KANSAS CITY, MO Dec. 8th, 2008 Handmark ® today announced the release of Platypus, its cult side-scrolling shooter game for iPhoneTM and iPod ® touch, on the Apple App Store.
The award-winning game, based on the highly-acclaimed Mac and PC game from Idigicon and developed by Astraware ® - the Handmark Games StudioTM, is a unique arcade game based off of characters and scenes made from modelling clay.
The original creator hand built every ship, tree, and explosion using clay art, photographed them and created digital graphics for the game. Explosions within the game "splat" instead of "bang", and the fruit bonuses make the game graphics seem almost tangible.
"We are so pleased to see one of our most successful titles make its way onto this new and exciting platform," said Giles Hunter, Managing Director, Idigicon.
Using a choice of control methods including the iPhone's built-in accelerometer, players pilot the venerable F-27 'Platypus' across squashy fields and trees, avoiding the snowy mountains to defend peaceful Mungola from invasion. Enemy ships disappear in a splat, and several different power-ups are available to assist with the 20-level mission across 4 huge clay scenarios.
"Platypus is a game that feels so real you just want to touch it - and now on the iPhone and iPod touch you can!" said Howard Tomlinson, Director of Game Development, Astraware. "It s arcade blasting fun at your fingertips!"
Platypus is available for $4.99 from Apple s App Store on iPhone or iPod touch or at http://www.itunes.com/appstore.
For more information and to view a demo video, visit http://www.astraware.com/iphone/platypus.
Handmark ® is a global leader in the development and distribution of mobile media, for a wide range of mobile devices, including BlackBerry ® , Palm ® , AndroidTM, BREW ® , Symbian OSTM, and Windows Mobile ® devices, as well as the Apple ® iPhoneTM and iPod ® touch. Its award-winning Pocket Express ® news and information service transforms handsets into powerful business and entertainment tools. Handmark manages distribution partnerships around the world with major device manufacturers and operators. The company has offices in Kansas City (world headquarters); London, UK; San Francisco; Atlanta; Dallas; and Astraware ® , the Handmark Game Studio, in the UK. For more information, visit www.handmark.com.
Idigicon (International Digital Content) manages intellectual property and digital rights around the world for the PC platform. The company has built a superb team with vast experience and knowledge from all software industry sectors including product sourcing, licensing, development, publishing, warehousing, distribution and retail. The company now supplies content to publishers and distributors in over 30 countries worldwide.
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