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Sierra announces new wave of products; 1997 to bring bevy of new entertainment and productivity titles.

BELLEVUE, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 26, 1996--Sierra On-Line Inc., the largest in-house developer of interactive entertainment software for the PC, has announced its line-up of products releasing in the first half of 1997, with an exciting assortment of new titles hitting the shelves early next year.

Products include offerings from the simulation, adventure, action/arcade and strategy genres including: 3D Ultra Mini Golf, Betrayal in Antara, Captives, Cloak: The Naked Mind, Hoyle Poker, Outpost 2, Shivers 2: Harvest of Souls, Red Baron 2 and Sierra Pro Pilot. Also featured will be titles from Sierra's home productivity division including: Collier MultiMedia Encyclopedia, Kitchen Designer, Flower Gardening, Vegetable Gardening, and CustomHome 3D.

Featured titles will include:


Whether you're a Vegas warrior or a weekend novice, you'll love Hoyle Poker. Variations on this favorite American pastime include Stud, Seven-Card Draw, Texas Hold `em and 16 other variations of poker. For beginners, there is a tutorial to hone your skills and get you primed for Tournament Mode. Play against 10 animated opponents or go on-line with friends and family anywhere in the world.

RED BARON 2 -- March

Follow up to the critically acclaimed Red Baron and part of Sierra's award-winning ACES series of wartime simulation products. An advanced AI and dynamic mission generator produce random missions that simulate real situations faced by pilots in WWI. The mission generator creates an active, authentic world where players encounter challenges such as dogfights already in progress, aircraft landing at their aerodrome, enemy planes bombing a target, or a friendly spotter plane being attacked. Red Baron 2 also features high-resolution texture mapped terrain, resulting in true-to-life graphic realism with terrain that looks like real ground.


Captives is a thinking man's action game which entails searching a distant colony for scientists and civilians being held captive by "techno-organic" aliens, and then leading them to locations to be beamed to safety. Captives will feature cooperative/competitive multi-player gaming via modem, LAN, and the Internet, where you try to rescue more captives than your opponents.


From the makers of 3D Ultra Pinball, 3D Ultra Mini Golf is an entirely new way to test your skill, challenge your brain and blast a golf ball out of this solar system in a not-so-traditional mini golf game. From the surface of the moon to ancient jungle ruins, you'll immerse yourself in 18 holes of mini-golf you've never seen in any putt putt station in town. Chase your little colored ball through a lava flow from an erupting volcano or down a screaming roller coaster at the county fair. There are surprises at every swing of the club.


From the team that brought you the immensely popular Shivers comes a new spine-tingling adventure game that will immerse you in a surreal, supernatural mystery. In Harvest of Souls, you venture to the oddly deserted town of Cyclone, Arizona, in search of your missing friends. An eerie feeling of uneasiness surrounds you as you search for clues to the dark secrets that hang over a town immersed in folklore and enigma of an ancient Native American tribe. Solve the mystery by deciphering hidden messages in music videos, collecting prayer sticks and keeping a clear head in the midst of the mystic powers of ancient spirits. Harvest of Souls incorporates stunningly detailed environments, sweeping 360 degree panoramic views, chilling sound effects and a driving rock soundtrack.


Cloak: The Naked Mind is an interactive, first person, science-fiction adventure set thousands of years in the future and hundreds of light-years from earth. A neighbor planet engaged with yours in trade and technology exchange, is rumored to be plotting invasion and annihilation of your home world. Your mission is to mentally enter the body of an android and penetrate the mind-reading protective cloak that guards the secrets of this world. What you discover is not what you expected to find and the enemy is not where you expected to find him. Cloak features the first extensive use of multiple game view windows, creating a break-through, all-engaging extension of the traditional gaming experience.

Sierra On-Line is one of the original developers and largest worldwide publishers of interactive entertainment, productivity and educational software. The company recently merged with CUC Int'l, a technology-driven, membership-services company that provides access to travel, shopping, auto, dining, home improvement, financial and other services to 62.5 million consumers worldwide. The company's common stock is traded on the NYSE under the symbol CU. Sierra's corporate headquarters are located in Bellevue.

Sierra news releases are available on the Internet, via the SierraWeb at; or receive facsimiles of recent Sierra product press releases and financial disclosures via Sierra's News-On-Demand at 800/853-7788.

CONTACT: Barbara Dawson, 206/649-9800, Ext. 5576
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