For immediate release
London: 6th July 2007
Mercury Games today (02/07/07) announces the first game to be released as part of its Zen Series will be“Paint by DS”. The game, along with the rest of the Zen Series, will be aimed at people who may not traditionally use video games.
Paint by DS is a digital colouring book which enables the player to recreate masterpieces by renowned artists such as Hokusai, Cezanne and Van Gogh, in their own artistic style. The player uses the DS stylus to mix oil and water-based paints to create colours and consistencies and then paint the artwork.
Paint By DS consists of 15 colouring in challenges along with a variety of fun mini games, such as puzzles based on the famous artwork included in the game.
In line with the Zen games proposition of relaxing, non-violent and non-competitive games, Tomo Ohno, Chief Operating Officer of Ertain BV said: "This is the first of the Zen Series games and shows perfectly how the Nintendo DS can attract a different type of user. Paint by DS helps the player relax, and be artistic anywhere, anytime."
The game, which includes patented technology, will be released on 24thAugust 2007, across Europe, priced at£19.99/€24.99. The US release date will follow in Q4 2007.
Two limited edition versions will be available on launch, one with a paint set and one with a paint book.
INFORMATION FOR EDITORS
About The Zen Series
The Zen series of games have been developed for the busy, modern urbanite to aid relaxation. This series of lifestyle games do not contain any violence or competitive elements. Zen games are co–published by Mercury Games and Ertain. Experience the spirit of Zen.
About Mercury Games
Mercury Games was set up in 2005 as a video games publisher and has sold over 1 million units worldwide of the Crazy Frog franchise. Mercury Games publishes games across all platforms including licensed and original IP products for Nintendo DS and Wii, Sony PS2, PSP and PSN, and Microsoft Xbox Live Arcade. Mercury Games currently operates two additional brands, Turtle Games which publish games for the children’s games market and Zen games which publish relaxing, non-violent and non-competitive lifestyle games.
For more information on Mercury Games visit, www.mercurygames.com
Jayne Curtis, PR Manager
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Ertain is a publisher of video games from Japan, focusing on handheld consoles. It was incorporated in 2005 and now employs more than 45 people. Ertain is also developing next generation consoles and online games for PCs. Ertain has firmly established itself in Japan with a range of innovative products. It is now expanding into Western markets with a new European division, Ertain BV in Netherlands.
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Ertain BV visit, www.ertain.com/en
Ertain Japan visit, www.ertain.com/jp