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WonderPhone announces Empire Earth® - a made-for-mobile version of the best selling PC strategy game from Vivendi Universal Games

Paris - October 14th, 2005 - WonderPhone today announces the release of its latest java game - Empire Earth® - a made-for-mobile version of the best selling PC strategy game from Vivendi Universal Games.

Following the release of Larry's Sexy Pinball and SWAT Force, Empire Earth is the seventh Vivendi Universal Games mobile game to be distributed by WonderPhone. Based on the award-winning gameplay of the two original PC titles, Empire Earth for mobile will allow players to command the past, present and future, while building a civilization across four ages. To succeed, players must balance resource management and conquest across 10 campaign levels.

Empire Earth - a historically based strategy game that combines real-time action and turn-based resource management.

With over 2m units of the PC game sold, Empire Earth is one of the most popular strategy games ever for PC. Empire Earth for the PC recently released to critical acclaim. The mobile version of the game captures the essence of the strategic elements of the original game.

Game Features:

  • 10 campaign levels with large variety of objectives: capture main enemy building, escort missions, defending a base, etc.
  • Real combat system (five combat criteria for 13 different units) combined with a strategic resource management system (four different resources: wood, iron, petroleum and plutonium) to create a rich and unique gameplay experience
  • Four ages to conquer: Stone, Middle, Modern and Nano spanning more than 2,000 years of human civilisation
  • Turn-based gameplay mechanism allows the player to choose one of six possible moves via an intuitive graphical interface that allows for 'one button' gameplay
  • New gameplay features with each new age: units change appearance, new resources become available, new military units become available, etc.
  • Engage in famous historic battles (e.g. French vs. English during the Middle Ages)
  • Three game modes: Campaign (solo), Skirmish (custom solo), and multi-player (1 vs. 1 on same handset)
  • Three difficulty levels and a full tutorial for easy accessibility

In addition to Empire Earth, WonderPhone will release two additional mobile games in 2005 both of which are based on major Vivendi Universal Games franchises.

The current mobile games portfolio of Vivendi Universal Games / WonderPhone is today live across 70 operators in 40 countries.

The first Vivendi Universal Game licence released in the context of the alliance with WonderPhone was Crash Nitro KartTM in May 2004. This outstanding racing game has already achieved sales of over 750,000 downloads and top charting positions in seven territories. SpyroTM: Ripto Quest, an innovative adventure game, was released in September 2004.

Following Spyro, Leisure Suit LarryTM: Magna Cum Laude was released in November. Combining an innovative mix of rhythm based gameplay and sassy mini-games Larry went on to encounter record sales performances in several territories including being a historic best seller in the Nordic region and a number 1 chart topper in Spain and Germany.

CrashTM Twinsanity was released in November 2004 simultaneously with the Vivendi game of the same name. This first in genre platform game was chosen by Vodafone Global to be one of its 'hero games' for the end of 2004, and a specific 3D version of the game was developed to accompany the operator's commercial 3G launch. Crash Twinsanity went on to become a best selling game in many territories, even setting a historic download record for a month in France.

In the summer of 2005, Larry's Sexy Pinball and SWAT Force were released. SWAT Force went straight to a number 1 position in France - the first market where the product was distributed.

Press contact: press.games@wonderphone.com

Headquartered in Paris, Wonderphone is a leading provider of video and interactive entertainment for mobile phones. The video division of Wonderphone is the leading European provider of video bouquets for mobiles and has secured the exclusive rights for more than one million branded, original and alternative mobile-specific video clips. Wonderphone today runs 25 video channels and provides an end-to-end solution for publishing video for mobile. Wonderphone operates the video portals of several major European operators. The games division of Wonderphone distributes a portfolio of java blockbusters games. WonderPhone has signed an exclusive international master distribution deal with Vivendi Universal Games for mobile gaming.

WonderPhone has an extensive distribution network in place with major operators and Internet Download Service Providers including: Vodafone Global (33 countries), Telefonica, SFR, 3, T-Mobile International (5 countries), Orange Group (5 countries), O2, Amena, Optimus, Jamba!, Inpoc/Aspiro, MediaPlazza,Arvato, Overloaded, Sunset Wireless, ....

www.wonderphone.com

Headquartered in Los Angeles, Vivendi Universal Games is a global leader in multi-platform interactive entertainment. The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive products across all major platforms including PCs, video game consoles and the Internet. Vivendi Universal Games' portfolio of development studios and publishing labels includes Black Label Games, Blizzard Entertainment, Coktel, Fox Interactive, Knowledge Adventure and Sierra Entertainment. Additionally, Vivendi Universal Games co-publishes and/or distributes titles for a number of strategic partners, including Interplay, inXile entertainment, Majesco and Mythic Entertainment, among others. "Crash Nitro Kart" interactive game ® 2004 Vivendi Universal Games. Crash Bandicoot and related characters are ® and ® of Vivendi Universal Games. All Rights Reserved.

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Empire® Earth

Command the past, present and future and build a civilization across 4 ages!

Travel across over 2,000 years of European history as you build a civilisation from the Stone Ages through to the Future. To succeed you must balance resource management and conquest across 10 campaign levels of gameplay.

Empire Earth features a full combat system combined with rich strategic resource management provide you with the means to capture and control your enemy's territory and move forward in time. Each age brings its own challenges, new units and additional complexity.

Courage and wits will be needed to become the master of Empire Earth!

Game Description:

  • 10 campaign levels with large variety of objectives: capture main enemy building, escort missions, defending a base, etc.
  • Real combat system (5 combat criteria for 13 different units) combined with a strategic resource management system (4 different resources: wood, iron, petroleum and plutonium) to create a rich and unique gameplay experience
  • 4 ages to conquer: Stone, Middle, Modern and Nano representing more than 2,000 years of human civilisation
  • Turn based gameplay mechanism allows player to choose 1 of 6 move via an intuitive graphical interface that allows for 'one button' gameplay
  • New gameplay features with each new age: units change appearance, new resources become available, new military units become available, etc.
  • Engage in famous historic battles (e.g. French vs. English during the Middle Ages)
  • 3 game modes: Campaign (solo), Skirmish (custom solo), and multi-player (1 vs. 1 on same handset)
  • 3 difficulty levels and a full tutorial for easy accessibility

Current Mobile Games Portfolio

Crash Nitro Kart

Speed your way through 12 circuits as one of the leading characters in the Crash saga. Race and battle against your opponents and turn them to dust with devastating weapons!

Spyro: Ripto Quest

Help Spyro find the pieces of the machine that protects him from Ripto. Time is of the essence as Ripto has already begun sending his troops to conquer Spyro's world!

Crash Twinsanity

Play the craziest and funniest Crash Bandicoot® adventure ever. In a strange twist, Crash reluctantly pairs up with his arch-enemy, Dr. Neo Cortex, to save his island paradise from the evil twins!

Leisure Suit Larry: Magna cum Laude

Help Larry succeed in seducing sexy women in a series of sassy mini-games that will lead him to the ever elusive goal of actually scoring with one of them!

Larry's Sexy Pinball

Only Larry could have imagined a full-blown sexy pinball table with condom and spermato ramps! Help Leisure Suit Larry in his eternal quest to seduce (and undress) beautiful women by keeping the ball alive.

SWAT Force

SWAT Force puts you in the shoes of a squad leader: choose the equipment and tactics for your sharp shooter and your explosives expert through 7 crisis situations.

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