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Monolith Productions Releases Claw -- A Swashbuckling Action/Adventure Game for Windows 95 Available on CD-ROM and DVD.

KIRKLAND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 9, 1997--Monolith Productions, Inc., developers of the popular game Blood(TM), today announced the release of their newest game, Claw. Designed for the entire family, Claw is an action-packed adventure that is easy to play for beginners and offers plenty of challenge at the upper levels for even the most experienced game players. Available on CD-ROM and DVD, Claw can be played alone or with up to 64 players over the Internet or a LAN. With extensive single and multiplayer features and over 20 minutes of spectacular animated movies, Claw is a refreshing option for people who enjoy challenging games with exciting, non-violent gameplay.

"There are thousands of families out there who are looking for non-violent computer games and are having trouble finding them in today's market", says Jason Hall, CEO of Monolith Productions. "Claw is one of the few, if not the only, PC action/adventure games that is extremely entertaining and delivers a high-quality game experience without resorting to excessive violence."

"And Claw was designed with another goal in mind," adds Hall. "We wanted to create the best PC platform game in the world. We grew up playing platform games like Donkey Kong(TM) and Super Mario Brothers(TM) and we were frustrated by the lack of exciting games of this genre for the PC, so we decided to make one."

In Claw, players join forces with Captain Claw, the greatest cat pirate ever to challenge the Cocker Spaniard Armada. Players battle nearly 40 intelligent enemies through 14 unique levels to find the lost gems of the Amulet of Nine Lives, uncovering hidden treasures and employing competitive tactics, skillful combat and strategy throughout the game. The game also features over 20 minutes of cinematic-quality animated movies, set to a dramatic orchestral soundtrack, that convey Claw's intriguing storyline and goals.

The multiplayer features in Claw are unparalleled in a game of this type. Players can play alone or with up to 64 people over the Internet or a LAN, or play head-to-head via a modem. (Internet play is currently offered exclusively through ENGAGE Games Online.) Players can level race across one or more levels for best time or best score, and upload high scores or game results to the Claw Ladder for instant single or multiplayer rankings. The Claw Ladder is located on Monolith's official Claw Web site: http:// www.captainclaw.com . Also available on the Claw site are the Claw Demo, a comprehensive features list, screen shots and other interesting information about the game.

Claw is being sold directly by Monolith through their toll-free number, 1-800-381-3581, and through The Monolith Store at http://store.lith.com . The special introductory price is $34.95, which is $5.00 off the regular price of $39.95. English, Spanish, and Portuguese versions of the CD-ROM and DVD versions of Claw are bundled with a variety of Creative Lab's DVD drives, CD-ROM drives and multimedia upgrade kits, and Monolith will soon begin selling a downloadable electronic version of Claw through Online Interactive at http://www.atonce.com . Monolith is also working to develop additional worldwide sales channels through retail stores, the Internet, OEM bundles and other channels.

Minimum System Requirements For Claw: CPU: Pentium 75 or equivalent; Memory: 16 MB RAM; Video System: video card with 2 MB video RAM; Audio System: sound card; Distribution Media Drive: CD-ROM Version: 4X CD-ROM drive, DVD Version: DVD drive.

For more information or to obtain Claw artwork and screen shots please contact Jenni Gant at (425) 739-1565 or via e-mail to jenni@lith.com.

Monolith Productions, Inc., a game development and studio services company located in Kirkland, WA, was formed in 1995 with the goal of creating rich content and bringing high-quality production values into retail entertainment products. Monolith games include Blood(TM), published by GT Interactive; Claw(TM); Riot Mobile Armor(TM), a new 3D action game under development for Microsoft; Alternate Reality(TM) and Alternate Reality Online(TM). Monolith Productions also offers a comprehensive line of studio services including 3D scanning, rendering, motion capture, 2D and 3D animation, audio/video production, and multimedia engineering services for use in television and film, software, architecture, engineering, science, etc. For additional information please visit the Monolith Productions web site at http://www.lith.com .

Claw (c) 1997 Monolith Productions, Inc. and Takarajimasha, Inc. Blood, Claw, Alternate Reality and Alternate Reality Online are trademarks of Monolith Corporation, Inc. Windows is a registered trademark and Riot Mobile Armor is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation.

CONTACT: Monolith Productions, Inc.

Jenni Gant, 425/739-1565

jenni@lith.com
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