Slitherine, an independent publisher based in the UK, and Koch Media, a leading producer and distributor of digital entertainment products, today announced the new game Horrible Histories™ Ruthless Romans for PC, Wii and Nintendo DS. This title constitutes the first release resulting from the license agreement between Slitherine and Horrible Histories™ publishers Scholastic UK Ltd. The game is being developed by Virtual Identity.
The Horrible Histories™ brand is an internationally bestselling series of history books for children, with more than 20 million copies sold worldwide since 1993. Author Terry Deary and illustrator Martin Brown have brought the past to life for millions of children in an uniquely entertaining way. The computer game version of their Ruthless Romans book will provide whole families with a fun way to learn about Roman history.
The main plot of Horrible Histories™ Ruthless Romans follows the struggle of young Rassimus to achieve glory as a gladiator and obtain his freedom. Rassimus, a slave and an ambitious gladiator-in-training, has been raised as a foundling by the great gladiator trainer Lucius Gladius, and spent nearly 12 years in his service. Lucius has now given him a chance to begin his training, and Rassimus hopes that he will be successful and one day become a citizen of Rome.
Horrible Histories™ Ruthless Romans is an entertaining and easily accessible adventure game on PC and Nintendo DS, and offers this fun even for up to 4 players on Wii. A total of over 30 mini games are available for aspiring gladiators. These and all quests are playable in any order. The in-game tutorial and a diary that provides useful information throughout the game make Horrible Histories™ Ruthless Romans suitable for children, parents and teenagers. The title will be released in the second quarter of this year.