PSA: Horn sounds the alarm on iOS today

PSA Horn sounds the alarm on iOS today
The first Zynga Partners for Mobile game has launched on iOS today. Phosphor Games' action adventure game Horn is now available on the iTunes App store, a $6.99 universal download optimized for iPad 2 and 3, and iPhone 4S.

Horn focuses on a young blacksmith's apprentice named Horn who wakes to find his world is overrun with monsters – it's loosely based on the 13th-century English tale of King Horn. Phosphor Games says Horn will launch on Tegra-powered Android devices "soon."
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PHOSPHOR GAMES AND ZYNGA LAUNCH HORN FOR MOBILE DEVICES

First Title to Launch Under the Zynga Partners for Mobile Program Offers Revolutionary Console Experience

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – August 16, 2012 – One of the most eagerly anticipated mobile games of the year is now available for download as Phosphor Games Studio, a top-tier development studio for interactive entertainment, and Zynga, (NASDAQ: ZNGA), the world's leading provider of social game services, today announced that Horn is now available from the App Store on iPhone and iPad, and coming soon for NVIDIA® Tegra®-powered Android devices.

"Horn is our most ambitious project to date. Our goal from the onset was to provide a console-style experience for mobile devices that can be played and enjoyed by anyone," said Chip Sineni, Director at Phosphor Games Studio. "Partners such as Zynga and NVidia were invaluable in helping us make the most of the technology, reach out to millions of people, maximize our resources, and produce a game we hope players will enjoy and appreciate."

"We are thrilled that Horn will be the first game to launch under the Zynga Partners for Mobile program, and the first console-quality title in Zynga's mobile game portfolio," said Adam Sussman, Head of Mobile Publishing, Zynga. "Our publishing efforts strive to increase reach and distribution for our partners while helping Zynga's global network of active players discover new, high-quality games. Horn is a great first example of what we can achieve with our partners."

Horn is a revolutionary third-person action adventure game where anyone can fully explore and enjoy a beautiful and engaging console-style world, all controllable by touch gestures. Inspired by the endearing character-based console games, Horn takes the richness of intricate worlds to explore, entertaining characters, thought provoking puzzles, the excitement of combat, and memorable extraordinary situations and makes them accessible for everyone to pick up and play.

Based loosely on the Old English tales of King Horn, you play as a young blacksmith's apprentice named Horn who wakes up to find your village and lands over run by large fantastic, and sometimes humorous, monsters. It is revealed that these creatures are actually the people and animals from your village transformed by a curse, and you alone have the power to free them. On your incredible adventure you carry the loud-mouthed head of one such fantastic creature with you - a somewhat uncooperative and ill-tempered but grudgingly helpful sidekick. Along with this new companion you must use your sword, crossbow, trusty musical horn, and wits to explore the lands, defeat the enemies, and solve puzzles in your quest to undo the curse that engulfs your homeland.

"Phosphor Games Studio continues to be an amazing partner, capable of delivering console-style gaming experiences for mobile devices," said Ashu Rege, Vice President, Game Content & Technology at NVIDIA. "By leveraging the Tegra 3 quad-core mobile processor, exclusive enhancements in Horn will offer players stunning graphics along with deeply immersive gameplay."

Horn is being optimized for Tegra 3 devices to include enhanced physics and additional physically simulated particle systems that respond to the player. The game will be available for Tegra devices next week. For more information on the Tegra-enhanced version of Horn, visit TegraZone™ – NVIDIA's free app that showcases the best games optimized for the Tegra processor: http://www.TegraZone.com/.

The Horn App is available for $6.99 from the App Store on iPhone and iPad or at www.itunes.com/appstore and, coming soon for Google Play.

The game is available on iPhone and iPad in seven languages at launch, including English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Korean and Simplified Chinese, and additional languages on Android devices including Polish, Portuguese and Japanese.

The Horn trailer can be viewed here: http://www.facebook.com/HornGame.

About Phosphor Games Studio
Based in Chicago, Phosphor Games Studio is a top-tier development studio comprised of experienced video game designers with a track record of producing financially successful and critically acclaimed titles across a variety of genres – from hardcore first-person shooters and MMOs to sports and casual games. Dark Meadow, the company's first mobile game for iOS and Android devices, was a global success with downloads surpassing 1 million. More information can be found online at www.phosphorgames.com, on Facebook or via Twitter @phosphorgames.

About Zynga Inc.
Zynga Inc. (NASDAQ: ZNGA) is the world's leading provider of social game services with more than 305 million monthly active users playing its games, which include FarmVille, Words With Friends, Matching With Friends, Scramble With Friends, The Ville, Bubble Safari, Ruby Blast, Draw Something, Zynga Slingo, CastleVille, CityVille, Hidden Chronicles, Zynga Poker, Zynga Bingo, Zynga Slots, Empires & Allies, The Pioneer Trail, andMafia Wars. Zynga's games are available on a number of global platforms, including Facebook, Zynga.com, Google+, Tencent, Apple iOS and Google Android. Through Zynga.org, Zynga players have raised more than $10 million for world social causes. Zynga is headquartered in San Francisco, Calif.

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This article was originally published on Joystiq.