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Crystal Quest

Mac retro puzzler comes to mobile phones.

LONDON, UK—1 SEPTEMBER 2008—In a nod to everyone's favourite decade, Connect2Media, the recently formed multi-platform entertainment company, announces the launch of 80's favourite Crystal Quest™ for mobile. The game is currently live on select carriers and will continue to launch on additional global carriers in the coming weeks.

Crystal Quest made its first appearance on the Macintosh in 1987, and has progressively grown its fan base during its appearance on platforms throughout the years. Delivering a unique combination of therapeutic enjoyment and intense adrenalin-boiling arcade action, the player's objective is to collect enough crystals to open a gateway to advance to the next level.

"It's a true pleasure for us to re-release this beloved title that so many gaming fans have memories of enjoying over the years," said Eric Hobson, Managing Director of Connect2Media. "Crystal Quest is a mega selling classic 20 years in the making; we know it will be a hit with casual gamers and hard-core fans alike."

Crystal Quest was first developed by veteran game developer Patrick Buckland; the game became immensely successful upon its release. The mobile version is based on the updated Xbox Live® Arcade and Windows® Vista versions featuring updated graphics with retro gameplay. Enhanced special effects and a sophisticated interface make for a fun and addictive player experience.

"Good old-fashioned arcade games are making a comeback because they are still just as fun as they were 25 years ago," said Buckland. "The idea for the game came from a simple observation that people like to clean things up. Present them with a chaotic playfield and build the game around erasing it. There's something built into us all that makes this enjoyable. Crystal Quest wasn't the first game to feature such an experience, but it's probably the first game that was blatantly built around it."

About Connect2Media

Connect2Media is a multi-platform entertainment company that publishes, develops and distributes games and services across platforms including mobile, web and interactive TV. In August 2008 Connect2Media received investment from Hands-On Mobile, Inc through the injection of the majority of its EMEA assets into Connect2Media. These assets include a global distribution footprint that includes EMEA, Latin America and SE Asia. Connect 2 Media continues to work with Hands-On Mobile, Inc as the exclusive publisher of mobile gaming hits such as World Poker Tour 2, Guitar Hero® III and Marvel®.

About Crystal Quest

"The mega-selling 80's retro classic space shooter gets remixed for mobiles! Pilot your ship through wave after wave of action, collecting crystals and evading the Nasties, unique enemies that emerge from portals on each side of the screen. Fire your weapon at them, or deploy a smart bomb to vaporize every Nasty on the screen. Collect all the crystals to open the gateway to the next level, but don't forget to gather up the goodies in each wave - from bonus points to extra smart bombs and even an occasional mega-crystal for massive points. Any little bit helps on your Crystal Quest!

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