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ALL SYSTEMS ARE GO AS INTERPLAY LAUNCHES 'BUZZ ALDRIN'S RACE INTO SPACE'

 IRVINE, Calif., April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Armchair astronauts of all ages will have the chance to re-create man's greatest technological adventure -- landing a man on the moon -- when Interplay Productions' new space-age computer game, "Buzz Aldrin's(TM) Race Into Space(TM)," hits computer stores and other retail outlets this week.
 A U.S.-Soviet space race simulation, "Buzz Aldrin's Race Into Space" transports players back to the golden age of space exploration when America and Russia challenged each other for space supremacy. As director of the U.S. or Soviet space program, the player's ultimate goal is to land a man on the moon before the opponent, either a friend or the computer, recreating or rewriting history as they see fit.
 The inventory of either the United States or the U.S.S.R. is at the disposal of the player who can plan and direct every conceivable space mission. Players will have the opportunity to recruit and train more than 140 astronauts and cosmonauts and decide which ones have the "right stuff." There are also hundreds of variations on space missions, which include orbital manned and unmanned flights. The thrills and excitement of players' missions are re-created using authentic digitized film footage from lift-offs, space walks, lunar landings and splashdowns.
 "This is a really exciting game that may help to spark a renewed interest in our space program," commented Buzz Aldrin. "It's also very rewarding to be able to create a product that's not only fun but educational as well," he continued. With more than 10 years of research, game inventor Fritz Bronner collaborated with Apollo 11 astronaut Aldrin to create "Buzz Aldrin's Race Into Space," which features state-of-the-art graphics, a full musical score, historical video footage, sound effects and nine levels of difficulty. "It includes enough technical detail to satisfy even an aerospace engineer's requirements, but is designed in such a way that it can be easily learned and played by children as young as age 10," Bronner noted.
 Additionally, "Buzz Aldrin's Race Into Space" includes a fascinating book which chronicles the American and Soviet space race. It details the early unmanned missions of the United States through the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space flights and offers an accurate account of the Soviets' manned and unmanned space program.
 To help celebrate the release of "Buzz Aldrin's Race Into Space," Interplay Productions launched a contest, "Buzz Off to the U.S. Space Academy." Two grand prize winners will be sent to the U.S. Space Academy in Huntsville, Ala., where they will receive realistic astronaut training and complete a simulated space shuttle mission. Additional prizes will also be awarded and include Official Space Camp Letter jackets. Entry forms are included in the "Buzz Aldrin's Race Into Space" package as well as at point-of-purchase displays at retail locations. The drawing will be held at the end of August and the winner chosen in a random drawing from entries postmarked by Aug. 15, 1993.
 Available now for MS-DOS at $69.95 manufacturer's suggested retail price, "Buzz Aldrin's Race Into Space" can be found in computer stores and other retail outlets, or direct from Interplay at 800-969-GAME for more information.
 Founded in 1983, Interplay Productions manufactures a wide range of entertainment and educational computer programs -- many of which have won awards of excellence. Other company entertainment titles include: "Star Trek: The 25th Anniversary(TM)"; "Battle Chess(TM)"; "The Two Towers(TM)"; and "Castles II: Siege & Conquest(TM)."
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 /CONTACT: P. Kevin Horn of Interplay Productions, 714-553-6655/


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