Namco Wants to Catch You with Fishy Solitaire Game

Posted by at 6:13 pm on September 8, 2009

Break out the fishing poles and tackle boxes and practice your Solitaire skills. Namco Networks today announced the upcoming worldwide availability of Solitaire: Deck of Cods for iPhone, iPod touch and PCs.

Deck of Cods is the first game Namco Networks has simultaneously launched on multiple platforms. The launch of Deck of Cods also marks the first time the new Apple Games Group at Namco has partnered with an external developer to create an iPhone game.

In Deck of Cods, players are challenged with a fun twist on the classic card game Solitaire. Players move cards from the playing field to the deck below in sequential order. The more cards you move in succession the larger the fish you catch. Wildcards, such as Lure, Fish Finder and Feeding Frenzy, help increase the size of the catch. Each level challenges players to bring in a different size catch or multiple catches.

Namco worked closely with Red i Studios to develop the title for both iPhone and PC. For more than 8 years, Red i Studios has been developing games for various platforms. The game was initially developed for the PC Flash platform but Namco was eager to catch it and bring the game to the iPhone.

“As a huge fan of Namco properties and a self-confessed Ms. PAC-MAN addict, we jumped at the opportunity to develop for their Flash games portal,” said Jenny Martin, the Fearless Leader at Red i Studios. “Working with major publishers like Namco is a great way for us to see our games reach larger audiences. The resources and support Namco offers is unmatched.”

“This is the first time the new Apple Games group has utilized external resources; we definitely plan to continue doing so,” said Jon Kromrey, general manager of Apples Games for Namco Networks. “Working with external developers is a great way for us to offer more variety to App Store customers. We want to make sure players can find what ever type of game they are looking for-”puzzle, action/adventure, arcade-”at the price point that’s right for them.”

Namco anticipates the game being live in the App Store shortly at a $.99 price point. The iPhone and iPod touch version of the game includes:

  • Facebook Connect
  • Achievements and a trophy room
  • Ability to access the music library
  • Bluetooth Connect (connect with a friend to compete for biggest catch)

The PC version of the game, which is a free-to-play Flash game, will be available at www.namcogames.com later this month. Similar to the iPhone/iPod touch version of the game, the flash version includes:

  • 18 levels with different layouts
  • 24 unique fish to catch
  • Wildcards help increase the catch

“The PC Flash version of the game is a fun, addicting twist on the traditional Solitaire,” said David Schwartz, general manager of PC games for Namco Networks. “Bringing Solitaire: Deck of Cods to multiple platforms allows us to entertain people where ever and whenever they choose to play and on whatever device they have on hand.”

For more information on Solitaire: Deck of Cods or other games by Namco, please visit www.namcogames.com or NAMCO NETWORKS on Facebook.

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