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Putt-Putt and Pep's Balloon-o-Rama

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Press Release:

    Humongous Entertainment's Award-Winning Putt-Putt and Pep to Launch New Junior Arcade Series of CD-ROM Games

    Woodinville (Seattle), WA, September 26, 1996 -- Putt-Putt, the lovable yalking purple roadster who has won more than 37 industry awards of excellence, will launch a new series of action-packed Junior Arcade games from Humongous Entertainment, a subsidiary of GT Interactive Software Corp. (NASDAQ: GTIS). Putt-Putt and Pep's Balloon-O-Rama and Putt-Putt and Pep's Dog on a Stick CD-ROMs will pop and hop into stores October 18 for $14.95 each, captivating kids ages 3-8 with new worlds of hand-animated fun.

    "Older kids have been enjoying arcade games for years, but most arcade game content is not designed for 3 to 8 year olds. Our new series of Junior Arcade games delivers high-quality, nonviolent, action-packed fun. Now, the entire family can enjoy classic arcade gameplay with their favorite animated friends," said Ralp Giuffre, Humongous Entertainment executive vice-president of marketing and licensing.

    Putt-Putt and Pep's Balloon-O-Rama

    Kids will have a blast helping Putt-Putt bounce his pal Pep into the air to pop colorful balloons - some filled with hidden surprises. Putt-Putt and Pep's Balloon-O-Rama features 120 levels of action and hidden bonus rounds.
    Balloon-O-Rama designer Rhett Mathis said, "We've created an animated world of arcade fun and made it kid-friendly. Features like Junior Helper, with Easy Catch and Never Lose Pep modes, make gameplay easy for young children."
    Popping multiple balloons in a single bounce earns players more points than popping them one at a time. When Putt-Putt catches goodies, like candy that falls from popping balloons, kids earn extra points -- but their scores never fall below zero.
    Special prizes that fall from popping balloons make Putt-Putt as long as a limousine or increase Pep's popping power. Just when you think you're about to clear a level, surprise balloons can inflate to fill the screen with new challenges. Hit the space ship when it zooms by, and discover point-racking bonus rounds that are truly out of this world.

    Putt-Putt and Pep's Dog on a Stick

    Join Pep as he hops from one wacky world to the next in Putt-Putt and Pep's Dog on a Stick. Kids will jump for joy as they help their furry friend collect goodies and avoid a variety of critters while he works his way through more than 100 challenging levels of hound-hopping fun.
    Dog on a Stick designer Matt Mahon, "Fun foes like pigs with jet packs, frogs on sticks, dancing penguins, stinky skunks, pouncing tigers and other wacky obstacles make Dog on a Stick as challenging as it is fun."
    Kids can rack up bonus points by having Pep pick up a variety of special items. Bones, candy, cherries, shells, ice cream and steaks are just a few of the items that pile up the points. But don't forget there are lots of pesky items and creatures bouncing around in each world that make grabbing goodies a challenge.
    Players can direct Pep to land on power-ups that give him double-jump capability, hot chocolate that makes him move faster, a Super-Pep Cape to wear while he confronts critters and earns bonus points, and even a bonus Pep. Other lively gameplay surprises include bonus rounds, buttons that trigger changes on the playing field, slippery oil, sticky goo, "teleporters," moving platforms, and trampolines.
    Kids can personalize the action with the easy-to-use Custom Level Builder. They can select hand-drawn backgrounds and fill Pep's landing spaces on the screen with a variety of special items and creatures. In just a few mouse clicks, kids can play levels that they created.

    Junior Arcade Series

    Junior Arcade games are so much fun that Freddi Fish and Luther are getting into the act. Freddi Fish and Luther's Water Worries and Freddi Fish and Luther's Maze Madness will swim into stores in early 1997.
    Junior Arcade games are packed with fast-and-furious gameplay that satisfies kid's hunger for action and surprises. These games star everyone's favorite characters from Humongous Entertainment's award-winning titles and feature the same high-quality hand-drawn animation.
    Each Junior Arcade game is available on a multiplatform CD-ROM for Windows 95, Windows 3.1 or Macintosh operating systems.

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    Established in 1992 by Shelley Day and Ron Gilbert, Humongous Entertainment creates high-quality, hand-drawn, interactive Junior Adventures, Junior Field Trips and Junior Arcade CD-ROM's that encourage kids to explore, discover and have fun. Endearing original characters include Putt-Putt, Freddi Fish, Fatty Bear, Buzzy the Knowledge Bug and Pajama Sam.

    Junior Adventures challenge and inspire kids to think for themselves in creative and flexible ways. Children play with faithful, lovable friends as they discover captivating worlds where they direct the journey and overcome challenges at their own pace. Humongous Entertainment's heart-warming characters and engaging adventures come to life through feature-film quality animation, original music and the power of a child's imagination. Humongous Entertainment is a wholly-owned subsidiary of GT Interactive Software Corporation.

    Contributed by Jeanne (75624) on Mar 17, 2004.