For Immediate Release
Somerset England, - October 9, 2007 - Durell Games has released Harrier Attack II for Windows, a unique arcade, action, and strategy game that puts you in control of a Harrier vertical takeoff jet. Your mission is to command the skies and rid your three colony islands of aggressive enemy invaders.
Unlike simple action games that become less challenging as you learn their weapons and defensive systems, Harrier Attack II rewards your efforts. As your flying and fighting skills grow, the program feeds you more difficult, complex missions. You'll train your brain to master the plane's command system, and become one with your machine.
Harrier Attack II is a 3D side-scrolling shooter, with all of the frenetic action of the popular Harrier Attack! game released in 1983. The latest version features a diverse array of weapons and add-ons, fresh game-play, and a new, challenging mission structure.
Harrier Attack II offers a fascinating combination of control, damage, and award systems. As you master your aircraft, you'll learn to enhance targeting, perform real-time repairs, and avoid damage. Combining aerial maneuvers and automatic attacks, you'll experience a blistering, gun-blazing battle in every mission.
With more than a dozen generic and specialized weapons at your disposal, you can choose the right weapons to deal with specific targets for maximum accuracy and destructive efficiency. The program requires guile and mastery of the plane's defense systems to deal with the enemy's awesome firepower. Harrier Attack II tests your leadership skills as you are joined by your wingman. As a team, you have to deal with the strongest enemy assault in the final mission.
As you progress through the game, you increase the capabilities of both pilot and Harrier. Early missions are straightforward, with single sorties, limited fuel, and infinite ammunition. Later campaigns, however, demand a more sophisticated mindset. You must arm and fuel your Harrier, taking into consideration the mission objectives and weight limitations for your chosen takeoff method. Multiple sorties may be flown in a single mission, rearming and refueling as the situation allows.
Harrier Attack II has 28 day and night missions, and more than 40 training exercises. You'll fly over varied terrain to gain control of enemy encampments, airfields, bridges, and harbors. The enemy is equipped with tanks, trucks, APCs, missile launchers, boats, landing craft, submarines, aircraft, and helicopters.
Harrier Attack II runs under Windows 2000/XP/Vista, and requires a 3D hardware-accelerated graphics card. A single-user license costs $25.95 (USD), and may be purchased securely online from http://www.DURELLgames.com. You can download a free trial version from the same web address.
For more information, contact Durell Games Ltd, 9 The Crescent, Taunton, Somerset TA1 4EA England.
Phone: +44(0)1823 663681
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Evaluation Copy Available on Request
About Durell Games Ltd:
Durell Games Ltd was formed in 2007 by games industry veteran Mike Richardson, a former executive director of Durell Software Ltd, the company which produced the original Harrier Attack! game in 1983. Durell Software developed many popular games in the eighties for ZX Spectrum, Amstrad, Commodore 64, and other 8- and 16-bit platforms. Mike Richardson was responsible for creating several hit games during that time, including Harrier Attack!, Scuba Dive, Combat Lynx, Turbo Esprit, and Thanatos.
Since ceasing game development in 1989, Durell Software has been developing database software for the insurance industry, while Mike has remained in the games business. Over the years he has worked on titles for Electronic Arts, Eidos, Vivendi, the BBC, and other game publishers.
Mike says,"After working on the Fightbox project for the BBC, I decided to return to my game development roots. A sequel to Harrier Attack! seemed appropriate for a new company operating under the Durell name. It was one of the first and most successful of Durell Software's titles, and after twenty four years, a sequel is long overdue."
Harrier Attack! was originally released in 1983, shortly after the Falklands Conflict. The program was seen as unethical, or at least controversial, by some at that time. Apparently though, not by Sir Alan Sugar, the renowned head of the British consumer electronics company Amstrad. The game was included in the software bundle provided with new Amstrad computers.
"We have aimed to please the original Harrier Attack! fans, while adding plenty of new ideas to bring fresh gamers on-board," says Mike. "It's been three years in development. We've had a great formula to build on, and we really feel that we've created something new and different."
Mike Richardson lives inSomerset, England, and is available for telephone interviews on +44 (0) 1823 663681.
Press contact: Mike Richardson, Director, Durell Games Ltd
+44 (0) 1823 663681