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Monday April 24, 2006 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on April 24, 2006 @ 10:37 a.m. PDT

Another day, another batch of games shipped to stores. Instead of giving them all their own posts, we grouped them, and so far there are announcements for:

Rampage: Total Destruction (NGC/PS2)

"Rampage: Total Destruction's massive monster list and fully destructible cities will introduce a whole new generation of gamers to the Rampage universe, while staying true to the classic gameplay that arcade fans love," said Steve Allison, chief marketing officer, Midway. "Gamers of all ages will smash, punch, and burp with delight as Rampage: Total Destruction delivers a great single-player and multi-player experience for a fantastic value price."

In Rampage: Total Destruction, players can choose from more than 25 unlockable monsters, and seven international cities, including San Francisco, Hong Kong and Hollywood. Players will start with six characters available, including the original terror trio of George, Lizzie and Ralph, and graduate to new crazy monsters hidden throughout the various 3D city environments, such as Icky the Echidna in London, Wally the Warthog in New York City and Jack the Jackalope in Las Vegas.

Rampage: Total Destruction, offers a fresh take on an arcade classic complete with everyone's favorite monsters: George, Lizzie, and Ralph, along with a variety of new monsters to collect and play. Virtually everything in the environment can be damaged, broken, and utterly destroyed with plenty of hilarious results. Aided by power-ups, all monsters are capable of acquiring a number of upgrades throughout the course of a single campaign. Rampage: Total Destruction allows up to two players to compete or cooperate as they battle through the levels on the Sony PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system. It also allows 1-4 players for the Nintendo GameCube.

This new version reinvents the classic arcade game and offers up a huge selection of monsters that have the ability to perform unique combo attacks and individual super moves. Game versions for both platforms are now available with a U.S. suggested retail price of $19.99.

DinoHunters (PC)

With a script penned by former Maxim Magazine editor-in-chief Keith Blanchard, DinoHunters involves the wanton and bloody destruction of dinosaurs for a fictional sports broadcast style-hunting show. This wild action comedy stars three dysfunctional celebrities, a sexy TV producer, a one-of-a-kind time-travel premise and numerous mean-spirited, hungry, yet soon-to-be extinct giant reptiles. Hilarious scripted sequences bring a televised sit com-style flavor to the game, which is developed on Source – the same engine Valve created to power Half-Life 2.

“DinoHunters is an innovative online gaming series that combines intense first-person shooter action with the comedic storytelling sense of a first-rate television show,” says Keith Halper, CEO of Kuma Reality Games.

The first in a series of new retail-quality “advergaming” titles from Kuma, DinoHunters is offered to consumers for free, using advertising to pay the cost of development and distribution. The first episode of DinoHunters is sponsored by Schick, for which Kuma developed an advergame campaign for the Schick® Quattro® razor.

“Kuma’s ability to marry quality gameplay with engaging storylines, while maintaining focus on the brand’s communication objectives enabled us to make it a centerpiece of the Schick Quattro campaign strategy,“ said Alex Kakoyiannis whose company Navigame worked with Carat Fusion to develop Schick’s overall integrated game strategy. “Kuma’s episodic model also allows the brand to continue its relationship with gamers for an indefinite amount of time, which cannot be achieved with other advergames because they are not created with a serial approach.”

Future episodes of DinoHunters are scheduled to premiere on the fictional Total Hunting Channel each month and are available for download at www.thedinohunters.com.

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