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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - July 27, 2005–Bold Games, a division of Destineer Publishing Corp., is once again partnering with Gabriel Interactive to offer two new John Deere games for Windows and Macintosh computers. Bold Games’ new Welcome to Merriweather Farm game shows Johnny Tractor and his friends plowing, harvesting, and taking care of the animals on the farm, while Busy Days in Deerfield Valley features Danny Dozer, Barney Backhoe and friends hard at work digging, lifting, and helping out around town. The games are based on Welcome to Merriweather Farm and Busy Days in Deerfield Valley, books created and produced by Parachute Publishing LLC (available from Running Press Kids Books). Both titles are scheduled for release in September.

“Merriweather Farm and Deerfield Valley have all the John Deere characters and farming equipment kids love,” said Paul Rinde, Chief Executive Officer of Bold Games. “These games help young players develop problem-solving and recognition skills, as they familiarize themselves with the world around them via a fun and interactive way.”

Welcome to Merriweather Farm features Johnny Tractor, Allie Gator, and Corey Combine, and offers an abundance of interactive opportunities. Children and their parents can help plow the field, explore the barn, plant the garden, harvest crops, and bring their goods to the market.

Busy Days in Deerfield Valley challenges kids with a host of fun adventures and assembles the same popular group of characters from the John Deere children’s book series. Whether helping Barney Backhoe fix the bridge, building a library with Luke Loader, or helping Danny Dozer find his way back to town, players will enjoy the wide array of scenarios over and over again.

“We are delighted to be working with Bold Games to bring our exciting John Deere characters

and stories to life through an interactive format for lots of learning fun!” said Susan Knopf, Senior Vice President of Parachute Publishing.

Available this September, both Welcome to Merriweather Farm and Busy Days in Deerfield Valley are being distributed by Cokem International and carry a suggested retail price of $19.99.

About Bold Games
Bold Games is owned by Destineer Publishing Corp. Destineer was created in 2001 by former Bungie Software Corp. executive vice-president Peter Tamte and is managed today by Mr. Tamte and CEO Paul Rinde, formerly a senior vice-president of Atari. Destineer develops and publishes electronic entertainment for personal computers and videogame consoles through its Destineer, Bold Games, and MacSoft lines. Some of the company’s announced products include Close Combat: First to Fight, Close Combat: Red Phoenix, John Deere American Farmer, In-Fisherman Freshwater Trophies, and Wings Over Vietnam.

About Gabriel Entertainment
Gabriel Entertainment, part of Gabriel Group, is an Indianapolis, Indiana-based developer of computer and console games and gaming software for the consumer market. The company has developed a number of best-selling computer games, including Robot Arena I, Robot Arena II, and Construction/Destruction. Gabriel is also a leader in gaming technology. The company has developed its own technology for use in the creation of computer games and interactive programs, including its own MAX plug-ins and proprietary 3D engine. Gabriel also works with such leading technologies as RenderWare and Havok Physics. In addition, Gabriel is the only licensed developer in the state of Indiana for the Xbox® video game console from Microsoft.

About Parachute Publishing
Parachute Publishing, L.L.C. is the top independent producer of children’s books and entertainment. Parachute’s books have spent over 80 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, and Parachute’s publishing and entertainment partners include John Deere, best-selling author of Rotten School and Mostly Ghostly book series R.L. Stine, Mary-Kate and Ashley, Thomas Kinkade, Busch Gardens/SeaWorld, and many more. John Deere: Welcome to Merriweather Farm and John Deere: Busy Days in Deerfield Valley are the first two books in Parachute’s new John Deere for Kids book program.

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