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A Stroke of Fate

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Authenticity versus fiction: historical curiosity or an attempt to avoid future mistakes?

Mystery has always surrounded wars and their champions; every step that someone makes as he wages the war is then judged by contemporaries and descendants. Sometimes, correct and just. Often, wrong. Who knows what was on Adolf Hitler’s mind as he woke up on 30 April 1945? What happened to Müller just one day earlier and why were the Nazis so committed to searching for powerful relics and sacred items?

Some may say these events took place so long ago, so why should we care, why not just let these things stay in the past, it's a historical curiosity now. But there are people who believe the torturing of people, all the atrocities under Hitler and the Nazis, they cannot be forgotten and nor should they be, because as one person put it, "who knows how many Hitlers are out there now, and should be stopped before they ever get under way?"

Year 1945, spring

Hitler believed in his superiority. Why was that? There was a very powerful item that could allegedly change life of its holder. I mean the Spear of Destiny. Also known as the Spear of Longinus and the Holy Lance, it is one of the most important Christian relics. The Spear was used by a Roman soldier to pierce the side of Christ as he hung on the cross. The Spear, bathed in the blood of the Lamb and playing a significant role in the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy, is believed to have acquired tremendous mystical power. It passed through a multitude of hands coming to Hitler in 1938. He truly believed in a legend which said that whoever claimed the Spear “holds the destiny of the world in his hands for good or evil”.

A Stroke of Fate continues the story featuring a probable conclusion. The Spear was stolen from Hitler. It was found by American forces on the afternoon of April 30, 1945, less than two hours before Hitler’s suicide in his underground bunker in Berlin. Who brought the Spear so close to the Allied Forces, how Mayer managed to penetrate into the sacred hiding-place – we have our own answer to these questions.

29 April, 1945

Heinrich Müller, the Head of the Gestapo, has played a tremendous role in the German reality and in a fictional setting of A Stroke of Fate. He was Hitler’s faithful brother-in-arms but mysteriously disappeared just a day before his fuehrer allegedly committed suicide. There are several versions explaining why and how Müller escaped a usual Fate that most Hitler’s supporters had to face…

1. He was killed trying to leave Berlin. Hmm, escape all the hazards and die…too easy and light-minded for such a personality

2. He moved to South Africa (just like Eichmann who, by the way, was captured while Müller’s trace has never been detected).

3. Moved to the USA and worked for the CIA.

4. Moved to the USSR and worked for NKVD (Soviet secret police).

Well, our view featured in A Stroke of Fate is quite obvious. Mayer did a hard job penetrating Hitler’s minions and just couldn’t let Müller go. Hitler’s pilot quoted Müller as saying "We know the Russian methods exactly”. Do you?

About A Stroke of Fate

Genre: adventure

Platform: PC

Publisher in Russia & CIS: Akella

Developer: Spline

Release date: Q3 2008

A Stroke of Fate is an interactive detective story framed in authentic surroundings of the fascist Germany in the 1940s. A gamer has a unique opportunity – to conduct a compelling investigation of the most mysterious secret veiled by the 20th century – Adolf Hitler’s preterm death.

The main character, a special sabotage and espionage agent is making every effort to squeeze into Adolf’s closest minions. You’ll need to act as a true patriot Germany has ever seen – attentive Gestapo eyes are watching you all the time! A most challenging task to fulfill - to prepare an assassination of “Lieber Fuhrer” himself – will show whether you have learned what it is to be a good spy! The Stroke of Fate will take you to the authentic landscapes and surroundings relevant to 1941-45 and controversial but still powerful personalities like Hitler, Himmler, Muller, and Goebbels. But what is even more important – you’ll even be able to breathe that time…

Key features:

• Compelling pseudo-historical plot;

• Ingenious brainteasers and quests to reflect German peculiarities of the 1940s;

• Realistic graphics;

• Authentic places and historically derived personalities: Muller, Goebbels, and Hitler;

• You can walk along the Secret Police building and Hitler’s private study

PR Contact for Akella

Valeria Avacheva

Email: V_Avacheva@akella.com

Tel: +7 495 363 46 12

Website: www.akella.com


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