SAN RAFAEL, Calif. - November 3, 2009 - What's better than a sizeable chunk of Wensleydale cheese? How about a free full game episode of Wallace&Gromit's Grand Adventures! Telltale today joins Aardman Animations in celebrating Wallace&Gromit's 20th anniversary by opening up free downloads of one of the critically-acclaimed series' episodes, Muzzled! at www.freewallaceandgromit.com today through noon (PST) Monday, November 9.
Additionally, the full four-episode PC season of Wallace&Gromit's Grand Adventures will be discounted to $20 (roughly 12 GBP) from $34.95 USD for these same dates in honor of the eccentric inventor and his canine companion's two decade milestone.
In Muzzled! town newcomer, Monty Muzzle, is holding a fundraiser to rebuild the local dog shelter. Gromit soon realizes that Muzzle's intentions aren't exactly charitable and he must foil the huckster's plot to save the town's investment and rescue his canine friends. In the review for Muzzled!, Armchair Empire hails the game as the best episode to that point with "strong story (a hallmark of all three episodes), a refreshing setting change to the carnival grounds, and a starring role for Gromit." Gamervision said of Muzzled!, "The humor is spot on, the new characters and locations are entertaining, and it's obvious that Telltale has really found the niche into which Wallace and Gromit's story fits."
November 4 marks the 20th anniversary of Wallace&Gromit's first appearance in the Aaardman short, A Grand Day Out. Since their debut, the inventor and his silently expressive dog have built an enormous global following, appearing in award-winning animated short films, a feature-length motion picture, their very own books, video games, apparel, and much more.
In other Wallace&Gromit gaming news ...
- XBLA Launch - For the first time, all four episodes of Wallace&Gromit's Grand Adventures will be available on Xbox LIVE ® Arcade November 4, selling for 800 Microsoft Points each. The episodes, along with a premium theme and new gamer pics will be available on a special Wallace&Gromit branded destination page on Xbox LIVE Arcade
- Charity Drive - From November 4-8, Telltale is partnering with Wallace&Gromit Children's Foundation and Penny Arcade's Child's Play, making donations to the charities for each full Wallace&Gromit's Grand Adventures PC season purchased. Telltale is also giving away free digital versions of the games to the children's hospitals supported by the charities
- Collector's DVD - Order taking begins November 4 for the Wallace&Gromit's Grand Adventures full season collector's DVD for PC, which features all four episodes, behind the scenes videos, Aardman Animation's Cracking Contraptions animated shorts, game trailers and full galleries from the making of the game, which include never-before-seen concept art
An endearing and affable inventor. Ever enthusiastic, Wallace's hair-brained, over-ambitious, yet well intentioned ideas consistently get him and his faithful hound into trouble. A definite penchant for cheese and crackers, not to mention fashionable knitwear!
Wallace's long-suffering loyal pooch. Gromit cares greatly for Wallace even though he's often railroaded into his master's mad-cap plans. Though cultured and sensitive, preferring order and the quiet life, Gromit displays amazing courage and heroism when it comes to getting his master out of self-made scrapes. Always showing astonishing initiative, Gromit is definitely the intelligent one of the pair.
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