Tue, 2008-01-15

New York, NY-The Nightshift Code, a new casual game developed by Black Hammer Productions and published by PlayFirst Publishing is now available at http://www.playfirst.com. A puzzle game with a fully developed comic strip story and look, The Nightshift Code's intricately plotted story line brings an added dimension to this casual game.

BHP expanded the concept of the hidden object game (HOG) and wrapped it in deep narrative told in graphic novel format. Numerous comic panels appear both as full pages and as overlays to further intertwine the gameplay with the narrative. Original code puzzles also add to the gameplay of this product.

The game follows the travails of Mike Reynolds, an underachieving night watchman at the Chicago Museum of Art and Antiquities. One night, he catches Isabel breaking into the museum to steal an ancient papyrus. She offers information about Mike's father, missing for the last two years, in return for Mike's help, drawing them both into a world-wide adventure to find Mike's father and uncover the location of a hoard of stolen Nazi gold.

Black Hammer Productions has been developing games for the PC and GBA for twelve years. Recent game credits include CANDY LAND: Dora the Explorer Edition and Go, Diego, Go!: Safari Rescue for Nickelodeon (the two top selling games on Nick Jr. within weeks of their release) and the game design for Viva Media's CD-ROM, It's the Big Game, Charlie Brown. The company also developed all nine of the I Spy CD-ROMs, Scholastic's hit series for the PC. The I Spy CD-ROMs have been consistent bestsellers and award winners since the release of the first title in 1997. Black Hammer Productions has developed several web games for clients such as General Mills, Showtime, Nickelodeon, Volvo and Qualcomm.

A sister company, Black Hammer Game, developed I Spy Challenger for the GBA. Black Hammer Game also developed Supremacy: Four Paths to Power, an original turn-based strategy game.

Black Hammer Productions is an interactive media company based in New York City. Black Hammer is a leading developer of software, casual games, websites, and trade show exhibits. For more information on the company, please visit www.blackhammer.com.