For Immediate Release:
Budapest, Hungary, November 22nd. Game developer ZEN Studios is proud to announce the launch of the website for Flipper Critters, their highly anticipated new game for the Nintendo DS.
Launched today, www.flippercritters.com has been created by the game's designers, to give fans a chance to see more of the colorful and crazy world inhabited by the Flipper Critters, as well as the critters themselves.
The Flipper Critters site gives visitors the chance to meet the most unlikely bunch of creatures ever to be featured in a videogame. Meet Gawain 'Tiger' Chesterton, our hero (who is actually a tiger) and Bubba 'Monkey' McManus, professional sidekick and banana fan, (who isn't actually a tiger). Or how about Miranda, the agoraphobic, untidy sorceress of Mirandel Castle? Visitors can also find out why bulls really should be kept away from lace lingerie and why porcupine balloon salesmen tend to suffer from stress and depression.
In addition flippercritters.com gives visitors a chance to see a new range of screenshots showing the exotic locations and environments within the game. Fans can take a sneak peek at several of the secret mini arcade games, which Tiger and Monkey face as they adventure through the critter's world as well as an exclusive movie of the game in action.
Flipper Critters offers a fully 3 dimensional, original new gameplay experience based on classic pinball. Unlike most games, which take place on small, closed tables, Flipper Critters pinball takes place on a much bigger scale. Villages, mountain tops and even the surface of the moon become pinball tables; challenging players to hit houses, bridges and landmarks, instead of the more normal bumpers, ramps and switches. In addition, Flipper Critters also offers a number of mini arcade-style games, which players must complete in order to progress through the critter's world. Areas, missions and goals can be accessed in any order, making a game of Flipper Critters different for each player.
Designed and created specifically for the Nintendo DS handheld console, Flipper Critters offers a totally new gameplay experience which makes use of all of the DS's innovative capabilities, including the touch screen and microphone.
Zsolt Kigyossy, the managing director of Zen Studios, says, "Since we announced that Flipper Critters was in development, the response has been fantastic. We've had people from all over the world contacting us, asking for more information about the game as well as artwork, graphics and movies, showing the game in action. We decided that the best way to let people see how the game is shaping up would be to create a dedicated website, where we could share the latest screenshots, character information and designs from the game. So, we are delighted to announce the launch of www.flippercritters.com. We hope it gives the many people worldwide who are awaiting the launch of the game, a better understanding of what Flipper Critters will offer and shows every Nintendo DS owner the fun which awaits in critter land."
Flipper Critters is currently nearing completion for a release in early 2006. Zen Studios and their exclusive business agent Flashman Studios are currently looking for publishers interested in bringing this fast-paced family game to market.
For a good time (and several banana recipes) visit: www.flippercritters.com .
Notes To Editors:
About Zen Studios
ZEN Studios Ltd. (formerly RUBIK Interactive) is a multimedia and game technology company and developer based in Budapest, Hungary. Zen was founded by a number of experienced game developers in 2000 with the aim of developing innovative new arcade, strategic and action games for the PC and console market. Since inception the company has dedicated itself to creating the highest quality technologies and titles and providing competitive development rates to publishers, license holders and media companies worldwide.
Zen is one of the only developers in Central Europe which is a fully licensed Sony PlayStation®2, PSPTM, Nintendo DS and Microsoft XboxTM game developer. ZEN Studios is a fully independent company, which prides itself on offering a unique and creative approach to the games business.
Zen combines a global approach with a high degree of efficiency in the design and development of titles. The studio makes use of leading game design and graphic design resources from North America and Europe to provide world-class support for all titles. Development takes place in Zen's Central European headquarters, with highly experienced developers alongside bright and enthusiastic new talent. Zen Studios currently has 18 full-time members dedicated to creating innovative, exciting and fun new games.
Zen has created the industry-leading PX engine, which provides the company with advanced capabilities for the Nintendo DS. The PX engine offers extremely high performance real-time rendering with advanced texture mapping and lighting along with state-of-the-art physics, sound and a wide range of other features and special effects. The PX engine supports the entire game development life cycle, from building initial environments and character design through to final debugging. Zen plans to use the PX engine to push back the boundaries of game design and development for the Nintendo DS.
Focusing on excellence in game design, innovative artwork and leading edge technology for the world's leading gaming platforms, Zen is truly the developer of choice for publishing partners. ZEN Studios is a company dedicated to creating unique games with universal appeal, games that provide transformational experiences for players.
About Flashman Studios
Founded in 2005 by Brad Young, Flashman Studios is a full services agency for developers, intellectual property owners, publishers and game services companies working within the interactive entertainment industry. Flashman provides a complete range of capabilities including:
planning and corporate strategy - financial services - sales - marketing - branding and intellectual property management - business development - corporate, business and project negotiation - mergers and acquisitions.
Flashman works closely with each client, providing the value-added services and creative approach each company requires to maximize their business opportunities and create a prosperous and viable long-term future.
Flashman Studios is headquartered in San Francisco, California, with offices in Vancouver, Canada. The company already works globally with a number of the world's most innovative and exciting companies across all areas of the interactive sector. Flashman clients are presently active in the PC and console development areas, through to mobile content, online gaming, music and audio provision, game design, publishing and many others.
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