CASUAL DS PUZZLE GAME JEWEL QUEST SOLITAIRE HITS SHELVES TOMORROW

9th April 2009

Jewel Quest Solitaire is a new casual puzzle game for the Nintendo DS released to retail tomorrow by Avanquest Software Publishing. Following on from the hugely popular PC and DS games, this new Nintendo DS title will provide puzzle enthusiasts with a fun, modern twist on the traditional versions of both Jewel Quest and Solitaire.

Jewel Quest Solitaire features two types of gameplay including Just Cards Mode, for playing classic solitaire; and Full Quest Mode, which allows players to follow the mysterious storyline and access special jewel boards. The adventure takes place in the South American jungle, where cards must be matched and jewels swapped in order to turn the boards to gold. With 684 different scenarios, Jewel Quest Solitaire provides hours of fun for puzzle fans.

Jewel Quest Solitaire features unique tri-peaks solitaire and 114 new jewel themed card layouts for varied and endless gameplay. As players unearth buried cards, special moves must be uncovered and cursed jewels avoided in order to progress through the levels. The cards behold riches and glory, so must be played wisely or the journey will end.

Players need to use the stylus to drag a card that is one number higher or lower than the active card onto the deck. When no more eligible cards are available, the stock pile can be clicked to receive a new active card. There is also an undo button to step back one move if a mistake is made. After each round of cards, the jewel board will become unlocked, enabling players to try for a bonus by matching the jewels and turning all the squares to gold.

Bonus scores can be achieved in various ways; playing cards of the same suit as the previous card in the deck; playing long runs of cards without flipping over new ones from the stack; using certain Wild Cards that increase the score by the value of the card; and for each card left over in the stack after the hand is won.

Fast facts:

Publisher: Avanquest Software Publishing

Developer: iWin

Distributor: GEM, Centresoft, Interactive Ideas, Ideal Software and Music Box Leisure

Release date: 10th April 2009

PEGI: 3+

Format: Nintendo DS

Genre: Puzzle

SRP:£19.56

Notes to Editor:

Sales information for Jewel Quest Solitaire:

Price:£19.56

Available from all leading retail outlets: GAME, Amazon, ASDA, Morrisons, The Entertainer, Play.com and other leading software stores, as well as Avanquest Software www.avanquest.co.uk/shop.

Published by: Avanquest Software Publishing

Avanquest Software

Avanquest Software is one of the world’s leading software developers, marketing its own software titles as well as software from partners via multiple sales channels on three continents– North America, Europe and Asia. Avanquest Software addresses the general public through its Retail, Online and Direct-to-Consumer channels; businesses through the Corporate channel; and key players in mobile telephony and IT through OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturers) licenses. With 600 employees and approximately 200 engineers in Research and Development distributed between France, China, Canada and the United States, the company is committed to continually innovating in the design, development and publishing of easy-to-use and affordable software. Avanquest Software is listed on Euronext (ISIN FR0004026714) since December 1996. Additional information is available at http://www.avanquest.com or http://about.avanquest.com.

For further information and review copies please contact:

Sarah Holden / Stephen Denton

Media Safari

Tel: +44 (0) 1225 731 388

sarahh@mediasafari.co.uk / stephend@mediasafari.co.uk


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