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Carol Vorderman Sudoku to make a star appearance on Sony platforms

XPLOSIV, the multi-platform value range today announced that the ever popular Carol Vorderman Sudoku will be released on PlayStation®2 and PSP® in QTR2 2006.

The addictive and challenging puzzle craze that has swept the globe found a huge fan and supporter in best selling author and personality Carol Vorderman and these interactive games will allow Carol to show you how it's done.

Let her take you step-by-step via live action video explaining the methods of Sudoku and revealing handy hints so that you too can become a Sudoku master. If you feel you've mastered the methods of Sudoku then the game will allow you to lay down the gauntlet and challenge Carol to the ultimate Sudoku showdown.

As gadget enthusiast Carol said 'I love my PSP, it fits in my handbag and is really handy for someone like me who travels a great deal.' She adds, 'I can't wait to be able to play Sudoku on the PSP where and whenever I want.'

As a self-confessed Sudoku addict, the Channel 4 Countdown presenter says: 'I have become completely obsessed and a bit of a saddo. I love competitions with friends to see who finishes first. I go for the fiendishly hard one and have got my time down from five hours to under twenty minutes.' She adds, 'Mind you I'm told off at home, at work and even in the hairdressers for going "into the Sudoku zone" and "not listening to a word anyone says".'

'Sudoku has a huge appeal globally and Carol Vorderman Sudoku is perfect for the PSP and PS2 platforms. The additional formats will add a greater offering to Sudoku fans and more ways for them to feed their Sudoku habit' said Joanne Fawell, European Product Manager, Xplosiv.

Sudoku challenges you to fill in the missing numbers in a 9x9 grid. It's a game of reasoning, that doesn't require calculating or special math skills - but instead focuses on concentration and brain power.

Starring and presented by Carol Vorderman, Carol will appear in the form of live video and will talk the player through a number of features including:-

Exclusive features to PSP and PS2

· 2 player Mode

· Wireless game mode- (PSP version only )

o Arcade mode

§ Beat the clock!

§ Extra time

§ Perfection

§ 3 strikes and your out!

§ High Score table

PS2, PC and PSP Features

· Over 1 million unique puzzles (tbc)

· 4 difficulty levels

· Over 30 minutes of high quality video featuring Carol Vorderman

· Step-by-step tutorial for beginners

· Hits and tips for advanced players

· Intuitive easy interface

· Customisable assist functions

· Ask Carol puzzle solver

· Multiple game modes

o Classic

o Career mode

o Challenge Carol

Notes for editors

www.carolvordermanssudoku.com

About Xplosiv

Empire launched Xplosiv as a value brand selling PC software in mid 2000 and PlayStation2 in 2004, proving a great success in the UK and overseas due to the group's license wins with, Sega, Ubisoft, Taito, Activision, Microsoft, Vivendi and CDV. Further information on Xplosiv products can be found at www.xplosiv.net

About Empire Interactive

Empire Interactive is a leading publisher of interactive entertainment software that has been established for 17 years. The company floated on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange in July 2000. Headquartered in the UK, Empire Interactive also has offices in the US, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. The company develops and publishes a varied range of titles across all platforms in the US, Europe and Asia. Further information about Empire Interactive and its products can be found at: www.empireinteractive.com

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