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Parroty Interactive Launches PYST Special Edition; New Special Edition of PYST Includes a Module of Driven, a Sneak Peak Parody of the Eagerly Anticipated Riven -- Sequel to MYST.

LARKSPUR, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 21, 1997--Following the success of PYST, a CD-ROM parody of the best selling PC game in history, MYST, Parroty Interactive has released PYST Special Edition.

This new release features a sneak peak module of Driven, the parody of the yet to be released CD-ROM, Riven -- The Sequel to MYST, along with two bonus modules from other popular Parroty products.

"PYST was tremendously successful last Christmas and continue to sell well," said Rob Halligan, Palladium's vice president of marketing. "This success has created a unique opportunity to parody the highly anticipated Riven, sequel to MYST. And this new sneak peak module in PYST Special Edition is ironically available now, even before Riven."

The Driven module within PYST Special Edition depicts an amusement park for the movers and the shakers of the world. This new watering hole for the "in" crowd offers a hilarious look at the ever increasing hunger to "get ahead." Additionally featured on the CD-ROM are bonus game modules from Star Warped, a parody of Star Wars, the best selling trilogy in motion picture history, and The X-Fools, a paranoid paranormal parody of the hugely popular television series, The X-Files.

The Star Warped module, "Whack the Ewok," challenges players to knock those little fuzzy Star Wars creatures off their perches. And The X-Fools game, "Run Agent Run!" encourages players to navigate X-Files agents through one of four "bureaucratic mazes," eluding aliens and fictitious villains.

PYST first shipped in October of 1996 and has been a worldwide hit. Created by Peter Bergman, one of the founders of the Firesign Theatre, PYST offers the millions of people who have played MYST the chance to "get PYST" and experience the island in a whole new light.

The pristine scenery is gone -- so are the impossible puzzles and the New Age music. In their place is King Mattruss (played by John Goodman of Television's Roseanne) and his sons -- the Prince formerly known as Prince, and Prince Syrup -- along with a host of characters who never left. Garbage, graffiti and four million visitors trampling the island certainly takes its toll!

"This month marks the one year anniversary of Parroty Interactive, with PYST paving the way for our subsequent CD-ROM spoofs, Star Warped and The X-Fools," said Halligan. "This special edition CD-ROM is a celebration of the success of these products as well as an opportunity to poke fun at Riven, the upcoming sequel to MYST."

PYST is a hybrid CD-ROM, running on Windows 95 and 3.1 for PC-compatible computers and on both Macintosh and Power Macintosh systems. As an enhanced CD-ROM featuring Goodman singing the "Theme from PYST," the CD can also be played in audio CD players. Distributed by Mindscape, PYST Special Edition will be available at retail stores everywhere in October 1997 at an expected street price of $19.95.

Peter Bergman

Involved with interactive media since 1986, Bergman is a co-founder of the classic comedy ensemble The Firesign Theatre, responsible for 21 best-selling comedy albums. Currently, he is the Chief Creative Officer of Bergman, Stallone, Inc., the co-publishers of PYST.

Bergman is also a principle of Radio-Free Oz (, a RealAudio comedy Internet site. He has written and appeared in a series of one-man shows, including the award-winning "Help Me Out of This Head," "Nutscape," and his latest storytelling performance "1,000 Ways To Survive The Millennium."

Bergman also speaks at corporate engagements, most recently with Pacific Bell, IBM and GE. when he designed CD-I games for the Philips-Sony-Warner Brothers consortium.

To order any Palladium products call 1-800/910-2696.

About Parroty Interactive

Parroty Interactive is a division of Palladium Interactive formed to create humorous CD-ROMs, web sites and other forms of interactive comedy. Headquartered in Larkspur, Palladium Interactive is a developer and publisher of top quality consumer software.

The company offers three main brands: the Ultimate Family Tree brand, the Parroty Interactive line as well as the Palladium Kids brand of children's products, including WISHBONE, based on the popular PBS children's television series. For more information on Palladium Interactive and its products, the company's web site can be accessed at .

About Mindscape, Inc.

Mindscape, Inc., distributor of Palladium Interactive's products in North America, is a leading developer and publisher of consumer software for the home, entertainment, education and reference markets. Founded in 1980, Mindscape is part of Pearson, plc, the international media group based in London, which focuses on the information, education and entertainment markets.

System Requirements

Windows 3.1/Windows 95: (486/66 or Pentium), 8 MB RAM, 10 MB free hard disk space, SVGA monitor, double-speed CD-ROM drive, 8-bit sound card. Optional: Modem (14.4 bps or greater recommended). Macintosh/ Power Macintosh: System 7.1 or higher, 68040/33 MHz, (PowerPC) 8 MB RAM, 10 MB free hard disk, double-speed CD-ROM drive. Optional: Modem (14.4 bps or greater recommended). -0-

Note to Editors: Palladium Interactive, Parroty Interactive and PYST, Star Warped and The X-Fools are trademarks of Palladium Interactive, Inc. RealAudio is a trademark of Progressive Networks. All other trademarks are properties of their respective holders.

CONTACT: Palladium Interactive, Larkspur

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