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Xider Games press release (September 2008):

    Meet Assassins, Bouncers and Travelling Salesmen on the Perilous Streets of Cairo

    XIDER Games will soon release Ankh: Curse of the Scarab King on Nintendo DS. Players will meet vibrant and entertaining characters, including evil assassins, royal guards and strict bouncers on their quest to save Assil. Each character is important and could hold vital information or tools that will thwart the Mummy’s fatal curse.

    Individual characters have been designed to add humour to the game by portraying modern ways of life in an ancient time. This is seen in Bakshish, the souvenir salesman who operates by the ancient Sphinx; Tarok and Blackeye, mercenary assassins with a surprising amount of knowledge about videogame developers, and Bulbul the bouncer from the fashionable club, Camella Loca.

    The clever dialogue between the characters injects witty humour whilst providing essential clues on how to progress through the game. For example in a conversation with Tarok and Blackeye, Assil is told how to get to the Bazaar, whilst also being given a brief lesson on how to develop an adventure videogame.

    Other colourful characters include Assil’s girlfriend Thara, the party animal who does not know when to stop; an ancient and frightening Mummy with a propensity to gossip and a mighty Pharaoh who puts more effort into partying than politics.

    Following the success of the popular PC versions, this fun and colourful adventure will be available to play on DS in September 2008.

    Fast facts:
    Publisher: XIDER Games
    Web: www.XIDER-games.com / www.Ankh-game.com
    Release date: September 2008
    Price: £29.99
    PEGI: 3+
    Format: Nintendo DS
    Genre: Adventure

    Contributed by Patrick Bregger (213601) on Jun 09, 2011.

Xider Games press release (July 2008):

    Ankh: Curse of the Scarab King Provides Pocket Sized Colourful, Adventure on the Dusty Streets of Cairo

    XIDER Games is to release Ankh: Curse of the Scarab King on Nintendo DS. Following the success of the popular PC versions, this fun and colourful adventure will be available to play on DS in September 2008. Travel through ancient Egypt as young Assil, a bold young adventurer trying to save himself from a Mummy’s deadly curse.

    Ever the party animal, Assil’s wild ways lead him to break into a pyramid to enjoy an all night party with his friends. However, on disturbing a peaceful, sleeping Mummy he was immediately punished with a lethal curse. Enjoy classic gameplay using the stylus to help Assil discover the remedy and break the curse within 24 hours to avoid his fate.

    Feel the sand beneath your feet and the hot sun blazing down from above as your adventures begin in the mysterious land of ancient Egypt. Become immersed in the beautiful and vibrant Egyptian locations, travelling through bustling dusty cities, exotic bazaars and tropical dense undergrowth.

    Ankh: Curse of the Scarab King features many colourful and humorous characters, including the lovable delinquent Assil; the Pharaoh, who would rather party than govern; his beautiful daughter Thara; the gossip loving Mummy, George; and Thor, the practical joker. Not all the characters are good natured though; beware of Seth, who enjoys a good ruckus, and Osiris, God of the Underworld.

    Providing fun and excitement for players of all ages, Ankh: Curse of the Scarab King features many engaging puzzles that must be solved in order to progress. Enjoy and experience the vivid and enchanting surroundings on your adventure, but don’t forget the task in hand, Assil’s life must be saved before his time is up!

    Contributed by Patrick Bregger (213601) on Jun 09, 2011.

daedalic.de (Publisher's website) - Nintendo DS:
    Erleben Sie Ankh erstmals auf dem DS - mit der kompletten Original-Sprachausgabe! Der junge Assil bekommt ein mächtiges Problem: für eine Feier mit Freunden verschafft er sich Zugang zu einer Pyramide, randaliert aus Versehen etwas, findet das Amulett 'Ankh' und fällt prompt bei den Göttern in Ungnade… Nun lastet ein Fluch auf Assil und er muss sehen wie er diesen wieder los wird.

    Contributed by Patrick Bregger (213601) on Jun 09, 2011.

Back of Box - Windows (Germany):
    Erleben Sie ein verrücktes Abenteuer im alten Ägypten!
    Ägypten - Vor langer, langer Zeit. Der junge Assil hat ein Problem: Nach einer verbotenen Party in einer Pyramide hat er sich einen Todesfluch des kürzlich bestatteten Skarabäenkönigs eingehandelt. Zu allem Überfluss gelangt er bei diesem Zwischenfall auch noch ungewollt in den Besitz des Ankh, das Symbol des Lebens. Mit dessen Hilfe will sich der Totengott Osiris Zugang zur Welt der Lebenden verschaffen. Mit dem Ankh um den Hals zieht Assil los, um den Pharao um Hilfe zu bitten, denn nur der gottgleiche Herrscher selbst kann den Todesfluch aufheben. Und im Handumdrehen stolpert Assil in das wildeste Abenteuer, das Ägypten je gesehen hat.

    Highlights
    • Zahlreiche liebevoll und abwechslungsreich gestaltete Locations, die in eine fantastische ägyptische Welt entführen.

    • Eine Vielzahl skurriler Charaktere, die durch ihre individuellen Animationen die Spielwelt mit Leben erfüllen.

    • Beeindruckende 3D-Technologie mit Shader-Unterstützung.

    • Cineastische Zwischensequenzen mit aufregenden Kamerafahrten.

    • Leichter Einstieg und abwechslungsreiche Rätsel sorgen für lang anhaltenden Spielspaß.

    • Top-Lokalisation mit Stimmen bekannter Hollywood-Schauspieler.

    • Tonnenweise schwarzer Humor.

    Das sagt die Presse:
    PC Powerplay - “Verdammt hübsch“
    4players.de - “Eines der witzigsten Adventures des Jahres“
    G amesurf.de - “Das vielleicht beste klassische Adventure 2005“

    Ron Gilbert - “1 can‘t wait to play it!“
    (Spieleentwickler-Legende und Schöpfer unvergesslicher Adventure-KIassiker

    Contributed by Patrick Bregger (213601) on Jun 09, 2011.

Inside Covers of Box - Windows (United States):
    ”A CHARMING OLD-SCHOOL COMIC ADVENTURE WHICH HOLDS ITS OWN, COURTESY OF ITS BEAUTIFUL 3D GRAPHICS AND AN ENGAGING PLOT.”
    -Just Adventure

    Immerse yourself in a world of over 45 fully interactive characters. With a spectacularly animated and voiced ensemble cast, the adventure comes alive! Explore more than 80 plot integrated puzzles and mind-bending riddles; keeping track with a personal “to-do” list.

    Using the latest 3D technology to provide a totally immersive gaming environment, Ankh allows you to sweep over the beautiful lands of Ancient Egypt like never before. Experience the utmost realism in dozens of exquisitely detailed locations in and around Cairo; complete with spectacular shadowing, lighting, and texturing.

    “...THE SHEER PLAYABILITY OF IT ALL: THE SATISFYING GAMEPLAY, QUIRKY CHARACTERS AND ROUSING VISUALS ENSURES THAT ANKH IS A WORTHY RECIPIENT OF OUR PRAISE.”
    -AMPED IGO PC

    “Ankh possesses a delightfully stylized, whimsical appearance with enough charm to fill a Great Pyramid.”
    -Adventuregamers

    Contributed by Patrick Bregger (213601) on Jun 08, 2011.

Back of Keep Case - Macintosh (United Kingdom):
    Egypt. A long, long time ago. After a forbidden party in a pyramid, young Assil gets struck by a horrible death curse. With just a few more hours to live, Assil has to find a way to talk to the only person who can now help him to remove this curse: the mighty pharaoh himself! During his wild adventure, Assil meets many strange and funny characters; the scary crocodile, the god of the underworld.., and finally the woman of his dreams.

    - Meet a cast of bizzare characters that you can talk to or bargain with, each individually animated - dozens of lovingly crafted locations that take you away to a fantastic Egyptian world - Easy to use interface and intriguing riddles promise many hours of fun for casual to seasoned adventures - Rich and thematic soundtrack - Loaded with dark humour

    Contributed by Patrick Bregger (213601) on Jun 08, 2011.

Xider Games press release (July 2007):

    Ankh Is Back! In a Pocket Sized Adventure

    Following the success of Ankh and Ankh: Heart of Osiris on PC, XIDER Games and Daedalic Entertainment have launched the next offering in the Ankh Empire - Ankh: Curse of the Scarab King on Nintendo DS.

    If you enjoyed the previous Ankh titles then prepare yourself for more laugh-a-minute humour as you join Assil, the courageous young adventurer in a pocket sized journey through the dusty streets of Cairo.

    Sun yourself in the sweltering Egyptian heat as you try to keep up with Assil, Thara, Pharaoh and Osiris: God of the Underworld in numerous exotic locations that include the beautiful bazaars and heady undergrowth of the Egyptian landscape. Solve the puzzles, guard the Ankh and become enthralled in the mysterious storyline whilst guiding Assil and his loveable friends along their way.

    If you are brave enough to accompany Assil as he continues his quest for the Ankh, then look out for Ankh DS, set to hit stores in Q4 2007.

    Contributed by Patrick Bregger (213601) on Jun 08, 2011.

bhv press release (November 28, 2005):

    Point 'Ankh' Click

    Monday 28th November 2005/... bhv Software in collaboration with Deck 13 Interactive today announced that Ankh - a charming Point and Click adventure set in ancient Egypt - will be unveiled on 3rd February 2006. German developer Deck 13 was assisted by Telltale Studios, the company that played a decisive role at LucasArts in developing legendary comic adventures like Escape From Monkey Island.

    If you thought Point and Click adventures had gone the way of the pharaohs, think again - this is no mirage. With Ankh, Deck 13 has resurrected a much-loved genre for a new generation of gamers: Ankh is the new adventure reference*. Expect to be swept along by a story brimming with fun and romance, expertly moulded around an vibrant 3D world featuring a slew of impressively detailed- and endearingly animated graphics.

    Players take on the role of fun-loving youngster, Assil, who, after stealing the Great Pyramid key to organise a party for his friends, receives a death curse by accidentally breaking one of the holy urns. This leaves him just a few hours to prevent his very existence being erased. As fate would have it Assil stumbles across a magic Ankh and the girl of his dreams. Using all their cunning they must find a way through Ankh's mysterious and inspiring setting to rid Assil of his curse.

    Cairo... the ancient city of thousand shapes, colours and smells. And of Pharaohs, crocodiles and assassins. It won't be easy for Assil to get an audience at the palace to shake off his death curse. Even worse, the number of his foes is growing faster as his curse takes possession of him. Only a keen mind can save Assil from certain death: You.

    "With Ankh we have tried to remain faithful to the spirit of past Point and Click adventures," said Jan Klose, project manager, Deck 13 Interactive. "While the crucial ingredients of humour, strong storyline, fun puzzle elements and meaningful character interaction remain key to the game's overall appeal, we're now able to add the kind of graphical polish previously unseen in the genre."

    Ankh features numerous challenging puzzles and riddles, sumptuous graphics, dozens of whimsical characters, over 100 items to use, dozens of locations around ancient Cairo, a fully orchestrated soundtrack, quality voice acting and a simple yet intuitive Point and Click control interface.

    Ankh will be released on 3rd February 2006 on the PC and be available from www.amazon.co.uk and major retail stores.

    Contributed by Patrick Bregger (213601) on Jun 08, 2011.

Viva Media Press Release:

    Reverse the Curse! Ankh Breathes New Life into the Adventure-Game Genre

    New York, NY, September 5, 2006 - Immerse yourself in an Ancient-Egyptian world complete with over 45 fully interactive characters. With a spectacularly animated and voiced ensemble cast, Ankh brings the adventure alive. Explore more than 80 plot integrated puzzles and mind-bending riddles; keeping track with a personal "to-do" list. Using the latest 3D technology, Ankh allows you to sweep over dozens of exquisitely detailed locations in and around Cairo; complete with spectacular shadowing, lighting and texture.

    Viva Media CEO Carlo Voelker comments, "The heart and soul of any great adventure game lies in its characters and the obstacles that they face. Ankh provides players with truly lovable characters, in-depth gameplay, breathtaking visuals, and devilishly fun black-humor." With unsurpassed playability and unquestionable personality, Ankh affords all players an entertaining and engrossing gaming experience.
    • Over 45 Comic Characters
    • More than 80Awesome Puzzles
    • State-of-the-art 3D Graphics
    • Breathtaking In-Game Cinematics
    • Dazzling Egyptian Landscapes
    For more information on Ankh, please visit http://www.viva-media.com/

    Contributed by Jeanne (76515) on Sep 12, 2006.

Back of Box - Windows (US):

    REVERSE THE CURSE!

    Sneak into the pharoah's pyramid and meet up with Assil and his crew of crazy friends. Just as the party starts to get hot, a silly accident turns life upside down! Unleashing a deadly curse and discovering a precious amulet, as Assil, you will be immersed in Ankh's amazing ancient world. From the narrow streets of Cairo's bazaar to the banks of the Nile, this comic adventure will have you running from a mad Osiris on your mission to meet the Pharaoh.
    • Over 45 Comic Characters

    • More Than 80 Awesome Puzzles

    • State of The Art 3D graphics

    • Breathtaking In-game Cinematics

    • Dazzling Egyptian Landscapes

    Contributed by Jeanne (76515) on Sep 12, 2006.

Press release (3rd November 2005):

    Experience a crazy adventure in Ancient Egypt as BHV Software announces point & click adventure ANKH

    Label: BHV Software
    Developer: Deck 13
    Genre: Point & Click Adventure
    Release: November 2005

    If you like movies like Shrek, Ice Age and Robots – then ANKH might just be your cup of tea. A humourous Point and Click adventure game set in a 3D graphic environment with a funny and romantic story in a mystical and inspiring setting with numerous original locations and characters.

    Maybe Assil shouldn't have stolen the key to the Great Pyramid to celebrate a party with his friends. Then he would have never caught this curse that will erase his life within a few hours. But then he wouldn't have found the magic Ankh either, and he would have never met the woman of his dreams, this rebellious and at the same time mysterious girl, and never would these two have stumbled into the adventure of their life.

    After a wild party at the Pharaoh's pyramid, young Assil accidentally breaks one of the holy urns and gets himself a death curse – but there he discovers the precious amulet Ankh.

    Cairo... the ancient city of thousand shapes, colours and smells. And of Pharaohs, crocodiles and assassins. It won't be easy for Assil to get an audience at the palace to get rid of his death curse. Even worse, the number of his foes is growing faster as his curse takes possession of him. Only a keen mind can save Assil from certain death: You!

    During his quest, Assil meets a whole bunch of weird people, from happy slaves to frightened crocodiles and finally Osiris himself, the god of the underworld.

    Ankh is developed by Deck 13 Interactive, Germany. Deck 13 is assisted by Telltale Games (ex Lucas-Arts-Team) – their staff was involved in "Sam & Max", "Grim Fandango" and "Escape from Monkey Island". Telltame Games advises Deck 13 regarding the storyline and location.

    Ankh will be released on 27th January 2005 on the PC and be available from www.amazon.co.uk

    Contributed by Sciere (515388) on Mar 15, 2006.

Press release (28th November 2005):
    Classic Gaming Returns To Ancient Egypt Courtesy Of BHV Software And Deck 13 Interactive Studios' Point and Click Adventure, Ankh.

    Monday 28th November 2005/... bhv Software in collaboration with Deck 13 Interactive today announced that Ankh – a charming Point and Click adventure set in ancient Egypt – will be unveiled on 3rd February 2006. German developer Deck 13 was assisted by Telltale Studios, the company that played a decisive role at LucasArts in developing legendary comic adventures like Escape From Monkey Island.

    If you thought Point and Click adventures had gone the way of the pharaohs, think again – this is no mirage. With Ankh, Deck 13 has resurrected a much-loved genre for a new generation of gamers: Ankh is the new adventure reference*. Expect to be swept along by a story brimming with fun and romance, expertly moulded around an vibrant 3D world featuring a slew of impressively detailed- and endearingly animated graphics.

    Players take on the role of fun-loving youngster, Assil, who, after stealing the Great Pyramid key to organise a party for his friends, receives a death curse by accidentally breaking one of the holy urns. This leaves him just a few hours to prevent his very existence being erased. As fate would have it Assil stumbles across a magic Ankh and the girl of his dreams. Using all their cunning they must find a way through Ankh's mysterious and inspiring setting to rid Assil of his curse.

    Cairo... the ancient city of thousand shapes, colours and smells. And of Pharaohs, crocodiles and assassins. It won't be easy for Assil to get an audience at the palace to shake off his death curse. Even worse, the number of his foes is growing faster as his curse takes possession of him. Only a keen mind can save Assil from certain death: You.

    "With Ankh we have tried to remain faithful to the spirit of past Point and Click adventures," said Jan Klose, project manager, Deck 13 Interactive. "While the crucial ingredients of humour, strong storyline, fun puzzle elements and meaningful character interaction remain key to the game's overall appeal, we're now able to add the kind of graphical polish previously unseen in the genre."

    Ankh features numerous challenging puzzles and riddles, sumptuous graphics, dozens of whimsical characters, over 100 items to use, dozens of locations around ancient Cairo, a fully orchestrated soundtrack, quality voice acting and a simple yet intuitive Point and Click control interface.

    Ankh will be released on 3rd February 2006 on the PC and be available from www.amazon.co.uk and major retail stores.

    Contributed by Sciere (515388) on Mar 15, 2006.

Back of Case (Belgium):

    Ankh

    Bereid je voor op een absurd avontuur in het oude Egypte!

    Egypte. Lang, lang geleden. Na een illegaal feestje in een piramide wordt er een verschrikkelijke vloek uitgesproken over de jonge Assil. Met nog maar een paar uur te leven moet Assil op zoek naar de enige persoon die de vloek kan opheffen: de machtige farao zelf! Tijdens zijn hilarische avontuur ontmoet Assil veel vreemde en mallotige personages: een angstaanjagende krokodil, de god van de onderwereld... en uiteindelijk de vrouw van zijn dromen.

    Belangrijkste kenmerken

    • Ontmoet maffe, geanimeerde personages, waarmee je kunt praten en onderhandelen.

    • Tientallen prachtige omgevingen nemen je mee naar een fantastische Egyptische wereld

    • Indrukwekkende 3D-technologie met schaduweffecten.

    • Tussenfilmpjes met dynamische cameravoering

    • Lekker makkelijke interface en boeiende puzzels voor urenlang speelplezier, voor zowel beginnende als ervaren avonturiers

    • Sfeervolle muziek

    • Barstensvol absurde, ironische humor
    "Het spel zit vol humor en avontuur en laat zich inspireren door de klassiekers in het genre." (bron: www.gamer.nl)

    "Een aandoenlijke, avontuurlijke aanrader!" (bron: Power Unlimited)

    Contributed by Sciere (515388) on Mar 08, 2006.