Haarlem, The Netherlands– November 20, 2008– Adventure gamers are in a for a real treat today, as leading video game publisher Lighthouse Interactive and developer Arberth Studios, released two playable demos for Rhiannon: Curse of the Four Branches (PC). Both demos give players a chance to experience the mystical Celtic atmosphere and peek into the world of a lonely teenage girl named Rhiannon. In Demo #1, players play Chapter 1: Arrival, where they may explore the remote Welsh farmstead known as Ty Pryderi. In Demo #2, players can have a go at Chapter 5: Boswell’s Office, an underground office located beneath Ty Pryderi. These demos highlight the engaging and unusual challenges unique to Rhiannon: Curse of the Four Branches.
Rhiannon: Curse of the Four Branches, a game based on the gripping tales of the Mabinogion, a collection of stories from medieval Welsh manuscripts, is deep rooted in Celtic mythology and follows the present day haunting of a lonely teenage girl named Rhiannon, as she unwillingly enters a world filled with supernatural phenomena, magic, and legend.
This highly acclaimed Mythological Adventure game for Windows® is now available at retail outlets across the United Kingdom, including GAME®, Amazon®, Play.com®, the Lighthouse Interactive European Web Shop, and via digital download at GamersGate.com. Rhiannon: Curse of the Four Branches is a must-have Adventure game you don’t want to miss this holiday season!
Lighthouse Interactive is part of SilverBirch Inc.'s (SVB:TSXV) video game division.
Rhiannon: Curse of the Four Branches is set on the Celtic fringes of Britain; a place where myth and magic spill into reality, threatening the sanity of a teenage girl named Rhiannon Sullivan. An ancient battle for revenge engulfs Ty Pryderi, the remote Welsh farmstead Rhiannon now calls home. She begins to hear unexplained noises, see disturbing visions, and experience other chilling paranormal phenomena. There is an ancient evil lurking in the walls of Ty Pryderi that holds a terrible connection to a timeless struggle between man and magic fabled in the Mabinogion Legends. Her parents take Rhiannon away, leaving Ty Pryderi to your watch and exploration, but their absence can only postpone the inevitability of revenge and death. Unless you can stop it!
· Set in present day, the plot draws from ancient Welsh myths and legends
· Explore the haunted Welsh farmstead, from the imposing house, to its extensive grounds and buildings
· First-person, point-and-click with approximately 20 to 30 hours of largely non-linear gameplay
· Involved, multi-threaded plot
· Features classic themes such as: magic, paranormal phenomena and technology
· Interact with a comprehensive inventory of nearly 200 items
· 1024x768 full-screen graphics
· Engaging and unusual challenges, mostly plot and inventory-driven
· A haunting musical score will send chills up your spine
· Solid chapter structure to the compelling and ultimately uplifting story
About Arberth Studios
Arberth Studios is an independent computer games developer based in rural West Wales on the Celtic fringe of Britain. The company specializes in the point-and-click adventure genre, a genre enjoying a strong surge of renewed popularity. With Rhiannon: Curse of the Four Branches due for release in 2008, Arberth Studios already has additional titles on the drawing board.
About SilverBirch Inc.
Toronto-based SilverBirch Inc. is a leading digital entertainment company operating in the fastest growing sectors of the video game market. The company's video game operations include SilverBirch Studios, a video game developer; Red Mile Entertainment, a San Francisco based publisher of console games such as Heroes Over Europe and the exclusive worldwide license holder for Sin City; Lighthouse Interactive, a Netherlands-based publisher of pc games; and a co-venture with G4Box Inc. to operate licensed English language online multiplayer games. For more information see www.silverbirchinc.com.
About Lighthouse Interactive
Lighthouse Interactive, a division of SilverBirch Inc. (SVB:TSXV), is a fast growing publisher of interactive entertainment with offices established in Toronto and Montreal, Canada, Haarlem, The Netherlands and London, England. The company is focused on bringing strong titles tothe worldwide market in a wide array of genres including: RPG, Simulation, Adventure, Action and Strategy. Staffed with industry veterans, Lighthouse is the right choice for developers looking to bring their products to a worldwide audience.
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