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Empire Interactive Unveils Fall 2008 Product Line-Up

July 22, 2008

Empire Interactive Unveils Fall 2008 Product Line-Up

Pipe Mania Makes a Multi-Platform Return, Hello Kitty Moves to the Big City and Ford Racing Goes Off Road

Empire Interactive, an international publisher and developer of interactive entertainment software and a subsidiary of Silverstar Holdings , today announced its Fall 2008 product line-up with the addition of exciting global brands, the expansion of well-known franchises, and all-new intellectual properties. Empire’s fall product line is sure to please video game players of all ages.

Unsolved Crimes

Unsolved Crimes is a new kind of game for the Nintendo DS™. The absorbing, enthralling, character-driven adventure game integrates the thrills of an action game with the mental challenges of a 3D crime investigation. In Unsolved Crimes, players take on the role of a young rookie detective in the homicide division, who must team up with a partner to solve the mysterious kidnapping of aspiring model, Betsy Blake. Set in a stylized 1970s New York, it is up to players to disentangle the truth from lies, and try to find Betsy before it's too late.

Genre: Action Adventure/Point and Click (Crime Mystery)

Format: Nintendo DS Release

 Date: September 2008 MSRP: $29.99

Pipe Mania

Pipe Mania builds on the infectious playability of the original with expanded game modes, new themes, and play mechanics to challenge players of all ages. Alfonso Senior, having made his fortune from the original Pipe Mania, has retired to his own private island paradise, but there’s just one problem - the island is being ruined by cowboy plumbers. The biggest of them all, Buffalo Bonzo, is wreaking havoc all over the island. Playing as Alfonso’s children, Junior and Fawcett, it’s up to players to take over the family business and save the island from pollution.

Pipe Mania is a frenetic puzzle game that requires quick thinking, hand-eye coordination and keen spatial awareness.

Genre: Puzzle

Format: PlayStation®2, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable), Nintendo DS & PC

Release Date: September 2008

MSRP: $19.99

Hello Kitty: Big City Dreams

In search of new adventures, Hello Kitty is set to make a move to the Big City this fall in Empire Interactive’s Hello Kitty: Big City Dreams for the Nintendo DS. Kitty White is moving away from her beloved Sanrio Town into a simple downtown apartment in the Big City, and it’s up to players to help her fulfill her dream of someday moving into a luxurious, top-floor penthouse apartment.

Genre: Adventure

Format: Nintendo DS

Release Date: October 2008 MSRP: $29.99

Animal Paradise

Animal Paradise takes place on a virtual farm where players will be tasked with becoming best friends with all the animals throughout the game. Kids will be introduced to new furry friends to care for and will unlock fun-packed mini-games such as Treasure Hunting, Footprint Trail and Shampoo Scrub. Once players have gained the animal’s trust, they will be able to unlock cute, fun, and exclusive pet pictures to add to their virtual photo album.

Genre: Simulation

Format: Nintendo DS

Release Date: September 2008

SRP: $29.99

FlatOut Ultimate Carnage

While simulation racers have traditionally found their home on the PC, FlatOut Ultimate Carnage blurs the line between arcade and simulation, offering PC gamers a “Deathproof” experience in which more than 8,000 persistent objects per track will throw their car off-course and into last place. With an average of 20,000 polygons per car, expect bodywork to get mashed up quickly. There are eight full offline game modes including Career Race, Time Trial, Carnage Race, Beat The Bomb, Last Man Standing, Deathmatch Derby, Multiplayer Party Mode, and the favorite Ragdoll Mini Games.

FlatOut Ultimate Carnage fully embraces Games for Windows LIVE functionality, offering a wide variety of online modes, including the Head On mode, where racers have to get to the end of the track, turn around and avoid their oncoming opponents on the return leg.

Genre: Arcade Destruction Racing

Format: Games For Windows® - LIVE DVD ROM

Release Date: August 2008 MSRP: $19.99

Ford Racing Off Road

Off Road takes the multi-million unit selling Ford franchise away from the tracks and urban streets of its predecessors, to rugged, tough terrain for the very first time. Off Road also marks the introduction of the prestigious Land Rover brand, synonymous like Ford, with a rich heritage of producing pioneering off road vehicles. Players can now race some of the world’s toughest off road trucks, 4x4’s and SUV’s through beautifully detailed environments, stunning, scenery and wide sweeping tracks designed for rough-tough, high-speed racing.

With real-time, on-the-go vehicle damage repair, acceleration faster than any previous Ford game, and alternative routes, Off Road brings a plethora of new and exclusive features to test players' driving prowess at high speed. The racing has never been this exhilarating!

Genre: Racing Format: Wii™, PSP, PS2 and PC

Release Date: August 2008

MSRP: PSP and PC $19.99, PS2 $14.99, Wii $29.99

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