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Rhiannon: Curse Of The Four Branches (PC DVD)

by Arberth Studios
Windows XP / Vista
 Ages 12 and Over
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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  • Set in present day, the plot draws from ancient Welsh myths and legends
  • Explore the eerie 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 technological gadgets
  • 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

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  • Platform:   Windows XP / Vista
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 12 and Over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: DVD-ROM
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  • ASIN: B001GG7DSO
  • Release Date: 7 Nov 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,980 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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Manufacturer's Description

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 Pr yderi,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!

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wales' memorable tale 3 Dec 2008
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
The initial impression of Rhiannon for me was of a game in the vein of 7th Guest or Myst, in that I felt there was something just around the corner waiting to reach out.

Sadly there wasn't. I had worked myself up into a tizzy over nothing, well almost nothing - a few ghosts.

But then it did its job - its a beautifully crafted story with impressive graphics which has been written by a small team and displays a lovely Welsh myth.

On the practical side I like the fact that, thrown into the game, your survival instincts hit in and right from the start you have to forage, gain access, find out whats happening - even the old chestnut - to switch the power on and light a fire. These touches drew me into the envinonment.

My only real criticism is that sometimes objects couldn't be picked up until they were needed in the game - but I'm not told that. I genuinely thought this was a bug, and perhaps an 'inner voice narration' - the 'No, that won't work' line you got in 7th Guest or the Tex Murphy games mightn't have been a bad idea, also a map to jump around the vast grounds.

But these are mere details. This is an impressive, pleasant and captivating game and one worth playing.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A game out of time 8 Oct 2008
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
This is one of the strangest games I've played in a long time. Just think about it for a moment - a point and click adventure game made in 2008 and set in Wales?!? I'm not welsh but I think it's nice to set a game somewhere other than the usual settings of the USA, London etc.

There're lots of nice touches such as when you start the game and you hear a horse but can't see one and you wonder what's going on but a newspaper left on the floor tells you the story of a local "ghost horse" terrorising the area. Upon entering the house you can play back phone messages from a local van driver (complete with Welsh accent!) who's claiming money off you for your horse damaging his van and your wife/girlfriend reminding you about putting a fire on. It's all very day to day stuff and it does really feel like you're in the game.

The big drawback of this game is in it's cofusing navigation. For example, you'll often see a door and want to go to it but you just can't work out how to get to it, even though it's right in front of you, you have to keep walking around in circles to get anywhere. Instead of going from A to B you have to go from A to C to D to E to B and it does get a bit annoying.

Overall this is a great game if you're into UK/Welsh culture and want to step back in time to how games used to be. It can be frustrating to play, the graphics and sound are about 15 years out of date but If you can see beyond those problems then a great adventure is there to be found.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant fun! 25 Feb 2009
By Evie J
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Just completed Rhiannon, really enjoyed it. As well as teaching the player a few things about Welsh folklore, it's easy to play and the setting is amazing - a lovely old farmhouse in the middle of nowhere complete with outbuildings, walled gardens etc.

It's very easy to navigate your way round with the point and click, and quite liked the fact that you could only pick up objects when you needed them - I suggest a pen a paper is needed right from the start to make sure you make a note of where stuff is.

The puzzles are real brainteasers and really interesting - you have to decipher ancient markings/languages and learn about Kirlian photography amongst other stuff. I must admit I did sneak a peak at an online walkthough on occasion but that's mainly because I'm impatient rather than anything else.

Genuinely loved this game, very much in the realm of Barrow Hill but with much more to it and more to see and explore.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Hi all, I hope this review helps toward the desicion in buying this game. If you like point and click adventures then this is an ideal game for you. You play a man called Chris who is asked to look after a house in rural Wales. But strange things are happening and you decide to look into it.
The style of the gameplay makes it feel like YOU, the player, are in the story, as the game is set as a first person perspective. It is a genius concept of playing as every scene you walk into feels real and looks fantastic. I did not know what to expect when purchasing this game, but I am glad I 'branched ' out and bought it. Never a dull moment and solving puzzles is a rewarding experience as some are difficult to figure out.
The game is a joy to play and a bit of a brain teaser. There are a few scares that happen so I won't spoil the suprise. For those who purchase the game, I know you will enjoy the experience it has to offer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent game - highly recommended 18 May 2009
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
A really good storyline coupled with interesting and challenging puzzles make this one of the best games I've played for a while. A similar atmosphere to Barrow Hill which is another excellent first-person adventure game.

The user interface itself took a bit of getting used to but once I'd got the hang of it - no problems. Although, you can click on many items at the start of the game not all of them can be loaded into your inventory until later in the story when you actually need them and so occasionally I forgot about them and spent time retracing my steps to work out what I'd missed. And although you can often work out which items you need fora task you sometimes can't access tham to you've founnd a particular clue or item.

Graphics and sound are good. A reaonable length too. Highly recommended

Looking forward to the next release from these developers - due out later in 2009.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I really wanted to like this game. I gave it every opportunity to be liked. The background subject is superb and the story is well put together... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mr. L. Porter
5.0 out of 5 stars Rhiannon
Excellent graphics and it keeps you interested all the way through the game. Recommend this to all who enjoy a good adventure.
Published 10 months ago by heva hay
5.0 out of 5 stars Rhiannon an amazing game
I love adventure games and this has to be the best I have played.
Each of the four branches are very challenging, stimulating and make you think, but at the same time... Read more
Published on 3 May 2011 by Stan Ryan
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but difficult
The idea behind the game intrigued me - Celtic mystery - but like many others I found it difficult to read the minds of the designers. Read more
Published on 19 Dec 2010 by J. Gill
4.0 out of 5 stars rhiannon
good game keeps your intrest, but you need help to get through it, but graphics and sound are good, feels like your actually there, liked it. thanks
Published on 15 Mar 2010 by G. S. Mcmahon
5.0 out of 5 stars Rhiannon
This is a very good game, one of the best I have played, a bit scary at times but overall enjoyable, I dont know if it was my computer working slowly because when i go to save the... Read more
Published on 19 Feb 2010 by D. Godfrey
1.0 out of 5 stars Ok...Just who finished this with no help at all?!!!
I was looking forward to this game. I'd played "The Lost Crown" and found that truly spooky and difficult, but enjoyed the puzzles (even though i did have to cheat a bit with a... Read more
Published on 27 Jan 2010 by nattyloo
3.0 out of 5 stars overrated
i read reviews and was expecting an A1 game , in reality i found it C-.As other reviewers mentioned the navigation was bad i must have got near the end and was still finding it... Read more
Published on 11 Dec 2009 by David Spice
4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric
I enjoyed playing this , being a fan of first-person point and click type games. It was a bit of a memory test as you could not take certain items until you knew you needed them -... Read more
Published on 5 Dec 2009 by liz
5.0 out of 5 stars Good old-fashioned point and click adventure game
I bought this game on impulse simply because I read a translation of the Mabinogion a few years ago, and I was intrigued by the idea of a game based on ancient Welsh legends. Read more
Published on 25 Nov 2009 by A. W. Askew
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