Halfbrick in full stride; releases one XNA title and showcases another

Brisbane, Australia, April 9th 2009 - Halfbrick, the leading developer for the Xbox Live Community Games service announced that Halfbrick Blast Off, the first title in the Halfbrick Fridays series of games, has been released and is available for purchase on Xbox Live at a price of 400 Microsoft Points. Halfbrick Blast Off is a sci-fi physics-based space adventure where players must control a rocket ship and rescue lost astronauts in space, all while navigating the gravity fields of nearby planets and asteroids.

No one is happier than project lead Matthew Knights, who is the brain behind the game. " I just hope people enjoy it," he commented after the game went live. "The XNA forums were a great proving ground, and several members actually said that Halfbrick Blast Off is exactly the kind of game XNA needs to get even more mainstream exposure."

Halfbrick Blast Off HD trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSz4cswNyEw

Marketplace page:

http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/games/offers/00000001-0000-4000-8000-0000585501d9?partner=RSS

Proving that the Halfbrick Fridays series really is big business, the studio also announced that its second game, Halfbrick Echoes, is in the final stage of playtesting and will be released within a matter of weeks.

Players must take control of a schoolgirl who suffered a seizure while studying art, and is transported to a surreal world full of artistic levels and glowing crystals. To complete each level, al crystals must be collected - but the Echoes will certainly do their best to hinder your progress. Echoes are alternate versions of the girl which spawn as each crystal is collected and walk along the previous path taken by the player. With a massive variety of levels, modes and multiplayergames, Halfbrick Echoes is a race against time and a battle against yourself.

Halfbrick Echoes HD Trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74imHxcOEdE

Look for the Halfbrick Fridays logo on Xbox Live Community Games box art:

About Halfbrick

Halfbrick is a professional game development studio based in Brisbane, Australia. Founded in 2001, it has developed popular titles for the Game Boy Advance, PSP, PlayStation 2 and Nintendo DS, with expansion into Xbox Live Arcade, WiiWare and PlayStation Network development. For further information and updates, please visit www.halfbrick.com and follow at http://twitter.com/Halfbrick and http://www.facebook.com/pages/Halfbrick/61597338747

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