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inXile Acquires 'Line Rider' (NDS/Wii) License

by Rainier on Dec. 19, 2006 @ 10:11 a.m. PST

inXile entertainment announced today that it has acquired the rights to the addictive 'toy' Line Rider, and will bring all the fun & thrills of the addictive Web version, aswell as adding new features, to the NDS and Nintendo Wii.

Line Rider has received accolades from media worldwide. commented, "Line Rider is becoming one of the most popular flash games on the web," and The Wall Street Journal called Line Rider "Online gamers' new addiction." The Toronto Star noted that Line Rider was "a deceptively simple online game' and stated that it has become "the latest Internet addiction."

"I have been around the interactive entertainment industry long enough to have seen similar phenomenon like Tetris and Bejeweled become massive international hits, and Line Rider has all the elements to do the same," said Brian Fargo, chief executive officer of inXile entertainment. "Line Rider is like a fully animated Etch-A-Sketch® and will be perfect for the Nintendo DS and Wii."

Fargo continued, "The amazing thing is that it has appeal to almost everyone. I've watched 6 year-olds and adults play Line Rider and both were thoroughly entertained and captivated. Easy to pick up and play, and highly addictive, we are very pleased to be bringing Line Rider to video game players."

Described as a "toy" by its creator Bostjan Cadez, Line Rider allows players to construct their own track filled with as many ramps, hills, and jumps as they can imagine utilizing a pencil tool. Once the player is done creating their course, they can send a virtual sledder down the route until he wipes out. The possibilities in Line Rider are only limited by physics and the player's imagination with an almost endless number of variations and replay.

"Line Rider began its life as a project I did for illustration class," commented Bostjan Cadez, who created Line Rider in his native Slovenia. "As much as people see it as a game I think of it as a toy because there is no score and no one wins or loses while playing Line Rider. I'm looking forward to working with inXile entertainment on the new Nintendo DS and Nintendo Wii versions as they will bring added gameplay and features."

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