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Vivendi Mobile Games Announces Navy Challenge

PARIS, FRANCE (June 22, 2006) - Vivendi Mobile Games ("VMG") announced today the availability for Europe of Navy Challenge, a latest generation mobile game based on classic battleship game-play.

Navy Challenge revives on mobile the battleship genre with state of the art graphics in isometric 3D and never seen before features which bring increased strategic depth and replayability to the mobile gamers.

Navy Challenge will soon be available across European Mobile Operators decks and independent mobile games portals.

"Our 2006 line-up equally addresses the gamer community and the mass market," said Paul Maglione, VMG President. "Aside with our console and Hollywood based franchises; the release of Navy Challenge shows our determined dedication to mobile mainstream gaming."

"Navy Challenge is the first title of a full range of mobile casual games which we will introduce in the upcoming months. Based on known concepts or brands, our casual games with show "pick up and play" appeal, polished game-play adapted to mobile constraints and high handset compatibility," added Frederic Tibout, VP Sales and Marketing of VMG Europe.

Set in World War 2 era Pacific theatre, Navy Challenge offers the player to command the US, Italian, Japanese or Chinese fleet.

On a board divided in cells, you play turn by turn and shall sink all enemy ships before your opponent sinks your fleet. The ships placed on the board are in isometric 3D and show superb fire special effects when damaged.

The more you progress across levels, the more powerful the Artificial Intelligence will be.

Completing levels also unlocks special weapons for each ship and offers additional tactical moves:

  • Cruise Missile (Frigate) : vertical attack which explodes when the missile hits a cell with a ship
  • Torpedo (Submarine) : horizontal attack which explodes when the missile hits a cell with a ship
  • Air Strike (Aircraft Carrier) : damages all cells in the selected 3x3 zone
  • Radar (Battle Ship) : temporarily reveals the enemy ships in a 4x4 zone
  • Move Ship (TUG) : allows to move an undamaged ship to a new position

Of course, if a ship is damaged, you have no longer access to the associated weapon.

In May 2006, Navy Challenge was nominated by IGN for Best Mobile Strategy Game of the E3 show.

Navy Challenge is available for Java and Brew technologies and is compatible with more than 500 mobile handsets including Nokia, Sony-Ericsson, Motorola, Sagem, LG, Sharp, Samsung, Siemens, Panasonic, Sanyo, Sendo, Philips, NEC

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Visit www.vugames.com/navy and download Navy Challenge artwork and video trailer.

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About Vivendi Mobile Games
With headquarters in Meudon, France; Vivendi Mobile Games is a global mobile game publisher with operation in Europe, America and Asia-Pacific.

Vivendi Mobile Games has current game offerings live across 70 operators in 40 countries. These titles include: Crash Nitro Kart®, Crash Twinsanity, Crash® Racing, Spyro Ripto Quest, Spyro the Dragon®, Leisure Suit Larry Magna Cum Laude, Leisure Suit Larry Sexy Pinball, Empire Earth and SWAT Force. The company is a subsidiary of Vivendi Games. For further information, visit http://www.vgmobile.com.

About Vivendi Games

Vivendi Games (www.vivendigames.com) is a global developer, publisher and distributor of multi-platform interactive entertainment. The company is the leader in the subscription-based massively multi-player online (MMO) games category, holds leading positions in the PC, console, handheld and mobile games markets, and is an emerging player in casual online games. Vivendi Games' two principal studios and publishing labels include Blizzard Entertainment®, headquartered in Irvine, CA, the creator of World of Warcraft®, Diablo®, StarCraft®, and Warcraft®; and Sierra Entertainment, headquartered in Los Angeles, which includes Radical Entertainment, Swordfish Studios, High Moon Studios, and Massive Entertainment. Sierra is the owner of Crash Bandicoot®, Spyro The Dragon®, Empire Earth®, SWAT®, Leisure Suit Larry, and Ground Control®. Vivendi Games also includes Vivendi Mobile Games and Sierra Online divisions. Vivendi Games maintains strategic relationships with industry leading content partners, including Universal Music Group, NBC Universal, Twentieth Century Fox, and Ludlum Entertainment. The company has 16 offices around the world conducting business in 75 countries.
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