League Soccer™ and U.S. Women’s National Team Players Featured in Humongous
CD-ROM Backyard Soccer MLS Edition™
Humongous Sports™ Title Scheduled to Hit Store Shelves in October
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.
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
will be playing right alongside the superstars from MLS, as kids of course."
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.
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.
Soccer MLS Edition is scheduled for release in October on hybrid CD-ROM
for Windows® 98/95 and Macintosh®. Humongous
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.
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.
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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