Yahoo! Names Cake Mania Casual Game of the Year

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Sandlot's game as addictive as chocolate

The concept of Cake Mania is simple, but it's also challenging

Yahoo Games (games.yahoo.com) has announced the winner of their 2006 Casual Game of the Year - Cake Mania. Developed by Sandlot Games (http://www.sandlotgames.com), Yahoo says Cake Mania, "Is as addictive as chocolate." According to reports, over 35 million people have downloaded Cake Mania, making it one of the most popular casual games in history.

Casual games today are defined as games that are small enough to download, easy to play, require no manual, and can be played for five minutes or five hours but provide entertainment at both extremes. In Cake Mania, Jill, a young entrepreneur, works to raise enough money to reopen her grandparents' bakery. To achieve this, she makes cakes to-order in a variety of shapes, colors, sizes and icings. Mistakes eat into earnings. Profits are used to add ovens, frosting machines, and even televisions to appease customers waiting in line.

"The concept of Cake Mania is simple, but it's also challenging," says Sandlot founder and CEO, Daniel Bernstein. "Jill is truly the girl next door - a strong and likable female character. I think that's why it's so popular."

Yahoo's Casual Game of the Year award is the second major award for Cake Mania. i-Parenting (http://www.iparentingmediaawards.com), a publishing and product evaluation company, awarded Cake Mania its i-Parenting Media Award last year. Already available on mobile phones, Cake Mania is scheduled for release this quarter on the Nintendo DS.

Privately held, Sandlot Games has been developing casual games since 2002. The company is considered one of the most successful developers in the casual games industry.

Sandlot Games Corporation

A premier publisher and developer of casual games, Sandlot Games boasts a captivating portfolio including popular game titles such as the Tradewinds® series, the Super Granny® series, Glyph™, Cake Mania™ and the recently released Westward™. Sandlot Games reaches game players worldwide through a variety of distribution channels. Millions play Sandlot's games on the PC, phone, and handheld devices. Founded in 2002 by video game veteran Daniel Bernstein, Sandlot Games is headquartered in Bothell, Washington. For more information, please visit us at http://www.sandlotgames.com.

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