Disney's The Emperor's New Groove Brings Feature Film Experience To the PlayStation® Game Console

New Family-Friendly Title Is a Must-Have for Animation Fans This Holiday Season


Sony Computer Entertainment America, in conjunction with Disney Interactive announced today that Disney's The Emperor's New Groove is now available nationwide for the new PS one™ console and the PlayStation® game console.

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Based on the upcoming animated feature film, Disney's The Emperor's New Groove, this 3D action-platform videogame is designed to captivate kids and adults alike with its witty and offbeat humor as players explore eight unique worlds and more than 30 levels of gameplay, each filled with action, adventure, puzzles, races and bonus activities. Extending the fun of the feature film experience, all levels in this epic adventure are based upon locations from the film, and incorporate movie clips and scenes narrated by the main character, Kuzco the Emperor turned llama.

"We are very excited to add the Disney's The Emperor's New Groove videogame to our growing library of entertainment titles," said Ami Blaire, director, product marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment America. "By combining the inventive storyline from the feature film with fun and challenging interactive gameplay, we expect this title to appeal to gamers of all ages, further strengthening PlayStation's position as a viable entertainment option for the entire family."

In the Disney's The Emperor's New Groove game, players take on the role of Kuzco, Emperor of a fictional Incan Kingdom. Kuzco is young, selfish and has only one care in the entire world -- himself! Unfortunately, Kuzco is the victim in this story, a victim of circumstances. The Emperor's advisor, Yzma, wants to take his place as ruler and dreams up a plan to do away with Kuzco. However, the plan goes awry and Kuzco is accidentally transformed into a llama and sent out of the city on a villager's cart.

With the help of Pacha, a villager from a neighboring town, Kuzco embarks on an adventure back to his kingdom to reclaim his position as Emperor. Gamers are challenged as they learn to navigate as a llama, searching for the magic potion that will turn Kuzco back into the Incan Ruler. Along the way, Kuzco will interact with wild animals that inhabit the landscape and find other magical potions that will transform him from a llama into other creatures that will aid in his quest. Players will have the opportunity to race to the finish as a turtle, hop through perilous catacombs as a rabbit, swing and jump as a frog and even swim across treacherous waters as a fish.

Fun for the entire family, the Disney's The Emperor's New Groove game delivers unique, exciting and addictive gameplay with a balanced mixture of movie-like graphics, puzzles, fighting, platform and transformation.

Key Features:

-- Based on the action and storyline of Disney's The Emperor's New Groove feature animated movie

-- Exciting single-player 3D action-platform adventure

-- Signature Disney-style gameplay featuring the characters from the movie, including Kuzco, Pacha and Yzma, and maintaining the movie's witty off-beat humor

-- More than 30 different locations spread across eight unique worlds, all based upon scenes in the movie

-- Unique, exciting and addictive gameplay delivers a balanced combination of movie-quality visuals with puzzles, races, fighting and platform action

-- Tons of cool moves to learn including Rolls, Charges, Hoof-boxing, Head-butting and the special Spit Attack, to help you out of hairy situations

-- Magic potions allow players to transform into many different creatures including a turtle, a rabbit, a frog, a fish and more

-- Fast-paced action-platform puzzles combined with hazards, hidden events, bonus and secret areas result in fun for the entire family

The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rates Disney's The Emperor's New Groove "E" for "Everyone." For more information about the ESRB visit http://www.esrb.org/.

Disney Interactive, part of the Disney Consumer Products division of The Walt Disney Company, develops, markets and globally distributes a wide variety of interactive entertainment, educational and sports CD-ROMs and videogames. For more information on Disney Interactive's products, visit http://www.disneyinteractive.com/.

Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation® game console and the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. The PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system is set to revolutionize the home entertainment market, offering the most compelling interactive content and the capability to be used as a network terminal in the coming broadband era.

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