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[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]

SYDNEY, Australia – March 18th, 2019 – Home Entertainment Suppliers Pty Ltd (HES) announced today the impending release of Phar Lap - Horse Racing Challenge for PlayStation®4 and Microsoft Xbox One®, developed by New Zealand based games studio PikPok. The game will release digitally and at retail in Australasia on 22 March 2019, with other territories to follow. Alternative Software Ltd. will be releasing the game in the U.K.

Phar Lap – Horse Racing Challenge will let you experience the thrill and thunder of racing with the pride and prestige of building your own stable of champions. Online Racing and Betting game modes allow you get straight into the action with friends, share and download horses with the community via the Horse Creator, or build a dynasty of thoroughbred champions to restore your family legacy in Story Mode.

“We have had great success with our sports products over the years, and we are thrilled to add the exciting sport of horse racing to our portfolio” said Sebastian Giompaolo, Managing Director for HES. “Like our other titles, we are delivering a great looking game, with a depth of features, endless replay possibilities, online multiplayer mode, and content sharing capability. This is a world class horse racing videogame experience”.

The features and content of Phar Lap - Horse Racing Challenge include

  • Cinematic Graphics: realistic horses with motion-captured animations showcase and capture the action and intensity of the race

  • Online Racing: lets you run in real time alongside others with up to 8 players online

  • Career Story Mode: rebuild your family legacy, and breed and race your way back to the top. Make history and build a brighter future.

  • Place Bets: share the fun as you place your bets with friends and watch races play out

  • Horse Creator: create your own horse, customise and share with other users, and download community created horses

  • Race Commentary: Dynamic voice commentary by professional race caller Matthew Hill

Phar Lap - Horse Racing Challenge will release digitally and at retail in Australasia for PS4 and Xbox One and PC on 22 March 2019, with other territories to follow.

More information and ongoing updates about the game can be found at the official website Watch here -

About HES

Home Entertainment Suppliers Pty Ltd (HES) are a Sydney-based firm specialising in the distribution of video game consoles, games and accessories throughout the Australian market. Established in 1984, HES are the exclusive distributors of Tru Blu games in Australia, including 2003’s record breaking NRL Rugby League for PS2, XBOX and PC. HES also has a video game publishing arm, Tru Blu Entertainment.

About PikPok

PikPok is a leading publisher of great games across mobile, tablet and desktop. With a portfolio of original, licensed, and third party developed properties, PikPok delivers games that appeal to all consumers with pick-up-and-play gameplay, high-quality art, and immersive audio design which provide rich game experiences. PikPok has released multiple critically and commercially successful games including the popular Flick Kick® series, BAFTA nominated Super Monsters Ate My Condo™, Into the Dead®, Shatter®, and more. Steal a moment and play a game from PikPok. For more information on PikPok, please visit and

About Alternative Software Ltd.

Established in 1985, Alternative Software is now celebrating its 34th Anniversary and is considered one of the major companies in the European computer games industry. Having over 400 titles to its name, the company is still a growing global success, publishing and distributing its own in-house developed games as well as those from other independent developers and publishers. Alternative are proud to say that they bring both a passion and a love for videogames into every project they work on. Alternative’s mission is to entertain players with games that exceed their expectations. Alternative Software strives to publish games players love. For more information on Alternative Software please visit


Sebastian Giompaolo

Managing Director

Home Entertainment Suppliers Pty Ltd

Ph: +61 2 9533 3055

[email protected]

Karah Sutton Brand Manager [email protected]

For UK distribution, please contact:-

Roger Hulley

Managing Director

Alternative Software Ltd

Ph. +44 1977 555000

[email protected]