Boulder, CO– May 10, 2011– Buckle up boneheads‘cause you’re going for a ride! Backflip Studios ( www.backflipstudios.com), the popular mobile game developer with hits such as Paper Toss, Ragdoll Blaster 2 and NinJump, announced today that through a partnership with MGM Studios, it will release Army of Darkness: Defense , a mobile castle defense game based on the 1992 classic film“Army of Darkness”. The game will feature the infamous dialogue from the movie’s protagonist, Ash Williams (memorably played by Bruce Campbell), and other characters drawn directly from the film.
In perhaps the most perfect marriage of a film scene and game premise of all time, Army of Darkness: Defense is a castle defense game that takes place during the pivotal castle scene within the movie where Ash and his allies defend the powerful Necronomicon (book) within Lord Arthur’s fortress from the onslaught of Deadites (living dead). Gamers take on the role of the chiseled chin, one-liner-spouting Ash while summoning familiar troops, spells and weapons from the movie to help in the defense. Gameplay features include over 150 direct lines of dialogue from Bruce Campbell as Ash Williams, and beautifully animated graphics using the well-known“Granny 3D” engine. Army of Darkness: Defense gives Ash the ability to call upon a wide variety of allies to help preserve the Necronomicon including swordsman, armored knights, archers and more. In addition to the originally composed sound and music, the app also features many of the famous characters from the movie including Arthur, Henry, Sheila, the Wiseman, Evil Ash, and more.
“If given the choice of which film would make the best castle defense game, you would be hard pressed to find a better fit than Army of Darkness, and I’m thrilled to be working with the fine folks at MGM to get Army of Darkness: Defense launched,” said Julian Farrior, chief executive officer and founder of Backflip Studios.“We are all massive Army of Darkness fans and it’s been unbelievably awesome to have access to some of the greatest dialogue and characters in film history. We’ve created a truly compelling mobile defense app with this terrific and rich IP that already has an enormous following. This will be a blast to play for both the hardcore AoD fanboys and the newbies alike.”
“We’re very proud of the Army of Darkness IP and are extremely fortunate to be working with a developer of Backflip’s caliber to bring it to iPhone and iPad users worldwide,” said Tricia Samuels, executive director, Worldwide Licensing– Consumer Products for MGM Studios.“Nearly 20 years since its release, the Army of Darkness following is as strong as ever, and we can’t wait to introduce this hilarious and classic property to the millions of iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users worldwide with this highly-addictive castle defense app.”
Army of Darkness: Defense will be available in the Apple App Store for the iPhone/iPod Touch for $0.99 and for the iPad for $2.99 on Thursday, May 12, 2011, so in the words of Ash himself,“Come get some!”
About Backflip Studios
Backflip Studios ( www.backflipstudios.com) is a mobile game studio focused on bringing innovative and thoughtful titles to an expanding group of casual gamers. Backflip has had numerous top ranked applications in both the Apple App Store and Android Marketplace and have seen nearly 100,000,000 downloads in their first two years of operation. Their games, which include popular titles such as Paper Toss, Ragdoll Blaster 2, NinJump and Strike Knight, are played by more than 2,250,000 users a day and 25,000,000 users a month. Backflip Studios is based in Boulder, CO.
About Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. is actively engaged in the worldwide production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home video, interactive media, music, and licensed merchandise. The company owns the world's largest library of modern films, comprising around 4,100 titles. Operating units include Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc., United Artists Films Inc., MGM Television Entertainment Inc., MGM Networks Inc., MGM Distribution Co., MGM International Television Distribution Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment LLC, MGM ON STAGE, MGM Music, MGM Consumer Products and MGM Interactive. In addition, MGM has ownership interests in domestic and international TV channels reaching over 130 countries. For more information, visit www.mgm.com.
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