Boulder Dash-PocketPC Extreme Released Today

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CHAPPAQUA, NY, U.S.A. — First Star Software, Inc., the Westchester, New York based developer and publisher of award winning games, announced that Boulder Dash-PocketPC Extreme, the latest installment in their Boulder Dash series of games, was released today. A major hit for years in arcades, on consoles and on PCs, this sequel to the nostalgic action-puzzle game was jointly developed with Pocketnapalm of Budapest, Hungary who together with First Star will co-publish the game for all Pocket PC, Pocket PC 2002 or Pocket PC 2003 (Arm/XScale/MIPS/SH3/SH4 processor) devices with 3 MB free Storage memory and 8 MB free program memory.

Boulder Dash-PocketPC Extreme is the first official Boulder Dash sequel ever developed for PDAs. The heart pumping, state of the art action-puzzle game introduces players to?Rocky and Crystal (the children of the star of the original game: Rockford) on their?journey through five new exciting worlds as they search for treasure. Retailing for US$19.95, the game includes 20 Tutorial levels as well as 100 Game levels spread across five different graphic worlds of twenty levels each. Beautiful hand-drawn graphics, intense soundtracks and mind boggling level solutions feature remote controlled gates toggled by switches; 90? rotation of the screen;?growing?amoebas and deadly lava; tricky doors and keys. Tools and inventory are also introduced, providing players with the ability to use detonators and dynamite; timed bombs; kick objects and escape from tight spots with their boulder-smashing hammers as they play in either portrait or landscape mode.

Star’s president, Richard M. Spitalny states: “This represents our first release of a game for PocketPCs and we are very fortunate to have Pocketnapalm as our development and co-publishing partners. Pocketnapalm has done an exceptional job creating beautiful hand-drawn graphics, great music and SFX all supported by an experienced and very skilled team of programmers.? They have added all the bells and whistles PocketPC users could hope for such as saving and loading of levels; eight ‘beamable’ slave slots and the ability to post high scores to the internet.? In fact, high scores and saved games can be beamed, even between different OS platforms, via Irda and Bluetooth!”

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the initial release of Boulder Dash with millions of units having been sold in the series. Versions of Boulder Dash have been released into the coin-operated arcades four times and Boulder Dash-M.E., is currently ranked #1 for J2ME, BREW and mophun handsets in numerous territories throughout the world. ?Boulder Dash-Treasure Pleasure is currently available online or as a downloable game for PCs on major portals worldwide. Pocketnapalm and First Star will also soon release Boulder Dash-Palm Extreme and Boulder Dash-SmartPhone. ?Said Zsombor Heffter, C.E.O. of Pocketnapalm: “Pocketnapalm was formed when various legendary Hungarian game development companies joined forces together to combine their valuable experiences and skills achieved over many years in the game business. Our primary goal is to satisfy and entertain our PDA and mobile customers by providing them with only high quality, innovative products. We have set as our goal the development of the best games that can be found anywhere! Boulder Dash-PocketPC Extreme is the first title under the Pocketnapalm label and we expect it to do a wonderful job blazing the path for our other games.”

?About First Star Software, Inc.

Founded in 1982, First Star develops, licenses and publishes games across all platforms including cell-phones, hand-held devices, home computers and next generation consoles. A privately held corporation, First Star?s titles are distributed extensively worldwide. For more information please visit http://www.firststarsoftware.com.

About Pocketnaplam.

Founded in 2003, Pocketnapalm develops and publishes entertainment software for PDAs, home computers, cell-phones and game consoles primarily supporting Windows, Windows Mobile, Palm, Symbian and Java platforms. Creators of Traffic Mania™, published exclusively by PDAmill, upcoming titles from Pocketnapalm include Barbarians; Eliminator; and, Sexy Game Pack. ?For more information please visit http://www.pocketnapalm.com

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