Popcap® hits for XBOX 360 Hits UK Retail Shelves

Mastertronic Group, the UK’s leading independent publisher of computer and video games, today announced details of their second collection of titles from PopCap Games, Inc., the worldwide leader in casual video games – PopCap®Hits Vol. 2 features great titles from the legendary game creators, including: Plants vs. Zombies™, Zuma®, Heavy Weapon and Feeding Frenzy 2.



Mastertronic’s Product Director Neil McKenna said: “Surveys indicate millions of people are now playing casual games, with the majority playing online. The PopCap® Hits series groups together selections of great casual games and makes them available off the shelf as a boxed copy. With over 60% of gamers preferring physical copies of games rather than downloads, we’re delighted to make these great casual titles available on disc to buy in store and online.”

Plants vs. Zombies is the ultimate in tower defence gameplay. A mob of brain-loving zombies is about to invade your home and your only defence is an arsenal of zombie-zapping plants. Use peashooters, wall-nuts, cherry bombs and more to destroy zombies before they reach your front door. With five different game modes to choose from, there’s hours of entertaining gameplay available. Plants vs. Zombies is the fastest selling iPhone title of all time with 300,000 copies sold in the first nine days it was available on the App store. A cross-platform hit, Plants vs. Zombies Xbox Live has a current review average of 89/100 on Metacritic.

Survive the ancient temple of Zuma in this fast-paced puzzle adventure. (Players are challenged to fire magical balls from their stone frog idol to make matches of three or more and clear a chain of balls before they reach the golden skull. Zuma is based on a simple gaming mechanic executed superbly and utilises a variety of pleasing visuals to deliver a compelling and entertaining puzzle game experience.

Unleash side-scrolling shoot ‘em up arcade action at its best with Heavy Weapon. Fight through 19 story-based missions to upgrade six different weapon banks, or jump into instant action in Survival mode. Or work with other players and storm across enemy lines to defeat bosses in co-operative multiplayer modes.

Play Feeding Frenzy 2 solo or with friends, dodge predators and eat your way up the food chain to save the sea in this sequel to ‘Feeding Frenzy’. The sequel features new fish and sixty new levels. Other features also include your fish now having the ability to jump out the water, giving you the ability to catch prey that will not see you coming.

PopCap Hits Vol. 2, will be released on Xbox 360 on 11th March 2011 at a mid price point.

Already Available from Mastertronic, is PopCap® Hits – a classic collection of four stellar game brands to be released for the Xbox360. PopCap Hits brings together some of PopCap’s greatest titles: Bejeweled® 2, Peggle®, Feeding Frenzy™ and AstroPop™ for the first time in one collection.

Mastertronic’s Product Director Neil McKenna said “Research has shown that 30 per cent of Xbox 360 owners connected to Xbox Live have never downloaded an Arcade title – which leaves a huge audience who have never considered buying one of these universally popular games. PopCap titles are renowned for appealing to everyone – young, old, male, female – making them truly mainstream titles. This collection represents significant value for money, and will prove to be a real draw for those unfamiliar with downloading titles – and also act as a permanent keepsake for fans of PopCap.”

Bejeweled 2 is the most popular casual game of the 21st Century. The franchise boasts over 350 million downloads to date and over 50 million units sold. In this classic game of gem swapping and explosive action, match sparkling gems three at a time to make them burst in showers of colour and points. Match four or more to create power gems that boost your score and your mood with dazzling cascades and combos. Soar to gem-matching heights in Classic mode, or speed through matches against the clock in Action. For even more dazzling fun, bump up your brainwaves with multi-faceted Puzzles, or enter the Zen state of Endless play.

Peg-busting phenomenon Peggle – voted Top 10 best Xbox Live Arcade games in 2010 by IGN – has achieved over 50 million downloads on the internet alone. A blend of pachinko, pinball and pool, the challenge is to conquer 55 levels with 10 mystical Magical Powers and rack up bonus points. Face off against friends in 4 player Xbox Live multiplayer play and take your best shot at becoming the ultimate Peggle Master!

Feeding Frenzy – the action-packed deep-sea challenge. Immerse yourself in stunning underwater environments as you slurp, gulp and crunch your way along 50 frenzied levels and eat anything smaller than you. Can you overcome the fearsome Shark King?

Arcade-puzzle action in AstroPop – Choose from four space pilots, each with unique abilities and weaponry, to grab and blast bricks and clear a path to the stars. AstroPop blends two different gameplay modes (Classic and Survival) with 33 challenging bonus rounds, offering hours of replay fun for all ages.

PopCap Hits is available released on Xbox 360 now.

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