Connect2Media & Tag Games: Internet smash Tumblebugs announced for iPhone & iPod Touch

7 08 2009

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New version greatly expands on the multi-million player original

For Immediate Release – Manchester, 7th August 2009: Clocking well over 35 million online plays and downloads since its initial launch in 2005, the puzzle phenomenon Tumblebugs is making its way to iPhone and iPod Touch consoles, courtesy of Dundee-based developer Tag Games and Manchester-based publisher Connect2Media. The collaboration will see a revamped version of Wildifre Studios’ original title, developed exclusively for Apple devices and launching on iTunes in August.

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Go! Go! Rescue Squad! 1.1 Update & Lite Out Now

27 07 2009

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Manchester 28th July 2009: Connect2Media invite you to find the hero within yourself with the first update for the critically acclaimed action-puzzler Go! Go! Rescue Squad. PLUS get a whole free section of the game with Go! Go! Rescue Squad! Lite on the App Store now for FREE!

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Fans of classic puzzlers such as Lemmings and Lost Vikings will enjoy this superb title, while newcomers will discover a charming and incredibly addictive game bursting with character and slick touch controls. This first update has been closely developed with fan feedback in mind, remedying all known issues and revamping several key elements, such as the control method and smoothing off the often harsh difficulty spikes.

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Assyria Game Studios Announce Future Racer for iPhone and iPod Touch

27 07 2009

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Debut title from independent developer set to kick App Store into warp speed

Middlesbrough – 28 July 2009 – Independent developer Assyria Game Studio has today revealed its debut mobile title due for release on iPhone and iPod Touch. The incredibly slick Future Racer is a high speed, anti-gravity racer boasting fully 3D environments and a wide range of fiendish tracks set to test your reflexes to the limit.

From complicated toxic sewer networks, winding forests littered with hazards and illuminated night-time cityscapes, each of the six tracks are bursting with character. Future Racer strikes the perfect balance between delivering high speed thrills and impressive visuals, without compensating style for speed.

Integrating full tilt control, the game is easy to pick up and play but difficult to master, with fiendish AI players and the ongoing pressure of racing against the clock. Moving away from combat-based pickups, Future Racer focuses purely on speed and skill, with power-ups including speed boosts and subtracting precious seconds from your finishing time.

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Welcome Aboard: Connect2Media

26 06 2009

Image2Ink Media can today announce that is is teaming up with Manchester-based iPhone developer Connect2Media, to assist the studio with its forthcoming season of new games. Kicking off with the mind-bending, time-warping puzzle title Timeloop,  expect to see a lot on this superb developer in weeks to come.

Here is their official Summer title launch press release. Please get in touch if you would like assets or review code for any of these titles. Official game releases are on the way as the games hit the app store. Watch this space!

CONNECT2MEDIA ANNOUNCE IPHONE LINE UP

26th June 2009

Connect2Media, has announced their iPhone release schedule for the summer with a line-up that includes titles like classic casual title ‘Tumblebugs’ and brand new IP ‘Timeloop’.

Connect2Media has already released ‘Go! Go! Rescue Squad!’ on the App Store and the next game will be ‘Timeloop’, another brand new IP created in-house at the company’s Manchester development studio. Timeloop is an arcade puzzle game which sees the player using short jumps in time (Timeloops) to travel back in time to help their previous self solve puzzles – really, it makes sense in-game!

Next up comes classic casual game ‘Tumblebugs’. With well over 35 million downloads or free-plays to date of the web version the game is a true ‘mass market’ product. The game has topped download charts on all of the major games sites including Yahoo!, Big Fish Games, Shockwave, AOL and Oberon and spent four months in Real Arcade’s top ten. The iPhone version has been created by Tag Games who have scored a massive App Store hit with their excellent ‘Car Jack Streets’.

‘String ‘Em In’ hits the App Store next. The interactive TV smash hit is already played by millions around the world. The intuitive word game is available to over 11 million homes in the UK alone, enjoying exceptional replay rates and becoming the most played game on Virgin Media UK cable network. The game has recently launched on Facebook where it has enjoyed immense international success.

Then the first of brand new, cross-platform, franchise ‘365 Sudoku’ arrives on the App Store. The 365 brand is aimed squarely at casual gamers and is the first in a line of trustworthy products that will deliver timelessly playable games in a slick, iPhone environment with presentation and features that make full use of the iPhone’s features.

“Like the iPhone, the App Store is a unique channel that demands new ways to market product,” said Eric Hobson, CEO of Connect2Media. “By not rushing into the market immediately we have been able to come in with a dedicated roadmap and marketing campaigns that will address all manner of iPhone and iPod touch consumer.”

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For more information, assets, promotional codes or ad hoc builds of any of the above titles, please contact:

Dave Cook
MD, Ink Media
The Next-Gen Public Relations company
t: 0131-557-2183
m: 07525-358-281
w: www.ink-media.co.uk
twitter: davescook

Stephen Hey
Connect2Media
T: +44 (0)161 233 1839
E: shey@connect2media.com

About Connect2Media

Connect2Media develops and publishes interactive entertainment across multiple platforms including mobile, web and interactive TV. Headquartered in Manchester, UK, the company distributes globally including EMEA, Latin America and Asia. Connect2Media publishes and distributes a number of major franchises including Guitar Hero®, World Poker Tour and Civilisation as well as a range of original properties including Go! Go! Rescue Squad! The company has a number of third party relationships with major software, entertainment and media franchise holders who to take their IP’s to new platforms. Headquartered in Manchester, UK, with offices in Paris, Munich, Madrid, Krakow, Tel Aviv, Sao Paulo and Bangkok, Connect2Media is firmly established as a global force in multi-platform publishing.

Designated trademarks and brands are the property of their respective owners. E&OE.





Tag Games and Goldstriker International invite you to get your bling on with Car Jack Streets Update!

27 05 2009

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Update 1.1 includes chance to win a limited edition gold plated iPod Touch engraved with the CJS logo!

Dundee Monday 25 May 2009 – Tag Games has today launched the first in a series of free updates for its explosive App Store hit, Car Jack Streets. In addition to a huge number of improvements and fixes the free update offers both existing and new players the opportunity to win a limited edition Gold plated iPod Touch, engraved with the Car Jack Streets logo!

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One exclusive Gold plated Car Jack Streets iPod Touch will be produced in conjunction with Goldstriker International (www.goldstriker.co.uk). Tag expects the competition to appeal to anyone with a love of bling! Competition entry is simple, gamers must collect all of the 50 hidden packages strewn across Jack City and register to the online ranking boards. The competition closes on 3rd July 2009 when Tag will draw one winner at random.

While the innovative crime simulator received an average review score of 8.2 from over 22 leading game review sites, the update has been created entirely around the suggestions of both player and critic feedback. Delivering the best in dedicated fan service, Tag Games has listened closely to the fans and has modified the game based on their suggestions.

Creative director at Tag Games Jamie Bryan said: “Because we are an independent developer, we really appreciate every single sale of our games and really do take onboard the feedback we receive in the hope of producing bigger and better titles that cater to the fans. This really is a massive update that revamps many aspects of the game that critics felt could have been improved on. I think players of the initial launch will be pleasantly surprised by what we have done in this update, while newcomers will experience a slick title, offering hours of mayhem and fun.”

The first expansive update will add a wide range of new features and fixes to Car Jack Streets including:

*Fully interactive ‘Jack City’ map available from your GPS

*All major reported bugs will be remedied once players install the update

*New ‘steering wheel’ control method for casual players and increased button responsiveness

*Randal now has increased lives. Players now have five chances to pay mob boss Frankie, making the game less harsh if you miss a payment

*Randal can now carry up to five weapons at a time and cycle through them at will

*Players now have the option of returning to their condo safe house to save weapons and vehicle before exiting the game

*Two new vehicles. The destructive Sports Utility Tank and the Sky Copter

*Players can now play their own iPod music in the game

The second update pack for Car Jack Streets iPhone is already in development at Tag Games, with a targeted release date for early June. It will further bolster the game with multiple languages and further improvements. Also, a free survival mode mini-game is also in development entitled Car Jack Streets: Survival. Inspired by classic games such as Smash TV and Geometry Wars, Tag hope it will both appeal to those yet to purchase the game as well as existing CJS fans.

Please contact Ink Media at dave@ink-media.co.uk you would like to interview the team at Tag Games.

Car Jack Streets is currently available now on the iPhone App Store priced £1.79 / $2.99 / Euro 2.39.

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For press information, assets or promotional download codes for Car Jack Streets, please contact:

Dave Cook
Managing Director, Ink Media
t: +44 (0)131 557 2183
m:+44 (0)7525358281
e: fastrez@gmail.com
w: www.inkpr.wordpress.com

Paul Farley
Managing Director, Tag Games
t: +44 (0)1382 220 925

m: +44 (0)7824 614 105
e: paul.farley@tag-games.com
w: www.tag-games.com

About Tag Games

Tag Games is an independent game development studio and publisher based in Dundee, Scotland. Formed in 2006 Tag has quickly established itself as a leader in the creation of games for mobile platforms.

After earning critical acclaim with their launch title Dead Water Tag have since successfully released 11 mobile games across a variety of genres and supporting a wide number of mobile technologies including iPhone, Android, J2ME, BREW, Blackberry in addition to Nintendo DS and Sony PSP.

Tag’s reputation for flexibility, innovation and delivery is second to none, successfully balancing the creation of original IP alongside development of licensed and commission titles. Tag Games partners include Connect2Media, I-play, Big Fish Games, GlobalFun, Red Kite Animation and Sandlot Games.

During 2009 Tag Games has become one of the first big name mobile game studios to begin development of a range of titles exclusively for the Google Android operating system, one of only a small handful of companies doing so in the UK.





Digital Goldfish launch massive update for Bloons iPhone on App Store today

27 05 2009

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Get significantly more ‘pop’ per buck via App Store today

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Dundee 25 May 2009 – Independent mobile games developer Digital Goldfish has today launched the first in a line of expansion packs for its smash hit iPhone title Bloons. Since launching in mid-April, the hugely addictive title has rocketed into the top ten paid apps in the UK chart and hit the number one spot in the US, making Bloons iPhone the developer‘s most successful launch to date.

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The game is a remake of original flash title Bloons, developed by New Zealand studio Ninja Kiwi. Featuring 50 new stages and superb iPhone touch controls, the game is perfect for on the go play, guaranteed to suck you in with it’s accessible charm.

Launching today is the first in a line of expansion packs for the title, which will add an impressive 50 iPhone-exclusive levels to the existing roster. It also includes unlimited dart mode to help you get to grips with some of the trickier bank shots and a superb level editor, letting you challenge your mates at your own fiendish stages.

To keep informed about future expansions, please add Bloons iPhone to your Twitter feed by visiting www.twitter.com/bloonsiphone

The free Bloons iPhone expansion pack hits app store today, while the core game is available now for £0.59 / $0.93 / €0.67 For a direct download of Bloons iPhone, please visit the App Store at:

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For press information, please contact:

Dave Cook
Managing Director, Ink Media
t: +44 (0)131 557 2183
m: 07525358281
e: fastrez@gmail.com

David Hamilton
Digital Goldfish
t: +44(0)131 208 2838
m: +44(0)77194 81594
e: davidhamilton@digital-goldfish.com

About Digital Goldfish

Established in 2005, Digital Goldfish is a games and entertainment studio based in Dundee, Scotland which creates high quality, original content for iPhone, iPod touch and a variety of mobile phone handsets.

Although Digital Goldfish creates games for the mass market, it has a special focus on delivering quality content for female gamers. The developer released its first title, Babygrow, directly to consumers in 2005. They have since gone on to release a string of best-selling titles such as the award-winning Reach For The Starz on mobile.

About Ninja Kiwi

Based in Auckland, New Zealand, Ninja Kiwi is a casual publisher and developer of online flash games. Their popularity as a flash games developer sprouted from their well-renowned Bloons series. Since then they have gone from strength to strength, with successful puzzle and arcade alternatives including Boombot, Potion Panic and Replay Racer.

Please visit www.ninjakiwi.com for further information.





Tag Games: Car Jack Streets available on iPhone now!

4 05 2009

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It’s here! After a long wait the most anticipated iPhone game launch so far finally took place last week as Tag Games released crime simulator Car Jack Streets on App Store – Selling price $4.99 / £2.99 / Euro 3.99. Here’s a press release and a direct link to the download.

Reviews so far have been glowing, we’ll have a compilation of all the reviews for the title so far later on in the week.

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Tag Games Unleashes Car Jack Streets iPhone

The highly anticipated crime-simulator debuts on App Store today

Car Jack Streets iPhone, one of the most anticipated iPhone releases to date explodes onto App Store, courtesy of developer Tag Games.

Created by members of the original Grand Theft Auto team, the title is the closest thing to the original Rockstar franchise available on any mobile device. Utilising the iPhone’s unique features to expand on the original crime-sim template, Car Jack Streets is one of the most expansive titles ever released on Apple’s device.

The action-packed title follows Randal, a hopeless gambler with a $1million debt to the mob. When crime lord Frankie decides it’s time to call in your tab, you must do whatever it takes to pay him back or suffer the consequences. Will you work hard to make an honest buck, or will the spoils of the criminal underworld be too much to resist?

Don’t dwell on it too much however, because if you miss just one of your $50,000-a-week payments, you wont just be fighting to repay your debt, you’ll be fighting for your life. With a superb real-time mission format incorporating an accurate day/night cycle, players will literally race against the clock to make debt payments on time.

There are over 60 criminal mission templates and an almost infinite number of mission possibilities. In addition there are 12 ‘always on’ minor jobs such as taxi driving, pizza delivery and bus driving eight additional frenzied bonus tasks.

Using an accessible virtual d-pad system, Car Jack Streets boasts superb pick up and play value, with short missions perfect for burst play while on the move. Players can get to grips with larger than life weapons, wade into the explosive, over-the-top action and steal a slew of vehicles to tear around the city in, complete with in-car radio stations.

Setting the tone of this mayhem is an unrivalled 80-minute soundtrack from some of the hottest unsigned artists today. The track list, spanning a diverse range of genres including country, dance, hip hop and indie, features up and coming artists Laurelyn Carter, Atom Da Immortal, The Snowbyrds and Red Shirt Theory. Found a song in the game you really like?  – no problem. Each track can be downloaded directly from the game via the Apple iTunes Store using the device’s wi-fi connectivity.

Exclusive Car Jack Streets information and features can be found on the official game website http://www.carjackstreets.com. Also available is a series of exclusive, behind-the-scenes developer diaries filmed on location at the Tag Games studio. The videos and the official game trailer are available now via the official Tag Games Youtube channel www.youtube.com/taggames.

Car Jack Streets is available now on the iPhone App Store. Selling price $4.99 / £2.99 / Euro 3.99. Please visit http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=306712767&mt=8
for a direct download of Car Jack Streets on App Store.

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For press information, assets or promotional download codes for Car Jack Streets, please contact:

Dave Cook
Managing Director, Ink Media
e: fastrez@gmail.com
w: www.inkpr.wordpress.com

Paul Farley
Managing Director, Tag Games
t: +44 (0)1382 220 925
m: +44 (0)7824 614 105
e: paul.farley@tag-games.com
w: www.tag-games.com

About Tag Games

Tag Games is an independent game development studio and publisher based in Dundee, Scotland. Formed in 2006 Tag has quickly established itself as a leader in the creation of games for mobile platforms.

After earning critical acclaim with their launch title Dead Water Tag have since successfully released 11 mobile games across a variety of genres and supporting a wide number of mobile technologies including iPhone, Android, J2ME, BREW, Blackberry in addition to Nintendo DS and Sony PSP.

Tag’s reputation for flexibility, innovation and delivery is second to none, successfully balancing the creation of original IP alongside development of licensed and commission titles. Tag Games partners include Connect2Media, I-play, Big Fish Games, GlobalFun, Red Kite Animation and Sandlot Games.

During 2009 Tag Games has become one of the first big name mobile game studios to begin development of a range of titles exclusively for the Google Android operating system, one of only a small handful of companies doing so in the UK.

Tag Games Unleashes Car Jack Streets iPhoneThe highly anticipated crime-simulator debuts on App Store todayDundee – Tuesday 21 April 2009 – Car Jack Streets iPhone, one of the most anticipated iPhone releases to date explodes onto App Store today, courtesy of developer Tag Games.

Created by members of the original Grand Theft Auto team, the title is the closest thing to the original Rockstar franchise available on any mobile device. Utilising the iPhone’s unique features to expand on the original crime-sim template, Car Jack Streets is one of the most expansive titles ever released on Apple’s device.

The action-packed title follows Randal, a hopeless gambler with a $1million debt to the mob. When crime lord Frankie decides it’s time to call in your tab, you must do whatever it takes to pay him back or suffer the consequences. Will you work hard to make an honest buck, or will the spoils of the criminal underworld be too much to resist?

Don’t dwell on it too much however, because if you miss just one of your $50,000-a-week payments, you wont just be fighting to repay your debt, you’ll be fighting for your life. With a superb real-time mission format incorporating an accurate day/night cycle, players will literally race against the clock to make debt payments on time.

There are over 60 criminal mission templates and an almost infinite number of mission possibilities. In addition there are 12 ‘always on’ minor jobs such as taxi driving, pizza delivery and bus driving eight additional frenzied bonus tasks.

Using an accessible virtual d-pad system, Car Jack Streets boasts superb pick up and play value, with short missions perfect for burst play while on the move. Players can get to grips with larger than life weapons, wade into the explosive, over-the-top action and steal a slew of vehicles to tear around the city in, complete with in-car radio stations.

Setting the tone of this mayhem is an unrivalled 80-minute soundtrack from some of the hottest unsigned artists today. The track list, spanning a diverse range of genres including country, dance, hip hop and indie, features up and coming artists Laurelyn Carter, Atom Da Immortal, The Snowbyrds and Red Shirt Theory. Found a song in the game you really like?  – no problem. Each track can be downloaded directly from the game via the Apple iTunes Store using the device’s wi-fi connectivity.

Exclusive Car Jack Streets information and features can be found on the official game website http://www.carjackstreets.com. Also available is a series of exclusive, behind-the-scenes developer diaries filmed on location at the Tag Games studio. The videos and the official game trailer are available now via the official Tag Games Youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/taggames.

Car Jack Streets is available now on the iPhone App Store. Selling price $4.99 / £2.99 / Euro 3.99. Please visit http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=306712767&mt=8
for a direct download of Car Jack Streets on App Store.

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For press information, assets or promotional download codes for Car Jack Streets, please contact:

Dave Cook
Managing Director, Ink Media
t: +44 (0)131 557 2183
m: +44 (0)7525358281
e: fastrez@gmail.com
w: http://www.inkpr.wordpress.com

Paul Farley
Managing Director, Tag Games
t: +44 (0)1382 220 925
m: +44 (0)7824 614 105
e: paul.farley@tag-games.com
w: http://www.tag-games.com

About Tag Games

Tag Games is an independent game development studio and publisher based in Dundee, Scotland. Formed in 2006 Tag has quickly established itself as a leader in the creation of games for mobile platforms.

After earning critical acclaim with their launch title Dead Water Tag have since successfully released 11 mobile games across a variety of genres and supporting a wide number of mobile technologies including iPhone, Android, J2ME, BREW, Blackberry in addition to Nintendo DS and Sony PSP.

Tag’s reputation for flexibility, innovation and delivery is second to none, successfully balancing the creation of original IP alongside development of licensed and commission titles. Tag Games partners include Connect2Media, I-play, Big Fish Games, GlobalFun, Red Kite Animation and Sandlot Games.

During 2009 Tag Games has become one of the first big name mobile game studios to begin development of a range of titles exclusively for the Google Android operating system, one of only a small handful of companies doing so in the UK.