Avanquest Software Announces the Launch of Merlin Nintendo DS™ on 26th October
UK Merlin fans will have a brand new video game to look forward to this autumn as Avanquest® Software Publishing and FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME) has announced the release of a new Nintendo DS™ game. Merlin - A Servant of Two Masters is an exciting puzzle/adventure game based on the series four episode of the same name, which sees Merlin fall under Morgana’s spell, becoming a deadly weapon in her fight for supremacy.

The game will add to Avanquest’s successful portfolio of licensed TV properties which includes well-known brands such as Eggheads, Coronation Street, Fireman Sam, Timmy Time and Noddy. The game’s creators have worked closely with Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy, the award winning creators and executive producers at Shine TV Ltd, and FME, who have invested in the series and hold the exclusive distribution, home entertainment and licensing rights to the show.

Merlin: A Servant of Two Masters features a mix of hidden-object adventure scenes and over 15 spell-binding puzzles and mini-action games. Players must help characters from the TV show including Merlin, Arthur, Gaius and Guinevere, progress through the levels of the game and ultimately try to free Merlin from Morgana’s spell. Test your hidden-object skills and help Arthur and the heroes of Camelot in this daring quest to save Merlin!

First broadcast in the UK in 2008, FME has now sold Merlin to more than 50 broadcasters in over 180 countries, including the US on Syfy, MICO in Japan, Network 10 in Australia and RTL in Germany. The last series of the show pulled in regular UK audiences of over seven million viewers per episode on BBC One.

The game is due for release on 26th October to coincide with the launch of the fifth BBC TV series, and will be supported by marketing and PR activity in target media, along with pre-order campaigns with GAME, Amazon and Play.com.

Fast facts:
Publisher: Avanquest Software Publishing
PEGI: PEGI 7
Release Date: 26th October 2012
Format: Nintendo DS
Genre: Puzzle / Adventure
RRP: £20.41 each

About Avanquest Software
Avanquest Software is one of the world’s leading software developers and publishers, with operations in Europe, North America and China, and marketing its software titles through Retail, Corporate, OEM and Direct-to-Consumer channels. The company is committed to innovation in the design, development and publishing of world-class, easy-to-use and affordable software. Avanquest Software is listed on Euronext (ISIN FR0004026714) since December 1996. Additional information is available at http://www.avanquest.com or http://about.avanquest.com.

More information on FremantleMedia Enterprises
FremantleMedia is one of the leading creators and producers of entertainment brands in the world. FremantleMedia is part of the RTL Group, Europe's largest television and radio broadcast company, which is in turn 90 percent owned by Bertelsmann AG, one of the world's major media and entertainment companies. FremantleMedia’s worldwide production arm is responsible for many of the world’s highest rated prime time entertainment, drama, serial drama and factual entertainment programmes. FremantleMedia Enterprises is the brand extension arm of FremantleMedia, offering a one-stop-shop for all Licensing, Distribution and Home Entertainment around the world. The FremantleMedia Group (which includes talkbackTHAMES, UFA and Grundy amongst others) has operations in 22 countries, one of the most comprehensive global networks, creating nearly 10,000 hours of programming a year, rolling out more than 60 formats and managing over 300 individual titles. FremantleMedia has some of the world’s most sought after and long running formats in its catalogue, and globally, produces such programmes as: Idols (co-produced with 19 Productions in the US), The X Factor (co-produced with Syco in the UK), Got Talent (co-produced with Syco in the UK and the US), Neighbours, Family Feud, The Price is Right, Farmer Wants A Wife and Hole In The Wall.

More Information Shine Drama
Shine Drama produces and develops highly contemporary and innovative shows for the UK, the US and the international marketplace covering a wide range of genres and broadcasters from HBO, FX to Channel 4 and the BBC. Headed by Julian Murphy and Johnny Capps, some of its most well-known programmes include Merlin, Sugar Rush and Hex.
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