SEATTLE, Washington– December 9, 2008— PopCap Games, the leading developer and publisher of casual games, today announced it will be bringing a remarkably faithful translation of its highly acclaimed Bejeweled Twist™ game to a wide array of handsets from major North American and European wireless carriers in Q2 2009.
PopCap’s fourth in-house title for mobile– and the first new Bejeweled title in more than three years– Bejeweled Twist puts a completely new spin on the top-selling puzzle franchise of the 21st century. Since its launch on the PC six weeks ago, Bejeweled Twist has been a top-seller at retail and has garnered glowing critiques from media outlets of all kinds. Additionally, Bejeweled Mobile was the #2 best-selling game in North America in 2007 and held that spot through Q3 2008.
“Gamers anxiously awaited the launch of Bejeweled Twist on the PC, and it has more than lived up to players’ expectations, which is why we’re thrilled to bring an amazingly accurate translation to the mobile market, featuring all the same game modes and challenges as the original,” stated Andrew Stein, director of mobile business development at PopCap.“Bejeweled Twist is a rare achievement in the casual games category: accessible to novice players, but with unmatched challenge and flexibility in its gameplay. The mobile version is well suited for gaming on-the-go, offering four distinct ways to play from fast-paced action and strategy to a stress-busting, Zen-like experience.”
Bejeweled Twist features a revolutionary new style of play and the highest production values of any casual game ever created, and removes the barriers of traditional match-3 games. Instead of swapping adjacent jewels to make a set, players rotate an entire 2x2 block of gems clockwise in an effort to create a line of three or more gems of the same type. Additionally, in Bejeweled Twist, players don’t have to make a match with every move– instead they can freely rotate gems anywhere on the board, allowing far greater liberty of movement and vastly increased strategic freedom to plan combinations, cascades and chains.
Beyond the completely different method of moving gems, Bejeweled Twist provides a wealth of new power-ups and obstacles. New gem types include Flame, Lightning and Fruit gems that produce fiery explosions and other powerful effects; and new obstacles such as Bomb and Locked gems as well as Coal will challenge players as never before. In addition, four game modes (Classic, Blitz, Challenge and Zen) offer vastly different ways to experience Bejeweled Twist. The game will also offer touch support on compatible phones.
PopCap Games ( www.popcap.com) is the leading multi-platform provider of“casual games”— fun, easy-to-learn, irresistible computer games that appeal to everyone from age 6 to 106. Based in Seattle, Washington, PopCap was founded in 2000 and has a worldwide staff of over 200 people in Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago, Vancouver, B.C., Dublin, and Shanghai. Its timeless games have been downloaded more than 1 billion times by consumers worldwide, and its flagship title, Bejeweled®, has sold more than 25 million units across all platforms. Constantly acclaimed by consumers and critics, PopCap’s games are played on the Web, desktop computers, myriad mobile devices (cell phones, smartphones, PDAs, Pocket PCs, iPod, iPhone and more), popular game consoles (such as Xbox 360 and Nintendo DS), and in-flight entertainment systems. PopCap is the only casual games developer with leading market share across all major sales channels, including Web portals, retail stores, consoles, mobile phones and MP3 players.
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*Additional Bejeweled Twist materials, including logos and screen shots, can be found at www.popcap.com/promos/pressresources.