SAN FRANCISCO, CA - December 23, 200 9 - Hands-On Mobile, Inc., the world's leading developer and publisher of connected games and applications, announces the first titles released on the App Store as a result of the Hands-On Mobile Developer Network (HDN): bitFLIP, iBailout!!, Karnival and Seven Wonders: Quest for Koh-i-noor. Designed to provide independent developers with support and distribution of apps, the HDN now includes over 10 developers with more than 25 games slated for release in the coming year. All four games are available now exclusively for the iPhone and iPod touch.
"Each game is unique and represents the developers' vision which we've helped to make a reality," said David McCaman, head of marketing, Hands-On Mobile. "The range of styles and quality of titles that have come out of the HDN program is phenomenal. In this initial launch we have a graphically rich tycoon-style game with a mystical storyline, an intense, music-driven multiplayer puzzle experience, a timely political message delivered in a classic arcade-style mash-up and what may be one of the hardest hidden object games to come to market."
The Hands-On Mobile Developer Network ( http://developer.handson.com) provides a host of services and support including everything from funding, marketing, PR and expansion to new markets. Hands-On Mobile works with developers at different stages of app development and then puts resources behind promoting the app to consumers. New HDN App Store titles include:
A new FLIP on the classic match-three genre! bitFLIP combines quality aesthetics and sound to create a fun and frantic take on a game that we all enjoy. Match three or more pieces by swapping bits on the grid. For a real advantage, double tap to flip bits and clear the layer below.
The soundtrack features and introduces up and coming electronic musician Robert Clouth. Players can download the soundtrack for free at http://tapme.net or try out an in-game media player that doubles as an interactive art piece.
"Our challenge to break into the industry and enter a crowded marketplace was something we knew we needed help with," said Joshua Hernandez, CEO and Founder, Metamoorephosis Games. "Hands-On Mobile saw our potential and gave us just the opportunity we needed to get started. Their insight into mobile development from customers to industry connections has helped us grow faster than we ever expected to."
Lost your job? The house? iBailout!! is the solution. With Pac Man gameplay, you play as The Fed, eating money instead of dots, angry citizens instead of ghosts.only until the people turn into bloodthirsty Fed-hunting mobs and chase you down with torches, pitchforks, and baseball bats and you cowardly declare martial law.
"Partnering with the Hands-On Mobile Developer network on iBailout!!has been a great experience and we hope that folks will not only have a lot of fun with the game, but also maybe think a little bit more about what's going on with our nation and the world," says Nick Marroni, Owner, Designer&Producer of Marroni Electronic Entertainment.
With simulation strategy gameplay, Karnival puts players in the game as a "freak" born with the arm of a goat. Realizing you need to view your curse as a gift you decide to start your own carnival. Traveling across the land, you gain the loyalty and trust of other "freaks" and together, you bring thrills, wonders, and tasty treats to entertainment-starved cities.
"Bitwise Design's ability to see its games published and become visible amongst a vast sea of other great games has given us a competitive market advantage that would not be possible on our own," said Ray Graham, President and Chief Engineer, Bitwise Design, Inc. "Our partnership with Hands-On Mobile through their HDN program has made this possible."
Seven Wonders: Quest for Koh-i-noor
Players are plunged into a world of mystery surrounding Harry, an associate Professor of History and a descendent of the great Moghul Emperors. Harry sets off on an intriguing and dangerous journey to India to save his father. Unbeknownst to him he is destined to save the world from the curse of the Koh-i-noor - an ancient diamond with mystical properties.
Each destination Harry visits is littered with clues that bring him one step closer to saving his father.and the world.
"The folks at Hands-On Mobile are whizzes at game design, marketing and product development and were of great help during the making of Seven Wonders: Quest for Koh-i-Noor, our first title in a series of hidden-object, adventure games, designed specifically for the iPhone and iPod Touch," said Ahmed Murad Akhter, CEO, Tintash, Inc. "We couldn't have done it without them!"
These apps are all available from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore at the following prices:
Seven Wonders: $2.99
About Hands-On Mobile
Hands-On Mobile, Inc. is a premier mobile technology company as well as an award-winning developer and publisher of mobile entertainment. Its portfolio consists of the critically acclaimed Guitar Hero Mobile and WPT Texas Hold 'Em games and the universally popular Astrology Zone Premier and NFL Mobile Live applications. Hands-On offers global distribution of the world's best entertainment brands and content from partners including Activision, Billboard, CBS, NBA, NBC Universal, and World Poker Tour. Utilizing its proprietary mobile development platform, Hands-On is a leader in providing complete mobile application solutions to companies worldwide. Established in 2001, Hands-On Mobile is headquartered in San Francisco, California. For more information please visit www.HandsOn.com.
About Bitwise Design, Inc.
Bitwise Design, Inc. was founded in 2006 by Ray Graham as a contracting and consulting firm for the mobile software industry. Since its founding, Bitwise Design has worked with numerous prestigious companies and academia for mobile software design and implementation, both on-device and on-server. While expanding its expertise in the mobile entertainment industry, Bitwise Design created its debut self-published iPhone title in March 2009, Hospital Havoc and has since partnered with Hands-On Mobile through the HDN program.
About Marroni Electronic Entertainment (MEE)
Located in suburban-Detroit, Marroni Electronic Entertainment (MEE) is dedicated to developing original IP and games that are as entertaining as they are meaningful and which, hopefully, you'll agree are really cool and a whole lot of fun. With iBailout!!, MEE's first game ruthlessly satirizes the Fed, the current state of the economy, and, of course, the recent banker bailouts, all while simultaneously paying homage to a gaming classic and adding our own unique innovations to result in an all-new and all-awesome action arcade extravaganza.
About Metamoorephosis Games
The team at Metamoorephosis Games is the perfect blend of fresh ideas, war stories and passion. Everyone here brings something different to the table while at the same time, is in the same mind-set regarding what needs to be done to make a great game while having a great time doing it. Our aim is to develop games on a regular basis and generate a reputation for excellence while delivering a simple message with our products - every experience is a game.
Tintash creates casual and social games, distinguished by their captivating visuals, intuitive gameplay and excellent game design. Tintash has worked with leading industry publishers and developers such as Hands-On Mobile, Sandlot Games, Digital Chocolate and iWin on game ports as well as original titles. Fish Frenzy, the company's first major iPhone game has been a large success on the iTunes App Store with close to a million downloads and a spot on the Top 10 applications list. Tintash also has a presence on social platforms such as Facebook where it develops games and applications for the viral promotion of corporate brands. Tintash is headquartered in San Mateo and has a development studio in Lahore, Pakistan. For more information, please visit www.tintash.com.