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WOKING, UK, 23 November 2005 - THQ Wireless Inc., a subsidiary of THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI), and global leader in mobile entertainment today announced a collection of Top Trumps branded games for multiple handsets for worldwide release.
THQ Wireless and Winning Moves UK Ltd have teamed up to bring Top Trumps to JAVA enabled phones for a unique game-play experience. Major global operators are expected to carry the following four launch games from November 2005:
- Star Wars - scheduled to launch first, this game is packed full of your favorite Star Wars characters allowing you to battle it out between Jedi and The Republic!
- MotoGP - Not even Valentino Rossi wins every time in this great new MotoGP title. Compare legends of the past with today's stars and you could be in pole position.
- Football Legends - Pele never competed against Gazza...until now! If you like football, you'll LOVE Top Trumps Mobile Football Legends which includes 30 of the World's greatest Footballers from Zico to Zidane and Romario to Rooney.
- Gumball 3000 Supercars - the greatest, fastest, most powerful cars make up this fantastic game... but will you have the Gumball Factor?
Collectable, Competitive and Compulsive, Top Trumps for your mobile phone is designed for fast and enjoyable fun. Like all the very best games, Top Trumps is very simple with amazingly wide appeal. The game's premise is that each card has a picture of its character or vehicle, along with statistics on the relevant topic such as Jedi powers, top speed, acceleration and International Goals! Players pick one statistic to compare with the other player's card; the player with the highest value card wins and keeps the card. The winner chooses the category in the next round. The player with all the cards at the end is the winner!
As competition is the essence of Top Trumps, multi-player gaming is a key part of the mobile versions. The built-in wireless connectivity of Bluetooth-enabled handsets, lends itself to the multi-player options, where two players can play against each other via a Bluetooth connection. Also up to four players can play on the same phone, passing the phone to the player whose turn it is next.
Top Trumps Mobile will capture the look and feel of the established and highly recognizable card game range while building on its success with the addition of the new Advanced Mode. CLASSIC MODE starts with 15 cards per player with ten minutes to complete the game. The quicker you win the game, the higher you score. ADVANCED MODE has ten levels to challenge, each needing you to win more cards in only two minutes per level! Quick players are rewarded as any time left is carried over to the following round. This mode also has three lifelines: Swap to change the current card, Sneak to see the opponent's card for five seconds and Super TT to win a round immediately! Extra excitement is added with a Gamble Round where you can win or lose a 15 second time-bonus.
"Adults fondly remember Top Trumps from their childhood as much as children love the game today. It has experienced tremendous global success as it is simple to play, addictive and competitive. So we think this is the perfect brand to bring to a mobile audience with an added bonus of an almost limitless number of titles that could fit under the Top Trumps Mobile banner!" commented Adam Comiskey, General Manager, THQ Wireless EMEA.
"Top Trumps Mobile is a very exciting progression for our brand. With a huge player base now buying millions of packs a year, we're confident that what is probably the world's simplest, yet most engaging card game will be a huge success on mobile. The launch titles, which make up just four of the 50 or more packs currently available in card format, will be immediately recognizable to all Top Trumps fans; however we're very excited to bring a new dimension to the brand with a number of original gameplay features including 'Advanced Mode'. There's no doubt about it, a very cool game just got cooler!" said James Rankin, Head of Interactive at Winning Moves UK, Top Trumps brand owners.
All four games are developed by Humagade, based in Canada - www.humagade.com
About THQ Wireless
THQ Wireless Inc., a subsidiary of THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI), is a global leader in mobile entertainment, offering a wide range of wireless products, including games, personalization products, information services and messaging based on top licenses such as the WWE®, Star Wars, popular Nickelodeon properties and professional sports leagues including the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB and the NHRA. In addition to wireless entertainment products, THQ Wireless' controlling interest in MINICK gives the company access to one of the largest premium messaging networks in the world in order to offer a broad range of services from content distribution to mobile marketing campaigns and place the company at the forefront of this rapidly growing messaging market. Headquartered in Los Angeles County, California, THQ Wireless has offices worldwide, in addition to distribution agreements through wireless carriers across the globe. Further information can be found at www.thqwireless.com.
THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) is a leading worldwide developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software. The company develops its products for all popular game systems, personal computers and wireless devices. Headquartered in Los Angeles County, California, THQ sells product through its global network of offices located in the United States, United Kingdom, Austria, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Korea and Australia. More information about THQ and its products may be found at www.thq.com and . THQ, THQ Wireless and their respective logos are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.
About Top Trumps
Top Trumps is a classic game brand, a name that brings a smile to the faces of both children and adults who all have enjoyed hours of fun playing numerous packs from Supercars to Star Wars, Film Stars to Football Legends. Top Trumps has its modern day roots in the UK where it sold over 5 million packs in 2004. Now the brand is growing globally with sales that are as strong as its licenses in major territories throughout the world. The key to its success is based on simple game play and strong licenses forming the basis of an ever expanding product range. For more information about Top Trumps visit www.toptrumps.com
About Winning Moves
Winning Moves UK was founded in 1998 and is a leading games company producing Top Trumps, special editions of Monopoly, Pass The Pigs, a host of Simpsons and Roald Dahl themed games, as well as exciting card and family games including The Da Vinci Code and The Sudoku.Game. Winning Moves UK is the brand owner of Top Trumps globally. More information about Winning Moves and its games can be found at www.winningmoves.co.uk. The official Top Trumps website can be found at www.toptrumps.com. Top Trumps and the Top Trumps logo are registered trademarks of Winning Moves UK Limited.
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