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PlayScreen and Bass Pro Shops Sign Exclusive Content Deal for Crickler 2

Social/mobile game developer PlayScreen, LLC has partnered with Bass Pro Shops and Outdoor Partners Entertainment to teach Crickler users about fishing, hunting, camping, and everything else about the Great Outdoors. The second major partnership between PlayScreen and content providers, this announcement cements Crickler 2 as the ideal destination for the biggest brands on the planet.

Starting November 25, five puzzles based on Bass Pro Shops content will be added to Crickler 2. Those who successfully solve any of the five puzzles will be entered in a contest worth $50 in Bass Pro Shops gift cards. However, players who are not one of the five lucky winners still have a chance to win: they will be entered in a “second chance” round also worth a $50 Bass Pro Shops gift card. The contest will run through December 2 and participants must brag on Twitter after successfully solving a puzzle to be eligible to win.

“We are incredibly excited to share our extensive knowledge of the outdoors with Crickler users,” says Chip Pedersen, President and Creative Director, Outdoor Partners Entertainment. “Mobile is here to stay, and smart brands are paying attention. We’re confident that this partnership with PlayScreen will drive sales, increase brand loyalty, and maybe even convince some players that hiking can be as fun as Minecraft.”

In Crickler 2, clues and words sit side by side—and the challenge is “just right,” thanks to adaptive difficulty based on real-time player performance. The game not only keeps players entertained with fresh daily puzzles, but it allows them to keep up with current events through puzzles focusing on the news of the day. Crickler 2 puzzles teach effortlessly thanks to the straightforward gameplay and “knowledge-based” format of each puzzle. Competing games have also tried partnerships with major brands, but superficial gameplay and limited engagement opportunities can only go so far.

“Creating an app or game from scratch is difficult. Companies shouldn’t have to dive into development if they need to reach mobile users,” says William Volk, Chief Creative Officer, PlayScreen. “I strongly believe we have the silver bullet for brands looking to expand to mobile. Crickler 2 makes it easy for players to learn from your brand’s exclusive content, then share it with the world via social media.”

Prolific users began submitting puzzles soon after Crickler 2 was launched. Twitter favorite UberFacts has successfully done the same with funny factoids. The arrival of a major brand such as Bass Pro Shops demonstrates the viability of Crickler as the mobile platform of choice for companies looking to reach mobile users.

Crickler 2 can be downloaded for free from the App Store.

About PlayScreen, LLC

From the very first iPhone game, even before the App Store was an app store, PlayScreen, LLC has been committed to creating the best in mobile, casual, and social games. PlayScreen strives to stay ahead of the curve with a single focus: the players. The company consists of gamers and veteran developers who combine strong design and gameplay with the elusive “fun factor.” To learn more about PlayScreen, please visit http://playscreen.com

About Bass Pro Shops Group

Bass Pro Shops® currently operates 77 retail stores and Tracker Marine Centers across America and Canada visited by over 120 million people annually. Bass Pro Shops® also conducts an international catalog and Internet retailing operation—the American Rod & Gun® wholesale division—which sells to more than 7,000 independently, owned retail stores worldwide. Outdoor World® Incentives also sells Bass Pro Shops® gift cards through over 132,000 retail outlets across America. The Bass Pro Shops® restaurant division has 28 locations. The company’s Tracker Marine Group® (www.trackerboats.com) manufactures and sells Tracker®, Nitro®, SunTracker®, Tahoe®, Grizzly® and Mako® boats through Bass Pro Shops® retail stores and over 400 dealers worldwide. The Resort Group (www.bigcedar.com) includes Big Cedar Lodge® and other resort properties including restaurants and golf courses. For more information regarding Bass Pro Shops® store locations, products or special events, please visit www.basspro.com. To request a free catalog, call 1-800-BASS PRO. Follow Bass ProShops® on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/bassproshops.

About Outdoor Partners, LLC

Based in Chaska, MN Outdoor Partners LLC is a leading developer of interactive entertainment software for the outdoor enthusiast and video game player. The company develops its games for the leading console systems and PC, as well as fast-growing, emerging platforms such as iOS, Android and Facebook. Backed by a best-selling portfolio of licensed hunting and fishing games, the company’s next offerings include Bass Pro Shops® The Hunt: King of Bucks, Bass Pro Shops® MyGuide: Hunt and Bass Pro Shops® The Strike: Pro Angler. More information can be found online at www.outdoorpartners.net.

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