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iPod touch among the loot offered in Advent Calendar contest.

PARIS, France. December 1, 2008 - Monte Cristo is launching an exciting "Advent Calendar" contest for their upcoming next-generation city-building title, CITIES XL™ today. In this new contest, you need only visit the official CITIES XL™ Web site at www.citiesxl.com to play! By registering for the CITIES XL™ community, you'll be able to enter the contest, and keep up with the latest happenings in the world of CITIES XL™.

From December 1 to December 24, 2008, members of the CITIES XL™ community will be able to accumulate points in the contest, and earn chances to win numerous prizes, such as a 32GB iPod Touch, "City Life" games and "CITIES XL" bags. Participants will be able to invite friends to join the game and increase their chances in the final drawing. A daily instant win contest will also be held.

Don't wait! Come join the game at www.citiesxl.com!

CITIES XL™ allows gamers to develop cities on realistic 3D maps using an incredible collection of unique structures and monuments based on American, Asian and European-influenced architectural styles. The maps feature a variety of environments: mountains, hills, canyons, beaches and islands, all set in different climates from tropical to desert, Mediterranean to temperate. Players must create the right combinations of social services, leisure activities, special events and other job opportunities within their cities in order to feed, clothe, employ and entertain their citizens. Be it planning and building a new zoo, public park, residential neighborhood or transit system - there's always a fresh and exciting challenge for would-be city managers and mayors in CITIES XL™.

The game's online features and services will allow players to create interconnected cities on virtual and persistent planets. Mayors can share and trade with one another, specialize their economy and team up with befriended cities to create sprawling metropolises. Life on the planet will be punctuated by events and competitions - a concert held in one town may, for example, be attended by visitors from other areas who can also enjoy a walk around the city to admire the urban creations of multiple players. By combining a fantastic single-player game with the social and multiplayer aspects of an MMO, CITIES XL™ will shape the future of the genre by offering more variety, bigger cities and multiple gameplay layers.

For more information about CITIES XL™, which will ship in 2009, please join the continuously growing community at www.citiesxl.com

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About Monte Cristo Games: Created in 1995 Monte Cristo is a leading game production company with over a decade of experience, having successfully published 30 games worldwide. Backed by leading international venture capitalists, we are currently focusing a team of over 80 people on the development of CITIES XL™ which merges video gaming with social networking and virtual worlds.

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