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Thursday, November 6, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Nov. 6, 2008 @ 5:27 a.m. PST

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:

futureU (NDS)

futureU is the latest supplementary test prep offering from Kaplan which adapts test preparation content into a medium relevant for today's teens. futureU represents a new medium for supplemental SAT prep by adapting test preparation material into a collection of fun interactive games.

Utilizing the touch screen capabilities of DS, futureU offers a complete interactive experience unlike any standard test taking method to date. Designed for studying at home or on the go, the game consists of six distinctive mini-games that are divided into three main categories - Math, Reading and Writing. Developed as a complement to traditional SAT study methods, the game is grounded in Kaplan curriculum and features hundreds of questions and track-able player progress.

futureU incorporates a wealth of in-game content that challenges and sharpens skills including:

* Reading: Focuses on refining players' reading skills, vocabulary, main idea identification, themes and arguments, technique, and recognizing word meanings based on context.

* Writing: Concentrates on improving players' writing skills by covering topics such as passive voice, run-on sentences, misplaced modifiers, parallelism, conjunctions, fragments, coordination and subordination, pronouns, subject-verb agreement, tenses, adverbs and adjectives, gerunds, idioms, wrong words, and double negatives.
* Math: Enable players to practice critical math areas such as algebra, geometry, data, statistics, probability, polynomials, and sequences.

futureU, rated "E" for Everyone, is available on NDS for $29.99.

Petz Rescue Endangered Paradise (NDS)

Fulfilling every child's dream of protecting the planet and preserving diverse animal life, the first games in the Petz Rescue series allow young players to save, nurture and heal endangered animals.

Petz Rescue Endangered Paradise for NDS allows players to become members of an environmental rescue team whose mission is to save the wildlife on a beautiful island that has been threatened by pollution.

Petz Rescue Endangered Paradise, rated E for Everyone, will be available on NDS for $29.99 starting Nov. 18, 2008.

Petz Rescue Ocean Patrol (NDS)

Fulfilling every child's dream of protecting the planet and preserving diverse animal life, the first games in the Petz Rescue series allow young players to save, nurture and heal endangered animals.

Petz Rescue Ocean Patrol for NDS puts players in the role of Greg or Mila, who must help their uncle save endangered marine life on a secluded island.

Petz Rescue Ocean Patrol, rated E for Everyone, is available on NDS for $29.99.

Petz Rescue Wildlife Vet (NDS/Wii)

Fulfilling every child's dream of protecting the planet and preserving diverse animal life, the first games in the Petz Rescue series allow young players to save, nurture and heal endangered animals.

In Petz Rescue Wildlife Vet, available for NDS and Wii, players live an amazing adventure as a young vet who cares for domestic and exotic animals and investigates the cause behind the local animals' illnesses.

Rated , Petz Rescue Wildlife Vet, rated E for Everyone, is available for Wii ($39.99) and NDS ($29.99).

Rubik's World (NDS)

Rubik's World is a mind bending puzzle game created by developer Two Tribes that is inspired by the original Rubik's Cube. The uniqueness and originality of the gameplay elements, combined with the classic Rubik's Cube references offer an appealing new puzzle videogame that caters to casual and hardcore gamer's alike, delivering hours of fun for the whole family.

The game is deeply rooted into the Rubik's Cube core puzzle mechanics but at the same time enables players to test their logical skills with brand new innovative puzzle games. According to Matthew Kato from Game Informer, "There's plenty here to twist and turn your brain" in Rubik's World for the DS.

Key Features:

  • Play eight unique games and activities that mix puzzles, quizzes, music, and sound activities – including the classic cube solving game!
  • Multiplayer lets you share the fun with family and friends. Challenge them in three different games.
  • Each game requires forward thinking and involves complex mechanics with a simple interface
  • Increasing levels of difficulty ensure long lasting playability
  • Expand your Rubik's universe. The better you play, the more Rubik's World comes to life, unlocking new assignments in the process
  • Cubies behave like living and learning beings. Play and interact with them as you educate and entertain them!
  • Crisp and light color palette to create a unique minimalist look and feel.

Rubik's World for Nintendo DS is available for a suggested retail price of $29.99. The Rubik's World for Nintendo Wii will be hitting the retail shelves nationwide next week on November 11 and will be available for a suggested retail price of $39.99.

Tom Clancy's EndWar (PS3/X360)

Set on the battlefields of World War III, Tom Clancy's EndWar pushes the envelope of technology with its revolutionary voice-command system. Tom Clancy's EndWar has been built from the ground up as a pioneering war strategy game solely for the current generation of gaming consoles.

"By allowing players to control the game entirely with their voice, the launch of Tom Clancy's EndWar marks a strategic shift in the way games can be played," said Tony Key, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Ubisoft. "Ubisoft is revolutionizing gaming with the release of EndWar and we believe it will serve as the catalyst for the success of strategy games on consoles."

"We are seeing a major trend in intuitive interfaces augmenting and even replacing standard controller-based input in video games," said Billy Pidgeon, Research Manager, Consumer Markets: Games, IDC. "While motion tracking with sensors and cameras is typically used, voice command and control has been more challenging for developers. Ubisoft's EndWar demonstrates how voice command's natural accessibility delivers a more immersive and realistic gameplay experience."

Tom Clancy's EndWar, rated "T" for Teen, is available on PS3 and Xbox 360 for $59.99.

Zenses Ocean/Zenses Rainforest (NDS)

Zenses Ocean and Zenses Rainforest combine relaxation with a series of brain training puzzle games to transport players to the sites, colors and sounds of some of the world's most incredible environments. In Zenses Ocean, players are exposed to a visual feast of shells, stones, waves and exotic creatures, accompanied by soothing aquatic sounds. In Zenses Rainforest, players are challenged to solve a set of brain-boosting puzzles against the backdrop of exotic flora and fauna. Each game has up to 50 difficulty levels as well as hidden bonus tasks.
Whether it's to lighten a work commute or to unwind after a long day, The Game Factory created Zenses for women of all ages looking for the perfect little mental escape from the daily grind.

Key Features:

  • Allows players to escape from the stresses of daily life while challenging the mind, body and spirit through relaxing puzzle games, soothing ambient sounds and authentic rainforest and oceanic visuals.
  • Designed for casual play - whether it's for three minutes or for a three-hour escape - Zenses offers a collection of six easy to pick up, yet addictive puzzle/brain games that are as fun as they are challenging.
  • A clean, fresh and "spa-like" interface that highlights the earth's natural wonders and beauty.
  • A pleasant mixture of 2D and 3D. Zenses is controlled using the stylus only. Not a single key press is necessary.
  • Zenses includes a high-quality ambient soundtrack. All music from the game is available to download for free at

Developed by German developer Shin'en, Zenses Ocean and Zenses Rainforest are rated E for everyone and available for a suggested retail price of $29.99.

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