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January 13, 2011 13:04 ET

Avanquest Software's Nova Development Announces Thomas & Friends™ Misty Island Rescue Available in Apple's Mac App Store

With 10 Exciting Games & Activities, Kids Ages 2-5 Can Learn Preschool Basics With Thomas & Friends on the Island of Sodor and Beyond

CALABASAS, CA--(Marketwire - January 13, 2011) - Nova Development, a consumer unit of leading global software developer and publisher Avanquest Software (PARIS: AVQ), and HIT Entertainment, a leading provider of quality children's entertainment, proudly announces that their new Thomas & Friends™ Misty Island Rescue software title is available immediately in the exciting new Mac App Store. Rated "E" for Everyone and featuring characters from the popular animated television series Thomas & Friends, this multi-level game and learning software offers essential preschool lessons encompassing the value of friendship, fair play and teamwork in addition to basic skills such as pre-math, matching, memory and more.

Preschoolers and parents all over the world love Thomas & Friends, making it the #1 preschool toy property (Source: NPD 2010 YTD Q3). Now the adventure continues with easy-to-use software based on the DVD movie, "Thomas & Friends Misty Island Rescue." Features include:

  • 10 different games and activities geared toward preschoolers ages 2-5.
  • Thomas and his friends Percy, James, Sir Topham Hatt, Ferdinand, Bash, Dash, Captain and other Thomas & Friends characters.
  • Matching, memory and recognition games, plus pre-math basics, counting, colors, shapes and more.
  • Activities for improving hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and spatial orientation through mouse manipulation.
  • Games and puzzles that promote interpersonal skills such as recognizing facial expressions, moods and emotions.

"We are very excited to add the number-one pre-school property to Nova Development's family of beloved interactive edutainment software and to make it easily available to everyone at the Apple's new Mac App Store," said Todd Helfstein, president of Nova Development. "Children are already very familiar with Thomas & Friends, and the Misty Island Rescue software adds an educational component that will nurture young minds at a critical stage in their development."

"Nova Development has taken all of the adventure of Thomas and his friends in Misty Island and translated it to an innovative software package," said Gabriela Arenas, Vice President, Consumer Products -- Thomas Division, US, HIT Entertainment. "As Thomas fans extend their enjoyment of Misty Island Rescue to their home computers, kids and parents will find learning with Thomas and his engine friends to be both interactive and entertaining."

Thomas & Friends Misty Island Rescue is available immediately for $19.99 at the Mac App Store, see link: The software is compatible with Macintosh OS X 10.4 or later. Thomas & Friends Misty Island Rescue is rated "E" for Everyone.

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