Weekly Gaming Roundup

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Astraware Updates Abysma, Previews New Game

Astraware has updated Abysma, one of its classic handheld puzzle games. Newly named Tantric, the game now features brand new graphics and sound effects, as well as an all new musical soundtrack. There are separate high score tables for each gameplay mode, and unlimited puzzling levels provide hours of play. Tantric is $17.95 and is available for Palm OS and Pocket PC devices.

“This game is all about focus and reaching a higher state of awareness – hence the new name! The option of the new music and sound effects adds a new level to the game and the rich new colors captivate first time viewers.” said Howard Tomlinson, CEO of Astraware.

Astraware has also announced that they are planning to release a handheld port of Zuma, originally developed as an online game by PopCap. Zuma was released for Windows PCs in December, and is currently available from Astraware for $24.95. the Palm OS and Pocket PC versions are expected to be available later this year.

For more information, visit the Astraware web site.

Pocket Slurpy Now Available at Clickgamer

Pocket Slurpy Pocket Slurpy, for Pocket PC handhelds, is now available. In many ways an homage to Q-BERT, this arcade-style puzzle game requires the player to guide a cartoon hero around the playing field painting blocks and avoiding contact with enemies such as the Evil Spring and the Paint Remover Man. Extra gameplay features include lifts, bonus coins, hourglasses to gain extra time, and Super Shoes.

Pocket Slurpy is $9.95 and is available now at the Clickgamer web site.

Infinite Ventures to bring Shadowgate Classic, Others, to Mobile Phones

Infinite Ventures has announced plans to bring several adventure games to BREW-enabled mobile phones. Game titles include Shadowgate Classic, Deja Vu I and II, and Uninvited. Shadowgate Classic will be the first title in the series, and is expected in the fall. Planned features include full color graphics and a “point and select” user interface.

“We’re excited to bring our adventure games to QUALCOMM’s BREW solution,” said Eugene Evans, president, Infinite Ventures. “We believe that players will embrace the adventure gaming genre, as it is perfect for mobile phone play. Whenever users have downtime they can use their phone to return to solving the latest puzzle. The result is many hours of challenging exploration and a depth of game play previously unavailable on mobile phones.”

For more information, visit the Infinite Ventures web site.

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