CAMBRIDGE, June 9, 2008: D3Publisher (D3P), a publisher and developer of interactive entertainment software, announced today that it will bring Aardman Animation’s award-winning series, Shaun the Sheep, exclusively to Nintendo DS™. Players will play as the loveable sheep, Shaun, as he tries to find the rest of the flock before the Farmer arrives home. The game will feature the fan-favorite characters, items and locations from the much-loved stop-motion animated series, as well as original content for all-new experiences with Shaun and the rest of the flock. Gamers will explore areas based on the series, unlock show-related items and work with other sheep to maneuver around obstacles and access hidden areas. Shaun the Sheep is slated to ship to retail stores in North America and Europe this fall.
In Shaun the Sheep, the sheep have escaped and Shaun must find the rest of the flock before the Farmer comes home. Gamers will play as Shaun and interact with favorite characters such as Shirley, Timmy, Bitzer and more as they adventure through their favorite scenes and explore areas from the series like the junk pile, the sheep pool and the circus tent. Players will utilize the DS touch screen and microphone as they experience three different gameplay modes: Story Mode, Mini-game Mode and Collection Mode and maneuver around obstacles, access hidden areas, and try their hand at eight unlockable mini-games and eight collectible slide puzzles. Five“micro” games will offer players more interactivity and depth by showcasing memorable moments from the show such as saving Timmy from the circus high wire or making a ball of wool to distract Pidsley the cat!
“Shaun the Sheep is the only handheld videogame based on the show and D3Publisher has worked very closely with Oscar award-winning Aardman Animation to authentically bring the personality and humor of the series and its characters to life,” said Adam Roberts, European Managing Director, D3P.“The pick-up and play gameplay will appeal to players of all ages while delivering the sheep humor the series is known for that adults are sure to enjoy.”
The Shaun the Sheep show has been sold in more than 150 countries including the United Kingdom (BBC), United States (Disney), France (TF1), Germany (WDR) and Japan (NHK). For more information on the series, please visit: www.shaunthesheep.com.
About Aardman Animations
Aardman, based in Bristol (UK), co-founded and run by Peter Lord and David Sproxton, is a world leader in animation. It produces feature films, television series and television commercials for both the domestic and international market. The studio has won over 400 international awards including 4 Oscars®.
Aardman’s multi-award winning productions are novel, entertaining, brilliantly characterised and full of charm that reflects the unique talent, energy and personal commitment of the very special people who make up the Aardman team. The studio’s work is often imitated and yet the company continues to lead the field producing a rare brand of visually stunning and amusing independent and commercials productions.
D3Publisher, a subsidiary of D3, Inc., is a leading interactive entertainment publisher and distributor for licensed and original titles for personal computers, major console platforms and handheld systems. D3Publisher has operations in the U.S., U.K., and Japan. The company also owns development studio Vicious Cycle Software, Inc., and its technology platform, Vicious Engine. Recent releases have included Dark Sector®, Dead Head Fred®, Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords®, and Ben 10™: Protector of Earth. For more information about D3Publisher, please visit: www.d3publisher.com.
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