Merge Interactive Launches Big Buck Safari®  on iTunes

For Immediate Release

AUSTIN, TX – October 7, 2011 – Merge Interactive, formerly known as Super Happy Fun Fun, Inc., a leading developer of mobile games, applications and Plug ‘n’ Play TV Games, announced today the release of Big Buck Safari® for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

Based on the world’s #1 hit arcade hunting game from Play Mechanix and Raw Thrills, Big Buck Safari® invites players to chase Wildebeest and countless critters across three beautiful African hunting destinations.  With eight new trophy animals including elephants, giraffes, rhinos and more,  Big Buck Safari® is the most exciting and spectacular installment of the action-packed "Big Buck" series yet.

The Big Buck Safari ® App offers arcade-style action and mind-blowing, best-in-genre 3D graphics. The game’s simple touch-to-shoot controls were designed specifically for the iOS platform, are highly addictive, and may lead to extended periods of engaging gameplay.

Big Buck Safari® features:

  • Simple, tap-to-shoot controls
  • Three beautiful African hunting destinations
  • Eight new trophy animals including rhinos, giraffes and elephants
  • Eighteen new crispy critters
  • Game Center Achievements and Leaderboards
  • Three bonus mini-games

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"The group at Merge Interactive did an amazing job of using the full capabilities of the iPhone/iPad to bring Big Buck Safari iOS as close to the arcade game as possible,” said George Petro, President of Play Mechanix.  “We are excited that our fans will have a faithful experience playing this game."

“No one has matched the fun of our unique pick-up-and-play, point and shoot, hunting format, which is why this is one of the best-selling hunting franchises on iOS,” said Mark Stephen Pierce, GM of Merge Interactive.  “The HD, iPad version of Big Buck Safari, which is included in this Universal App, is our best iOS work to date. This larger format has stunning graphics and is a gas to play. The bonus levels are even more exciting in this format.”

“Merge Interactive also has a number of exciting features and content updates planned as we move into the fall and New Year,” continued Pierce.

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About Merge Interactive

Merge Interactive (f/k/a Super Happy Fun Fun, Inc.) is a leading developer of mobile games and applications founded in 2001. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, the experienced team creates and delivers some of the best interactive entertainment, including  the classic Dark Castle™, Field & Stream® Fishing, UFC (for THQ) for iOS, Snowboarding TnT, and Big Buck Hunter® Pro™ for all iOS devices, and Plug & Play (for JAKKS Pacific).

About Big Buck Safari ®

Created by Play Mechanix, Big Buck Safari ® is the world’s #1 arcade hunting game series, thrilling gamers for over 10 years.  Competitive hunters can also join CoinUp® by registering at, one of the most active arcade tournament communities in the US.

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About Play Mechanix

Founded in 1995, Play Mechanix, Inc. has become the leading designer of coin-operated video games. In business for over 15 years, Play Mechanix has created over 40 titles for the Arcade, Bar and Casino industries including the best-selling video hunting series Big Buck Hunter, Deal or No Deal Arcade and I Dream of Jeanie for IGT. Play Mechanix, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Raw Thrills, Inc.

Big Buck Safari® is a registered trademark of Play Mechanix, Inc. Big Buck Safari® 2011 Play Mechanix, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Published and Developed by Merge Interactive TM & © 2011 Merge Healthcare Solutions Inc. Certain contents © Merge Healthcare Solutions Inc., 2011, All Rights Reserved.


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