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Monday, October 15, 2007 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Oct. 15, 2007 @ 9:12 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:

Agatha Christie: Evil Under the Sun (PC)

“We’re proud to continue with a franchise for the world’s best known mystery author, the stories from the Queen of Crime have found a new home in the world of adventure gaming,” said Albert Seidl, President and CEO for the JoWooD Group. “Releasing just in time for the start of the holiday season, Agatha Christie: Evil Under the Sun will not disappoint our awaiting fans!”

Famous detective Hercule Poirot is back in typical style, turning up at just the right time to begin an investigation into the murder of a famous actress during what should have been the start of a relaxing holiday. Taking on the role of Hercule Poirot, players can scour a stunning tropical island for clues and delve deeper into the mysterious relationships between over 20 unique characters to search out the killer…

AWE Games and Lee Sheldon have teamed up once again to create a game full of stunning and varied environments for players to explore along with a diverse cast of characters, a host of new puzzles and a clever plot twist different than that of the original book.

Agatha Christie: Evil Under the Sun is Windows Vista compatible and has an ESRB rating of ‘T’ for Teen.

Flash Focus: Vision Training in Minutes a Day (NDS)

Just as Nintendo's brain-training games gave your gray matter a workout, Flash Focus aims to train users' eyes in areas like hand-eye coordination, peripheral vision and visual acuity. It launches today, exclusively for NDS.

It might sound like a strange concept, but top athletes have long used high-tech computerized visual training programs to give them an edge on the baseball diamond, basketball court and football field. Now Nintendo makes this remarkable technology available to anyone who wants to have fun while tracking improvements in the various visual exercises. It's a great tool for moms who like to keep a "peripheral vision" watch on their kids or for people who want an edge spotting holiday sales.

"Flash Focus represents another one of our software titles that delivers fun with a purpose," says George Harrison, Nintendo of America's senior vice president of marketing and corporate communications. "Flash Focus should be in the training arsenal of every coach in the country, but it's also ideal for casual game players of any age who want to keep their vision sharp."

The first time users pop in Flash Focus: Vision Training in Minutes a Day, they take a series of tests to determine their DS Eye Age. As users spend a few minutes each day with the activities, they get better and better at the exercises and their Eye Age lowers to demonstrate their improved focus abilities.

Some of the many fun activities in Flash Focus: Vision Training in Minutes a Day include:

  • A variation of the hidden ball "hat dance" seen at baseball parks: A circle is placed in one of three boxes, and the user must follow the location of the circle as the boxes shuffle rapidly on the screen.
  • Watching two symbols flash on the screen, then tapping the touch screen to indicate whether they matched.
  • Memorizing a target letter and counting how many times it appears in a fast-moving stream of letters on the screen.

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