MONTREAL, CANADA and BEDMINSTER, NJ — Boulder Dash®, dubbed "the best Commodore 64 game ever" is back with another platform to conquer. An undeniable hit for years in arcades, on consoles and on PCs, this nostalgic action-puzzle game is now going mobile as Boulder Dash®-M.E.TM with Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless provider and operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network. Beginning this week on Verizon Wireless' Get It NowSM, a virtual wireless software store, you can dig tunnels, collect diamonds and, of course, dodge boulders.
Losing none of its charm or playability in the mobile space, the game Boulder Dash®-M.E. has 26 challenging caves (10 tutorial and 16 game caves) providing players the ability to rotate the screen 90 degrees and a vast inventory of tools and weapons, like sledgehammers, kicks and bombs. Already ranked #1 by Midlet-Review, and recipient of two Mobile Games Awards Boulder Dash®-M.E. is expected to carry this success into the wireless world. The sixth game in the award winning Boulder Dash® series was developed by InstantCom, Ltd. of Zagreb, Croatia and is published jointly by First Star Software and Airborne Entertainment.
"We are very pleased to be working with Airborne," said Richard M. Spitalny, President of First Star. "They have excellent relationships with the country's leading mobile network operators and are very experienced marketing and promoting strong brands such as Boulder Dash."
"As games go, Boulder Dash is an incredibly well-known commodity," said Garner Bornstein, CEO of Airborne Entertainment. "This increases its value immensely in the marketplace. Older players will be taken by the game's nostalgia appeal while younger players will get off on how challenging and how much fun it is."
Download charges for Get It Now applications vary and airtime charges apply when browsing, downloading and using certain applications. Customers using select Get It Now-enabled handsets can access the Get It Now virtual store. Boulder Dash®-M.E. is available on the Samsung SCH-A530, LG VX6000 and Audiovox CDM8600 for $2.99 monthly access or $5.99 for unlimited use purchase.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless is the nation's leading provider of wireless communications. The company has the largest nationwide wireless voice and data network and 36 million customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com.
About Get It Now
Get It Now from Verizon Wireless puts a virtual software store inside a wireless phone. Customers with Get It Now-capable phones can download applications over the air and purchase them from their phones. getTXT, getIM and getEMAIL help customers stay in touch and communicate with others. getGAMES keeps customers entertained, while getGOING applications, made for today's mobile lifestyle, offers restaurant location services with maps, directions and more. View and share digital photos with getPIX, check out Web cams with getFLIX or identify incoming callers by assigning a unique ring with getTONES. getALERTS keeps customers informed while getBROWSING lets them access the Web from their wireless phone.
About Airborne Entertainment
Airborne Entertainment is the leading turnkey mobile channel management company, creating, deploying, distributing and managing the most compelling mobile games and entertainment for the world's most recognizable media and consumer brands. Airborne Entertainment distributes its specialty channels and programs to all top-tier wireless carriers, reaching nearly 100% of all enabled mobile subscribers in North America. For more information, please visit www.airborne-e.com.
About First Star Software, Inc.
Founded in 1982, First Star has developed, licensed and published numerous award-winning, best selling titles including: SPY vs. SPY®; SUPERMAN®; ASTRO CHASE®; and, BOULDER DASH®. Boulder Dash has been licensed into the coin operated arcades fours times with over 2,000,000 units in the series having been sold by First Star and its licensees. Previously, Boulder Dash has been name GAME OF THE YEAR and ARCADE GAME OF THE YEAR. For more information please visit www.firststarsoftware.com.
Boulder Dash® is a registered trademark of First Star Software, Inc. Boulder Dash®-M.E. is a trademark of First Star Software, Inc. Copyright © 1984, 2003. All other brands are registered trademarks of their respective owners.