SAN FRANCISCO, CA – November 17, 2006 – To celebrate its release of Thrillville on November 21, LucasArts asked amusement-park aficionados everywhere to visit www.thrillvillegame.com and vote for their favorite parks in the United States. The clear winner: Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA and Tampa, FL.
In addition to claiming Best Overall Theme Park honors, Busch Gardens also swept the online survey's other three categories: Best Roller Coaster, Best Midway Games and Best Hang-Out. Also very popular in the Best Overall category were Kennywood Park in West Mifflin, PA, and Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH.
"We are delighted with the results of the Thrillville poll," said Keith M. Kasen, chairman and president of Busch Entertainment Corp., parent company of Busch Gardens Africa in Tampa, FL, and Busch Gardens Europe in Williamsburg, VA. "We work hard to create the most thrilling attractions and highest quality parks in the world and are gratified when theme park fans give us an endorsement like this. I'm sure that many Thrillville players think SheiKra is the best roller coaster in America now, but wait until we open Griffon at Busch Gardens Europe next spring."
Available for the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system, Xbox video game system from Microsoft, and PSP (PlayStationPortable system) and created and developed by LucasArts in conjunction with Frontier Developments, Thrillville allows players to customize their own theme-park creation, interact with guests like never before, and build and hop into their own roller coasters and other rides.
Thrillville lets players race on go-kart tracks they construct, play miniature golf on courses they design, and build roller coasters so high, fast and furious they couldn't exist in the real world. A multiplayer feature allows up to four friends to play a plethora of minigames, from bumper cars to arcade shoot-'em-ups. Players can also tour the park on foot – a first for theme-park games – chatting and joking with all the guests to help them out and make sure they're enjoying themselves.
About Frontier Developments Ltd.
Frontier and its founder, David Braben, have a long association with Chris Sawyer going back to 1987, when Chris first worked on PC versions of the famous "Elite" and "Virus" games. Frontier has for many years used its own cutting-edge 3D game engine on both PC and console titles. The company has a strong track record of creating both innovative 'own-IP' games and original high-quality titles that give a faithful treatment of existing brands. The company's most recent two console games gathered three prestigious BAFTA (The British Academy of Film and Television Arts) nominations between them ("Wallace and Gromit in Project Zoo" on PlayStation2, Xbox, GameCube and PC, based on Aardman Animations Ltd.'s multiple Oscar-winning duo; and the novel, award-winning "Dog's Life" published by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe on PlayStation2). Frontier employs approximately 90 people, and has offices in Cambridge in the UK.
LucasArts, a Lucasfilm Ltd. company, is a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software worldwide for video game console systems, computers and the Internet. Based in San Francisco, Calif., as well as on the Internet at www.lucasarts.com, LucasArts was created in 1982 by George Lucas to provide an interactive element to his vision of a state-of-the-art, multifaceted entertainment company.
Lucasfilm Ltd. is one of the world's leading film and entertainment companies. Founded by George Lucas in 1971, it is a privately held, fully integrated entertainment company. In addition to its motion picture and television production operations, the company's global activities include Industrial Light and Magic and Skywalker Sound, serving the digital needs of the entertainment industry for visual effects and audio post-production; and Lucas Licensing, which manages the global merchandising activities for Lucasfilm's entertainment properties. Additionally, Lucas Online creates Internet-based content for Lucasfilm's entertainment properties and businesses. Lucasfilm's motion picture productions include five of the 20 biggest box office hits of all time and have received 19 Oscars and 53 Academy Award nominations. Lucasfilm's television projects have won 12 Emmy Awards. Lucasfilm Ltd. is headquartered in San Francisco, Calif.
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