ABC/Touchstone Television phenomenon, Desperate Housewives: The Game lets you become the newest housewife on Wisteria Lane, extending the experience from the TV series through new storylines. As a new housewife, you must uncover delicious scandals and reveal some shocking secrets of your own. The gameplay is a story-driven adventure, in which each episode contains unique plot points and secrets for you to uncover.

Platforms: Windows XP and Windows Vista
Release Date: Fall 2006

Handheld Games

Spectrobes
An original concept and new intellectual property from Buena Vista Games, Spectrobes introduces two junior Interplanetary Patrol officers named Rallen and Jeena who learn of strange, prehistoric creatures called Spectrobes that possess special powers. These Spectrobes hold the key to defeating a vicious and merciless force, known only as the Krawl that threatens to destroy the galaxy. The two heroes embark on a mission to save their galaxy – to do so they must excavate, awaken, train and collect all the Spectrobes they can and battle to defeat the Krawl.

Platform: Nintendo DS
Release Date: To Be Announced

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, based on the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures’ film, is a swashbuckling third-person action/adventure. Players will engage in game play that reflects the cunning world of the film franchise — with an abundance of disloyalty, humor and revenge. Players embark on a daring adventure while sword dueling and hunting for hidden treasure in the quest for the legendary Dead Man’s Chest.

Platforms: PSP system, Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance
Release Date: June 27, 2006

Lumines II
Lumines II is the highly anticipated sequel to the extremely addictive puzzle-based video game, Lumines. Gamers control squares made of four smaller block pieces that are dropped into the playing field one at a time to form same-color squares. The vertical “timeline” sweeps across the playing field from left to right and wipes the same-color squares from the playing field. Unmatched blocks pile up, and the game ends when the pile gets to the top of the playing screen. Advance through many action-packed levels, each with its own musical theme and sound effects.

Platform: PSP system
Release Date: Fall 2006

Every Extend Extra
Every Extend Extra is a unique “puzzle shooter,” brought to the PSP system by the creators of the critically acclaimed hit Lumines. Every Extend Extra delivers an addictive gameplay experience through a fusion of arcade-style shooting action, cutting-edge music and visuals. Players evade enemy attacks and then use perfect timing to blast their foes in a colorful display of explosive chain reactions. The bigger the chain reaction results in the higher the score and the larger the rewards.

Platform: PSP system
Release Date: Fall 2006

Meteos: Disney Edition
Meteos: Disney Edition is a new version of the popular galactic action puzzle title Meteos featuring beloved Disney characters.

Platform: Nintendo DS
Release Date: Fall 2006

BVG will also showcase upcoming handheld titles including for the Nintendo DS:

Disney’s American Dragon: Jake Long, Attack of the Dark Dragon
Disney’s Kim Possible: Global Gemini
Hannah Montana
That’s So Raven: Psychic on the Scene
Disney’s The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody: Tipton Trouble

Games for the Game Boy Advance include:

The Cheetah Girls
Phil of the Future.
W.I.T.C.H.

Licensed Games

Disney€Pixar Cars
Published by THQ, Cars, the video game, is a high performance interactive experience in the open world created in the film, challenging players to relive the excitement created by Lightning McQueen and his friends. Fans will discover unique characters and environments inspired by the film with more than 10 playable characters and 30 races and mini games to choose from. The game features a fully immersive recreation of all major environments introduced in the movie, including Radiator Springs and Ornament Valley, which will offer distinctive racing experiences to players while maintaining the artistic style of the film.

Platforms: Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation 2, Xbox® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube®, Nintendo DS, PSP system, Game Boy Advance, Windows PC and Mac
Release Date: June 2006; Xbox 360 and Wii versions – Fall 2006

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrow
What’s not to love about Captain Jack Sparrow? Play as Jack Sparrow, Will Turner, and Elizabeth Swann as you hack and slash your way through fully interactive environments, including burning buildings, wrecked ships, and misty moonlit caves. One minute you are fighting hordes of enemies and the next you’re evading capture by the Royal Navy. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrow is being published by Bethesda Softworks.

Platforms: PlayStation 2 and Windows PC
Release Date: Summer 2006

About Buena Vista Games

Buena Vista Games, Inc. (BVG) is the interactive entertainment arm of The Walt Disney Company. The division publishes, markets and distributes a broad portfolio of multi-platform video games and interactive entertainment worldwide. The company also licenses properties and works directly with third-party interactive game publishers to bring products for all ages to market. For more information, please log on to www.bvg.com.

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Alawar Releases ‘Showdown in Monstertown’

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by on May 5, 2006 at 1:52 pm

Alawar Entertainment has released the downloadable version of Zak & Jack in Showdown at Monstertown, a casual arcade shooter starring a pair of heroic Hobsters. Famous for their clever inventions, Hobsters enjoy a paradise of paved streets and cozy houses. When word of their village spreads, the evil beasts of the monster world band together in an envious campaign against the goodhearted Hobsters. Luckily, Zak and Jack learn about the plot and prepare for the assault.

In Showdown at Monstertown, the player takes control as the courageous twosome mows down wave after wave of Rhinosaurs, Robocopters, Swelloons and more. Powerups allow the player to unleash a storm of devastation on Zak and Jack’s enemies, including five of the wackiest bosses ever seen in an arcade shooter. Featuring incredible cartoon animation, vivid backdrops and explosive audio, Showdown at Monstertown is designed to thrill action fans of all ages!

Visit www.alawar.com to view screenshots and download the free trial version of Showdown at Monstertown. You can also purchase the full version online for $19.95.

What you get:

· Five pulse-pounding episodes
· 32 levels of intense action
· Five bosses to destroy
· Powerups galore!
· Winter and summer weather effects
· Free upgrades and technical support

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‘Rampage: Total Destruction’ Wreaks Havoc For A Value Price

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by on April 24, 2006 at 3:23 pm

CHICAGO – April 24, 2006 – Midway Games Inc., a leading interactive entertainment software publisher and developer, today announced that Rampage: Total Destruction, has shipped for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system and the Nintendo GameCube. This new version reinvents the classic arcade game and offers up a huge selection of monsters that have the ability to perform unique combo attacks and individual super moves. Game versions for both platforms are now available with a U.S. suggested retail price of $19.99.

“Rampage: Total Destruction’s massive monster list and fully destructible cities will introduce a whole new generation of gamers to the Rampage universe, while staying true to the classic gameplay that arcade fans love,” said Steve Allison, chief marketing officer, Midway. “Gamers of all ages will smash, punch, and burp with delight as Rampage: Total Destruction delivers a great single-player and multi player experience for a fantastic value price.”

In Rampage: Total Destruction, players can choose from more than 25 unlockable monsters, and seven international cities, including San Francisco, Hong Kong and Hollywood. Players will start with six characters available, including the original terror trio of George, Lizzie and Ralph, and graduate to new crazy monsters hidden throughout the various 3D city environments, such as Icky the Echidna in London, Wally the Warthog in New York City and Jack the Jackalope in Las Vegas.

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‘Cave Jumper’ Leaps Into Action

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by on April 14, 2006 at 9:39 am

Addictive 247 is jumping for joy at the release of their retro platformer, Cave Jumper. Search for treasure in this modern retro style arcade game. Armed with a trusty pickaxe, helmet flashlight, and any dynamite you may come across, Cave Jumper is the antidote for nostalgic game graphics without dated game play.

Cave Jumper features over 100 levels of fun, with each level containing secrets that can be uncovered. In the deep, dark, caves there are many monsters lurking, from bats and bears to dragons and skeletons. Luckily, Cave Jumpers keep a fair arsenal to combat such trouble. With over 10 different and completely unique weapons to find, there will be no shortage of red pixels as you carve a swath through your enemies.

Creatures aren’t the biggest trouble inside the caverns. The light on your helmet has a limited battery and failure to find a replacement may result in a very dark cave. Those very dark caves have very dark ledges and one wrong step can send an unwary Cave Jumper to certain doom.

Its action packed old school fun. Cave Jumper comes complete with a free demo.

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Discover the Magic of ‘King Tut’s Treasure’

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by on April 14, 2006 at 9:32 am

Pokie Magic, creators of virtual slot simulations is proud to announce their next title, King Tut’s Treasure, is now available. Created in Australia, Pokie Magic and King Tut’s Treasure is an easy way to have the fun of real casino slots on your PC without risking hard earned money.

King Tut’s Treasure features a realistic slot simulation with statistic tracking, banks, and even roulette. The special game event involves a series of gem collections. As each gem spin multiplies your winnings, culminating with the Serpent Round, where every spin is a winner.

The youthful Pharaoh and ancient pyramids will entice you to play for the honour of Cleopatra – Queen of Egypt. Save Cleopatra’s Jewels, then defeat the mighty Asp in the Serpent Spins and the riches of Ra’s Treasure will be yours for the taking!

King Tut and the entire Pokie Magic line is designed based on real casino slots. Their online highscore table also features an innovative multi-platform progressive slot jackpot. That means players from all over the world are contributing to the online jackpot some lucky player could win at any moment.

The game and 25 other unique, exciting slot simulations come with an absolutely risk free trial. Join with customers in 51 countries, you’ll soon understand why “Playing the slots at home” is so much fun.

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‘Odama’ Is Available Now

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by on April 10, 2006 at 3:16 pm

REDMOND, Wash., April 10, 2006 — Nintendo’s Odama is the finest microphone-controlled Japanese feudal warrior pinball game you’ll ever play. [Unlike all of the feudal warrior pinball games without a mic.] The one-of-a-kind game, which launches today exclusively for Nintendo GameCube, represents just one more way that Nintendo is pushing the boundaries of what constitutes a video game.

“With all these different genres, Odama delivers a unique and compelling game-play experience,” said Perrin Kaplan, Nintendo of America’s vice president of marketing & corporate affairs. “Without playing it, it’s not the easiest concept to grasp, but once you play, it’s tremendously fun and easy to get into.” [Not unlike a comfy pair of tennis shoes or a warm bubble bath … Wait, what were we talking about?]

Odama lets users command an army of soldiers who are subject to the sometimes devastating power of the Odama, a massive pinball controlled by giant flippers. The Odama rolls over enemy troops and eliminates obstacles, though it also can crush a player’s own soldiers if not aimed properly. [FYI, this part rocks. The little soldier guys scream when the ball rolls over them. They’re all like “It … hurts … the horror!”]

Players can issue a variety of commands to soldiers on the battlefield simply by speaking into the included Nintendo GameCube Microphone. For instance, saying “press forward!” will cause your soldiers on the screen to make an aggressive push into enemy territory, while saying “rally!” will send a team of soldiers to gather in a certain location. The longer players play, the more voice commands they learn. [Now if only it had commands for “bring me a pizza” and “do my laundry.”]

Odama appeals to a wide variety of gaming fans, from pinball enthusiasts to military gamers and strategy fans. [Not to mention cubicle dwellers who dream of one day mastering the ancient, sacred art of multitasking.] Odama, available now, is Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older.

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Web Site for ‘Rampage: Total Destruction’ Now Live

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by on April 10, 2006 at 1:42 pm

This April 24th, Rampage: Total Destruction is slated to ship for both the PlayStation2 and Nintendo GameCube with more than 25 new monsters and new crazy methods of destruction. The game’s official website is now fully functional and features individual monster bios, gameplay trailers and screenshots depicting several of the new monsters tearing apart city blocks brick by brick!

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