OTTAWA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Magmic Games Inc., 10TACLE MOBILE GmbH and First Star Software, Inc. have announced a partnership whereby Magmic Games is granted the exclusive worldwide rights to develop and publish a mobile version of “Boulder Dash®-ROCKS!™”. Under the terms of the agreement, Magmic Games and First Star Software will co-publish mobile versions of the title across all mobile platforms, including J2ME, BREW, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and iPhone.
Boulder Dash®-ROCKS!™ is a modern remake of the original cult classic “Boulder Dash®.” The tricky puzzle and dexterity game first made its debut in the early '80s across several personal computer platforms, including Atari, Commodore 64 and DOS. It is one of the few gaming titles to be ported from a personal computer game to an arcade game, and still enjoys a loyal fan following today.
The hit game’s principle remains: players have to collect sparkling diamonds whilst avoiding numerous traps and beating opponents to reach them, all the while watching out for falling boulders. The game was released in November, 2007, for the Nintendo DS™, with a PSP® (PlayStation® Portable) version to follow in Spring 2008.
This will be the fourth mobile game in the Boulder Dash® franchise, following the original Boulder Dash®-M.E.™; Boulder Dash®-M.E.™ 2 and Boulder Dash®-Tournaments for Prizes™.
“We are very pleased to be adding one of the classic brands in gaming to our product catalog,” said Nicholas Reichenbach, vice president of publishing for Magmic. “We look forward to working with FIRST STAR SOFTWARE and 10TACLE MOBILE and its partners on this and future projects.”
“Working on the franchise was an exciting challenge. We are very proud that we could relive the famous brand again and are looking forward to support MAGMIC in their development process,” says Alexandra Gerb, Managing Director for 10TACLE MOBILE.
First Star Software’s president, Richard M. Spitalny commented, “We’re particularly excited about working with Magmic and 10TACLE MOBILE in making Boulder Dash®-ROCKS!™ available across the broadest selection of mobile devices ever for a single Boulder Dash® title.”
Magmic Games will make versions of Bolder Dash®-ROCKS!™ available for distribution through its roster of carrier partners and will also market the product through its various direct-to-consumer portals. The game is expected to debut in June, 2008.
About Magmic Games
Magmic Games is a world leading developer and publisher of mobile entertainment with over 90 titles in action, sports, casino, puzzle, retro and multiplayer genres across a variety of mobile platforms. Magmic publishes a full range of content, from original IP to partnering with top entertainment publishers including THQ Wireless, Glu Mobile, Hands-On Mobile, PopCap Games and Konami. Magmic houses some of the biggest titles in the game industry such as Brain-Up, Texas Hold’em King, Phase 10, Miner 2049er and the Breeders’ Cup World Championships
About First Star Software:
Founded in 1982, First Star Software 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 or contact: Dianne Press, firstname.lastname@example.org, 914.238.3073. Boulder Dash® is a registered trademark of First Star Software, Inc. All rights reserved.
About 10TACLE STUDIOS AG:
Listed in the General Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, 10TACLE STUDIOS AG (WKN: TACL10, ISIN DE000TACL107) is one of Europe’s leading independent developers and producers of high-end computer and video games. 10TACLE STUDIOS AG produces top-quality products that meet international development standards, and its product portfolio covers all relevant, high-growth segments in the games market. Currently, around 440 employees work for the company at its headquarters in Darmstadt and the development sites in Berlin, Darmstadt, Duisburg, Hanover Bratislava, Budapest, Charleroi, London, Singapore and Vienna. 10TACLE STUDIOS AG’s revenue increased in the first six month of 2007 to €19.4 million (first six months 2006: €12.71 million). During the same period, EBIT increased sharply to €3.37 million (previous year: €2.3 million).
About 10TACLE MOBILE GmbH:
Based in Duisburg, Germany and affiliated company of 10TACLE STUDIOS AG, 10TACLE MOBILE was founded in 2006 to supply the growing market for mobile entertainment media. The development studio ports 10TACLE STUDIOS AG house brands onto portable video game systems such as the Sony PlayStation® Portable and Nintendo DS™, develops their own concepts and brands and works on co-published titles such as “Boulder Dash-ROCKS!”. 10TACLE MOBILE currently employs a staff of 39 under the management of Alexandra Gerb.
Boulder Dash®-ROCKS!™ is co-published by FIRST STAR SOFTWARE, INC. BOULDER DASH®, FIRST STAR SOFTWARE, INC. and its logo are registered trademarks of First Star Software, Inc. The names Rockford™ and Crystal™ are trademarks of First Star Software, Inc. Boulder Dash © 1984 – 2008 FIRST STAR SOFTWARE, INC. All rights reserved. Boulder Dash®-ROCKS!™ was created and developed by 10TACLE MOBILE GmbH with FIRST STAR SOFTWARE, INC. Audio visual material, certain proprietary software and new and distinctive game and character art of Boulder Dash-ROCKS! are trademarks of and © 2008 10TACLE GROUP and Asia Games & Media Private Equity Fund.