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Written by SuperGuido   
Thursday, 21 June 2007


 Vivendi seems to have their fingers in everything and now they want you to have your fingers on something...you mobile phone. The company, who owns Blizzard and Sierra in case you didn't know, has slated the release of no less than 10 new mobile games for the rest of they year.

The upcoming slate includes a number of original titles as well as familiar franchises. Two of Vivendi Games Mobile’s 2007 titles released earlier this year, People's Choice Hangman and Surviving High School '07, have already been honored with Wireless Gaming World's Editor’s Award.

"The titles announced today will deliver highly enjoyable gameplay and are the product of pioneering design by our internal studios and external development partners worldwide," said Paul Maglione, president of Vivendi Games Mobile. "We look forward to bringing these titles to a mass market audience of mobile gamers in collaboration with our distribution partners. All of the upcoming games will continue to feature a refreshingly different marketing approach that carriers have begun to associate with Vivendi Games Mobile, including one of a kind digital and viral initiatives as well as marketing strategies based on user-generated content." Second-Half 2007 Line-Up

Crash of the Titans Crash of the Titans is the latest cross-platform installment of Sierra Entertainment’s Crash Bandicoot franchise which has sold more than 35 million console units and more than 2 million mobile game downloads to date. Crash of the Titans will be simultaneously launched by Vivendi Games Mobile and Sierra Entertainment across all major platforms and will benefit from a multimillion dollar, global marketing push for the title.


Delta Force Delta Force is based on the popular Novalogic Delta Force Black Hawk Down:Team Sabre franchise, and is the sequel to the award-winning mobile game of the same name published by Vivendi Games Mobile in 2006. Players command a squad of Delta Force rangers, using state-of-the-art tactics and weaponry to neutralize the bad guys and chalk up another victory for the U.S. Army’s elite anti-terrorist unit. The game features stunning graphics and the best "sniper scope" functionality yet seen in a mobile game.


Leisure Suit Larry: Love For Sail In Leisure Suit Larry: Love for Sail, Larry finds himself aboard a cruise ship for the trip of a lifetime, in which he can “Live La Vida Loca" in a succession of bars, beaches and hotels on the cruise ship’s itinerary. The game provides perfect summer fun for mobile subscribers on the go, and sees Larry return to the original PC adventure gameplay style that made the franchise one of the most successful and best-loved of its time.

Shock Blocks Shock Blocks is a genre-defining innovation that originated in Korea and brings an all-new approach to puzzle titles and match-block gameplay. Players use intuitive controls to shake, rotate and flip the board in a limited number of moves to solve a series of puzzle challenges of incrementally escalating difficulty. Players choose from two modes: Puzzle Mode limits the number of moves players can make to clear all the blocks and complete levels or Arcade Mode allows players to freely move their board and discover special bonuses. 

Slide N’ Loop Developed in collaboration with veteran toy inventor Zeki Orak , Slide N’ Loop is an original quest-driven puzzle game where players help the main character, a girl named Zia, find four pieces of an magic antique medallion so she can save her village. Players loop around the board and slide matching objects in place to score points. The title is also one of the first web-inspired puzzle games to introduce the character of an enemy boss, against which Zia needs to compete to get all four medallion fragments.

Surviving High School '08 The bestselling mobile game franchise returns with another epic school year, user- generated content and exciting feature enhancements. Surviving High School ’08 is an original-IP franchise developed by Vivendi Games Mobile’s Centerscore studio. The first installment of the title was released in 2005 and the sequel, Surviving High School ’07, is once again one of the best-selling original IP mobile games in the U.S. market. In Surviving High School ’08, players will enjoy new graphics, characters and storylines, and can even help shape the game’s ongoing plot by submitting their original story ideas online.

Surviving Hollywood The extension of Vivendi Games Mobile’s hugely successful "Surviving High School" franchise, Surviving Hollywood plays on the glitz and glamour of the Hollywood entertainment industry. Set in Hollywood, where any dream can come true with a combination of talent and luck, players can fulfill their celebrity aspirations by working their way up the dream ladder to become a bona fide star.


The Incredible Machine The Incredible Machine is based on Sierra Entertainment’s hit PC game franchise from the 1990’s. The objective of the game is to solve "real world object" puzzles requiring the construction of a "Rube Goldberg" contraption, using ropes, pulleys, balloons and other props arranged in the proper sequence to achieve the mandated task. Consisting of 60 brain-teasing levels and 20 bonus levels to unlock, The Incredible Machine features real-time physics and rich, colorful animation bringing to life the game’s truly "Incredible Machines."

The Legend of Spyro: Eternal Night The little purple dragon is back in another epic adventure based on Sierra Entertainment’s Spyro franchise, which has sold more than 17 million console units to date worldwide. A sequel to the award-winning The Legend of Spyro: The New Beginning mobile game, this time around Spyro has eight enemy bosses to overcome across 13 levels of intense action. Spyro’s ultimate objective is to prevent the resurrection of the Dark Master; a task to which he rises with typical dragon valor. The Legend of Spyro: Eternal Night offers visual enhancements and even more immersive background graphics.

 Urban Attack Still largely under wraps, Urban Attack has been over 18 months in the making and promises to revolutionize first-person-shooters (FPS) on mobile. The innovative title will deliver a revolutionary graphic style leveraging vector graphics across all handsets, not just 3D devices; with unprecedented fluidity of movement within a hostile urban environment. Vivendi Games Mobile’s inaugural foray into the mobile FPS arena promises to be a landmark for the mobile games industry. Yes, I still have my crappy phone but one day I will get a phone that can play real games and then the world shall quake at the awesome power which I hold in these fingers...or at least I'll be able to entertain myself on the bus.

For more information on these games and others check out the Vivendi Games Mobile website.

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