AGOURA HILLS, CA – September 24, 2009 – THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) today announced that Women’s Murder Club: Games of Passion is now available at retailers nationwide. This is the first time a game based on the best-selling Women’s Murder Club book series is available on the Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DS®. James Patterson, the author of 40 New York Times bestsellers, along with THQ and I-play has created a compelling new storyline filled with even more suspense and thrills than before! Fans enter the world of the Women’s Murder Club to piece together clues to capture an unlikely and elusive murderer.
“The Women’s Murder Club series is a great success on Windows PC and we are excited to expand the WMC universe with an original, nail-biting Patterson-style game on the leading portable systems,“ said Doug Clemmer, executive vice president for THQ Kids, Family and Casual. “And much like the great Patterson books, fans can now take our Games of Passion anywhere, whether they are commuting to work or relaxing on vacation.”
“As a writer, I’m always trying to find new ways to tell a story,” said James Patterson. “The astounding growth of women playing the Nintendo DS made this platform an exciting way to bring new adventures of the Women’s Murder Club to fans everywhere.”
Rated ‘T’ for Teen, Women’s Murder Club: Games of Passion is available for purchase at retailers nationwide for the suggested retail price of $29.99.
About James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club: Games of Passion
In Women’s Murder Club: Games of Passion, players step into the investigative shoes of the Women’s Murder Club members, Lindsay, Claire and Cindy, where they investigate a string of seemingly unrelated murders as they unfold. Beautiful women go missing and turn up dead around every corner, and the clues point to the least likely of suspects.
With engrossing, story-driven gameplay and thought-provoking mini-games, Women’s Murder Club: Games of Passion lets players immerse themselves in a classic Patterson mystery as they examine locations for clues, and interrogate witnesses and suspects alike. A distinct mix of hidden object and puzzle gameplay, Women’s Murder Club: Games of Passion lets players become a part of the Women’s Murder Club universe as a unique Nintendo DSi feature allows fans to create their own mystery by utilizing the Nintendo DSi camera.
About James Patterson
James Patterson is the best selling author in the world with more NY Times #1 best sellers than any author in history. He has also written more best sellers in different genres than any other author…young adult adventures, romances, non-fiction, as well as his trademark mystery / thrillers that include Alex Cross and The Women’s Murder Club, respectively the #1 and #2 best-selling detective series in the US over the last 15 years. He has had feature films and a TV series developed based on his work, with several currently in development in Hollywood. Prior to his unprecedented storytelling success, James Patterson was the youngest CEO of J Walter Thompson USA, the global ad agency.
I-play, the publishing division of Oberon Media, Inc., is the world’s leading multi-platform casual games publisher. With powerful franchises and massive distribution across PC, Mobile, and Interactive TV, I-play content reaches global consumers across the three most popular entertainment screens, and delivers fun, entertaining, accessible content to casual gamers of all ages. I-play’s PC publishing division (formerly known as Oberon Games) is based in Seattle and created the hit Dream Day Series, as well as the first casual games for bestselling author James Patterson and legendary mystery author Agatha Christie, including the Zeeby’s Awards 2007 Game of the Year, Agatha Christie: Death on the Nile. I-play’s mobile division has delivered some of the biggest selling franchises in the mobile space, including the world’s #1 best-selling racing franchise, The Fast & the Furious, based on the blockbuster movies. I-play’s interactive TV group (formerly PixelPlay) creates and distributes games featuring many top brands including Centipede™, Missile Command®, Asteroids™, Monopoly®, Scrabble®, Boggle®, and Yahtzee™. I-play is headquartered in New York City, with offices in Seattle, San Mateo, London, and Dunfermline, Scotland.
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