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Boulder Dash

Rockford to make an XBLA appearance in Q3.

Frankfurt, Germany, March 5th, 2010 – Today “First Star Software, Inc.” and “Catnip Games” officially announced their upcoming production of a “Boulder Dash®” sequel for Xbox Live Arcade for release in Q3 2010. In cooperation with “First Star Software”, the owner of the Intellectual Property; and, with the assist of “simple plan production”, “Catnip Games” will deliver both charming and challenging entertainment to the XBLA worldwide community. The team is using the latest technology to present the unique gameplay and all of the characteristic elements associated with “Boulder Dash®” in a modern and incomparable style.

This tricky, action-puzzle and dexterity game made its debut in the early 80s and has continued to fascinate its enormous fan base and new players for decades. Today the game is recognized as one of the best loved retro games in the history of computer and video gaming. Now Boulder Dash® is back with a hot new look to take the Xbox Live Arcade platform by storm. The multimillion units selling hit game’s core remains unchanged: in a race against time players must collect sparkling diamonds while besting hordes of enemies; and, avoiding numerous traps, and of course, falling boulders!

About First Star Software, Inc.:

Founded in 1982, First Star Software develops, licenses and publishes games across all platforms including SmartPhones, 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 http://www.firststarsoftware.com

About Boulder Dash®:

First published by First Star Software, Inc. in 1984, Boulder Dash® became an instant “classic”, action-puzzler with its addictive combination of action-packed gameplay and strategic thinking. Released four times into the coin-operated arcades, on numerous home computers, videogame consoles, handheld devices and more recently, mobile devices … more than 25 years later … it still brings back magical memories and puts a smile on gamers’ faces all over the world while attracting new fans of all ages. Boulder Dash® is a registered trademark of First Star Software, Inc. Rockford™ is a trademark of First Star Software, Inc. Copyright © 1984, 2010 First Star Software, Inc. All rights reserved.

About Catnip Games:

Though as a company, Catnip Games is young, the core team has been working together for more than 10 years and has an extensive Track Record of more than 30 released games for PC, GameBoy Advance, PlayStation One, Nintendo DS and PlayStation Portable, working with reknown brands such as Moorhuhn, Catan & Boulder Dash®.

Many of the team members assigned to Boulder Dash® for Xbox Live Arcade are long-time fans of Boulder Dash®; further, they are very familiar with the game as they have been responsible for the development of Boulder Dash®-ROCKS!™ on both the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP.

About simple plan production:

Backed by almost 20 years of experience, holding various positions, Marc Küpper offers services in licensing, design & conceptualization, and business development to development studios as well as financers interested in becoming involved in the Video Games Industry.


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