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Keepsake (Windows)

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3.4
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

Advertising Blurbs

Back of Box - Windows (US/Canada):
    This epic quest will take you on a journey of enlightenment leading you to the gates of Dragonvale Academy. Upon your arrival you discover something is terribly amiss... The vast campus is completely deserted and Celeste, your best friend who is a scholar there, is no where to be found! After stumbling upon one of Celeste's most treasured keepsakes, you suddenly realize that treachery and sorrow lurk throughout its empty halls. Accompanied by a charmed dragon, you must uncover the mystery behind Celeste's strange disappearance, Dragonvale Academy, and the beloved keepsake...

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    Delve into an involving storyline where suspense and mystery await at every turn

    Explore colossal environments enhanced by dynamic lighting and shading

    Access the built-in 'Active Hint System' when challenged by a difficult puzzle

    Encounter an array of engaging puzzles designed to test your wits rather than dexterity

    Contributed by Jeanne (75601) on Sep 13, 2006.

Press Release (North American):

    Keepsake ready to charm North America

    Enhanced version ships earlier than expected

    March 29, 2006 -- The Adventure Company made a surprise announcement today in revealing that Keepsake had shipped to retailers in North America.

    After the game debuted in Europe late last month, TAC opted to hold back its own release of the fantasy adventure in order to update the game with various enhancements. Among the highlights of this version are new voiceovers and an in-game map to help with navigating through the immense Dragonvale Academy. The original projected date was still several weeks off, so today's news arrived much earlier than expected.

    A third-person point & click adventure, Keepsake casts the player in the role of a young woman named Lydia. Arriving on her first day at an acclaimed school of magic, Lydia finds the entire building deserted, with only a few clues and an abandoned keepsake belonging to her childhood friend to guide her. With the help of a quirky talking wolf named Zak, who clearly has secrets of his own, Lydia must delve into "the mystery behind the strange disappearances, the beloved keepsake, and the treachery that lurk the halls of the prestigious Academy."

    Contributed by Jeanne (75601) on Apr 05, 2006.

Wicked Studios Press Release:
    MONTREAL, QC - NOVEMBER 15th 2004 - Wicked Studios is proud to announce KEEPSAKE, a new adventure game based in a world of magic and mystery, which will be released in early 2005. Please visit KEEPSAKE website for more info: www.keepsake.com

    KEEPSAKE set you on a journey beyond compare in the mystical halls of the Dragonvale Academy, the greatest school of magic in the Old world. Follow main character Lydia on her adventure in the depth of the Dragonvale Academy to unravel the mysterious disappearance of its inhabitants.

    Key Features include:
    • Deep and involving storyline where suspense and mystery awaits at every corner
    • Explore a vast environment located in a Medieval Fantasy Setting
    • Easy to use interface that evolves as new features become available
    • 3rd Person gameplay powered by a state-of-the-art graphic engine
    • Teamed with an odd companion, main character Lydia is never alone in the game
    • With our special Active Hint System, help is always available when you feel puzzled or lost
    • Talk to sidekick Zak and NPCs in interactive dialogs to learn more about the plot
    • Tricky puzzles but yet easy to play: the game challenges your wits rather than your dexterity
    • Smooth learning curve with ingame tutorial ensure a most pleasant gaming experience

    Contributed by Jeanne (75601) on Feb 26, 2006.

adventurecompanygames.com/tac/keepsake:
    Description:
    In an enchanted world of mystery, beauty and boundless imagination, begins the epic quest of Lydia, a young girl embarking on a journey of enlightenment that takes her to the gates of Dragonvale Academy where she will become a new apprentice.

    Upon her arrival, something is terribly amiss… The campus is deserted and even Celeste, Lydia’s best friend who is a scholar at the Academy, is no where to be found! While exploring, Lydia stumbles across a most disturbing object… a doll she gave Celeste as a keepsake. It is now clear to Lydia that treachery and sorrow lurks in the halls of the Academy…

    Accompanied by a charmed dragon named Zak, Lydia must quickly overcome trials in The Chamber of Passage, understand the secrets of the runes and glyphs, and master the forces of magic to uncover the mystery behind Celeste’s disappearance, Dragonvale Academy and the beloved keepsake…

    Features:
    • Deep and involving storyline where suspense and mystery await at every turn
    • Explore stunning environments designed in intricate detail using dynamic lighting and shadows
    • Discover the elaborate grand hall, a labyrinth of rooms and corridors, and the vast surroundings of the Academy
    • Encounter many NPCs and interact with Zak who will help you solve enigmas throughout your adventure
    • Easy to use interface that evolves as new features become available
    • 3rd person gameplay powered by a state-of-the-art graphic engine
    • Learn to cast spells, understand the secrets of the runes and glyphs, and overcome daring trials designed to test your wits rather than your dexterity

    Contributed by Jeanne (75601) on Feb 20, 2006.

Lighthouse-Interactive.com (UK publisher):
    Keepsake story:

    Keepsake is an enchanting adventure game set in the Medieval magic school of Dragonvale. The story unfolds as the Main character Lydia arrives for her first day at school expecting to meet up with an old friend. To her surprise she finds the school completely deserted and her friend nowhere to be found. The only trace is an old puppet, a keepsake, she once gave her friend, lying on the floor. What could this all mean? Accompanied through the game by the enchanted wolf Zak, who is actually a dragon, Lydia slowly uncovers the magic school's mystery.

    Keepsake features:
    • A deep and involving storyline where suspense and mystery await every turn.
    • Explore a vast environment located in a Medieval Fantasy setting.
    • Easy to use interface that evolves as new features become available
    • 3rd Person gameplay powered by state of the art graphics engine
    • A Unique hint system provides players in game assistance
    • Tricky puzzles yet easy to play: the game challenges your wits rather than your dexterity

    Contributed by Jeanne (75601) on Feb 20, 2006.

Frogster-interactive.de (German):
    Keepsake nimmt den Spieler auf eine unvergleichliche Reise mit. Begleitet von dem verzauberten Wolf Zak, der in Wirklichkeit ein an Höhenangst leidender Drache ist, erforscht Lydia auf der Suche nach Celeste die geheimnisvollen Räume der Dragonvale Akademie.

    Spannende und mysteriöse Geschichte in einer riesigen mittelalterlichen Fantasy-Welt

    Story:

    Es ist Lydias erster Schultag an der Dragonvale Akademie, einer legendären Magieschule. Doch wo sie nach ihrer Ankunft hunderte von Mitschülern und ein großes Fest erwartet hätte, ist niemand - nur leere Hallen und Klassenzimmer. Nicht mal ihre beste Freundin Celeste ist da um sie zu begrüßen.

    Lydias Neugier verwandelt sich schnell in Sorge, als sie etwas entdeckt, was sie das letzte Mal vor langer Zeit gesehen hat: eine alte Puppe, ein Andenken, das sie ihrer besten Freundin vor acht Jahren geschenkt hatte. Als sie es aufhebt, wird sie von seltsamen Visionen heimgesucht.

    Features:
    • Das Spiel fordert mit abwechslungsreichen Rätseln eher die Fantasie als die Geschicklichkeit heraus.

    • Vollanimierte 3D-Charaktere aus 5000+ Polygonen sowie dynamische Licht- und Schatteneffekte.

    • Modernste Grafikengine, viele interaktive Dialoge, spezielles Active-Hint-System bei dem Hilfe auf Abruf bereit steht.

    • Viele Detailebenen sorgen für eine sehr gute Qualität sowohl auf älteren als auch auf High-End-Computern.

    • Professioneller digitaler Soundtrack mit atmosphärischen 3D-Soundeffekten.

    Contributed by Jeanne (75601) on Feb 20, 2006.