Hoyle, Dell Magazines and Webster's Team Up to Bring Crosswords Into The 21st Century

Dell Magazines Crosswords CD-ROM Offers the Most Comprehensive Collection

Of Crosswords Available



Apr 12, 2001, 01:00 ET from Sierra On-Line, Inc.

    BELLEVUE, Wash., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Sierra(TM) today announced the
 release of Dell Magazines Crosswords, the latest addition to the best-selling
 Hoyle(R) game series for the PC. Building on the success and popularity of
 Hoyle and Dell Magazines, Dell Magazines Crosswords is a 21st century approach
 for the lover of crossword puzzles.  For expert and novice puzzlers alike,
 Dell Magazines Crosswords offers variety, challenge and fun for the whole
 family.
     Crossword wizards will be challenged by Dell Magazines Crosswords'
 combination of 1,200 crossword puzzles from the 2001 release, Hoyle Word
 Games, as well as a fresh new assortment of puzzles from the authority in
 crossword puzzles, Dell Magazines. Also included are Webster's New World(TM)
 College Dictionary definitions for quick reference when stumped on the meaning
 of a word.
     "Dell Magazines Crosswords offers the most comprehensive collection of
 crosswords in one package, an easy-to-use interface, and the attention to
 rules and fun that are synonymous with Hoyle games," said Paula Bynan,
 director of marketing for Sierra. "You simply can't go wrong when you combine
 the expertise and familiarity of Hoyle, Dell Magazines and Webster's."
 
     Dell Magazines Crosswords Features:
 
     -- Players can go head to head with friends, and even create their own
        character face to use during game play.
     -- Wordsmiths can select their skill level -- easy, medium, hard, or
        choose to let the computer mix and match the difficulty level.
     -- When stumped, players can let the computer solve a letter, a word or
        the entire puzzle.
     -- The mistake alert option notifies players when an error has been made.
        The game offers hints for tricky words, as well as options to save and
        play later.
     -- The puzzle timer is a fun challenge for players and useful for keeping
        track of statistics.
     -- Puzzles can be played alone or with others on the same computer.
 
     Dell Magazines Crosswords is available for Windows(R) 95/98/2000/Me and
 Macintosh for a suggested retail price of $19.99 at local software retailers,
 by visiting www.hoylegames.com, or by calling 800-757-7707.
 
     ABOUT SIERRA
     Sierra On-Line, Inc. http://www.sierra.com , a subsidiary of Vivendi
 Universal Publishing and part of the Vivendi Universal Games division, is one
 of the original developers and largest worldwide publishers of interactive
 entertainment and productivity software. Sierra is renowned for releasing
 critically acclaimed and award winning titles that represent a wide variety of
 computer entertainment on both next generation console and PC platforms.
 
     About Vivendi Universal GAMES
     Vivendi Universal Games (VUG) is a division of Vivendi Universal
 Publishing, a world leader in mass-market multimedia communications.  A
 leading publisher of online, PC and console-based interactive content, VUG's
 portfolio of entertainment software brands includes Blizzard
 Entertainment(TM), Flipside.com(TM), Sierra(TM) and Universal Interactive
 Studios.  Games are one of parent company Vivendi Universal's key content
 areas, along with movies, music and other publishing activities.  Vivendi
 Universal aims to be the world's preferred creator and provider of
 personalized information, entertainment and services to consumers everywhere,
 and across all distribution platforms.
     NOTE:  Hoyle is a registered trademark of Brown & Bigelow, Inc. in the
 United States and other countries.  Webster's New World is a registered
 trademark of Hungry Minds, Inc.
 
 

SOURCE Sierra On-Line, Inc.
    BELLEVUE, Wash., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Sierra(TM) today announced the
 release of Dell Magazines Crosswords, the latest addition to the best-selling
 Hoyle(R) game series for the PC. Building on the success and popularity of
 Hoyle and Dell Magazines, Dell Magazines Crosswords is a 21st century approach
 for the lover of crossword puzzles.  For expert and novice puzzlers alike,
 Dell Magazines Crosswords offers variety, challenge and fun for the whole
 family.
     Crossword wizards will be challenged by Dell Magazines Crosswords'
 combination of 1,200 crossword puzzles from the 2001 release, Hoyle Word
 Games, as well as a fresh new assortment of puzzles from the authority in
 crossword puzzles, Dell Magazines. Also included are Webster's New World(TM)
 College Dictionary definitions for quick reference when stumped on the meaning
 of a word.
     "Dell Magazines Crosswords offers the most comprehensive collection of
 crosswords in one package, an easy-to-use interface, and the attention to
 rules and fun that are synonymous with Hoyle games," said Paula Bynan,
 director of marketing for Sierra. "You simply can't go wrong when you combine
 the expertise and familiarity of Hoyle, Dell Magazines and Webster's."
 
     Dell Magazines Crosswords Features:
 
     -- Players can go head to head with friends, and even create their own
        character face to use during game play.
     -- Wordsmiths can select their skill level -- easy, medium, hard, or
        choose to let the computer mix and match the difficulty level.
     -- When stumped, players can let the computer solve a letter, a word or
        the entire puzzle.
     -- The mistake alert option notifies players when an error has been made.
        The game offers hints for tricky words, as well as options to save and
        play later.
     -- The puzzle timer is a fun challenge for players and useful for keeping
        track of statistics.
     -- Puzzles can be played alone or with others on the same computer.
 
     Dell Magazines Crosswords is available for Windows(R) 95/98/2000/Me and
 Macintosh for a suggested retail price of $19.99 at local software retailers,
 by visiting www.hoylegames.com, or by calling 800-757-7707.
 
     ABOUT SIERRA
     Sierra On-Line, Inc. http://www.sierra.com , a subsidiary of Vivendi
 Universal Publishing and part of the Vivendi Universal Games division, is one
 of the original developers and largest worldwide publishers of interactive
 entertainment and productivity software. Sierra is renowned for releasing
 critically acclaimed and award winning titles that represent a wide variety of
 computer entertainment on both next generation console and PC platforms.
 
     About Vivendi Universal GAMES
     Vivendi Universal Games (VUG) is a division of Vivendi Universal
 Publishing, a world leader in mass-market multimedia communications.  A
 leading publisher of online, PC and console-based interactive content, VUG's
 portfolio of entertainment software brands includes Blizzard
 Entertainment(TM), Flipside.com(TM), Sierra(TM) and Universal Interactive
 Studios.  Games are one of parent company Vivendi Universal's key content
 areas, along with movies, music and other publishing activities.  Vivendi
 Universal aims to be the world's preferred creator and provider of
 personalized information, entertainment and services to consumers everywhere,
 and across all distribution platforms.
     NOTE:  Hoyle is a registered trademark of Brown & Bigelow, Inc. in the
 United States and other countries.  Webster's New World is a registered
 trademark of Hungry Minds, Inc.
 
 SOURCE  Sierra On-Line, Inc.