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Spooktacular Seek-and-Find Game Ready for Retail Shelves

February 19, 2008

Spooktacular Seek-and-Find Game Ready for Retail Shelves

MumboJumbo launches Mortimer Beckett and the Secrets of Spooky Manor

Move over Highlights, there’s a new seek-and-find in town. Today Dallas-based MumboJumbo and Seattle-based RealGames, the casual games business unit for RealNetworks, bring Mortimer Beckett and the Secrets of Spooky Manor to retailers throughout the U.S. The new hidden objects casual game comes to retail shelves after an impressive online performance.

Developed by Paprikari, Mortimer Beckett takes the hidden object genre to a new dimension by overlaying the game with elements of puzzle and strategy games. Not only do players have to find pieces of hidden objects broken up and scattered throughout the mansion, but they then have to place them back in the room in which they belong after the pieces come together. The game takes the hidden object dynamic a step further by providing a word clue puzzle and asking players to piece together a “ghost starter” that will solve the spooky mystery of the manor.

Mortimer Beckett first came on the scene in 2007 when RealGames introduced the title on its online game portals, RealArcade.com, GameHouse.com and Zylom.com. Many online players have raved about the interesting take it has on the seek-and-find game play—Gamezebo’s review even gave Mort a rating of four out of five stars citing “ghoulishly fitting music,” “attractive presentation,” and “a great job in weaving in a fun story and puzzle-solving challenges to bring more to the table….”

“We believed Paprikari had created a true winner with Mortimer Beckett and our customers agreed, making it a top seller for RealArcade.com in 2007,” said Matt Turetzky, vice president of non-pc platforms for RealGames. “RealGames is excited to work with Mumbo Jumbo to recreate this success in the retail channel and help more consumers discover this exciting new title.”

Hidden object games have been growing in popularity among casual gamers. From the RealArcade.com list of top selling games in 2007, five of the top 10 were of the seek-and-find genre—with just over a dozen genres in the casual game space, this type of showing in the top 10 is proof positive that hidden object games are making a stand.

“Mortimer Beckett is a fun game, and we’re proud to publish the game for retail and bring such a great product to market,” said Mark Cottam, CEO of MumboJumbo.

Mortimer Beckett and the Secrets of Spooky Manor retails for $19.99 and is rated ‘E’ for Everyone. The game is also available at www.mumbojumbo.com.

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