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The Secrets of Da Vinci: The Forbidden Manuscript (Windows Mobile)

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Back of Box - Windows (US):

    Solve Leonardo Da Vinci's mystery!

    1522- Le Chateau du Clos Lucé, France. Valdo, a young apprentice of Francesco Melzi - a disciple of Leonardo da Vinci, is entrusted by a mysterious patron with the mission to find notes and codex, lost by the Grand Master. Driven by his curiosity and a taste for adventure, Valdo embarked on this quest unaware of its importance and the dangers he faces. Little does he know that the result of his investigations risk the face of the world?

    REVEAL DA VINCI'S GREAT SECRET in this thrilling "point and click" adventure game.

    SOLVE PUZZLES BASED ON FAMOUS WORKS using your briefcase containing Leonardo Da Vinci's manuscripts and objects.

    SUCCEED IN A MYSTICAL QUEST with a thousand unexpected developments that will keep you immersed in the game for hours.

    ENTER THE WORLD OF THE RENAISSANCE. All the places, characters and objects have been constructed with the greatest respect for historical accuracy.

    DISCOVER LE CHATEAU DU CLOS LUCE, Leonardo Da Vinci's last home, with a large number of his works perfectly modeled with beautiful graphic images.

    Contributed by Jeanne (75620) on Feb 05, 2007.

Inside Cover (Windows US):

    Solve Leonardo Da Vinci's mystery!

    Genius Inventor...Gifted artist...Formidable scientist...but who really was Leonardo Da Vinci?

    Can you imagine penetrating the secret world of his genius? Embark on this breathtaking adventure where surprise, mystery, and danger are lurking everywhere.

    In this adventure game, tackle the challenges the great master himself would have set. Confront a host of enemies that want to stop you from reaching your goal of revealing the secret that will change the face of the earth.

    The visually compelling and exciting Secrets of Da Vinci is based on extensive research of the times, complimented by meticulous historically accurate renderings of the games locations, works, decor, and clothing.

    Contributed by Jeanne (75620) on Feb 05, 2007.

Press Release (June 7, 2006):

    Secrets of Da Vinci: The Forbidden Manuscript
    Now Available in North American Retail

    June 7th 2006 - The Secrets of Da Vinci: The Forbidden Manuscript is the first ever game created about the life and work of Leonardo Da Vinci. Players come to discover and delve inside the mysteries surrounding the hidden enigmas of the works of the great genius. "The Secrets of Da Vinci: The Forbidden Manuscript" is a major investigation and adventure game, a thrilling mystical quest into the heart of the Renaissance. It is now available in retail stores across North America.

    Valdo, an ambitious young apprentice working for Da Vinci's disciple Francesco Melzi, is extremely disappointed when the scholar suddenly dismisses him. However, shortly afterwards, he receives a letter from a mysterious patron, asking him to locate one of the great master's missing codices. To access Da Vinci's last residence, the Manoir du Cloux near Ambroise, Valdo tells its new occupant, a courtesan by the name of Babou de la Bourdaisière, that he is Francesco Melzi's apprentice and that he wishes to examine the inventions that still remain on the estate.

    Under this cover, he starts to scour the estate: Babou's bedroom, Leonardo's workshop, the grounds, and dovecot, leaving no stone unturned. In the course of his investigations, he encounters a wide array of intriguing characters: Babou herself, Saturnin, a suspicious looking guardian, and the King of France himself. To accomplish his mission, he has to solve a series of enigmas devised by the great master himself if Da Vinci's inventions are to function again. On the trail of the genius, Valdo is no more aware of the secrets he is about to unveil as of the danger lurking in the dark.

    FEATURES
    • Total immersion guaranteed, through atmosphere, soundtrack and perfect modelisation of historic locations, such as the Manoir du Cloux, Leonardo da Vinci's workshop and the Château d'Amboise.
    • A gripping, non-linear and complex plot, based on historical facts and extensive research.
    • Meticulously detailed graphics with a total respect for history. Perfect reproductions of works, decors and clothing, recreated in collaboration with experts, including the management of the Château du Clos Lucé.
    • Complex characters with distinct personalities and hidden dimensions: Valdo, Saturnin, François I, Babou de la Bourdaisière, Hector... and Leonardo da Vinci himself.
    • The game's 14 chapters lead deep into the heart of the Great Master's Secret.
    • Dozens of puzzles, based on Da Vinci's own work, requiring logical deduction and scientific knowledge.
    • An interactive inventory system for collectables ensure a game that is easy to pick up.
    • A Good and Evil gauge system: the player develops throughout the game adopting a positive or negative stance.
    • According to the choices they make, players discover one of four possible endings.
    • The portfolio, a game within a game, used by players to store manuscripts found along the way for printing, giving access to puzzles and clues.
    • The player also has a journal to keep track of objectives, sketch the characters encountered and note down impressions about them.
    • The developers' renowned savoir-faire. Their list of previous productions includes Return to Mysterious Island, Journey to the Moon, Secret of the Lost Cavern.
    • The Secrets of Da Vinci: the Forbidden Manuscript is a quest back through time in search of jealously protected manuscripts.
    The Secrets of Da Vinci: The Forbidden Manuscript was developed in exclusive partnership with the Château du Clos Lucé (formerly the Manoir du Cloux), Leonardo Da Vinci's last residence. The Clos Lucé is today listed among France's most famous monuments. The involvement of the estate's owners guarantees the utmost historical respect of the game, and has enabled perfect modelisation of the estate and Da Vinci's work.

    For additional information visit the website at http://www.secrets-of-da-vinci.com/

    Contributed by Jeanne (75620) on Jun 17, 2006.

Press release (15th February 2006):

    Nobilis Is Pleased To Unveil "The Secrets Of Da Vinci: The Forbidden Manuscript"

    A major co-production between Nobilis, Elektrogames, TOTM Studio, Kheops Studio, Mzone Studio, in collaboration with the Ch®teau du Clos Lucé, The Secrets of Da Vinci: The Forbidden Manuscript is due for release on PC in April 2006

    LEONARDO DA VINCI

    The Italian artist and inventor was born in Tuscany in 1452. At the age of 15, he joined the Verrochio workshop where he trained in a range of disciplines (painting, sculpture, mathematics, decorative work). In 1481, Leonardo left Florence for Milan, where he stayed until 1499. From 1506, he divided his time between Milan and Florence. In 1516, he accepted the invitation of François I, king of France, to move to the Manoir du Cloux, near Ambroise, now known as Ch®teau du Clos Lucé, where he was named "chief artist, engineer, and architect to the King". In His Majesty's own words: "You will be free here to dream, think and work." Leonardo da Vinci died in 1519 and bequeathed all his technical notes to Francesco Melzi, his pupil and faithful companion, so that they might be published and made useful to as many people as possible.

    STORY

    Valdo, an ambitious young apprentice working for Da Vinci's disciple Francesco Melzi, is extremely disappointed when the scholar suddenly dismisses him. However, shortly afterwards, he receives a letter from a mysterious patron, asking him to locate one of the great master's missing codices. To access Da Vinci's last residence, the Manoir du Cloux near Ambroise, Valdo tells its new occupant, a courtesan by the name of Babou de la Bourdaisière, that he is Francesco Melzi's apprentice and that he wishes to examine the inventions that still remain on the estate. Under this cover, he starts to scour the estate: Babou's bedroom, Leonardo's workshop, the grounds, and dovecot, leaving no stone unturned. In the course of his investigations, he encounters a wide array of intriguing characters: Babou herself, Saturnin, a suspicious looking guardian, and the King of France himself. To accomplish his mission, he has to solve a series of enigmas devised by the great master himself if Da Vinci's inventions are to function again. On the trail of the genius, Valdo is no more aware of the secrets he is about to unveil as of the danger lurking in the dark.

    FEATURES

    - Total immersion guaranteed, through atmosphere, soundtrack and perfect modelisation of historic locations, such as the Manoir du Cloux, Leonardo da Vinci's workshop and the Ch®teau d'Amboise.
    - A gripping, non-linear and complex plot, based on historical facts and extensive research.
    - Meticulously detailed graphics with a total respect for history. Perfect reproductions of works, decors and clothing, recreated in collaboration with experts, including the management of the Ch®teau du Clos Lucé.
    - Complex characters with distinct personalities and hidden dimensions: Valdo, Saturnin, François I, Babou de la Bourdaisière, Hector... and Leonardo da Vinci himself.
    - The game's 14 chapters lead deep into the heart of the Great Master's Secret.
    - Dozens of puzzles, based on Da Vinci's own work, requiring logical deduction and scientific knowledge.
    - An interactive inventory system for collectables ensure a game that is easy to pick up.
    - A Good and Evil gauge system: the player develops throughout the game adopting a positive or negative stance. According to the choices they make, players discover one of four possible endings.
    - The portfolio, a game within a game, used by players to store manuscripts found along the way for printing, giving access to puzzles and clues.
    - The player also has a journal to keep track of objectives, sketch the characters encountered and note down impressions about them.
    - The developers' renowned savoir-faire. Their list of previous productions includes Return to Mysterious Island, Journey to the Moon, Secret of the Lost Cavern.
    - The Secrets of Da Vinci: the Forbidden Manuscript is a quest back through time in search of jealously protected manuscripts.

    In exclusive partnership with the Ch®teau du Clos Lucé – Parc Leonardo Da Vinci

    The Secrets of Da Vinci: The Forbidden Manuscript was developed in exclusive partnership with the Ch®teau du Clos Lucé (formerly the Manoir du Cloux), Leonardo da Vinci's last residence. The Clos Lucé is today listed among France's most famous monuments. The involvement of the estate's owners guarantees the utmost historical respect of the game, and has enabled perfect modelisation of the estate and Da Vinci's work.

    GENERAL INFORMATION

    - Co-producers: Nobilis, Elektrogames, TOTM Studio, Kheops Studio, Mzone Studio
    - Publisher : Nobilis
    - Release date : 21st April 2006
    - Format : PC
    - Genre : Point & Click Adventure
    - RRP : 39.99 €
    - Age rating : +7 (TBC)
    - 1 player
    - Minimum system requirements: Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP - Pentium III 888 Mhz - 64 MB of Ram - 1.2 GB of free space one hard drive - CD-ROM 16x - 64MB video card (compatible ©DirectX 9)

    Contributed by Sciere (251471) on Apr 27, 2006.

Press release (19th January 2006):

    The Secrets of Da Vinci: The Forbidden Manuscript

    Nobilis are pleased to unveil the final title of their Da Vinci Experience project:

    Label: Nobilis Group
    Developer: Elektrogames, TotM Studio, Kheops Studio and Mzone Studio
    Genre: Adventure
    Release: April 2006
    Platform: PC
    SRP: TBC

    "The Secrets of Da Vinci: The Forbidden Manuscript" is the first ever game created about the life and work of Leonardo Da Vinci. Players come to discover and delve inside the mysteries surrounding the hidden enigmas of the works of the great genius.

    "The Secrets of Da Vinci: The Forbidden Manuscript" is a major investigation and adventure game, a thrilling mystical quest into the heart of the Renaissance. It is due for release on PC in April 2006.

    Nobilis Group hold World Publishing Rights for "The Secrets of Da Vinci: The Forbidden Manuscript"

    Contributed by Sciere (251471) on Apr 27, 2006.

Press release (4th October 2005):

    NOBILIS announces the forthcoming "DA VINCI Experience"

    A Nobilis, Elektrogames, Totem Studio, Kheops Studio and Mzone Studio co-production, DA VINCI Experience is due for release on PC next spring.

    DA VINCI Experience is the first game created about the life and work of Leonardo da Vinci.

    It offers players the opportunity to grapple with the mysteries of the codes hidden within the works of the great Italian genius.

    DA VINCI Experience is a major adventure and investigation game for PC that will be available in spring 2006.

    The world publishing rights for DA VINCI Experience belong to the Nobilis Group.

    Contributed by Sciere (251471) on Apr 27, 2006.

Kheops-Studio.com:
    "Valdo, an ambitious young apprentice working for Da Vinci's disciple Francesco Melzi, is extremely disappointed when the scholar suddenly dismisses him. However, shortly afterwards, he receives a letter from a mysterious patron, asking him to locate one of the great master's missing codices. To access Da Vinci's last residence, the Manoir du Cloux near Ambroise, Valdo tells its new occupant, a courtesan by the name of Babou de la Bourdaisiere, that he is Francesco Melzi's apprentice and that he wishes to examine the inventions that still remain on the estate. Under this cover, he starts to scour the estate: Babou's bedroom, Leonardo's workshop, the grounds, and dovecot, leaving no stone unturned. In the course of his investigations, he encounters a wide array of intriguing characters: Babou herself, Saturnin, a suspicious looking guardian, and the King of France himself. To accomplish his mission, he has to solve a series of enigmas devised by the great master himself if Da Vinci's inventions are to function again. On the trail of the genius, Valdo is no more aware of the secrets he is about to unveil as of the danger lurking in the dark."

    Contributed by Jeanne (75620) on Apr 26, 2006.

www.nobilis-france.com (French):
    1522. Ancien apprenti chez l'héritier de Vinci, Valdo étudie les oeuvres du Grand Maître. Un jour, un mystérieux mécène lui confie la mission de rassembler des codex dissimulés par De Vinci. Valdo se lance à leur recherche sans se douter du secret qu'il est sur le point de mettre à jour ni des dangers qui le guettent…
    • Le jeu d’aventure événement de l’année : le tout premier titre sur la vie de Leonard De Vinci qui vous permettra de percer les énigmes cachées dans ses oeuvres
    • Une quête passionnante pleine de risques, de rebondissements et de découvertes
    • Une prise en main accessible à tous et un gameplay adapté au grand public
    • Des dizaines de puzzles et énigmes basées sur les oeuvres majeures du génie
    • Un partenariat exclusif avec le Clos Lucé, dernière demeure et musée officiel de Vinci est le garant d’un respect historique minutieux
    • Une équipe de développement entièrement française, passée maître dans les jeux d’aventure
    • Des graphismes d’une beauté et d’un réalisme époustouflants : le Clos Lucé parfaitement modélisé en 3D !

    Contributed by Jeanne (75620) on Apr 26, 2006.