Darmstadt, July 30th 2007 - 10TACLE STUDIOS and 10TACLE STUDIOS MOBILE, along with co-publisher First Star Software, Inc. are releasing the first screenshots of Boulder Dash®-ROCKS!™ for the Nintendo DS™ and Sony PSP™ consoles today. The sequel to the cult classic is getting a complete graphic makeover– just like the game's hero Rockford™, but at the same time is relying on the tried and tested game principle in the classic game mode. The level design emerged in cooperation with the British development studio Tuna Technologies. The long-awaited– and longed-for-return of the popular franchise is scheduled for release on Nintendo DS™ in November 2007 and PSP™ in the first quarter of 2008.
Tuna Technologies, who have been developing entertainment software for over 11 years, have worked with many well known brands across a range of platforms. They are especially delighted to be working on Boulder Dash®, which has such a great profile in computer and video game history.
"To have the opportunity to work with one of the games responsible for so many of us entering the game industry is a great honour," said Alex Amsel, Managing Director of Tuna Technologies. "We are really excited to be partnering with 10TACLE STUDIOS and First Star Software, and to co-develop what we feel will be a great addition to the Boulder Dash® series".
This challenging, arcade-puzzle game made its debut in the early 80s and continues to fascinate its enormous fan base decades later. Today the game is acknowledged as one of the classic cult games in computer gaming history. Now Boulder Dash® will appear with a hot new look sure to take the Nintendo DS™ and the Sony PSP™
platforms by storm. The hit game’s main objective and game physics remains unchanged: the player has to collect a certain number of diamonds while avoiding falling objects, traps and besting enemies in order to open and discover the exit, before time runs out. Of course there are a number of helpful tools made available to players such as bombs or laser guns which can be loaded with different types of ammunition. These lasers provide the player with different temporary powers, such as the ability to freeze enemies, destroy boulders and even pull diamonds and other distant objects towards the player.
In addition to the classic single-player mode, presented in several different worlds, Boulder Dash®-ROCKS!™ offers a multi-player mode as well as three additional game modes for a total of five play modes for each version. There are two new game modes, never before available in the Boulder Dash® series, one of which has been custom designed for each of the two different platforms.
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About 10TACLE STUDIOS AG:
Listed in the General Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, 10TACLE STUDIOS AG (WKN: TACL10, ISIN DE000TACL107) is one of Europe’s leading independent developers and producers of high-end computer and video games. 10TACLE STUDIOS AG produces top-quality products that meet international development standards, and its product portfolio covers all relevant, high-growth segments in the games market. Currently, around 390 employees work for the Company at its headquarters in Darmstadt and the development sites in Hanover, Duisburg, London, Charleroi, Bratislava, Budapest and Singapore. 10TACLE STUDIOS AG’s consolidated revenue increased by 64% in 2006 to€29.285 million (previous year:€17.896 million). During the same period, EBIT increased sharply by 180% to€4.708 million (previous year:€1.684 million).
About First Star Software, Inc.:
Founded in 1982, First Star Software develops, licenses and publishes games across all platforms including cell-phones, hand-held devices, home computers and next generation consoles. A privately held corporation, First Star’s titles are distributed extensively worldwide. For more information please visit http://www.firststarsoftware.com or contact: Dianne Press email@example.com 914.238.3073
About 10TACLE STUDIOS MOBILE GmbH:
Based in Duisburg, Germany 10TACLE SUDIOS MOBILE GmbH, a subsidiary of 10TACLE STUDIOS AG, was founded in 2006 to supply the growing market for mobile entertainment media. The development studio ports 10TACLE STUDIOS AG house brands onto portable video game systems such as the Sony PlayStation® Portable and Nintendo DS™, develops their own concepts and brands and works on co-published titles such as“Boulder Dash - Rocks!”. 10TACLE STUDIOS MOBILE GmbH currently employs a staff of 26 under the management of Alexandra Gerb.
About Tuna Technologies Ltd.:
Established in 1996, UK company Tuna Technologies develop entertainment software across a wide range of platforms, including mobile, hand-held and home console devices. Tuna handle both original and licensed intellectual property, and manage the PC independent games portal Tuna Snax. For more information please visit http://www.tunasnax.com.
NINTENDO DS IS A TRADEMARK OF NINTENDO. Boulder Dash®-ROCKS!™ Published by 10TACLE GROUP. Co-Published by FIRST STAR SOFTWARE, INC. BOULDER DASH, FIRST STAR SOFTWARE, INC. and its logo are registered trademarks of First Star Software, Inc. The names Rockford™ and Crystal™ are trademarks of First Star Software, Inc. Boulder Dash© 1984, 2007 FIRST STAR SOFTWARE, INC. All rights reserved. Boulder Dash-ROCKS! was created and developed by 10TACLE MOBILE GmbH with FIRST STAR SOFTWARE, INC. Audio visual material, certain proprietary software and new and distinctive game and character art of Boulder Dash-ROCKS! are trademarks of and© 2007 10TACLE GROUP and Asia Games&Media Private Equity Fund.