February 5, 2008 (London, England)– Leading UK video game developer Stainless Games today announces the release of a free update for purchasers of its hit downloadable game on Xbox Live Arcade, Crystal QuestTM. The update will be available on the service from 6th Feb 2008.

Originating back in the 1980’s as the first colour game on the Apple Macintosh, Crystal Quest is one of the industry’s most enduring casual arcade games– appearing on many platforms over the years as diverse as Nintendo GBA, Windows Vista and Mobile. Most recently Crystal Quest was released in a new version specifically adapted for the revolutionary Novint Falcon controller.

“As one of the most prolific developers on Xbox Live Arcade, we felt that we wanted to show our commitment to continued support of both the XBLA community as well as one of our most treasured original IP’s” said Patrick Buckland, CEO for Stainless Games.“So when we came up with a new gameplay mode for CQ, we wanted to find a way to get it to existing XBLA consumers as soon as possible.”

The update adds a new twist to the game through score multipliers, which put more emphasis on the speed and skill of the player. It also features other minor fixes, including a new demo mode for people who haven’t yet tried the game.

“We’re also hoping that a new crop of X360 owners will now be prompted to give Crystal Quest a try,” continued Shaun Smith, Creative Director.“We really think that we’ve made a great 400 point title even better.”

“This update will allow players to get even higher scores,” added Ben Gunstone, Production Director at Stainless Games.“So we’ll be retiring the existing leaderboards as of today and starting new ones on the 6th Feb……but you will still be able to access the old leaderboards for the sake of digital posterity!”

To get the update, existing players will simply need to fire up their copy of Crystal Quest and the game will download and install the update. New customers will automatically receive the updated version.–

Stainless Games is a privately owned company based on the South Coast of the UK. Although best known for the creation of the multi-million selling Carmageddon franchise, the company has most recently become recognized as one of the world’s leading companies in the burgeoning Console Download market. For more information visit the Stainless Games website at

© 2008 Stainless Games Ltd

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