London, UK, August 4th, 2008– Empire Interactive, an international publisher and developer of interactive entertainment software and a subsidiary of Silverstar Holdings (NasdaqCM:SSTR), has today announced that Hello Kitty: Big City Dreams, will be exclusively available for Nintendo DS™ and is scheduled for an autumn 2008 release.
In search of new adventures, Hello Kitty is set to make a move to the Big City this autumn in Empire Interactive’s Hello Kitty: Big City Dreams for Nintendo DS™. Kitty White is moving away from her beloved Sanrio Town into a simple downtown apartment in The Big City, and it’s up to players to help her fulfill her dream of someday moving into a luxurious, top-floor penthouse.
“Hello Kitty fans of all ages will be captivated by the charming environments and friendly interaction with some of their favorite Sanrio characters in Hello Kitty: Big City Dreams” said Rob Lightbody, Product Manager Empire Interactive.“Hello Kitty fans will love exploring the Big City through Kitty’s eyes and helping make her city girl dreams a reality.”
Hello Kitty: Big City Dreams is a mini-game based adventure that follows Kitty in her recent move to the Big City where she will meet up with her old Sanrio pals like Badtz-Maru, Pochacco and My Melody and even make some new friends. Players will be able to choose between two distinct modes– exploration and mini-game. In the exploration mode, Kitty moves around her apartment, explores the Big City and interacts with items and inhabitants she comes across. In the mini-game mode, Kitty will play through a variety of mini-games and earn friendship points that will allow her to purchase costumes, ride the bus or train, and of course customize her apartment.
Kitty will be very busy helping and playing with her friends, from trying to beat Kerropi’s Arcade Hero score, to lending Tuxedosam a hand, serving customers in Restaurant Rush. Every girl knows something about fashion and when My Melody is in trouble, Kitty is more than willing to become an impromptu fashion assistant at her clothing store. After a long day out and about assisting friends in need, Kitty needs a stress-free night on the town, only to find her crush Daniel Star, at Destination: Dance. One can only imagine the fun and exciting adventures that await Kitty– and gamers– as they explore The Big City together.
Kitty’s ultimate goal in the Big City is to move from her first-floor apartment, where the game starts, to her dream suite in the sky. It’s up to players to help Kitty collect enough Friendship Points, by working and helping her friends, so she can earn her way to the apartment of her dreams. The apartment complex has five floors, in which rooms get bigger at each floor and end with Kitty’s ultimate goal– the Super Deluxe Suite.
Release Date: Autumn 2008
Publisher: Empire Interactive
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About Empire Interactive:
Empire Interactive is a leading publisher of interactive entertainment software that has been established for 19 years. Headquartered in the UK, Empire Interactive also has offices in the US, Germany, France, Spain and Italy. The company develops and publishes a varied range of titles for all current platforms in the US, Europe and Asia. Games such as Starsky&Hutch, Big Mutha Truckers, Ford Racing and FlatOut have all enjoyed success across the world. Its budget label, Xplosiv, is one of the fastest growing in Europe. Further information about Empire Interactive and its products can be found at www.empireinteractive.com.
About Silverstar Holdings:
Silverstar Holdings Ltd. is a publicly traded company (NASDAQ: SSTR), focusing on acquiring controlling positions in high-growth retail-driven and fee-based electronic game businesses that stand to benefit from the economies of scale generated by the Internet and other technology-related platforms. It currently owns Empire Interactive, PLC and Strategy First, Inc., a leading development and worldwide publisher of entertainment software for the PC.
About Sanrio Digital (Hong Kong) Ltd.
Sanrio Digital was founded in 2006, as a joint venture between Typhoon Games (HK) Ltd. and Sanrio Wave Hong Kong Co. Ltd. Sanrio Digital handles the expansion of Sanrio intellectual property assets into various digital and online media, capitalizing on over three decades of Sanrio original material. The company holds rights to produce offline products based on its online productions, providing synergy between the Sanrio traditional offline business and its digital venture. For more information please visit www.sanriodigital.com.
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