Ravensburger and Determined Ship First Computer Game Ever to Feature The Backstreet Boys
LOS ANGELES--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)--Sept. 22, 1999--Ravensburger Interactive Media GmbH, Germany, and Determined Productions Inc. Wednesday announced ``Backstreet Boys: Puzzles In Motion'' has officially shipped to retailers Toys 'R' Us, Ticketmaster Online, Barnes & Noble, eToys, ARTISTdirect, BJ's Wholesale Club, Electronic Boutique, J & R, Micro Center and AEC One Stop, among others.
Available on a hybrid CD-ROM for Windows 95/98 and Mac, Puzzles In Motion is a new concept in CD-ROM gaming featuring today's hottest, multiplatinum selling pop group, The Backstreet Boys, with an S.R.P. of $29.95.
Enteractive Distribution Co. is the official North American distributor of the product to music and computer retailers. Ravensburger US will serve specialty toy retailers. Produced by Ravensburger Interactive in cooperation with Determined, ``Backstreet Boys: Puzzles In Motion'' represents a new medium for fans and gamers to enjoy their music.
Puzzles In Motion features the pop sensation's amazing dance moves mixed up like a puzzle that players have to match up pieces of while playing against a timer for the best score. But the fun doesn't end there, players can post their results online at www.puzzles-in-motion.com to boast their best score to other fans worldwide.
``We are excited to bring the Puzzles In Motion CD-ROM into retail stores for fans to enjoy, and particularly proud to offer the music of The Backstreet Boys in their debut computer game,'' said Thomas Kirchenkamp, managing director of Ravensburger Interactive Media.
``We hope that all gamers, especially girls and Backstreet Boys fans, will enjoy this fun yet challenging, music-filled, nonviolent game to play with friends and family.''
'N Sync will be featured on the next Puzzles In Motion release, which hits shelves late fall with other top artists to be announced later this year.
``Backstreet Boys: Puzzles In Motion'' features clips of the group's most popular songs and videos, including their recent hits ``We've Got It Going On,'' ``Anywhere For You,'' ``I'll Never Break Your Heart,'' ``Everybody (Backstreet's Back),'' ``All I Have to Give'' and ``I Wanna Be With You.''
Each of the 12 video clips plays six seconds long in a continuous loop, challenging the player to put the video puzzle back together while the video plays against a running clock.
Additionally, the game offers three puzzle variations with three levels of difficulty for a total of 117 options to play. For Backstreet Boys fanatics, there is a ``Super Puzzle Challenge'' which can only be played after the 12 puzzle clips have been solved.
About Ravensburger Interactive Media
Ravensburger Interactive Media is a publisher of CD-ROMs for children, teenagers and adults, and currently has a library of 60 titles, 27 of which are Ravensburger's own productions. Ravensburger Interactive Media was first established in 1996, and has since become the fastest-growing corporation in the Ravensburger AG family of companies.
The mission of Ravensburger Interactive Media is to create intelligent, nonviolent entertainment. Puzzles In Motion won the Milia d'Or award in Cannes, France, in 1998, which recognizes the best in interactive media products. Since being honored with the award, Puzzles In Motion has sparked an international craze to license the game. The game has since been adapted for various markets worldwide, in 12 different languages.
About Determined Productions Inc.
Determined Productions is a widely known and respected international design, product development, manufacturing and licensing company that has provided quality and innovative product in the gift, toy and promotional markets for 40 years.
Determined became one of the first character merchandising companies when it introduced Snoopy and the Peanuts gang to toy and gift consumers in 1961 and continued the trend with other high-profile licenses, including Felix the Cat, the Beatles, the Wild Things and many more.
Determined has been a pioneer in developing cause-related merchandise, beginning in 1983 with The World Wildlife Fund, followed by product lines for UNICEF, The Humane Society of the United States and the American Library Association. All Determined products are individually designed and manufactured to the client's specifications.
Determined has headquarters in San Francisco, with full-service locations in Santa Monica, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, Taiwan, London and Munich.
About Enteractive Distribution Co. LLC
Enteractive Distribution Co. is a leading publisher of entertainment, lifestyle, educational, reference and utility software. ``Backstreet Boys: Puzzles In Motion'' joins a strong collection of Enteractive celebrity CD-ROM products that includes ``Richie Sambora: Interactive Guitar,'' ``Jean-Michel Cousteau's Cities Under the Sea'' and ``Reel Women'' hosted by Jodie Foster.