Press Kit  - Eselmir and the five magical gifts

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Factsheet

 

Developer
Stelex Software Sagl

 

Genre

Point and click adventure, fantasy, 2D

 

Release date
January 12th, 2018

 

Platforms
PC, Mac

 

Availability
Digital download (Steam)

Digital download (Itch.io)

 

Languages

English

Italian

(voiceover: cutscenes only)

 

File size
2.1 GB

 

Press contact
stefano@stelexsoftware.com

 

Website
www.stelexsoftware.com

 

Social
Twitter
Facebook
YouTube

About this game

 

Description

Eselmir and the five magical gifts is a 2D point and click adventure game inspired by the old classics of the genre. It tells the story of Eselmir and his journey to find the five magical lost gifts of King Theoson, leading the player to explore an imaginary world studied in every detail. An atypical and elegant fantasy made up of stories within the story, one enclosed in the other.

 

Story

In a vast fantasy world ruled by powerful deities and ancient spells, where people build flourishing cities, great monuments thrive and nature is inhabited by fairies and mysterious creatures, the extraordinary story of Eselmir takes place. Eselmir, a priest devoted to the Goddess of Time, belongs to the ancient Pirin race, demigod descendants of a fairy and a mortal who live on the highest mountains in the east. One night, Eselmir receives a mission from his Goddess that could change the fate of many: to find the five lost gifts of King Theoson, progenitor of the Pirin civilization, who upon his death was buried together with his treasures in a secret place whose grave was never found again.

 

Features

  • An engaging 2D point and click adventure game entangled with puzzles and mysticism, breathtaking landscapes and picturesque characters.

  • It is an original blend of fairy tales, inspired by ancient mythology and medieval folklore.

  • It explores an entire continent with countless and flourishing civilizations including magical items and enchanted charming places.

  • A Narratively-rich 2D point and click adventure game filled with brillant dialogues, mystery and magic.

  • Dozens and dozens of puzzles and many inventory objects to collect and interact with.

  • Over 170 hand-illustrated and digitally colored backgrounds, 140+ characters and 15+ hours of gameplay.

  • Original soundtrack specifically composed for the game.

  • 40 challenging in-game achievements and several collectibles to find.

 

The Pirin Saga

The concept of the game was inspired and based on texts and drawings of a young talented Swiss writer, Sebastiano B. Brocchi who wrote a new elegant fantasy saga called "Pirin." The game is set in his own created universe. The hand made drawings are easily recognizable with a strong personality, are of the same style used to illustrate the book made by Brocchi itself.

Videos

 

Gameplay video - Steam Greenlight Campaign

Published April 21st 2017

YouTube / Download diretto (.mov)

Story teaser

Published November 30th 2015

YouTube / Download diretto (.mov)

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Key art and illustrations

Direct download (.zip)

 

Artwork

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Stefano Maccarinelli

Stefano Maccarinelli

Tania, Stefano and Sebastiano

Tania, Stefano and Sebastiano

Sebastiano B. Brocchi

Sebastiano B. Brocchi

Stefano, Tania and Sebastiano

Stefano, Tania and Sebastiano

Stelex Software & Angelo Branduardi

Stelex Software & Angelo Branduardi

Stefano and Sebastiano

Stefano and Sebastiano

Sebastiano and Tania

Sebastiano and Tania

F. Zanoli creates music for the game

F. Zanoli creates music for the game

Hand-drawn sketch

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Hand-drawn sketch

Suisse Toy 2015

Suisse Toy 2015

Stefano Maccarinelli

Stefano Maccarinelli

Logo 

 

Logo - Eselmir and the five magical gifts

Direct download (.zip)

Logo - Pirin

Direct download (.png)

 

Music

The soundtrack of the game features several original evocative songs specifically composed for the game by swiss artists and it is available on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify and all the major online music stores. Here are few excerpts of some songs.

 

Marco Santilli

Official website

 

Marco Santilli - The Way To Lothriel (excerpt)
00:00 / 00:00
Marco Santilli - The Shadow of Belhagard (excerpt)
00:00 / 00:00
Marco Santilli - Sailing towards the Unknown (excerpt)
00:00 / 00:00

Filippo Zanoli

 

Filippo Zanoli - Quirky Stone (excerpt)
00:00 / 00:00

Reydana

Official website

 

Reydana - Cuore di Loto (excerpt)
00:00 / 00:00

Francesca Lago

Official website

Francesca Lago - Hey Hey Sentry (excerpt)
00:00 / 00:00

Development team

Stefano Maccarinelli

Founder and co-owner of Stelex Software.

Credits on Eselmir: Game designer, programming, project management and public relations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sebastiano B. Brocchi

Writer, artist, philosopher.

Credits on Eselmir: Story, dialogues and drawings.

 

Brocchi's Offical website

Pirin saga official website

Pirin saga Facebook

Pirin saga Twitter

Reviews

 

"Eselmir is the One Thousand and One Nights of video games!"
8/10 – Game Legends

 

"A solid graphic adventure to kick off 2018!"
83/100 – RPGFan

 

"One of the most beautiful and compelling graphic adventure ever created by an indie studio!"

4.5/5 – Project Nerd

 

"It honestly rivals AAA franchises known for world-building, like Elder Scrolls and The Witcher!"

82/100 - Old Grizzled Gamers

 

"It was impossible not to love this graphic adventure: the superb style with which the story and dialogues are written simply enthralled me!"

The Indie Toaster

 

"A very respectable graphic adventure! The refinement of the entire game system is something very rare in modern video games!"

IGN

 

"Stelex Software created a great fantasy adventure game!"
80/100 - Adventure Treff

 

"A game with an impressive narrative depth!"
7.9/10 - The Games Machine

"It is, in a word, magical!"

A- - Just Adventure

 

 

Previews

 

"Before you start playing Eselmir make sure you have the empty agenda for a few months!"
The Games Machine (no. 329)

 

"Do you like fairy tales, magic and mythology? So, Eselmir and the five magical gifts might well please you. For us a clear secret tip!"
Red Bull Games

 

"A refined adventure story. Eselmir is a videogame like few others! Chapeau!"
Playing the Game

 

Press releases

[Press release - April 24th 2017] Eselmir and the five magical gifts on Steam Greenlight (.pdf)

[Press release - December 20th 2017] Eselmir and the five magical gifts will be released on January 12th 2018 (.pdf)

 

Awards

Did you know?

 

  • Over five years two people created this video game during their free time.

  • The video game is not from the Print Saga books but set in the same narrative universe and is a spin off with new characters and new stories. Players don't need to read the saga's books to appreciate the video game because all they need to know is explained during the game itself.

  • The drawings are all hand-drawn by the writer himself and have the same style of countless illustrations that adorn the novels of the saga.

  • The resolution of the game is deliberately low to reflect the size and proportions from the era in which point and click graphic adventures were popular.

  • The italian version of the game features among the voice actors legendary italian singer-songwriter Angelo Branduardi. In his video game debut he gives voice to King Helewen with mastery and elegance, accompanying the player through the tales of an enigmatic and poetic character.

  • Before landing on Steam, the game has successfully passed the Greenlight campaign.

  • The engine used is Visionaire Studio.
     

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