Ignorance is Bliss Island

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Currently available as a PC title from over 100 casual gaming portals, Bliss Island is bringing its skill game-self to the PSP.  Juggle, race, attack, defend, and direct a collection of cutesy characters through the feelgood title of the year, and see why so many gamers "gotta have another go" whenever they pick this one up.

Codemasters Treats PSP® Owners to Some Tropical Gaming Sunshine on Bliss Island

New York (September 12, 2006) – Set to be a bright ray of gaming sunshine this coming winter, Codemasters today announced a dedicated PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system edition of Bliss Island.

Bliss Island is a frantic, fun and fiendishly compulsive skill game created by heroes of the indie-development scene Pompom Software (Space Tripper, Mutant Storm). Bliss Island first appeared as a web-based mini game and is currently available as a PC title from over 100 casual gaming portals, such as Funsta.com (www.funsta.com). Now a PSP system specific edition is in development, designed to extend the title’s unique “gotta-have-another-go” gameplay.  

Packed with a totally feel good vibe and play that's instantly accessible, Bliss Island is a funky skill based game that centres on keeping kinetic objects moving. Using just the analogue stick and an action button, players will juggle, race, attack, defend and direct a collection of cute characters through a series of mini-games that share this uniquely intuitive yet deceptively fiendish control system.  

On Bliss Island, players will meet and play with Hoshi the Zwooph, a cute blue creature, who can project precision puffs of air from his long trunk. Usually Hoshi uses this enviable skill to create the clouds that float over the tropical island, but every Friday Hoshi uses his puff-powers to compete in a whole series of games and challenges. And it’s in these games that Hoshi – and his fluffy friends Gaston, Ebba and Miki – need your help.

Players take control of Hoshi’s super blowing powers and help him show off his skills in a series of madcap mini-games. By controlling the timing and direction of Hoshi's puffs, or that of his friends, players will juggle, bounce, and direct objects towards set goals in a wide variety of challenges across the island.

Helping Hoshi and his friends compete in challenges such as bouncing fruit into the hungry mouth of the Jigoka monster in Fruit Slam Dunk, saving flowers from swarms of aphids in Fluffy Mayhem, and smashing marching boulders to pieces in Brick Invaders. It all makes for a fantastically frenetic game that tests players' precision, timing and, when the going gets really tough, their nerve.

With over 80 unique challenges designed specifically for burst play and incorporating WLAN multiplayer modes, get ready to take a trip to Bliss Island in the new year. For more on the PSP system edition see www.codemasters.co.uk/bliss and to sample the PC edition with 60 minutes free play visit www.funsta.com.

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Codemasters is a leading developer and publisher of best-selling interactive entertainment products for a global audience on current and future gaming platforms and channels. Established in 1986, the company’s dominant brands include Colin McRae Rally, TOCA Race Driver, LMA Manager, Brian Lara Cricket and Operation Flashpoint. The company is headquartered in Southam, Warwickshire UK and maintains operations in the US, Germany, France, Spain, and Benelux. More information about the company and its products is available online at http://www.codemasters.com

Over the past 4 years, award-winning Pompom Software has received considerable acclaim for not only establishing the “Modern Retro” as a viable genre together but also its focus on producing games which are simply great fun to play, first with Space Tripper and most recently with Mutant Storm. Bliss Island is its most ambitious title to date, which brings those skills to a mass market. Prior to founding Pompom, directors Miles Visman and Michael Michael have gained over 25 years experience in producing quality entertainment software. http://www.pompomgames.com
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