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Lead the Meerkats released on WiiWare today!

Hull, UK Ever wondered how 'simples' it really is to live like a meerkat? Now you can find out, thanks to Lapland Studio's upcoming mammalian action-simulation, Lead the Meerkats, released 28th May on Nintendo WiiWare.

Lead the Meerkats is one of the first ever games to be based on the often hilarious trials and tribulations of daily meerkat life, surrounding you with fun loving characters as they playfully interact with each other and try to reach a common goal.

In this engaging WiiWare title, you take up the role of a young female meerkat, flung onto the dangerous, arid and rocky side of the African Savanna desert, with the objective being to reclaim the lush, green area from an invading meerkat pack.

Surviving the harsh desert will require strong leadership skills, clever underground expansion and plenty of hairy moments, especially when coming face-to-face with the hungry predators roaming the African sands and skies for a tasty meerkat snack. Watch out for the soaring eagles and tenacious jackals, or else you'll be top of the menu.

The vibrant meerkat experience is brought to life using the Wii's motion controls, guaranteed to have you bobbing up and down in front your TV like your on-screen friends. As the leader of the new meerkat pack, you need to coordinate the building and expanding of your own Meerkat Manor - an intricate network of underground burrows, all while growing the size of your pack and keeping them protected. Order them to keep guard on vital posts, gather resources and food for expansions, attack incoming threats and, as every meerkat loves, dig!

You'll need to expand your burrows and territory while fighting off rival meerkat packs to successfully rule the Savannah, building a force to reclaim your lush, green home back from the darker coloured meerkats.

The lively, personality-filled animals of the game's African Savannah come in all shapes and sizes, from your own conscientious, maternal meerkats and that of the rival packs, to philosophical turtles, as well as plenty of tasty scorpions to snack on as you work through the day.

Lead the Meerkats promises more meerkat-related quirks and hijinks than a Compare the Market advert - you can even stand in front of your TV and swing your arms like a boxer to increase the strength of your character - and a donation from each purchase will go towards the Kalahari Meerkat Project, helping to support their research and safeguard the future of the meerkats.

Lead the Meerkats offers genuine fun for gamers of all ages and is approved by PEGI, ESRB and USK rating boards.

Lead the Meerkats will launch on the European WiiWare platform on May 28th for 1,000 Nintendo points with a US release date still to be announced.

Burrow your way to the official "Lead the Meerkats" website to find out more: www.leadthemeerkats.com

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About Lapland Studios

Lapland Studio Ltd is a graphics creation, post- production and game company located in Finland. It was established in 2004 and is privately funded company. They have global customers in game, TV and film production industries, plus increasing amount of customers in mobile, embedded and PC graphics industries.

About Inaria Interactive

Inaria Interactive, a wholly owned by Lapland Studio Ltd., formed 2009 to create compelling casual original IP game titles that are fun and addictive and that embrace the mass market. Over the past few years Lapland Studio has been involved in several high quality game projects for a variety of game developers to demonstrate the capabilities to amaze visually. This expertise gives an essential startup for Inaria Interactive to create entertaining casual games for all ages.

About the Kalahari Meerkat Project (KMP)

The KMP is a not for profit group. The project was founded in the Kgalagadi National Park (formerly the Gemsbok National Park) in north-west South Africa, but was relocated in 1993 to what became the Kuruman River Reserve (KRR). The KRR is jointly owned by the Kalahari Research Trust and the University of Cambridge. The project founder, Prof. Tim Clutton-Brock, is Professor of Animal Ecology of the University of Cambridge and is project director. The project is a longterm research project, contributing to our understanding of the evolution of cooperative behaviour of meerkats.

www.kalahari-meerkats.com

Inaria Interactive;, Lapland Studio Further information:

http://www.inariainteractive.com

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Company/Press Contact:

Ilkka Immonen

CEO, Lapland Studio

email: ilkka@laplandstudio.com

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