February 26, 2008: Disney Mobile Studios is delighted to announce that Critter Crunch has been awarded Best Game of 2007 at the Independent Games Festival (IGF) Mobile, held last week in San Francisco as part of the 2008 Game Developers Conference.
Developed by Capybara Games, and published in Europe by the Walt Disney associate company, Critter Crunch is a mobile original, which is only now being converted for next-generation consoles. Initially released last August, it achieved critical acclaim for its originality and absorbing gameplay.
“Critter Crunch is a superb game which exemplifies the best values for mobile play: beautifully designed with great graphics, easy to pick up and play and yet endlessly challenging,” says Sunil Gunderia, VP Mobile EMEA, Walt Disney Internet Group.
While the IGF, which aims to encourage innovation in game development, is now in its 10th year, this is the first year that the festival has made awards specifically for mobile games.
About Walt Disney Internet Group
The Walt Disney Internet Group (WDIG) offers a compelling mix of interactive entertainment and informational content and services for Internet and mobile devices for audiences around the world. WDIG is both a developer of unique new media experiences specifically designed for Internet and mobile media and a developer of new platforms for distributing content selected from broad, existing entertainment divisions and libraries of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS). With a portfolio of products and services designed with quality and guest safety in mind, WDIG’s integration of Disney’s unmatched breadth of content with a best-practices approach to Internet and mobile technology drives multiple revenue streams from premium content offerings, advertising and ecommerce. WDIG’s suite of properties includes Disney.com, Family.com, Movies.com and mDisney mobile entertainment. WDIG is an industry leader in online virtual worlds for kids and families, with offerings including Disney’s Club Penguin, Disney’s Toontown Online and the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean Online and Disney Fairies. WDIG, which is headquartered in North Hollywood, Calif., has operations in Asia-Pacific, Europe and across the Americas.
In Europe, it operates 14 local Disney websites as well as Toontown Online, the world’s first massive multi-player online game for kids and families. In addition, WDIG develops interactive TV games which are available on Sky Gamestart in the UK and on Sky Italia in Italy. Through relationships with the majority of Europe’s mobile operators, WDIG produces and distributes Disney-branded mobile games, personalisation, and made for mobile video content and services.