Major League Soccer and U.S. Women’s National Team Players Featured in Humongous Entertainment’s

 

 

 

Major
League Soccer™ and U.S. Women’s National Team Players Featured in
Humongous
Entertainment®’s
Upcoming
CD-ROM Backyard Soccer MLS Edition™

 

New
Humongous Sports™ Title Scheduled to Hit Store Shelves in October

 

BOTHELL,
WA – August 23, 2000 – Humongous Entertainment®, an Infogrames,
Inc.
company (Nasdaq: GTIS), scores again with the upcoming release of
Backyard
Soccer MLS Edition™, the latest entry in the best-selling and
award-winning
Humongous Sports™ CD-ROM series for kids. Backyard Soccer
MLS
Edition is the first title in the Humongous Sports series to feature
both
professional men and women athletes. Soccer fans of all ages will
soon
be able to dribble, pass and kick with junior versions of Major League
Soccer™
(MLS) and U.S. Women’s National Team superstars such as Cobi Jones
and
Brandi Chastain. Designed for kids ages 5 to 10, Backyard Socce MLS Edition is
scheduled for release in October.

 

"Just
as with young boys, it’s important that young girls have sports role
models
they can identify with on their own level," said Andy Hieke, general

manager and senior vice president, Humongous
Entertainment. "In Backyard
Soccer MLS
Edition, young girls will be thrilled to discover that some
of
their favorite professional soccer heroines from the U.S. Women’s 

National Team
will be playing right alongside the superstars from MLS, as kids of
course."

 

Backyard
Soccer MLS Edition marks the first time ever that children can
interact
and play alongside junior versions of their favorite professional
soccer
heroes as kids. Young coaches can choose from all 12 MLS team names
and
logos, and pick from the familiar cast of 30 neighborhood kids and
15
pint-size versions of Major League Soccer (MLS) and U.S. Women’s National

Team players to fill a team. Before hitting the
field, kids can obtain
pre-game training to
perfect penalty kicks or goalkeeping skills in Practice
Mode.
Junior coaches can also customize their team name and uniform colors
before
they select from eight regular season playing fields, each with
its
own quirky characteristics and surface-specific physics. Outrageous
"Power
Ups" such as the Undergrounder, which dives underground and pops
up
somewhere else, enable players to execute unbelievable plays.

 

In
Backyard Soccer MLS Edition, kids can play single matches, head to head

or simply watch a game in progress to learn
valuable skills in Spectator
Mode. In
Season Play, players start in B division, work up to A division
and
then move to Premier as the 14-game season culminates at an international

round robin tournament where the prize is the
Astonishingly Shiny Cup of
All Cups Cup.
Halfway through the season, young coaches can also qualify
to
play in the Off-the-Wall Indoor Tournament where teams specialize in
indoor
soccer. If a loss occurs here, young coaches can later challenge
the
winning indoor team to an outdoor game on home turf.
 

 

Product
Availability

Backyard
Soccer MLS Edition is scheduled for release in October on hybrid
CD-ROM
for Windows® 98/95 and Macintosh®.
Humongous
Sports

 

The
Humongous Sports series provides all of the action and entertainment
of
adult sports games while being the world’s first sports CD-ROMs designed

for and starring kids. Children relive the fun and
excitement of days
spent playing with
neighborhood friends as they interact with the Backyard
Bunch,
30 of the zaniest boys and girls around, who make sure that a game
is
always a mouse click away. The release of Backyard Football™ in 1999
marked
the first time ever that children could interact with and play alongside

their favorite NFL football heroes as kids. The
subsequent release of
Backyard Baseball
2001™ and Backyard Soccer MLS Edition has continued the
tradition
of bringing pint-size professional sports stars to computers
everywhere.

 

About
Humongous Entertainment

Established
in 1992 and owned by Infogrames, Inc. (Nasdaq: GTIS), Humongous
Entertainment
is recognized for pushing the edge in interactive storytelling
and
delivering high-quality, hand-animated CD-ROMs starring endearing original

characters including Putt-Putt®, Freddi Fish™,
Pajama Sam®, SPY Fox™ and
more.
Humongous Entertainment develops interactive Junior Adventure™,
Junior
Field Trips™, Big Thinkers! ™, Junior Arcade® and Humongous Sports™

CD-ROMs that encourage kids to explore, discover
and have fun. Humongous
Entertainment can
be reached on the World Wide Web at www.humongous.com

 

About
Infogrames

Infogrames
Entertainment, SA (Paris Bourse: SICOVAM 5257) is a worldwide
leader
in the interactive entertainment software industry. Headquartered
in
France, the company develops and publishes award-winning computer and
video
games for the PlayStation® game console, PlayStation® 2 computer
entertainment
system, Nintendo® 64, Nintendo® Game Boy® Color, Sega® Dreamcast™,

Macintosh®, and personal computer platforms.
Founded in 1983 by chairman
and CEO Bruno
Bonnell, Infogrames has published many award-winning franchises
in
its 17-year history, such as Alone In The Dark™, Test Drive®, Driver™,

Deer Hunter™, Oddworld™, Unreal, Independence
War™, and V-Rally™. The
company is also
known for its best-selling and award-winning line of children’s
entertainment
software from Humongous Entertainment starring Putt-Putt®,
Freddi
Fish™, Pajama Sam® and SPY Fox™, as well as its successful Macintosh

publishing label, Macsoft, the number one
publisher of Macintosh entertainment
software.
In addition, Infogrames has a number of key strategic licenses
including
Warner Bros. Looney Tunes™, Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues™, Le Mans
24
Hours®, AM General Hummer®, Harley-Davidson®, and Dodge® Viper.
Based
in New York, Infogrames, Inc. (Nasdaq: GTIS) is a majority owned
subsidiary
of Infogrames Entertainment and serves as the headquarters for
the
company’s operations in North America. For more information, visit
Infogrames’
US Web site at www.us.infogrames.com

 

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