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PlayFirst titles coming to PSN, Diner Dash is first

Casual games publisher PlayFirst Inc. announced a partnership with Hudson Entertainment to bring several popular PlayFirst titles to the Playstation Store. Diner Dash is the first one to be converted to Microsoft’s console followed by (in random order) Mystery of Shark Island, Sandscript, Zenerchi, Oasis and Chocolatier.

The press release doesn’t mention the Playstation Store but instead it talks about “digital download services for console systems” which means it’ll come to at least two consoles, and right now the only consoles that feature these kind of downloadable games are Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.

Their first game is Diner Dash which, according to the same press release, is a hit across many online portals and retail PC. In this game you quit your desk job to become a full time waitress in a five-star restaurant because you enjoy serving dishes to customers so much. A release date hasn’t been mentioned for any of the games, but at least several of them should be coming in 2008.


A Spongebob variation of Diner Dash, taken from the PC version.

Diner Dash has been a No. 1 hit across major online game portals, mobile and retail, as well as a popular handheld title since its downloadable debut on PC and Mac in late 2004. The original game, developed by the award-winning independent studio Gamelab, is now a multi-million dollar franchise spanning three full-length casual games with a new sequel and an additional brand extension game currently in the works.

These games look very cheap, especially compared to Popcap games, a developer who also focuses on webgames. For Hudson Entertainment’s sake, I hope they made a lot of money out of this deal since they’ve got way better games in their portfolio that should be brought to the Playstation Network.

Thanks to gamingtalkhq for submitting this news.

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