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Strategy First Signs With 'Monte Cristo'

by Rainier on July 26, 2002 @ 4:41 p.m. PDT

Strategy First and French developers, Monte Cristo, are delighted to announce that they have signed a multiple title co-publishing deal, in which Strategy First retains exclusive North American publishing rights for six of Monte Cristo’s most popular PC titles.

Stéphane Grand-Chavin, North America and Export Sales Manager said: “Monte Cristo is very excited to be collaborating with such a key publisher in the North American market. Strategy First’s unique positioning in the marketplace will allow us to strengthen our corporate profile in US and Canada as well as promote our titles to a large retail and consumer market.”

Steve Wall, V.P., of Business Development for Strategy First, said: “We look forward to building a long-term relationship with Monte Cristo and feel that our collaboration will prove to be successful for both companies involved. Monte Cristo has a great line-up of titles that will allow Strategy First to expand its product line into the mainstream market.”

The Monte Cristo games to be published by Strategy First include, Dino Island, The Partners, Micro Commandos, Airline Tycoon Evolution, Fire Department and Platoon.

About the Games

  • Dino Island

Thrilling rides, mesmerizing shows and a giant T-Rex! This is one theme park that will never be extinct. Dino Island is the hottest ticket in PC games, letting players create their own breed of dinosaurs and fill a theme park full of fabulous attractions. Mix and match a kind-hearted stegosaurus with a terrifying T-Rex, give him wings and some teeth, and you have a custom-made Dino Island resident. But be careful! One or two dinosaurs and a couple of rides don’t necessarily mean colossal success. It’s up to each player to keep the crowds coming in…and the dinosaurs happy!

  • The Partners

Casual Fridays have never been this much fun. Mix one part Ally McBeal and one part The Sims and you’ve got a great case on your hands. The Partners is a life simulation game that puts players in a fast-moving law office where the daily ups and downs are anything but mundane. The watercooler talk is surrounded by deep, passionate love affairs, hateful rivalries and intense jealousy. Relationships can be professional or tawdry, friendly or vengeful and the characters can range from sports loving playboys to cultured career men. Now all this and the fate of the firm is in the player’s hands!

  • Micro Commandos

When it comes to conquering the human race, size does matter! Micro Commandos are tiny, little aliens that have big issues with the humans surrounding them. Stuck in a human basement, this mini military is trying to gain control of the Ultimate Weapon that will help them bring the entire planet to its knees. To do so, they will have to explore every corner of the house and look for essential resources (food, energy and furniture). They will also have to develop their own infrastructure and transportation from scratch. But conquering mankind is a big challenge, especially when you are 10mm tall and another group of micro aliens and the full size family cat are standing in your way!

  • Airline Tycoon Evolution

Do everything but fly the plane in Airline Tycoon Evolution, an airline management game that lets players grab hold of a high-flying company and help it soar. Oversee security operations, keep passengers safe and secure in the skies, make sure staff is always smiling and has plenty of pillows and blankets, create and customize planes and bring every flight in for a safe landing – on time! Airline Tycoon Evolution is the follow up to the hugely popular Airline Tycoon, considered one of the greatest airline simulations ever. Providing hours and hours of entertainment and micromanagement excitement, Airline Tycoon Evolution promises to have PC gamers behind the control panel striving to keep their airline at the top.

  • Fire Department

    Become a real hero with Fire Department¸ a new strategy game that will have players firing up their PCs to get in on the excitement of blazing fires and terrifying rescue missions. Control entire teams of firefighters who are busy trying to save the world and use strategy and management skills to put the flames out. Fire Department lets you bring in fighters depending on the size of the fire and the number of people that need rescuing, call for specialists if things get out of hand, and choose from a large number of vehicles including Aerials, Water Towers, Pumpers, Tankers and even Air Tankers. Overcome obstacles in the heat of battle and find the best points of entry to tackle the flames. Medals are awarded according to team performance, number of people saved and the amount of resources used, and only the best men get out alive.

  • Platoon

    Thundering helicopters overhead, wet muddy weather and tragic casualties surrounding the ground you crawl along. All the excitement of the big screen is finally coming to the small screen in Platoon, the first action RTS set during the Vietnam War. Based on the action-packed film that marked a generation, this new adventure title that has the rights to the official MGM license will bring all the real war-time events to today’s PC community. Follow the career of newlywed Martin Lionsdale of the 1st Airborne Cavalry Division, and take part in some of the most thrilling moments of the conflict, controlling an entire platoon of soldiers (up to 30 men) through 15 missions based on historical events. A soldier’s rank and abilities depend upon his level of experience, and performance is continuously affected by the environment, terrain and combat situation. Learn US army tactics in the tutorials and take advantage of a wide range of weaponry, vehicles and support units. Take part in one of the world’s most groundbreaking wars and its most legendary war movie – Platoon!

For more information on the games and their release dates, log onto Strategy First or Monste Cristo.

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