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A funny dexterity game for all the family is coming from Ares Games in March 2012: “Micro Monsters”, a tiddlywinks-style flipping game created by Francesco Nepitello and Marco Maggi, the same authors of “Micro Mutants” and of the “X-Bugs” series. With respect to its more complex predecessors, Micro Monsters has a streamlined game play that leaves in all the fun but makes the game accessible to a new generation of players, from 6 years up.

In a pocket solar system at the center of the galaxy, microscopic rocks orbit a tiny sun. Unobserved by other intelligent life forms, these crazy creatures clash on Ares, the perfect playground planet. Two to four players can pick an ‘army’ of zany creatures, roll the special die and flip their micro monstrosities at their opponents just a few minutes after first opening the box. The aim of the game is to capture your opponents’ gates before they get yours.

The Micro Monsters box will include four breeds of creatures:

The angry, always-accelerating AUTOGATORS - These green, reptile-like wheeled monsters attempt to overwhelm the opposition with their maneuverability: when you get the special icon on the die you move two Autogators of your choice!

The bossy, brass-bolted BIGBEARS - Slow as stuffed teddy-bears can be, Bigbears want to stop everything that moves quickly, like those pesky Autogators for example! Get a special icon on the die and you can catch a creature in one of your traps.

The fuzzy, free-floating FINBACKS - As slippery as eels, these inflated, lighter-than-air creatures fly, flutter and flap their wings as they quickly close in to their targets. When you get a special icon on the die you can move a Finback twice in a row!

The toxic, tremor-triggering TURBOTURTLES - These rocket-propelled micro monsters are blazing hot from the flames that escape their exhausts, so hot that when they are going at full throttle no one can touch them! Get a special icon on the die and one on your Turboturtles can’t be captured!

Micro Monsters match between two players can be played under fifteen minutes, while three or four players’ games last no more than half an hour on average. The game is scheduled to be released in March 2012 in several languages.

For more information about Ares Games, visit the website www.aresgames.eu.

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