Have a Beastly Good Time with Buzz!™ Junior: Monster Rumble

Dundee - Monday 7th September 2009: Get your fingers on the buzzers and prepare to cause chaos in Monster Rumble, the third addition to the riotously fun Buzz!™ Junior collection, now available on PlayStation 3. Launching on Playstation Store at£3.99 parents and their little terrors can run riot in the weird and wonderful Monster Mansion to find out which of the colourful and crazy creatures is number one through a series of 5 fiendish mini-games for up to four players.

Developed by Dundee-based Cohort Studios, this re-release of the well-received PlayStation 2 original can be enjoyed by everyone, even those without official Buzz!™ controllers thanks to intuitive DualShock support. With beautifully rendered cartoon visuals and a great sense of humour, younger players will enjoy the fun aesthetics and hilarious mini-games on offer, while a range of difficulty settings make this challenging for parents.

Buzz!™ Junior: Monster Rumble has been created using the developer’s internal Praetorian™ technology, which is also being used on other internal projects. Bruce McNeish, CTO at Cohort Studios explains: "Having our own internal framework and technology provides us with many benefits. We can both turn around projects quickly as well as develop proposal demos with minimum fuss. Having complete control over our internal framework also gives us great flexibility when we are looking at middleware solutions which allow us to concentrate on creating fun content."

CEO at Cohort Studios Lol Scragg said:“We are pleased with the ongoing success of the Buzz!™ Junior series and are grateful that Sony continue to create games for an often overlooked younger audience. We feel that many kid’s games are falling into that‘casual’ and therefore overly-simplistic pigeon hole. But while Monster Mayhem is aimed at the three-plus market, it can still provide children with a decent challenge and hours of fun in equal measure, something many kids games fail to deliver. With kids skilfully picking up games at an increasingly early age, we have to warn parents that they might be outclassed by their young ones on this one. You have been warned.”

Buzz!™ Junior: Monster Rumble Key Features and information

- Multiplayer madness for up to four players

- Buzz!™ Buzzer or DualShock controller support

- Unlockable trophies

- Fully customisable characters

- PEGI 3+ Rating

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Lol Scragg

CEO, Cohort Studios

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About Cohort Studios

Cohort Studios is a games development and interactive entertainment studio in Dundee, Scotland that specialises in next-generation development partnerships.

With a staff of just over forty, the company offers a wealth of experience in all aspects of the game development process from concept to shipping. Team members have worked on some of the biggest franchises within the industry, including Battlefield, Medal of Honour, Harry Potter, F1, Wipeout, Theme Park World, Syndicate, Crash, Goldeneye, Populous, Dungeon Keeper, Serious Sam and FIFA.

Formed in 2006 by three Directors with over thirty years combined industry experience, Cohort’s first project involved being contracted by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe to assist on the excellent Motorstorm title for Playstation 3. They followed this up by working on Go Puzzle!, for Playstation Network on both Playstation 3 and Playstation Portable . In addition, the company developed a small downloadable driving title which was used on the website of the Audi TT.

Early in 2008, Cohort Studios released Buzz! Junior: Dino Den followed later in the year with Buzz! Junior: Ace Racers for SCEE and are currently working on a PlayStation 3 title and a number of PlayStation Network titles for a major client.

Recent continued growth has led to the company moving to new offices overlooking the River Tay in Dundee within the cities Digital Media Park where they continue to use their proprietary technology to create high production value products.


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