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10TACLE STUDIOS AG signs contract with First Star Software, Inc. for new Boulder Dash® games.

10TACLE STUDIOS Mobile GmbH to implement the famous diamond hunting brand for the Nintendo DS© and Sony PSP©

Darmstadt, Germany & New York, U.S.A November 20th 2006 - Since its inception in the early years of the computer game industry in the early 80s, the underground search for diamonds found in "Boulder Dash®" has made it one of the most loved, published and licensed games in the past two decades. Now 10TACLE STUDIOS AG has concluded a Software Co-Publishing Agreement with First Star Software, Inc. for this games industry icon. 10TACLE STUDIOS MOBILE will be developing the next dexterity-puzzle game in the multi-million unit selling Boulder Dash® series for the Nintendo DS® and the Sony PSP®. Release is planned for the second half of 2007.

The development of a new "Boulder Dash®" game for the popular handheld platforms allows 10TACLE STUDIOS to expand their mobile games line-up even further.

10TACLE STUDIOS MOBILE Managing Director Alexandra Gerb, "With "Boulder Dash®" we are proud to be able to continue one of the oldest and most famous brands in computer games. The tried and true concept has already delighted generations of computer, video game and coin-operated arcade gamers, and now we want to give the brand our own accent by adding a number of innovations designed to take advantage of the capabilities these new platforms have to offer. We want to lend protagonist Rockford's adventures a fresh, modern style to get him into shape for the years to come."

"Recently, the brand was successfully implemented for mobile phones, PDA's and online platforms", said First Star Software President Richard M. Spitalny, "and we are happy to see 10TACLE STUDIOS' promising new concepts bring the popular action-puzzle game to new target groups using current handheld consoles and the latest technologies."

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About 10tacle studios AG

Listed in the General Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, 10tacle studios AG (security code number: TACL10) is one of Europe's leading independent developers and producers of high-end computer and video games. 10tacle studios AG ( produces top-quality products that meet international development standards, and its product portfolio covers all relevant growth segments in the games market. In the first six months of 2006, the company reported a turnover increase to 12.71 million Euros (first six months of 2005: 1.8 million Euros). 10TACLE STUDIOS AG's adjusted EBITDA improved to 2.9 million Euros in the first six months of 2006 (first six months of 2005: 510,000 Euros). EBIT reached 2.3 million Euros, compared to 43,000 Euros in the year-ago period. Currently, more than 180 employees work for the Company at its headquarters in Darmstadt and the development sites in Darmstadt, Duisburg, Hanover, London, Charleroi, Bratislava and Singapore."

About First Star Software:

Founded in 1982, First Star Software develops, licenses and publishes games across all platforms including cell-phones, hand-held devices, home computers and next generation consoles. A privately held corporation, First Star's titles are distributed extensively worldwide. For more information please visit or

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Boulder Dash® is a registered trademark of First Star Software, Inc. Rockford and his likeness are trademarks of First Star Software, Inc. All rights reserved.


The formation of 10TACLE STUDIOS MOBILE opens up the market for mobile entertainment media. With the help of this new development studio, 10TACLE STUDIOS AG lays the foundations for using the company's own brands on portable video game systems. At the same time, the studio also develops new original game concepts and brands. 10TACLE STUDIOS MOBILE is a wholly-owned subsidiary of 10TACLE STUDIOS AG. Managing Director is Alexandra Gerb who has been working in the software industry for more than twelve years.

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