The title is THQ's second offering based on the "Bob the Builder" animated TV show and home video series. Based on THQ's agreement with BBC Multimedia, the software publishing division of BBC Worldwide Limited, and HIT(TM) Entertainment, "Bob the Builder: Bob Builds A Park" for PC is scheduled for release in the U.S. and Canada in fall 2002.
"Since its launch in the U.S. on the Nick Jr.(R) network in January 2002, `Bob the Builder' continually reaches record-breaking ratings in its pre-school programming block," said Germaine Gioia, vice president, licensing, THQ. "THQ's 2001 line of games based on `Bob the Builder' was a phenomenal success in 2001 and strengthened THQ's leadership position within the kids' interactive entertainment market."
"`Bob the Builder' consumer products have performed extremely well worldwide, and we look forward to the brand's continued success across all mediums," said Holly Stein, senior vice president, global consumer products, HIT Entertainment. "`Bob the Builder: Bob Builds A Park' for PC offers pre-school-aged kids and their parents a fun, user-friendly interactive game that the whole family can enjoy."
Dave Lee, Director of Multimedia, BBC Worldwide, said: "We are pleased to extend our successful relationship with THQ with another quality `Bob the Builder' product. The continued success of `Bob the Builder' software is an indication of both the popularity of the brand, and the high quality of the interactive products, and I'm confident our latest product will help continue this trend."
The animated show currently airs on Nick Jr.(R) five days a week, and Saturdays on CBS. "Bob the Builder(TM)" features classic and timeless stories focusing on teamwork and problem-solving themes appealing to the two- to six-year-old audience.
"Bob the Builder: Bob Builds A Park" is based on the television adventures of Bob, his business partner Wendy, and crew of fun-loving, all-action building machines including Scoop, the backhoe; Muck, the eager dump truck; Roley, the enthusiastic steamroller; Lofty, the nervous crane; and Dizzy, the energetic cement mixer. In Bob's newest project, players must help Bob and his friends build a park in the neighborhood by completing different activities within the game. The game features varied difficulty settings for kids as young as three years old. All ages will be engaged in more than 12 activities such as repairing a skateboard track in Skateboard Spud, assembling dinosaur bones in Dinosaur Discovery, and leading animals into Pets' Corner.