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Fanista.com Announces Release of Exclusive Video Game from the Makers of Myst and Riven

December 3, 2007

Fanista.com Announces Release of Exclusive Video Game from the Makers of Myst and Riven

Cosmic Osmo’s Hex Isle Available Exclusively on Fanista.com

Fanista.com, which marked its public debut on November 20th, today announced the release of an exclusive video game from Cyan Worlds, the makers of Myst and Riven, two of the best-selling computer games in history. Fanista.com is a community-powered marketplace for entertainment enthusiasts that offers a whole new way to discover and shop for music, movies, games and books.

Cyan Worlds’ latest game, Cosmic Osmo’s Hex Isle, will be sold exclusively on Fanista.com. The first Cosmic Osmo game was released in 1989 and was named best computer game of 1989 by Newsweek. Cyan went on to create and produce Myst, which not only became the best-selling CD-ROM game of the last millennium but also became the title which demonstrated what the interactive gaming platform was capable of delivering to its audience. After all these years, Cyan Worlds decided it was time to revisit their first character, Cosmic Osmo, and to leverage the technology now available to fully realize their vision from nearly two decades ago. Cosmic Osmo was a big hit when first created, and the character has remained a favorite among a loyal fan base. Though its core game-play grows out of the time-proven casual game genre (Tetris, Bedazzled, Mini Golf), Cosmic Osmo’s Hex Isle takes the category to higher ground. The game features elegant game-play filled with whimsical yet stunning real-time 3D levels and a plethora of game variables that give goal-oriented players hours of game-play. A scoring system involving three different styles of gaming -- strategy, speed and score -- adds a high degree of repeatability.

Fanista.com is serving as both the publisher and the exclusive distributor of Cosmic Osmo’s Hex Isle. Like Cyan Worlds’ other releases, the game manages not only to be family-friendly but also to appeal to all ages.

“We are incredibly proud to be both the publisher and the distributor of the newest game from one of the most proven development teams in the industry. We wanted to tie the addition of video games in to our catalogue to the release of an exclusive product, and I don’t think we could have done better than this one,” said Dan Adler, founder and CEO of Fanista.com. On a more personal note, he added, “I first met Rand Miller and his colleagues in Spokane right after the release of Myst, and I have worked with them many times since then; they are true talents in every sense of the word, and class acts to boot. As for the game itself, all I can say is that I’m already an addict! I spent Thanksgiving weekend vying with my kids for the computer, as they wanted to play the game every chance they could get!”

“Cosmic Osmo has long been a favorite around here,” said Rand Miller, founder and CEO of Cyan Worlds, Inc. “Fanista.com offered us a great opportunity to break out of our Myst box and return to some whimsical roots. It’s been a blast for us to leverage the technology and talent we have assembled over the years to bring this all new Osmoian diversion to life.”

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