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Top Gear: Downforce for Nintendo DS™ Brings a New Perspective To Strategic Racing Games


CHAPEL HILL, NC - September 12, 2007 - Merscom's ShadeTree Games label today announces that it is partnering with Destineer's Bold Games division, a leader in casual games, to publish Top Gear: Downforce for the Nintendo DS. Rated "E" for Everyone by the ESRB, the game has a suggested retail price of $29.99 (USD).

Top Gear: Downforce, developed by Tantalus Interactive, brings the speed and fury of strategic racing to the DS with a new top-down viewpoint, boasting 3D models, robust vehicle physics, and the ability to place hazards on the track surface using the touch screen. With 30 vehicle options, a multitude of hazards, and alternate paths and shortcuts, players may test their abilities in the single-player mode or challenge their friends via wireless multiplayer races.

"Top Gear Downforce represents the ideal opportunity for Merscom to extend its publishing operations to the Nintendo DS," said Lloyd Melnick, Chief Customer Officer of Merscom. "Not only is it a fantastic game, but the Top Gear franchise is also well established with both retailers and gamers."

About Merscom

Merscom is a global publisher of computer and video games that distributes games through multiple channels, multiple platforms and multiple revenue models. Merscom's channels include retail distribution in the US and Europe, online sale through major portals worldwide and games on Microsoft® Xbox Live® Arcade. Merscom publishes games from leading casual game developers, including Sandlot Games, Reflexive Entertainment, Absolutist and Pi-Eye Games. Merscom publishes on multiple platforms including PC, console and handheld. Merscom produces entertaining products for gamers of all ages and guarantees all customers a great experience with its "Fun Guarantee." For more information visit www.merscom.com.

About Tantalus Interactive

Tantalus Interactive has been at the centre of Australian computer game development for the past 10 years and is now recognized worldwide for its technical expertise. It has created its own unique game engine that allows the company to generate detailed graphics on a variety of game platforms, giving it a real competitive edge. The company has become well known for several of its titles, most notably Manx TT Superbike, Top Gear Rally and Unreal 2. The company has worked on every major platform since the release of Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) and it is now focused on building a strong reputation for quality original titles. Tantalus Interactive has a staff of around 30 people and the majority of its business is export orientated.

About Destineer

Bold Games is owned by Destineer Publishing Corp. Destineer® was created in 2001 by former Bungie Software Corp. executive vice-president Peter Tamte and is managed today by Mr. Tamte and CEO Paul Rinde, formerly a senior vice-president of Atari. Destineer develops and publishes electronic entertainment for personal computers and video game consoles. The company's Destineer Studios builds games using Destineer's proprietary 3D engine. The company's Destineer Publishing Corp. publishes products created by Destineer Studios as well as third parties. The company's MacSoft® is a leading developer and publisher of entertainment, education and productivity software for Macintosh® computers.


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