Khrakov, Ukraine – Itera-Research together with AppDragon today are pleased to introduce Wild West Races 1.0 for iOS, their western-themed, horse race, strategic card game, which is played with unique playing cards. The goal of the game is to be the first to maneuver a cowboy and his horse over the prairies and across the finish line, implementing the moves on the playing cards. Cards include distance cards with the number of kilometers a horse may move and bonus cards that can hinder the progress of an opponent or counteract the impediments placed by an opponent. Players are given six cards, and they may keep wanted cards, put a card in play, or discard to obtain a new card. Players take turns putting cards in play in this overhead view, strategy card game. The first player’s cowboy and horse to cross the finish line wins the game.

Players must employ strategy to win Wild West Races. Players choose and employ one of their 6 cards from a 114-card deck to move the cowboy across the playing field, earning points for each card played. Players must begin each race by playing the Whip Card. Distance Cards are used to move across the varied Wild West prairies, and if a player does not have any Distance Cards, they must discard until they draw one. Players may only move the number of kilometers that are remaining in the race. For example, in a 100-kilometer race, if a player’s horse only has 4 kilometers left before the finish line, he or she may only play a Distance Card of 4 kilometers or less. Other Distance Cards must be discarded.

Feature Highlights:
* Fast, fun, strategic game
* Win by being the first cowboy and horse across the finish line
* High Score board
* Unique cards affect game play
* Bonus Points for cards played, card combinations, slow game, and more

There are a number of different types of cards that affect game play: Distance Cards, Slow Down, Stop Movement, Remedy Cards, and Bonus Cards. Distance Cards show the distance that a cowboy may move, in lengths of 2, 4, 8, 10, 12, and 20 kilometers. When a player puts a distance card in play, their cowboy and horse move the corresponding distance. Slow Down or Stop Movement Cards impede the progress of an opponent when they are placed on the board. Featuring western-themed graphics and sounds, these cards include: Ambush, Hungry Horse, Thirsty Horse, Rain, and Broken Whip. Once a Slow Down or Stop Movement Card has been played against a player, that player’s horse may not move forward until he or she plays a corresponding Remedy Card. The Gun Remedy Card counteracts Ambush, the Food Card eliminates Hungry Horse, the Water Card nullifies Thirsty Horse, the Sun Card protects against Rain, and the Whip Card repairs Broken Whip.

Wild West Races also features Bonus Cards that provide game-long protection against Slow Down or Stop Movement Cards. The Sheriff Card protects against Ambush Cards, the Food Sack negates Hungry Horse, the Golden Horseshoe provides protection against both Broken Whip and Rain, and the Water Flask provides unlimited water and protects against Thirsty Horse. Bonus Cards also give players an extra turn when played.

Games can take less than 5 minutes, or players can participate in a longer tournament of races. Wild West Races features three different kinds of races. Single races are 100 kilometers long while a Race is 500 kilometers long. A Tournament consists of 3 Races of 500 kilometers each. This fast-paced game also features adjustable sound effects, music, and animation speed. Players may choose the difficulty level of play against the computer: Easy, Normal, or Hard.

“Race your Cowboy and his horse over the prairies in this ruthless contest for survival,” stated Alexander Savkin. “Perfect your strategy and win Wild West Races!”

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later (iOS 5 tested)
* 14.4 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Wild West Races 1.0 is $0.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. Review copies are available on request.

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Based in Khrakov, Ukraine, Wild West Races was created in close cooperation between two companies, Itera-Research and AppDragon, which were founded in 2004 by Segiy Lavrik and Alexander Savkin. Itera-Research focuses on game ideas and game design. AppDragon implements programming and publishing. Together, both companies work collaboratively do develop quality mobile applications. Copyright (C) 2012 Itera-Research and AppDragon. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.

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