Haarlem, The Netherlands, February 15th 2006: Publisher Lighthouse Interactive and Prague based developer 7FX announced today that they have released a playable demo of their innovative puzzle/strategy train game for the PC "Loco Mania". Loco Mania is a treat for train enthusiasts and strategy gamers alike with its mix of original gameplay and beautiful graphics. The full game has already reached gold status and will begin shipping throughout Europe on February 24th, 2006.
About the Demo
The Loco Mania playable demo will put players to the test as they manage their railway system pitted against the clock in â€œTime Attackâ€. The demo will allow players access to three different maps in this game mode. As a player, the faster you complete the challenges the higher you will score. So stay on Track!
About Loco Mania
Loco Mania is a unique, fast paced, logical strategy game that puts you in charge of managing an entire railway network. Players have to control switches, semaphores and train directions to get the trains through the system as quickly and efficiently as possible. Each level will put players through a multitude of tasks from getting trains to their destination on time to guiding trains with hazard laden cargo safely home. Successfully clearing the trains through the railway system improves the players score and unlocks maps to take the game through progressively challenging levels.
Game Features (Full Game):
â€¢ 4 game modes each with their own unique challenges.
â€¢ All train models are based on real trains with 26 locos (steam-powered, electric and diesel) and 36 carriages.
â€¢ Loco Mania contains over 12 different maps inspired by different European landscapes each with an increasing degree of difficulty.
â€¢ Gameplay allows you to control switches, semaphores and directions of all trains.
â€¢ A unique Inspection mode allows you to survey your tracks and the various landscapes from a 3D view point on top of your train.
â€¢ Beautifully detailed 3D environments with effects such as; steam, chimney smoke, rotating wheels, real time lighting and shadows.
â€¢ Simulation of weather effects and daylight, faint rain, snowing, streetlights, low-altitude clouds hovering above the landscape.
â€¢ Realistic sounds for all ingame objects and addictive background music for each map.
â€¢ Includes a beginner friendly tutorial to teach you the elementary controls and strategy of Loco Mania.
Located in Prague in the Czech Republic, 7FX started its activities in October 1999 as a project team of Czech ICT Company I.C.C.C. and at the beginning of 2001 a subsidiary company 7FX Ltd. was established. Their first title: Team Factor, running on the Lightforce engine, would sell over hundreds of thousand copies worldwide. Not much later after the release of Team Factor, the experienced team started their work on a new in-house engine that will power a new generation of PC games, including Loco Mania. Find our more about 7FX at: www.7fx.com.
About Lighthouse Interactive
Lighthouse Interactive is a leading publisher of interactive entertainment with offices in The Netherlands and Canada. Lighthouseâ€™s upcoming titles include the critically acclaimed adventure title â€˜Keepsakeâ€™, the fast mech shooter â€˜War World: Tactical Combatâ€™ and the much anticipated space strategy hybrid â€˜Sword of the Starsâ€™. Staffed with industry veterans and with offices in key locations around the world, Lighthouse is a strong alternative for developers looking to bring their products to a worldwide audience.