Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion XL Coming This Holiday From Crave Games

Santa Ana, Calif. – October 6, 2011 – Crave Games, a full-service publishing company, and Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE), the licensing and merchandising arm of the network, today announced the holiday release of Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion XL for PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft® and the Wii™ system from Nintendo. To play the game prior to release, look for it at this year’s New York City Comic Con, taking place at the Javits Center, October 13-16. For a sneak peek at the game, visit: http://www.punchtimeexplosion.com/dev/videos.

Building off the success of Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion on the Nintendo 3DS, the fast-paced console fighting game features iconic locations and an all-star cast of fan-favorites recruited from Cartoon Network’s most popular television series including: Ben 10, Samurai Jack, Johnny Bravo, The Powerpuff Girls and Dexter’s Laboratory.  The all-new brawler video game with 26 playable characters, including eight new characters, gives players the power to duke it out with their friends for cartoon supremacy.  A great gift for kids and adults wanting to step into the shoes of their beloved cartoon characters both new and old, Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion XL will explode onto the home consoles this holiday season.

“The Cartoon Network universe features iconic, unique characters that have ubiquitous appeal for fans of all ages,” said Pete Yoder, vice president, consumer products for Cartoon Network Enterprises. “Punch Time Explosion XL features many fan favorites in an action-packed, fun-filled brawler that is sure to be a must-have this holiday season.”

“We are thrilled to expand and build upon the Punch Time Explosion franchise as it gives fans an increased level of interactivity with the memorable TV shows that have become a part of the lives of both parents and kids,” said Joanna Rockwood from Crave Games. “Playing as popular characters like Johnny Bravo and Billy and Mandy is a unique opportunity to the bring the zany personalities and intense action to players on their home consoles.”

The most fun and accessible fighting game this season, Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion XL is jam-packed with a huge cast of characters, powerful dual-character synergy attacks and five brand new battle arenas.  Additionally, the game will feature a wide-variety of multiplayer options including numerous battle modes, as well as an in-depth story mode that introduces an all-new co-op gameplay experience that supports up to four players. An in-game store will give fans an opportunity to unlock new characters and arenas, unique costumes, and memorable cartoon clips from their favorite TV shows.

Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion XL is being developed by Papaya Studio and published by Crave Games.

For additional information on Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion XL, visit the official product website at: http://www.punchtimeexplosion.com

About Cartoon Network

Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE) is responsible for building consumer products and merchandising programs for a wide range of brands by securing and supporting long-term licensing partnerships across all categories. As the global branding and merchandising arm of Cartoon Network and Adult Swim, the division manages the consumer product programs for the networks’ award-winning original programming, brands and characters including Ben 10, Generator Rex, Chowder, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, Adventure Time, Adult Swim and more. CNE also serves as the exclusive global licensing agent for the full portfolio of brands from Spin Master Ltd., as well as Nelvana Enterprises and Spin Master for the award-winning Bakugan brand and the PGA of America for the youth marketplace.

Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com), currently seen in more than 99 million U.S. homes and 166 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s ad-supported cable service now available in HD offering the best in original, acquired and classic entertainment for youth and families.  Nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET, PT), Cartoon Network shares its channel space with Adult Swim, a late-night destination showcasing original and acquired animated and live-action series for young adults 18-34.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

About Crave Games

Crave Games, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fillpoint LLC, is a full-service video game publisher for Wii™, Nintendo 3DS™, Nintendo DS™, the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. For more information about Crave Games please visit www.cravegames.com.

About Papaya Studio

Papaya Studio is an independent video game developer based out of Southern California. Founded in 1999, Papaya Studio is recognized by many in the industry as one of the most innovative and talented development companies to emerge in recent times. Staffed with experienced and seasoned team members, with a combined experience of over 20 years, Papaya Studio offers a complete development solution, including video and sound production, motion capture, localization, as well as marketing materials with after-sales support. Papaya possesses internally developed and state-of-the-art proprietary technology that reduces the time to develop and market games, generates revenue, increases product scalability, and differentiates Papaya Studio in the marketplace. Highly competitive, Papaya Studio utilizes every available resource to focus on producing the highest-quality product within the required timeframe.

###  


Games PressGames Press is the leading online resource for games journalists. Used daily by magazines, newspapers, TV, radio, online media and retailers worldwide, it offers a vast, constantly updated archive of press releases and assets, and is the simplest and most cost-effective way for PR professionals to reach the widest possible audience. Registration for the site and the Games Press email digest is available, to the trade only, at www.gamespress.com.