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Ico Soccer

DS footy with the emphasis on team strategy.


Milan, Italy – 18th February, 2009 – Black Bean Games and Artematica Entertainment strengthen their partnership with the release of a new concept game for soccer, due by the end of June. Ico Soccer has been thought for Nitendo DSTM and represents a game based mainly on logic and strategic analysis rather then reflexes and strong licence.

Ico Soccer is a touch-based soccer experience that brings the player to be the team manager, interacting on team formation, substitution and tactics. Through Nintendo DS Stylus and visual icons, representing the different actions of the match, the player can move the entire team according to his strategy. With the balance bar, placed at the bottom of the fully fledged screen, the player is perfectly aware of the attitude of the team through the entire match.

Every soccer player is a combination of 12 parameters that the coach needs to become familiar with in order to influence the result of the game in the correct way. Depending on the role of the soccer player, these parameters change the behaviour of the player on the field.

Ico Soccer offers two different game modes: the Easy one, apt for beginner players who manage the balance board influencing the strength of the team, or the

Pro mode where the player has the complete control over strategy, formation and game action.

The player can choose whether to have a Quick Match in few minutes, to run for an entire World Championship or just do some Practice on game analysis.

In any case, statistics will keep updated the overview of the coach performances.

Accordingly to Artematica Entertainment graphic style, comic panels appear on the top screen to show what is happening on the filed: referee showing yellow card, crowd crying for foul or for a goal.

About Black Bean Games

Black Bean Games is the publishing label of Lago S.r.l., which is part of the Leader Group. Leveraging 20 years of market experience and knowledge, Black Bean is ideally positioned to launch games coming both from internal and external development teams, harnessing strong licenses, original IPs and focusing on three main areas: Racing, Family & Lifestyle and Action-Adventure games.

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About Artematica Entertainment

Artematica is one of the most active Italian videogame developers, founded in 1996 by the team in charge of I PLAY 3D SOCCER, the first 3D soccer game released on Amiga in 1990. Artematica boasts a series of international acclaimed titles, such as BELIEF&BETRAYAL, DUCATI WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP and award-winnig MARTIN MYSTERE (a.k.a. Crime Stories).

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