Hunted Cow Publishing First Game From Abertay Graduate Dev Criss Cross Games

Elgin, Scotland. 16th July 2013. Hunted Cow is pleased to announce that it will be publishing Crystal Reign, an action-packed shoot-em-up for tablet platforms that blends in physics-based flinging mechanics.

Crystal Reign is being developed by Criss Cross Games, a team of graduates who successfully secured funding from the University of Abertay Dundee’s Prototype Fund. Hunted Cow saw the potential within the game and are helping bring it to market across a variety of platforms including iOS and Android.

Jamie Fisher, the lead designer at Criss Cross Games says, “ Crystal Reign has been an excellent experience for us! We’re excited to put it in the hands of others and see just how much fun they’ll have playing it. This is our first release, both as a company and as individuals so of course we’re nervous but it’s time to let it fly and see how far it can go!”

Andrew Mulholland, Director of Hunted Cow says, “We saw a lot of potential in the team at Criss Cross and we’re pleased to be able to help them bring this awesome game to iOS and Android.”

Paul Durrant, Director of Business Development at Abertay University, says: “We’re delighted to see Hunted Cow as successful Abertay graduates helping to publish the first title from Criss Cross Games. The Prototype Fund is designed to give talented new teams the opportunity to secure extra funding and publisher interest, and this deal shows how well it’s working.”

Crystal Reign is due for release on iPad and Android Tablets in Q3 2013.

About Crystal Reign

After discovering a near limitless supply of power in the form of magical crystals, the world found itself in something of an arms race. In this quest for bigger and more zappy means of elimination scientists began to experiment with the crystals and from this, the Arcanalith were built. Drawing on the power of the crystals, these mechanical soldiers fought with such power that the people of the world were forced to leave their homes and take refuge in the mountains, far from the chaos below.

Centuries on, the Arcanalith have long since wiped each other out and the people go about their daily lives in their mountainous homes. However, unbeknownst to these peaceful villagers, far below the fog of war that separates the peaks from the old battlegrounds something has begun to stir.

As the Arcanalith rise from the earth, it is up to the player to knock them back down. To achieve this goal we’ll be supplying various forms of siege weaponry and magical defences that we advise aiming at the mystical robots that will be attacking. Over time, players will earn new layers and be able to build taller towers as they move onwards to take on the biggest and most dangerous of the Arcanalith.

Web: http://www.crystalreign.net

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/crystalreigngame

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Notes To Editors:

About Hunted Cow:

Hunted Cow Studios is a leading game developer and publisher which was founded in 2003 with the goal of producing fun and accessible games, but with a layer of deeper and engaging gameplay for experienced players. Their most popular browser game is Fallen Sword which has attracted over four million players since its launch in 2006. Hunted Cow are currently working on their flagship 3D MMO Eldevin which is currently in Closed Beta which has been well received by gamers and critics alike. Eldevin is due for release later this year.

Hunted Cow has a strong portfolio of iOS games, which includes Tank Battle: North Africa which won the ‘Game of the Week’ award on Pocket Gamer.

Hunted Cow also prides itself on working with other talented developers to bring their games to a wider audience. Developers interested in discussing collaborations can email publishing@huntedcow.com.

Web: https://www.huntedcow.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/huntedcow

About Criss Cross Games

Established at the tail end of 2012, Criss Cross Games was founded by three friends and graduates from the University of Abertay Dundee who share a drive to make fun and accessible games. Now, thanks to support from the Abertay Prototype Fund and Hunted Cow, we get to do just that. Which is all rather great to be honest.

Web: http://www.crisscrossgames.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CrissCrossGames

About the Abertay University Prototype Fund

The Abertay University Prototype Fund supports start-up and small developers across the UK to create new game and interactive media prototypes, and to attract additional investment. Grants up to £25,000 are available, as well as studio space, high-end computers and industry-standard software at Abertay University in Dundee.

Web: http://prototypefund.abertay.ac.uk/

Contacts:

Hunted Cow

Andrew Mulholland

T: +44 (0)1343 559083

E: andrew@huntedcow.com

Skype: hoofmaster

Criss Cross Games

Jamie Fisher

M: +44 (0)7825778324

E: jamie@crisscrossgames.com

Skype: crisscrossgames

Abertay University Prototype Fund

Chris Wilson

T: +44 (0)1382 308522

M: 07837 250284

E: chris.wilson@abertay.ac.uk


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