FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CHAPEL HILL, NC – November 3, 2009 – Merscom announced today that it is developing and publishing Diagnosis Murder, a casual game for the PC and Macintosh based on the classic television series.
Diagnosis Murder ran for four seasons, 178 episodes, from 1993-1997. It starred Dick Van Dyke as Dr. Mark Sloan, a medical doctor who solves crimes with the help of his son, a homicide detective played by his real-life son Barry Van Dyke.
In the game, the player is a young doctor who helps Dr. Sloan solve a series of murders. The game uses classic hidden object gameplay coupled with adventure elements.
The game, licensed from CBS Consumer Products, builds on Merscom’s experience in creating successful commercial casual games based on major media properties. Merscom’s joint productions with Lifetime Network’s Blood Ties and with Starz Media’s Righteous Kill were two of the most successful hidden object games of 2008, each title not only popular with fans of the properties but also the broader casual games market.
“Our testing showed Diagnosis Murder is one of the most loved shows by our customers,” said Lloyd Melnick, Chief Customer Officer at Merscom. “Two of our most popular themes are crime solving and medicine, so this game should really appeal to all casual gamers, both fans of the shows and just people who like a great game.”
Merscom is a global publisher of mass market social media, computer and video games that distributes games through multiple channels, multiple platforms and multiple revenue models. Merscom's channels include social media networks such as Facebook, MySpace, vKontakte, and Bebo, online sale through major portals worldwide, retail distribution in the US and Europe, and games on Microsoft® Xbox Live® Arcade. Merscom produces entertaining products for gamers of all ages and guarantees all customers a great experience. For more information, visit www.merscom.com.
About CBS Consumer Products
CBS Consumer Products, a unit of CBS Entertainment, manages worldwide licensing and merchandising for a diverse slate of television brands and series from CBS, CBS Television Studios and CBS Television Distribution, as well as from the company's extensive library of titles. Additionally, the group oversees the CBS Retail Store and online sales of programming merchandise. For more information, visit www.CBS.com.
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