SAN MATEO, Calif. & BEDMINSTER, NJ — Sorrent, Inc., a leading creator and global publisher of mobile entertainment, and Verizon Wireless today announced the launch of ZumaTM for Mobile, an action puzzler based on the original web and PC title from PopCap Games, a leading developer of casual computer games. Verizon Wireless customers with select Get It Now®-enabled phones will be among the first to be able to play Zuma for Mobile which is based on the critically-acclaimed PC version that was called the "Tetris of the 21st Century" by Computer Gaming World in June 2004. Zuma for Mobile has already received strong industry praise -- IGN.com rated the game a 9.2 and gave it an Editor's Choice Award.
"We're thrilled to offer Zuma fans a way to play the game they love on their mobile phones," said Robert Nashak, vice president of production, Sorrent. "Zuma has a vast and dedicated fan base, and it's important to us that the mobile adaptation brings the same level of action and captivation as the original. The debut of Zuma on Verizon Wireless' Get It Now service helps us quickly reach a loyal base of gamers."
In this highly entertaining game, players control the stone frog idol of the ancient Zuma, firing balls to make sets of three before the chain of balls reach the golden skull. Today's launch follows the announcement of a multi-year worldwide partnership in which Sorrent will publish popular PopCap titles for mobile phones.
"With Zuma added to our Get It Now lineup, the wildly popular game can now be played virtually anywhere," said Paul Palmieri, executive director of business development for Verizon Wireless. "The quality customer experience Zuma for Mobile delivers makes this an exciting mobile game for Verizon Wireless and one we think our customers will truly enjoy."
"The launch of Zuma on mobile phones extends the reach of one of PopCap's most popular games -- and the initial availability of Zuma on Get It Now from Verizon Wireless helps us extend the reach of Zuma to the mobile community," said Jason Kapalka, creative director and co-founder of PopCap. "Sorrent has captured the addictive nature of Zuma and successfully created a mobile version true to the original game."
Verizon Wireless customers can download Zuma for Mobile from the Puzzle Games aisle in the getGAMES shopping aisle of the Get It Now virtual store for $3.99 monthly access or $7.49 for unlimited use purchase. Download charges for Get It Now applications vary and airtime charges apply when browsing, downloading and using certain applications. Customers need a Get It Now-enabled handset and Verizon Wireless digital service to access the Get It Now virtual store.
Puzzle fanatics can now access Zuma for Mobile on the LG VX7000 from Verizon Wireless. The Get It Now-enabled VX7000 offers customers the most advanced camera phone features such as a rotating lens, embedded bright LED flash and video messaging. Additional features such as night mode, brightness adjustment and digital zoom give customers the greatest flexibility with their photographs. For a limited time, customers can purchase the LG VX7000 for $99.99 after $50 mail-in rebate with two-year customer agreement. Zuma for Mobile is also available on the Kyocera SE47, KX1 and KX2; LG VX4400, VX4500, VX4600, VX4700, VX6000 and VX6100; Motorola V65p, V260, V265, T710, T720; Samsung a650, a670, a790 and a890; and UTStarcom (Audiovox) CDM-8600, CDM-8900 and CDM-8910.
Verizon Wireless products and services are available at more than 1,900 Verizon Wireless stores nationwide, including Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and stores within Circuit City, as well as at authorized retailers including Best Buy and participating RadioShack locations. Customers can also find information and purchase Verizon Wireless products and services online at www.verizonwireless.com.
About Sorrent, Inc.
Sorrent is a global publisher of award-winning wireless entertainment based on original and licensed properties including Atari, Viacom, Cartoon Network, FOX Sports, and Twentieth Century Fox. Sorrent games are available to more than 800 million mobile subscribers via 90 carriers worldwide, across platforms including Java, BREW and i-mode. Sorrent also develops and publishes mobile games under the Macrospace brand as well as offering a complete end-to-end mobile gaming solution via ProvisionX, the most widely deployed Java download service worldwide. Sorrent is based in San Mateo, California and has offices in London and Singapore. Founded in 2001, Sorrent has attracted top tier venture capital firms including NEA, BA Venture Partners, Sienna Ventures and Globespan Capital Partners. For more information, visit www.sorrent.com.
About PopCap Games, Inc.
Based in Seattle, Washington, PopCap Games creates simple yet compelling computer games that everyone can enjoy. PopCap has delivered over 50 million downloads of its Deluxe games such as Bejeweled, Bookworm, and Zuma to satisfied players worldwide. For more information about PopCap, please visit www.popcap.com.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 43.8 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE:VOD)(LSE:VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
Sorrent, Inc. is a trademark of Sorrent, Inc. Get It Now is a registered trademark of Verizon Wireless.