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CAROL VORDERMAN IN YOUR STOCKING

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Carol Voderman

Press release:

COUNTDOWN TO CAROL VORDERMAN SUDOKU

London, October 2005, Xplosiv, the multiplatform value range today announced the official release of 'Carol Vorderman Sudoku' PC CD Rom title in Q4, RRP £14.99. The addictive and challenging puzzle craze that swept the globe found a huge fan and supporter in best selling author and personality Carol Vorderman and this interactive game will allow Carol to show you how it's done. Let her take you step-by-step via live action video explaining the methods of Sudoku and revealing handy hints so that you too can become a Sudoku master. If you feel you've mastered the methods of Sudoku then the game will allow you to lay down the gauntlet and challenge Carol to the ultimate Sudoku showdown.

As a self-confessed Sudoku addict, the Channel 4 Countdown presenter says: 'I have become completely obsessed and a bit of a saddo. I love competitions with friends to see who finishes first. I go for the fiendishly hard one and have got my time down from five hours to under twenty minutes.' She adds, 'Mind you, I'm told off at home, at work and even in the hairdressers for going "into the Sudoku zone" and "not listening to a word anyone says".'

Sudoku challenges you to fill in the missing numbers in a 9x9 grid. It's a game of reasoning that doesn't require calculating or special maths skills - but instead focuses on concentration and brain power

"This is a fantastic signing for the xplosiv range. This product has more to offer and is unique compared to the other Sudoku products on the market. It will make a terrific Christmas gift for hard core Sudoku fans and novices," said Jo Fawell, European Product Manager, Xplosiv.

Carol will appear in the form of live video and talk the player through a number of features including:

  • An introduction to Sudoku
  • Step-by-step instructions
  • Tutorials for every level of player
  • Hints and tips
  • Game Play Modes
  • Hours and hours of fun for fans of Sudoku
  • A huge variety of gameplay including Classic Sudoku, Sudoku Challenge and Challenge Carol
  • All New Arcade Modes including Beat the Clock and Perfect Sudoku

Features

  • 1,000,000-plus unique Sudoku puzzles!
  • 4 difficulty levels to suit all players
  • Simple to use interface
  • "Grid Assistance" to help all players from novices to experts
  • Ask Carol: Hints and Tips from Carol herself
  • Puzzle Solver
  • Sudoku Career High Scores Tables
  • Print and Go

With the craze showing no signs of coming to end - celebrities becoming Sudoku widows, a planned TV show, and the first national championships having taken place - neither a Sudoku novice nor expert will be able to resist Carol Vorderman Sudoku!

About Xplosiv

Empire launched Xplosiv as a value brand selling PC software in mid 2000 and PlayStation2 in 2004, proving a great success in the UK and overseas due to the group’s license wins with, Sega, Ubisoft, Taito, Activision, Microsoft, Vivendi and CDV. Further information on Xplosiv products can be found at www.xplosiv.net.

About Empire Interactive

Empire Interactive is a leading publisher of interactive entertainment software that has been established for 17 years. The company floated on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange in July 2000. Headquartered in the UK, Empire Interactive also has offices in the US, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. The company develops and publishes a varied range of titles across all platforms in the US, Europe and Asia. Further information about Empire Interactive and its products can be found at: www.empireinteractive.com.

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