Official Press Release
SAN RAFAEL, CA, April 12, 2006 - Telltale, Inc today announced the immediate availability of Bone: The Great Cow Race, the second installment of its groundbreaking episodic game series. Visitors can now download the full game from http://cowrace.telltalegames.com for $12.99 or purchase a packaged version for $17.99.
The Bone adventures continue in The Great Cow Race, as Fone Bone and his cousins arrive at the Barrelhaven county fair on the eve of the annual cow race. While Phoney Bone plots to swindle the locals, Fone Bone attempts to prove himself and win the heart of the fair Thorn, who has become infatuated with a rakish honey salesman. There are games, trickery, exotic foodstuffs, a daring rescue ... and rumblings of something sinister in the offing. And, there's fun with cows.
Bone: The Great Cow Race is the continuation of a new breed of episodic interactive entertainment launched by Telltale last fall. The company released the first episode, Bone: Out from Boneville, to wide acclaim in September. Hailed by reviewers and educators alike as engaging for all ages, the Bone books on which these games are based, have become the anchor for the new Graphix line from Scholastic Books, one of the world's largest book publishers.
"Telltale's work on Bone is amazing," said Bone creator Jeff Smith. "It has been great to see these animated personalities coming to life. They're expanding the Bone worlds with incredible fidelity to my original comic book pages."
"The Great Cow Race has a get rich quick scheme, romance, great wit, and most important, cow racing," said Dan Connors, CEO of Telltale, Inc. "What more could you want! Episodic gaming is finally taking shape, and the one-two punch of Out from Boneville combined with The Great Cow Race really gives customers a chance to see how well this approach works in action."
In addition to the standalone Great Cow Race, Telltale is offering special combo packages for those who buy both episodes together. Customers can purchase the downloadable versions of Act 1 and 2 together for $24.99 and a packaged set of CDs in DVD slipcases for $29.99. All Bone games include a free trial mode. Customers do not need to purchase or install the previous episode, Out from Boneville, in order to play The Great Cow Race.
Jeff Smith's nine-volume Bone book series has sold over 1 million copies worldwide, with translations in 15 languages. Bone accolades and awards include both the prestigious 2005 Eisner Award and 2005 Harvey Award for Best Graphic Album. Scholastic, the world's largest children's publisher, began issuing the Bone books in color for the very first time in 2005. Scholastic has established a bi-annual release schedule for its 9 volume Bone series, with the fourth installment slated for a fall 2006 release.
About Telltale, Inc.
Telltale delivers Tales for Your Imagination – high caliber interactive entertainment featuring engaging stories, strong characters, and rich environments. A new era of interactive entertainment is emerging, with customers expecting more from their investment in play time. Telltale is developing and deploying cinematic quality animation and storytelling technologies, to create entertaining and exciting interactive adventures that meet these new expectations. Staffed with long-time industry veterans, Telltale is currently creating tales based on Jeff Smith's Bone series, Steve Purcell's Sam & Max characters and television's popular CSI program in partnership with Ubisoft.
Telltale offers content development and custom publishing services for license-holders interested in adapting their properties for interactive delivery as well as the episodic gaming model. The company has created innovative tools, designed specifically for rapid development of high-quality, space-efficient titles for digital distribution. Telltale titles can be downloaded from its website, powered by Digital River, as well as online partners such as Yahoo! Games, Big Fish Games, Direct2Drive, Trymedia Systems, Boonty, and CNET. To learn more about Telltale, please visit: www.telltalegames.com.