PopCap to Bring All New ‘Seek-and-Solve’ Puzzle Games to the Nintendo DS(R) With Amazing Adventures The Forgotten Ruins(TM) and Mystery P.I.(TM) – Portrait of a Thief
Leading Casual Games Company Adds to Growing Line-Up of DS Titles; Peggle(TM) Also Slated for '08 Delivery SEATTLE, July 25 /EMWNews/ -- PopCap Games Inc., the leading developer and publisher of casual video games, today announced it is bringing two brand new 'seek-and-solve' puzzle adventure games to the Nintendo DS(R) with Amazing Adventures The Forgotten Ruins(TM) and Mystery P.I.(TM) -- Portrait of a Thief. Both games were inspired by the original 'hidden object' PC game series, but feature entirely new story lines, locations, gameplay modes, and challenges. They are slated for release in Winter 2008 and will each carry an MSRP of $19.95. The announcement comes on the heels of PopCap's unveiling of Peggle for the Nintendo DS via a guest appearance by PopCap VP of video game platforms Greg Canessa during the company's keynote presentation at CGA Seattle yesterday. Coupled with PopCap's 'seek-and-solve' titles -- the company has now secured its foothold as a leading DS supporter with a three title line-up featuring the great gameplay and high entertainment value that has become synonymous with the PopCap brand. "Not only are we bringing the highly anticipated Peggle to the DS in a very customized way that will make it unique, but we are complimenting our line-up with two additional titles from the increasingly popular 'seek-and-solve' casual phenomenon that continues to fuel mass-market interest and enthusiasm," noted Greg Canessa, VP of video game platforms at PopCap. "With Amazing Adventures The Forgotten Ruins and Mystery P.I. -- Portrait of a Thief, we're cementing our commitment to the Nintendo DS with brand new adventures that have tremendously wide appeal to a rapidly expanding audience of casual players." Amazing Adventures The Forgotten Ruins transports players to an archeological dig, where they discover clues and follow a character-filled storyline that will lead them to a long-lost Mayan ruin. The game features 18 missions and 9 DS-only locations through which players are challenged to "find" over 90 hidden objects per scene. Players can also unlock additional gameplay modes by locating bonus items such as Jade Masks and Mayan Glyphs. The game includes four mini-games featuring unique stylus-based controls and high score leaderboards, an interactive journal and bonus content. Mystery PI -- Portrait of a Thief challenges players to become a private investigator and track an art thief to recover missing paintings recently stolen from a private collection. The game features 18 missions with multiple locations in each, including 9 DS-only locations. Players can also collect awards, encounter new characters and keep track of their game in the case log while unlocking secret gameplay modes and mini-game free play. Mystery P.I. -- Portrait of a Thief also provides a dual screen interface and touch-screen functionality. More information on the 'preview' of Peggle at last night's CGA keynote presentation can be found in a separate announcement issued today by PopCap.
About PopCap PopCap Games (http://www.popcap.com) is the leading multi-platform provider of "casual games" -- fun, easy-to-learn, captivating computer games that appeal to everyone from age 6 to 106. Based in Seattle, Washington, PopCap was founded in 2000 and has a worldwide staff of over 200 people in Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago, Vancouver, B.C., Dublin and Shanghai. Its games have been downloaded more than 1 billion times by consumers worldwide, and its flagship title, Bejeweled(R), has sold more than 10 million units across all platforms. Constantly acclaimed by consumers and critics, PopCap's games are played on the Web, desktop computers, myriad mobile devices (cell phones, smartphones, PDAs, Pocket PCs, iPod and more), popular game consoles (such as Xbox), and in-flight entertainment systems. PopCap is the only casual games developer with leading market share across all major sales channels, including Web portals, retail stores, mobile operators and developers, and game device manufacturers. The PopCap logo and all other trademarks used herein that are listed at http://www.popcap.com/trademarks are owned by PopCap Games, Inc. or its licensors and may be registered in some countries. Other company and product names used herein may be trademarks of their respective owners and are used for the benefit of those owners.
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