Jump Games, Zapak launch mobile, online based games on Ishant Sharma

Mumbai, May 5 (UNI) The two gaming divisions of Reliance Entertainment, a part of the Reliance ADA Group, Jump Games and Zapak Digital Entertainment Ltd today announced a tie-up with the latest pace sensation Ishant Sharma.

As part of the deal, Zapak.com would be creating and hosting an online game based around the cricketer, while Jump Games (a leading publisher and developer of games across mobile platforms) would be creating a mobile game for him.

Cricket Fever, the mobile game created by Jump Games, would showcase the ace bowler Ishant Sharma's bowling skills to the max.

It is a ten-over cricket game where the player opens the over as Ishant Sharma and shoots his deliveries towards the opponent's batsman. The game offers and exhaustive array of deliveries like yorkers, in-cutters, out-swingers and the player can also control the speed and swing of the ball.

It would also have a fantastic gameplay with auto-updated scorecards and statistics displayed after every over as well as an exhaustive list of teams from across the globe.

Another online game from Zapak.com, Power Bowler!, will be browser based cricket game based on the young Indian pace prodigy.

It allows the player to step into Ishant's shoes and play as him, wherein he bowls five overs to an opponent batsmen.

The game is set against the backdrop of a packed international cricket stadium, with the crowd cheering him on. A user is offered numerous bowling options such as in and out swingers and seamers, straight balls along with special deliveries such as a yorker, which has to be used intelligently. The player has to get the batsman out in the lowest number of balls while giving the least number of runs.

The game, the first of its kind, will be cricket-based bowling-only-game.

On the occasion, Reliance Entertainment Ltd President Rajesh Sawhney said ''We believe that cricket is not just a sport but a religion in India and we, at Reliance Entertainment, are all set to capitalise on the huge opportunity this game presents. Gaming is a new industry in India and we believe that cricket can play a significant catalyst to give the industry the right kind of growth impetus.'' Giving insights into his first online and mobile avatar, Ishant Sharma said ''Today the youngsters are no longer content with usual ways of playing a game. They want it across all means of communication mediums, be it television, mobile or the internet. We, Indians, are excited at all forms of cricket, for us cricketers are demi-gods, cricket is a religion.'' UNI GS SSS RKM US1825

Story first published: Monday, May 5, 2008, 19:05 [IST]
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