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Confectionary Countdown To Adventure

BASINGSTOKE ENGLAND (NOVEMBER 24TH 2005). Its official, the long awaited SMARTIES MELTDOWN for Playstation 2® is launching Easter 2006! SMARTIES MELTDOWN follows the adventures of BIG BLUE, a lone hero destined to save his fellow SMARTIES from the evil clutches of DR SOURSWEET. Releasing MARCH 2006, SMARTIES MELTDOWN is distributed and published by KOCH Media under the Europress Brand, RRP £19.99.

Dr Soursweet, an evil genius with plans of galactic domination, is on his latest mission to shut down the production of Smarties by taking over the Smarties factory in deep space. Hell bent on revenge, as kids no longer desire his own confectionary creations, Soursweet has hi-jacked the factory with his ruthless, sugary army - the Stroopers, shutdown the power and imprisoned all the Smarties. All but one, that is - our hero.....Big Blue.

Evading capture during the takeover, Big Blue stumbles upon an 'Exosuit' designed to give the wearer special powers and super strength. Armed with these new-found abilities, Blue sets forth to vanquish the Stroopers, restore production, and ensure the children of Earth aren't deprived of their favourite chocolate playmate.

Players take on the role of BIG BLUE, on a mission to re-activate the main power switches found within each sector. However, the path to success is not an easy one, challenges lie around each corner. To progress through the levels players must use Big Blue's new skills and a collection of special weapons found along the way. Find a 'Heat Ray' to shrink the enemies, locate the 'speed boots' to run away from any attack and the 'choco ray' is guaranteed to stop Stroopers in their tracks.

To give the game a quirky twist developers have studied the Nestle factory in Switzerland, designing each location based on the real Life Smarties production rooms. Meticulous detail has been taken to ensure the player can enjoy a true SMARTIES experience.

KEY FEATURES

  • 3 levels of difficulty - Smart, Smarter & Smartest!
  • 5 Main Characters: Smarties Crew, Big Blue (Hero), Dr Soursweet (Villian)
  • Stroopers (Sugar Troopers), Chocbots - Smarties ship robots.
  • Play as Big Blue, super equipped to avenge Dr. Soursweet
  • Rescue captive Smarties to unlock new areas
  • Activate main power switches to re-start Smarties production
  • From Super Roll to Full Chocolate jacket, find all Blue's special moves
  • Battle through 6 sectors of chocolate creation and you prepare to banish Dr S and his army of Stroopers from the Smarties Factory Ship!

Smarties meltdown will be available from all major outlets, RRP £19.99. For more information please visit: www.smartiesmeltdown.co.uk .

For all enquiries please contact:

RACHEL VENTRESS

PR EXECUTIVE - KOCH MEDIA

08700 270 928

Rachel.ventress@kochmedia.co.uk

ABOUT NESTLE

Since Henri Nestlé developed the first milk food for infants in 1867, the Nestlé food company has aimed to build a business based on sound human values and principles. Nestlé aims to create value that can be sustained over the long term by offering consumers a wide variety of high quality safe food products at affordable prices. NESTLE and SMARTIES are registered trademarks of société des produits Nestlé S.A. Vevey, Switzerland and are used under license. société des produits Nestlé S.A., 1800 Vevey, Switzerland. www.smarties.co.uk

ABOUT EUROPRESS:

Europress was established in 1982 and is a publishing division of Koch Media specialising in delivering fun, high quality, affordably priced interactive software to the family/children's consumer marketplace. Published brands include the perennially popular Art AttackTM and more recently publishing on Sony Playstation PS2 format, with Nestlé's 'Smarties Meltdown'. For more information on Europress products and forthcoming releases check out www.europress.co.uk

ABOUT KOCH MEDIA UK:

Founded in 1994, KOCH MEDIA UK develops, publishes and distributes a diverse mix of titles for home console gaming systems, personal computers and the Internet. Based in Basingstoke, the company has distribution contracts with a number of software publishers, including NINTENDO. For publishers not in the UK, KOCH MEDIA exclusively markets, sells and distributes titles, representing the publisher to the UK market place. Under its own brands of DEEP SILVER and EUROPRESS, KOCH MEDIA develops and publishes its own range of gaming and educational and lifestyle software. For more information on KOCH MEDIA and its products, visit www.kochmedia.co.uk

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