EA Announces Mobile Invasion

Five mobile games and two iPod games were released by EA's Casual Entertainment label today. The seven games include two mobile Sims games and a slew of board games.

"EA Mobile continues to create and distribute games that compel potential customers to download and play games on mobile devices," said Travis Boatman, Vice President of Worldwide Studios, EA Mobile. "The wide range of handsets, from everyday devices to sophisticated 3G phones, and the iPod, provide great platforms that foster and satisfy consumer demand for anytime entertainment."

Here's the full break-down:
The Sims 2 Castaway (mobile)
The Sims Pool (mobile)
Monopoly Here & Now (mobile)
Yahtzee Adventures (mobile)
Merv Griffin's Crosswords (mobile)
Scrabble (iPod)
Yahtzee (iPod)

Screw the iPod, where are my iPhone games? Hit the jump for the descriptions if you're all out-dated and boring and don't own an iPhone...loser.

Games for Mobile Phones
The Sims 2 Castaway
EA Mobile invites gamers to get lost on a remote island with The Sims Castaway as they create, customise and guide a Sim to explore, survive and thrive on an uncharted tropical paradise. Vividly rendered lagoons, jungles, beaches and hidden pirate treasures await fans. The goal: provide your Sim with food, make clothing and build shelter. The Sims 2 Castaway continues The Sims franchise tradition of community: avoid isolation and keep your Sim happy by communicating with other inhabitants. With easy, one-button controls to move your Sim and interact with others, The Sims 2 Castaway unveils rich worlds new to The Sims universe!

The Sims Pool
With The Sims Pool, you can customise your Sim characters, and then hit the pool hall to compete against other Sims in exciting 8 or 9-ball action. Pool fans and newcomers can perfect their skills and watch their popularity soar as they sink balls, execute impressive trick shots and pull off slick combos. Advanced pool physics and an easy one-button interface deliver exciting pool fun for everyone.

Monopoly Here & Now
Monopoly Here & Now, developed via the EA and Hasbro, Inc. alliance, updates the world popular board game with a modern twist, allowing players to buy and sell properties like Waikiki Beach, Fenway Park, and more. Using simple controls to roll the dice, move around the properties, and keep score, gamers can buy, sell, and trade as they strive to put the competition out of business to win it all. Offering solo competition against the phone or pass 'n play with friends, Monopoly Here & Now delivers great fun - anytime and anywhere.

Yahtzee Adventures
Tour the world with Yahtzee Adventures! Play this new version of the treasured Hasbro dice game on your phone. Travel the globe, meet new characters and challenge them to a game, roll the colorful dice and be the first to score a Yahtzee! Enjoy Classic, Duplicate, Rainbow and Battle modes. Pass 'n Play with your friends, or try your hand at a Yahtzee single-player adventure. Dynamic, exciting gameplay, easy controls, and automatic scorekeeping deliver terrific mobile entertainment for you, your friends and family.

Merv Griffin's Crosswords
Experience all of the fun and excitement of the popular TV show with Merv Griffin's Crosswords - now mobile. Players can customise an avatar and choose to play in Timed Mode or Casual Mode. In Timed Mode, it's a race against the clock to enter answers as fast as possible, with virtual cash and prizes at stake. Or play at leisure with no time limits or opponents in Casual Mode. Simple controls make it easy to buzz in to the board, answer the word hint and complete the Crossword. Merv Griffin's Crosswords is great fun for all ages and skill levels!

Games for the iPod
Scrabble
Scrabble, under licence from Hasbro in North America only, spells major f-u-n on your iPod! It includes flexible difficulty levels, a built-in word list, dynamic animations, scrolling and full-board views. Use the click-wheel to play alone, challenge the computer in your iPod, or enjoy pass n' play with a friend. The game offers tips, like the "Best Word" feature which suggests the optimal word that can be formed with your tiles. Scrabble on the iPod is great fun for all - from wordplay mavens to new Scrabble players.

Yahtzee
Let the good times roll with Yahtzee on iPod! Vivid dice animations, easy score-keeping, multiple game modes, and simple click-wheel controls deliver classic Yahtzee fun. Fans can play solo, against a friend, or against the computer in their iPod. With unlockable difficulty levels, help menus and pop-up hints to explain the basics, Yahtzee on the iPod is perfect for novices as well as experienced players. Enjoy the iPod version of this wildly popular Hasbro family game!

The Sims 2 Castaway, The Sims Pool, Monopoly Here & Now and Yahtzee Adventures are now available on wireless carriers in North America. Merv Griffin's Crosswords has launched on Verizon Wireless, and is coming soon to other carriers. For more information on carrier availability and pricing, please visit www.eamobile.com.

Yahtzee is available worldwide through iTunes. Scrabble is available via iTunes in the United States and Canada only. All iPod games are available for the iPod nano, iPod classic and fifth-generation iPod and can be sent as a gift using the iTunes gifting feature (www.itunes.com).


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