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Paramount promos upcoming movie using wireless gaming
Posted: 11-Jul-2004 [Source: Movie CIty Centre]

["The Manchurian Candidate" uses voice recognition allowing gamers to join in the movie's plot and prompt movie characters towards success or danger. Entrants are also eligible for sweepstake prizes including a Kyocera Slider SE47.]

Los Angeles -- Wireless gamers across the country can now portray the lead character of Paramount Picture's "The Manchurian Candidate," Ben Marco, in the new "The Manchurian Candidate" Voice Recognition game, presented by Paramount Pictures and featuring prizing provided by Kyocera Wireless. The game gives players a taste of this highly anticipated psychological thriller before it hits theaters July 30.

Portrayed in the movie by two time Oscar winner Denzel Washington, decorated Major Ben Marco's world is becoming a living nightmare. Is he crazy? Are his nightmares real, or is everyone else out to get him? Fans will get hidden insights through their telephones in this world of brainwashing, conspiracies and political intrigue when the game finds them each day and they help Marco find his way through the psychological mysteries.

The game began July 7 and will conclude July 28. All players will be entered into a sweepstakes for the Grand Prize of a special screening of Manchurian Candidate and a Kyocera Slider SE47 phone. Additionally, another 50 entrants will receive their own Kyocera Slider SE47.

During a pre-determined time period each day, players will help Ben Marco and other characters in the movie in their quest to gain information about his units mysterious experience during Desert Storm. Players prompt characters' next moves with their own voices; a wise choice moves players ahead in the game, a poor choice puts them on the 'Danger' path, and two poor choices eliminates the player from the game. Contestants are able to restart game play by returning to www.ManchurianGame.com.

The game, written by 'The Manchurian Candidate' co-screenwriter Dan Pyne puts players in the plot of the movie with story messages (no spoilers!) and audio pulled directly from the film. Players can then choose from a number of options to advise the movie character or ask for a clue.

The game is broken up into two levels. Those players who've made the right decisions throughout Level 1 progress onto Level 2, where the scenarios, missions and decisions become even more intense and challenging. Level 1 includes calls from various characters in the film such as FBI Special Agent Goldring, who's after Marco and may be part of the conspiracy; Colonel Garrett, who's suspicious of Marco's stories; and Raymond Shaw, a member of Marco's Army unit and VP candidate; and many others. Level 2 is exclusively with Al Melvin from Marco's Desert Storm unit, and Delp, who may be Marco's only hope.

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