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

For Immediate Release



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/

About Tri Synergy, Inc.


Founded in Dallas, TX in 1996, Tri Synergy is an independent computer software and video game publisher and distributor offering developers a more profitable alternative to traditional affiliate label and licensing deals. Contact Shane Nestler for additional info: shanen@trisynergy.com

About Nobilis

Nobilis Group, founded in Lyon in 2001, specializes in the publication and distribution of video games and video game accessories. Nobilis produces multi-platform games for PC, XboxTM, PlayStation®2, PSPTM, GameCubeTM, Nintendo DSTM and Game Boy®Advance.

Nobilis has distribution subsidiaries in France (Nobilis France in Lyon), Spain and Portugal (Nobilis Iberica in Madrid), Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg (Nobilis Benelux).

Some of the most prominent partners that feature in Nobilis' catalogue feature Agetec, Aspyr, Buka, Capcom, Cenega, Davilex, Enlight Software, Focus, Frogwares, GMX Media, IA Vision, Ignition, JoWood, Lago, Midway, Monte Cristo, LightHouse and Ubisoft. Nobilis' own games include The Secrets of Da Vinci, Atlantis V, Mountain Bike Adrenaline featuring Salomon, and Moto Racer 3 Gold Edition...

Nobilis France is the world's second representative of Radica accessory and Gamester brand.

Official site: www.nobilis-france.com

About Elektrogames

Founded in 2003, ElektroGames is the first independent videogame producer in France

ElektroGames initiates new projects with the most well known development studio, gathers several investors into a co production funding, follows up the development life cycle, identifies the best commercial partners and support the title through special operations.

Elektrogames also uses to invest on external productions with co publishing partners.

Official web site : www.elektrogames.com

About Kheops Studio:

Kheops Studio is an independent video games developer, created in 2003. Kheops Studio is specialized in adventure games on PC and has developed more particularly: The Egyptian Prophecy, Return to Mysterious Island, Echo: Secrets of the Lost Cavern, Voyage: Inspired by Jules Verne.

Official Web Site: www.kheops-studio.com

About Mzone Studio:

Founded in 2001 at Pornic, France, Mzone Studio is a company specialized in CGI production for the video game industry. The team of Mzone Studio worked on various titles, more particularly on: The Egyptian Prophecy, Return to Mysterious Island, Echo: Secrets of the Lost Cavern, Voyage: Inspired by Jules Verne.

Official Web site: www.mzonestudio.com/

About TOTM Studio:

Founded in May 2005, TOTM Studio is a company specialized in the conception and the production of adventure games. Learning on the experience of our team in this domain, we propose and explore themes (Echo, Leonardo da Vinci) with strong gameplay and historic potential.

Official Web Site: www.Totm-Studio.fr

About The Castle of The Clos Luce:

This is in the Chateau du Clos Lucé, on the invitation of King Francis I that Leonardo da Vinci lived the last years of his life, working in its thousand of passions. Today, the Chateau du Clos Lucé, dedicated to the restoration of the universes of Leonardo de Vinci in all its truths, invites the visitor to enter its everyday life and to discover forty of its fabulous inventions. In the Park, 16 gigantic machines, 32 translucent paintings and 8 sound points allow to understand Leonardo as a painter, engineer, architect, botanist, and brilliant inventor.

Official Web Site: www.vinci-closluce.com

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For Evaluation Copies or Screenshots Contact: Joseph Lieberman at JoeL@TriSynergy.com

Game Press Contact:
Joseph Lieberman
JoeL@TriSynergy.com
(352) 281-8271

Clos Luce Press Contact:
Catherine Simon Marion
+33 2 47 57 55 78 - +33 6 60 65 15 31 - csimonmarion@wanadoo.fr
Arnaud Glize
+33 2 47 57 55 78 - a.glize@vinci-closluce.com

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