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Jumbuck Entertainment is a company that perhaps isn't as well associated as many others to the local games development industry, but that may be about to change. The digital media company based in Melbourne specialises in selling digital downloads primarily to the U.S and British markets, and they're about to launch a new program call "Launchpad".

The initiative is aimed at funding local startups for the development of new apps, with the hopes of commercialising the results as well as spurring the growth of the local games industry. And hey, with the recent Victorian Government budget cuts affecting the industry, this is probably a good thing...

So what kind of apps are they interested in? Jumbuck Entertainment Chief executive, David Gibbs, explains to Smartcompany.com.au...

"We're willing to consider anything, but if we had a focus we'd be looking at apps with significant revenue models. There are a lot of apps out there that aren't generating anything, but we want to add some value."

"We're looking for apps where there is a sustainable billing model. We do a little bit of work in gaming, so possibly something around that, but the ideal app for us would be something more social media-related."

"We're really targeting this at young, bright ideas coming out of development so we hope to be inundated with thousands of ideas. We want to provide some capital to fund that incubation type environment at the start of a program."

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Licensed from Viacom Consumer Products, Jumbuck has created two games based on the cult classic series, titled Star Trek - The Birds of Prey and Star Trek -The Cold Enemy. Designed to appeal to Star Trek fans and gamers of all ages, the series has been brought to life in these two games, each featuring varying strategy, action and skill levels.

Awarded 8.9 out of a possible 10 on Wireless Gaming Review (WGR), Star Trek: The Birds of Prey was praised by Steve Palley, WGR Editor and Reviewer, as ?one of those exceedingly rare media-licensed mobile games that flies in the face of convention. It's not only a pleasant surprise--it's a spectacular action game that is easily one of the best shooters on the mobile platform?...

Jumbuck Entertainment CEO, Adrian Risch, stated ?These are Jumbuck?s best games yet! The high profile brand, coupled with great game play and strict quality assurance processes were key to both games success. Star Trek is a valuable asset and to ensure we met the expectations of the legion of fans we worked in close cooperation with Viacom and fans to get the design right.?

For the entire press release, please click on the following link...

December 12th 2004, Jumbuck Entertainment today announced the release of two new thrilling wireless games, based on Star Trek: The Original Series.

Licensed from Viacom Consumer Products, Jumbuck has created two games based on the cult classic series, titled Star Trek - The Birds of Prey and Star Trek -The Cold Enemy. Designed to appeal to Star Trek fans and gamers of all ages, the series has been brought to life in these two games, each featuring varying strategy, action and skill levels.

Awarded 8.9 out of a possible 10 on Wireless Gaming Review (WGR), Star Trek: The Birds of Prey was praised by Steve Palley, WGR Editor and Reviewer, as "one of those exceedingly rare media-licensed mobile games that flies in the face of convention. It's not only a pleasant surprise--it's a spectacular action game that is easily one of the best shooters on the mobile platform".

Both games combine original music and classic storyline from the series; awesome color and sound effects and a mix of primitive and advanced alien weaponry to create a unique and thrilling game play in the true spirit of Star Trek: The Original Series.

Star Trek - The Cold Enemy, is a platform scrolling adventure game where U.S.S Enterprise is overrun by Klingon warriors. Users take on the role of the ship's engineer, Scotty, and race through 6 levels of fast paced action to free their trapped shipmates. They travel through exotic planet surfaces and foreboding underground caverns, encountering enemies both familiar and new!

Star Trek - The Birds of Prey, is a vertical arcade-style shooter game where the user takes command of the U.S.S Enterprise. Flying in combat against familiar enemies from the original series ? the Klingons and Romulans ? users have to fight their way through oncoming ships, contend with wormholes, giant-planet based cannons, and avoid and maneuver through dangerous solar flares.

Jumbuck Entertainment CEO, Adrian Risch, stated "These are Jumbuck's best games yet! The high profile brand, coupled with great game play and strict quality assurance processes were key to both games success. Star Trek is a valuable asset and to ensure we met the expectations of the legion of fans we worked in close cooperation with Viacom and fans to get the design right."

In conjunction with the two Star Trek games Jumbuck has launched a dedicated web site www.startrek.jumbuck.com. On this site, users can read detailed product description, see live game demo's, gain tips on game play and purchase the game directly from the site or be directed to their preferred carrier for purchase.

About Jumbuck
Jumbuck Entertainment Ltd (ASX: JMB) is a young mobile entertainment company focused on providing a range of high quality, best branded games and messaging services to mobile users. Jumbuck understands that brands, game play and quality assurance are the key to mobile entertainment and have a dedicated team of experienced employees from the console and PC games business to fulfill this goal.
www.corporate.jumbuck.com

About Viacom Consumer Products
Viacom Consumer Products merchandises properties on behalf of Paramount Pictures, Paramount Television, Viacom Productions, and Spelling Television, as well as third-party properties.
Viacom Consumer Products, a unit of Viacom Entertainment Group, is a subsidiary of Viacom Inc.

Star Trek(TM), (R) and (c) 2004 Paramount Pictures Corporation. All Right Reserved. Star Trek and Related Marks are Trademarks of Paramount Pictures.

Press contact For Jumbuck:
Olivia Hilton
Jumbuck Entertainment Pty Ltd.
AUS Tel (61) 3 9620 3839
Olivia@jumbuck.com

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Submitted by Adrian Risch

Jumbuck Entertainment, Australia's largest mobile games publisher, is looking for 2 Game Programmers (Junior to intermediate) and a Pixel Artist to join the team Full-Time. Game Programmers should have strong Java & OO skills and have worked on projects whether for other companies or in their spare time. Jumbuck also requires a Pixel Artist to create mobile game graphics on a Full Time basis. For more info on Jumbuck's titles visit www.jumbuck.com and please send Resumes/Portfolios to jobs@jumbuck.com.

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(Sourced from our good friends over at gamenews.com.au)..

Australian mobile game company Jumbuck is seeking experienced game developers (2+ years) with past work on GBC/GBA or major consoles. Must have good knowledge of C++ and some experience with Java. Jumbuck is the largest mobile phone content developer in Australia and develops/publishes games throughout the world. For more information contact: Adrian Risch, adrian@jumbuck.com, 03 9620 3839, Melbourne.

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