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Pet Pals: New Leash On Life Is Now Available At Retail For PC And MAC

May 7, 2009

LEGACY INTERACTIVE’S ‘PET PALS: NEW LEASH ON LIFE’ SIMULATION VET GAME IS NOW AVAILABLE AT RETAIL FOR PC AND MAC

Video Game Wins Parents’ Choice Gold Award

Legacy Interactive® announced today that the latest title in their award winning Pet Pals® series, Pet Pals: New Leash on Life, is now available at retail as a hybrid disc for the PC and Mac. The software has been awarded a prestigious Parents’ Choice Gold Award, the highest level of recognition, for spring 2009. The awards have been handed out by the Parents' Choice Foundation since 1978, and are meant to direct parents to the best software, games, DVDs, toys, books, music, magazines and websites.

Previously only available for download on the PC via legacygames.com, Pet Pals: New Leash on Life is now available for the first time to Mac gamers as well. In the simulation-vet game players experience what it is like to play as an actual veterinarian by diagnosing, operating, taking care of, feeding and playing with virtual pets. In the game players will encounter more than 30 different animal cases, derived from practicing veterinarians, and will have access to more than 45 realistic medical tools including a stethoscope, EKG machine, scalpels, and an ophthalmoscope. These tools allow the player to gather samples, palpitate and examine the animals, and even perform surgery.

The cases in Pet Pals: New Leash on Life range from minor; a cat fight that resulted in an infected scratch, to more serious emergencies involving an overweight dog who has torn a ligament in their knee from too much activity. The player must heal and nurture these animals, along with 15 breeds of dogs, cats, rabbits, and a wide variety of other animals. When players are successful at treating and adopting out their rescued animal patients, they get a promotion. With each promotion the player is given more responsibilities and increasingly more difficult cases to handle. Just as in the real world, during game-play, emergencies arise that require immediate attention and players must prioritize their cases to make sure every animal has a successful recovery.

In the enrichment element of the game, players get to interact with their animals as they are recuperating by petting them, playing fetch, teaching new tricks, grooming, and more, in order to get them ready for adoption. Players have the opportunity to follow up with their animal patients to see how they succeeded with their treatments and will receive messages from the adoptive family updating them on the progress of the animals. The game also includes a variety of engaging mini-games with tons of animal trivia and information on careers in the animal world.

Consistent with Legacy’s frequent efforts to work with nonprofits, a portion of the sales from Pet Pals: New Leash on Life has been donated to provide financial support for The Humane Society of the United States.

“Legacy is honored to receive this recognition for Pet Pals: New Leash on Life from the Parents' Choice Foundation," said Ariella Lehrer, President and CEO, Legacy Interactive. “We are dedicated to providing quality games for children and adults alike, and this award confirms our commitment.”

Rated E for Everyone, Pet Pals: New Leash on Life is a hybrid disc for the PC and Mac. The game has an MSRP of $19.95 and is available at retailers nationwide. Additional information can be found at www.legacygames.com.  To read the full Parents' Choice Award review of Pet Pals: New Leash on Life, go to www.parentschoice.org

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