Behold: “Kung Fu Chaos” Brings Fun and Good Fortune to Xbox

REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 26, 2003 — Martial arts masters, gaming gurus and b-movie buffs worldwide are slicing, dicing, kicking and chopping in celebration today as Microsoft Game Studios releases
“Kung Fu Chaos (TM) ,”
a comical new ’70s-style brawler designed for the Xbox (TM) video game system. With a madcap cast of kitschy characters — the illusive Ninja Fu Hiya, lethal roller-skating hottie Candi Roll, wisecracking Master Sho Yu, Captain Won Ton and many others —
“Kung Fu Chaos”
is a tribute to the cult phenomenon of martial arts movies and promises to bring players good fortune and hours of sidesplitting entertainment.

In
“Kung Fu Chaos,”
players battle on parodied movie sets using a dramatic combination of death-defying leaps, highflying kicks, dizzying spins and special moves unique to each character. Besides dealing with each other, players must contend with sinking ships, crumbling movie sets and other back-lot calamities to earn points and new weapons. Songs such as ’70s hit
“Kung Fu Fighting”
and the theme from
“Enter the Dragon”
set the mood and complete the scene.

The spirited party brawler game was developed by the creative minds at Just Add Monsters (JAM) to satisfy the competitive needs of gamers. Even if parents can’t keep up with the comical insults and backstabbing twists, they will still enjoy jamming to the familiar ’70s tunes on the game’s upbeat music track and watching the final cut of their multiplayer battle rendered in classic Kung Fu music fashion.

“We’re excited to be launching our 2003 portfolio with a game that has cross-generation appeal to teens as well as their parents,”
said Beth Featherstone, senior director of Games Marketing at Microsoft.
“‘Kung Fu Chaos’ adds the perfect offbeat kick to the Xbox lineup.”

“Kung Fu Chaos”
includes the following key features:

  • Combat with a twist. It will take more than just a cool move to win this game.
    “Kung Fu Chaos”
    features an in-depth combat system with signature moves, multiple combination attacks, blocks, counterattacks and interrupters. Players can also pummel opponents with taunts that eventually lead to power-ups. With a total disregard for manners,
    “Kung Fu Chaos”
    is the only game that rewards its players for talking smack.

  • Amazing environments. Huge animated structures, traveling movie sets, falling and flying debris, and spectacular action sequences come together to deliver fast-paced, highly competitive and downright outrageous epic battles.

  • Gameplay diversity. With single and multiplayer gameplay modes, a wide variety of minigames, customizable ’70s-themed audio and cinematic effects, and a rich reward system of unlockable features,
    “Kung Fu Chaos”
    is a pick-up-and-play gameplay extravaganza designed for a wide range of players.

More information on
“Kung Fu Chaos”
is available online at http://www.kungfuchaos.com/ .
“Kung Fu Chaos”
has an ESRB rating of
“T”
and is available in stores for an estimated retail price of $49.95 (U.S.).

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) is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software — any time, any place and on any device.

About Just Add Monsters

Just Add Monsters’ mission is to be the best digital entertainment developer for the social gaming masses. Social gaming is about fun, competitive, state-of-the-art games that everyone can pick up and play. Former Sony Computer Entertainment developers Mike Ball, Nina Kristensen and Tameem Antoniades founded Just Add Monsters Ltd. (JAM) in March 2000 in Cambridge, United Kingdom. JAM became a subsidiary of Argonaut Games Plc. in October 2000 with Jez San OBE joining the board.
“Kung Fu Chaos,”
a Microsoft first-party exclusive for Xbox, is the studios’ debut title. For more information, please visit http://www.justaddmonsters.com/ .

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