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Premium HTML5 Game ‘SteamPower1830’ Now Available in Windows Store

PC GamesThe premium HTML5 game, “SteamPower1830” (www.steampower1830.com), is now available in the new Windows store. The first release from Hamburg-based indie developer Hexagon Game Labs uses both the proprietary HTML5-based Ubique Game and Microsoft’s powerful Windows Azure servers. This gives the strategy game with its meticulously crafted railroad setting a technological framework which allows a next-generation, cross-device and cross-plattform gaming experience. Game sessions can be shifted anytime between all supported platforms, such as PC, Microsoft Surface and Windows Phone.

Players of the free-to-play online game, SteamPower1830, can continuously expand their own railway empire on any end device by saving their game status in the cloud. It makes no difference whether SteamPower1830 is launched via the new app or directly in the browser. Users can refer to the constantly updated overview on www.steampower1830.com/Whitelist.php so see which systems SteamPower1830 can be played on. With this technological innovation, newcomer Hexagon Game Labs is pursuing a strategy which Microsoft, too, views as a major gaming industry trend.

Peter Jaeger, Senior Director of Developer and Platform Evangelism (DPE) and member of the executive management of Microsoft Deutschland: “The usage patterns of applications, and games in particular, show a definite trend toward a seamless cross-device and cross-platform experience. Specifically with regard to gaming applications, it is becoming increasingly important to provide services that can be utilized anywhere and anytime. With its HTML5-based approach, SteamPower1830 already delivers this kind of gaming experience today, and makes optimal use of Windows Azure’s open platform for creative ideas.”

Jan-Hendrik Ohl, CEO & Founder of Hexagon Game Labs adds: “Microsoft’s open, multi-platform philosophy is a perfect match for our cloud-based, platform-independent HTML5 approach. Windows Azure provides us with a dynamic back end that enables cost-optimized scaling without us having to worry about performance bottlenecks. Programming the SteamPower1830 app and submitting it to the Windows store proved to be very developer-friendly. This is precisely why the Azure servers and the development environment of the Windows 8 store are such a boon particularly for indie developers like Hexagon Game Labs. We look forward to new players ‘coming aboard’ our railroad strategy game through the Windows app store.”

As of now, you can download the SteamPower1830 app for free from http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/app/steampower1830/6f50c451-9bbc-4cc7-a51e-e7c944fa6053.

SteamPower1830 App Features:

- 15 autonomous playing maps set in Europe
- Business and building game with a vibrant, detailed game world
- Golden age of steam trains in Europe from 1830 to 1930
- Game world freely configurable with no limitations on building and railway network layout
- Hex-grid map with strategic depth for construction planning
- Countless train models, buildings and upgrades
- Proprietary, powerful Ubique Game Engine based on HTML5
- Playable on all devices – PC, tablet, smartphone
- Requires only a current browser and Internet connection
- Cloud technology for interruption-free system changes during a running game
- Cross-platform in-game chat
- Free-to-play online game

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