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Nokia announces new game for N-gage

Nokia has announced the launch of its third self-published title for the N-Gage mobile game deck.

Nokia has announced the launch of its third self-published title for the N-Gage mobile game deck. Ashen has been developed exclusively for the N-gage platform, the company said, by Australian games developer Torus Games.

Ashen is a 3D, Gothic horror-themed, first-person shooter game that, the company claims in its press release accompanying the game, pits mobile gamers against a host of enemies.As well as single-player action, the N-Gage platform allows up to four separate players to play in “deathmatch” mode using Bluetooth mobile technology.

“Ashen will capture mobile gamers with its impressive gameplay and unique features,” said Pasi Polonen, director of game publishing, entertainment and media business unit, Nokia Mobile Phones. “With a compelling storyline, fast-paced action and unique features, Ashen will inspire gamers to fight against an amazing range of enemies and to explore and rescue the citizens of Seven River City.”

In the game mobile gamers are immersed in a 3D world, ranging from ruined cityscapes, spectacular cathedrals and alien-infested streets. Players are faced with eight different enemy types, all of which have intelligent behaviour. Players have to find out what has happened to Seven river City, which appears to have been taken over by some supernatural phenomena.

As a special feature, Nokia claims Ashen has a unique “ghost vision” mode that allows gamers to detect and combat invisible enemies that block their progress through the game. Players can choose from eight different types of weapons, including a Gatling gun, sniper rifle, an alien assault gun, and dual pistols. The game has eight single-player maps and two additional maps for multiplayer deathmatch gaming.

Gamers will also be able to share their best scores in the N-Gage Arena, Nokia’s own mobile online gaming community.

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