London: 7th September 2007
Two additions to the Zen Games series were announced today by growing UK games publisher, Mercury Games as part of their partnership with Japanese publisher Ertain BV. The games,“Aquarium by DS” and“Fantasy Aquarium by DS” both for the Nintendo DS are simulation games that allow the player to keep fish in a tank.
Just like keeping fish in real life, the fish need to be fed and have their tanks cleaned.“Aquarium by DS” allows the player to keep the usual types of fish that one would find in a fish tank including Clown Fish, Angelfish, Neon Tetra and Guppy.
While“Fantasy Aquarium by DS” allows the player to keep fish which could never be kept as pets in a tank such as Blue whales, dolphins, Seals and sharks.
There are five tanks of differing sizes to choose from, which can then be customised with different backgrounds, plants and accessories such as rocks and bridges.
There are more than 30 varieties of fish to choose from in both“Aquarium by DS” and“Fantasy Aquarium by DS” and more can be unlocked though good fish care. The player can also name their pet fish. Fish can also be swapped via WiFi with the player’s friends.
If the player doesn’t switch their DS on for a few days or if the environment is wrong and the fish are not cared for they die and disappear from the tank. And if the wrong combination of fish are added the consequences can be lethal; for example if the player puts a killer whale in the same tank as a penguin, the Killer whale will eat it.
Leo Zullo, President, Mercury Games said:“Aquarium by DS and Fantasy Aquarium by DS will provide players with the relaxation of having pet fish without the hassle. The game can be played by people of all ages.”
Aquarium by DS and Fantasy Aquarium by DS are due for release in December 2007. The SRP will be£19.99/€24.99.
• Create your own personalised fish tank
• Two versions available - Aquarium by DS and Fantasy Aquarium by DS
• Pick from more than 30 fishes to populate your tank
• Swap your fish with your friends using the DS Wi-Fi feature - allowing your fish to play in your friends aquarium
• Decorate the backdrops and features of your tank
• Unlock extra fish and props to use in the game
• Control all aspects of your aquarium, size, water temp and salinity to create the perfect environment for your fishes
• Care for your fish, make sure they are fed and that the tank is clean
Notes to the Editor
About Mercury Games
Mercury Games was set up in 2005 as a video games publisher and has sold over one million units worldwide of the Crazy Frog franchise.
Mercury Games publishes games across all platforms including licensed and original IP products for PC, Nintendo DS and Wii, Sony PS2, PSP and PSN, and Microsoft Xbox Live Arcade.
Mercury Games currently operates two additional brands, Turtle Games which publishes games for the children’s market and The Zen Series , which it co-publishes with Japanese videogame company Ertain, consisting of relaxing, non-violent and non-competitive lifestyle games.
Mercury Games are based in central London.
For more information on Mercury Games visit, www.mercurygames.com
Jayne Curtis, PR Manager
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About The Zen Series
The Zen series of games have been developed for the busy, modern urbanite to aid relaxation. This series of lifestyle games do not contain any violence or competitive elements. Zen games are co–published by Mercury Games and Ertain. Experience the spirit of Zen.
Ertain is a publisher of video games from Japan, focusing on handheld consoles. It was incorporated in 2005 and now employs more than 45 people. Ertain is also developing next generation consoles and online games for PCs. Ertain has firmly established itself in Japan with a range of innovative products. It is now expanding into Western markets with a new European division, Ertain BV in Netherlands.
For more information on:
Ertain BV visit, www.ertain.com/en
Ertain Japan visit, www.ertain.com/ja