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Loki Railroad Tycoon 2 Demo Press Release

November 2nd, 1999 by Crusader

Here’s the official announcement regarding yesterday’s Railroad Tycoon 2: Gold Edition demo release:

Loki on Track with Demo for Railroad Tycoon II

TUSTIN, CA — November 1, 1999 — Loki Entertainment Software, the leaderin bringing top-ranking PC games to the Linux operating system, announcestoday the Linux demo version of Railroad Tycoon II: Gold Edition.

Loki released the full version of Railroad Tycoon II, along with TheSecond Century Expansion Pack, last month to strong reviews. Thisreal-time strategy simulation game places gamers in a world of bigbusiness, expansion and engineering in which all aspects of the railroadindustry can be controlled. It features a simulated stock market andsophisticated economic system, and as the years progress, gamers mustsolve modern problems such as the increasing demand for masstransportation in major cities.

The demo allows users to exercise their tycoon tendencies in fivedifferent scenarios, and is now freely available for download. A list ofdownload sites is located athttp://www.lokigames.com/products/rt2/demo.php3.

The full version of Railroad Tycoon II: Gold Edition is now available atmany fine software retailers. The critically-acclaimed blockbuster gamewas originally published by Gathering of Developers and developed byPopTop Software.

About Loki Entertainment SoftwareFounded in 1998, Loki Entertainment Software ports best-selling games tothe Linux operating system. Privately held and headquartered in Tustin,California, Loki takes its name from the Norse god of mischief.Additional information is located at www.lokigames.com.

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Slashdot Railroad Tycoon 2 Review

November 1st, 1999 by Crusader

Kurt the Pope has written a review of Loki’s Railroad Tycoon II: Gold Edition for Slashdot.The review starts off with some nostalgia for the original Railroad Tycoon, and the author’s overall impression of the new locomotive industry sim compares favorably with his experiences playing the original.

Linux.About.Com Reviews

July 26th, 2000 by Crusader

About.com’s Focus on Linux section has postedtwo reviewsof titles ported to Linux by Loki EntertainmentSoftware last year:

Open-Source Installer Press Release

October 11th, 1999 by Marv

Loki Entertainment has issued a press release concerning the newly open source installer, Setup:

TUSTIN, CA — October 11, 1999 — Loki Entertainment Software, the premier company bringing best-selling PC and Macintosh games to the Linux? environment, today releases their fourth Open-Source project, the Loki Game Installer [Setup 1.0].

Setup 1.0 is an graphic installer utitilty with which a developer can create a simple, easy-to-use standardized install routine. It uses an XML description file to describe a package, and provides both a console and a GTk front-end to install it. The install process even creates an uninstall script in the install directory which can be run when the user wants to uninstall the product. Loki has included x86, PPC, Alpha, and Sparc binaries for this version of the installer.

Loki developed Setup 1.0 in the course of porting Railroad Tycoon II: Gold Edition? by PopTop Software and Gathering of Developers. While Loki is contractually bound to protect the publisher¹s original game code, Loki shares any improvements to the underlying Linux software code with the Open Source community.

“One of the things we frequently hear is that people would like a simpler way to install applications on their Linux-based systems. We originally developed our GUI installer in the course of porting Civilization: Call to Power by Activision, and have since modified and enhanced it. We¹re now very pleased to release back to the community the results of our efforts. Setup 1.0 is a full-featured, graphical installer for games and other consumer applications,” said Sam Lantinga, lead programmer at Loki and the co-author of Setup 1.0.

Loki¹s other Open Source projects include the SDL MPEG Player Library (SMPEG) and the SDL Motion JPEG Library (SMJPEG), and Fenris, Loki¹s bug system based on Bugzilla from the Mozilla codebase.

New Loki Site Press Release

July 27th, 1999 by Crusader

Kathryn Sorhaindo sent in the following press release:

Loki Entertainment Software Launches New Website

TUSTIN, CA — July 26, 1999 Loki Entertainment Software, the leader inbringing best-selling PC games to the Linux platform, announced today thelaunch of their new website, www.lokigames.com. The launch is the latestchapter in Loki’s ongoing efforts to bring the best of the PC gamingworld to the Linux operating system.

“Our new site is a visual testament on the world wide web to the validityof Linux gaming,” notes Scott Draeker, president of Loki. “We offerworld-class products and support and now a stunning website to match.”

Loki’s website is a completely new design from the ground up and offersnews, updates, information on Loki products, downloads and all the othercomforts of home. The site is fully operational now, and Loki willcontinue to add new features in the coming months.

About Loki Entertainment Software

Loki works with leading game publishers to port their best-sellingWindows and Macintosh titles to the Linux platform. Loki’s port ofCivilization: Call to Power was released to rave reviews in May, and thehighly-anticipated port of Myth II: Soulblighter will debut at theAugust LinuxWorld in San Jose. This year alone Loki plans an additionalsix titles, including Railroad Tycoon II (Gold Edition), Eric¹s UltimateSolitaire, and Heretic II. Privately held and headquartered in OrangeCounty, California, Loki takes its name from the Norse god of mischief.For more information visit their website www.lokigames.com.

Media Relations Contact:

Kathryn Sorhaindo
Loki Entertainment Software
250 El Camino Real, Suite #42
Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 585-4357
press@lokigames.com

Loki PowerPC Announcement

July 14th, 1999 by Crusader

Loki’s Sigyn sent in the following press release:

Linux Games Coming to the PowerPC

Loveland, CO July 14, 1999 Terra Soft Solutions and LokiEntertainment Software announce a strategic alliance to bringbest-selling PC games to Linux on PowerPC computers — in some casesbefore those same games are available for the MacOS.

Loki Entertainment Software has become a strong force in the gamingindustry, licensing MacOS and Windows games and porting them to the Linuxoperating system. Terra Soft Solutions has quickly established itself asa leader in the Linux for PowerPC arena. Through the partnership, Lokiand Terra Soft will combine their efforts to bring Linux games to PowerPCcomputers.

Linux is compatible with a wide-variety of computer hardware, includingi386-based hardware manufactured by Intel, AMD and Cyrix, andPowerPC-based hardware such as Apple Computer’s iMac. Through this newalliance, Loki will continue to license and port PC games to the LinuxOS. Terra Soft will work with Loki to develop PPC-compatible versionsbased on Loki’s source code.

“We are thrilled to work with Terra Soft to expand the universe ofapplications for Linux on the PowerPC, states Loki President ScottDraeker. “This partnership ensures that PowerPC users who install Linuxwill have access to the best games that the PC world has to offer.”

“This is a challenging opportunity. One that will keep us quite busy,”notes Stephen Edie, Software Engineer for Terra Soft. “My personalbackground and one might say my ‘passion’ is with gaming. Through mywork on porting the CMD 646 IDE driver for the Blue & Whites and ongoingwork on the graphical installer for Gone Home, I have become quitefamiliar with the PowerPC architecture. I believe that Terra Soft’sexperience with the PowerPC coupled with Loki’s background is anincredible combination. It allows each of us to do what we do best andprovide games that may not otherwise be made available on the PowerPC.”

In addition to working with Loki to bring Linux games to the PowerPC, Terra Soft will soon offer game bundles with its Yellow Dog Linux Gone Home distribution. Retail versions of Loki’s games, which will include both the i386 and PPC versions, will be available as stand alone productsfor sale directly from Loki, Terra Soft and other software retailers.

Loki plans to bring a wide variety of games to Linux, including the mostpopular action, adventure, and educational titles. Loki’s current productline includes Civilization: Call to Power, Myth II: Soulblighter,Railroad Tycoon II Gold Edition, and Eric’s Ultimate Solitaire. A totalof 8 titles are planned for release in 1999. Today’s announcement ensuresthat all of Loki’s titles will be available for both i386 and PowerPC.

About Loki Entertainment Software

Based in Tustin, CA, Loki works with leading game publishers to porttheir best-selling PC and Macintosh titles to the Linux platform. Lokimeets a pent-up need in the Linux community by providing fully-supported,shrink-wrapped games for sale through traditional retail channels. Formore information about Loki Entertainment Software, visit their websiteat www.lokigames.com.

Loki Contact: Kathryn Sorhaindo, 714-585-4359, sigyn@lokigames.com.

About Terra Soft Solutions, Inc.

Based in Loveland, CO, Terra Soft is the developer of Yellow Dog Linux for Apple Macintosh G3 and PPC computers. Champion Server, their flagshipproduct, is a highly professional distribution geared toward a wide rangeof network applications such as ISPs, corporate intra/extranets, web and network servers. Terra Soft recently introduced Black Lab Linux, a parallel computing system for research and development facilities. Formore information about Terra Soft Solutions, visit their website atwww.terrasoft solutions.com.

Terra Soft Contact: Kai Staats, 970-278-9243, kstaats@terraplex.com