September 23, 2008
Fan-Favorite Shaun the Sheep Hops the Fence From the Farm into the Hands of Nintendo DS(TM) Families Everywhere As the Game From D3Publisher Ships Today
D3Publisher (D3P), a publisher and developer of interactive entertainment software, announced today that the official game based on Aardman Animation's award-winning television series, Shaun the Sheep, is now available exclusively for Nintendo DS(TM) at major retailers worldwide. Gamers will play as the loveable sheep, Shaun, as he tries to find the rest of the flock before the Farmer arrives home. Shaun the Sheep will be available at North American retailers for the suggested retail price of $29.95 (USD).
"We were thrilled to see Aardman's unique style and animation from the show really come alive on Nintendo DS. It was imperative to capture the distinctive and comedic qualities that make Shaun the Sheep an award-winning series in order to create a truly fun gaming experience for kids and parents," said Adam Roberts, European Managing Director for D3P. "From imagery to sound effects, the videogame really shines with all the quirky Aardman humor."In Shaun the Sheep, the sheep have escaped and Shaun must find the rest of the flock before the Farmer comes home. Gamers will play as Shaun and interact with favorite characters such as Shirley, Timmy, Bitzer and more as they adventure through their favorite scenes and explore areas from the series like the junk pile, the sheep pool and the circus tent. Players will utilize the DS touch screen and microphone as they experience three different gameplay modes: Story Mode, Mini-game Mode and Collection Mode and maneuver around obstacles, access hidden areas, and try their hand at eight unlockable mini-games and eight collectible slide puzzles. Five "micro" games will offer players more interactivity and depth by showcasing memorable moments from the show such as saving Timmy from the circus high wire or making a ball of wool to distract Pidsley the cat!
Shaun the Sheep was developed by Art Co., Ltd., and the game is rated "E" (Everyone - Comic Mischief) by the ESRB. The official videogame website can be found at: www.shaunthesheepgame.com.
The Shaun the Sheep show has been sold in more than 150 countries including the United Kingdom (BBC), United States (Disney), France (TF1), Germany (WDR) and Japan (NHK). In North America, the series debuted in July 2007 on Disney Channel and consistently outperforms the channel's primetime average rating in all key demographics with more than half a million kids tuning in each week. New episodes air every Sunday during primetime and the shows are repeated throughout the week. For more information on the series, please visit: www.shaunthesheep.com.
About Aardman Animations
Aardman, based in Bristol (UK), co-founded and run by Peter Lord and David Sproxton, is a world leader in animation. It produces feature films, television series and television commercials for both the domestic and international market. The studio has won over 400 international awards including 4 Oscars(R).
Aardman's multi-award winning productions are novel, entertaining, brilliantly characterised and full of charm that reflects the unique talent, energy and personal commitment of the very special people who make up the Aardman team. The studio's work is often imitated and yet the company continues to lead the field producing a rare brand of visually stunning and amusing independent and commercials productions.
D3Publisher, a subsidiary of D3, Inc., is a leading interactive entertainment publisher and distributor for licensed and original titles for personal computers, major console platforms and handheld systems. D3Publisher has operations in the U.S., U.K., and Japan. The company also owns development studio Vicious Cycle Software, Inc., and its technology platform, Vicious Engine. Recent releases have included Dark Sector(R), Dead Head Fred(R), Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords(R), and Ben 10(TM): Protector of Earth. For more information about D3Publisher, please visit: www.d3publisher.com.
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