THE MIDLANDS, ENGLAND — Astraware and PopCap announce the most highly anticipated PDA game ever – Bejeweled 2.
Bejeweled 2, the sequel to the biggest selling PDA game of all time, Bejeweled, will make its handheld debut less than a month after PopCap’s PC version and will retain all the features of its bigger brother, including four standard play modes, classic, action, endless and the all-new puzzle mode. Additionally, five special bonus modes are unlocked as players progress through the various standard modes.
“Bejeweled 2 will take the Bejeweled phenomenon to the next level, and will become our flagship PDA product moving into 2005.” said Howard Tomlinson, Astraware CEO and self confessed Bejeweled addict. “It is nearly four years since the first Bejeweled for PDA launch captivated players and allowed them to take their addiction with them as they go. Bejeweled 2 takes that even further, with new modes, a fantastic new look, and Hyper and Power Gems to add an extra level of play to those who crave more strategy to their game.”
“Astraware have done a terrific job porting Bejeweled 2 to the PDA,” said Jason Kapalka, Creative Director and co-founder of PopCap. “They have consistently outdone themselves with their conversions of our games, both in technical areas and in retaining playability, all on devices with dramatically fewer resources than a PC.”
With all new graphics, stunning background images, in-game transitions and cutting-edge effects Bejeweled 2 is sure to captivate both the die-hard Bejeweled fan and new players coming to the Bejeweled experience for the first time.
Astraware have ensured that PDA owners everywhere will be able to experience Bejeweled 2 at its best, with versions for Palm OSR and Windows MobileT for Pocket PC available at launch, these will be followed later in 2005 by Windows Mobile for Smartphone and VGA Pocket PC versions.
Bejeweled 2 will be available to pre-order from October 27th 2004 for Palm OS and Windows Mobile for Pocket PC devices at Astraware’s website, www.astraware.com, and will be released in December 2004.
About Astraware Limited
Founded in 1994, Astraware Limited develops, publishes and distributes shareware games and utilities. The company provides a range of products available for mobile devices, including the popular Zap!2000. Astraware’s Bejeweled game was named as the Best Handheld Game for 2001 by Handheld Computing Magazine and Handango’s Game of the Year 2003. Astraware was awarded the coveted Palm OS Developer of the Year Award by Handango in 2004. Handheld gaming enthusiasts have downloaded more than 10 million copies of Astraware’s products, and the company has customers in over 100 countries. For more information, contact VP Business Development, John Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.astraware.com.
The company was founded in 2000 by John Vechey, Brian Fiete, and Jason Kapalka, who’d learned their trade earlier working for internet game companies like Flipside and pogo.com. In 2002, they consolidated their operation by opening an office in Seattle. Today, PopCap have nearly twenty employees and a host of contractors and development partners. PopCap games can be found on numerous different platforms, from the web to PCs to Macs, to PDAs and cell phones, even mid-flight airline entertainment. Visit www.popcap.com for more information.