Russell Stone is a Jewish Rabbi at a poor synagogue in New York City. He is a devout man with a problem. Membership is way down and he lacks the funds to keep his synagogue open. Things are looking very bleak, and he has grown progressively more cynical and bitter with the passage of time.
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Дата на излизане: 21 ноември 2013

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“The Shivah fits a compelling moral conscience over a tight decision tree, and compared to [other titles], its rewards are subtler and more satisfying.”
B – Onion AV Club

“It's in games like this that gaming really starts to measure up to conventional literature for emotional and intellectual integrity.”
PC Gamer

“The Shivah's interesting clues system, well-written dialog, logical puzzles and fascinating commentary make it easy to recommend.”
4/5 – Adventure Gamers

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Russell Stone is a Jewish Rabbi at a poor synagogue in New York City. He is a devout man with a problem. Membership is way down and he lacks the funds to keep his synagogue open. Things are looking very bleak, and he has grown progressively more cynical and bitter with the passage of time.

Just as he is on the verge of packing it all in, he receives some interesting news. A former member of his congregation has died and left the Rabbi a significant amount of money. A blessing? Or the start of something far more sinister? Can Rabbi Stone just accept the money and move on? His conscience says no. Step into his shoes as he travels all over Manhattan in his attempt to uncover the truth.

Features rabbinical conversation methods, a unique method of fighting, an original score, and three different endings!

Системни изисквания

    Minimum:
    • OS: Win 2000 or higher
    • Processor: Pentium or higher
    • Memory: 64 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 256-colour: 266 Mhz or above
    • Hard Drive: 150 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Supports all DirectX-compatible sound cards
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73 от 92 човека (79%) сметнаха тази рецензия за полезна
2.1 изиграни часа
Публикувани: 3 ноември
Oy vey, goyim, only a complete momzer would not buy this. Look, it is only $4.99, what a wonderfull deal! Now be a good mensch and get it.
On a serious note, it is a pretty good game, just way too short.
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20 от 22 човека (91%) сметнаха тази рецензия за полезна
2.1 изиграни часа
Публикувани: 15 декември
This game was short enough to keep me interested in the plot, the ending was pretty interesting not only story-wise but also mechanic-wise. Graphics are fine, music is fitting, interface is intuitive. The only thing I can complain about is voiceover - Joe DeMarco had static noise in almost all his lines. Aside from that The Shivah is a nice adventure - don't hesitate to spend your shekels on it.
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18 от 20 човека (90%) сметнаха тази рецензия за полезна
4.1 изиграни часа
Публикувани: 24 ноември
tl;dr: Don't get it if you have a problem with short, old, adventure games. For everyone else that's even considering it, don't hesitate.

The Shivah is a short noir detective adventure starring a rabbi. It's a traditional point & click, intelligent, well-written, with an understated sense of humor. Its storytelling actually does a surprising amount of justice to the themes of faith and morality. The puzzles (sleuthing mostly, no item combinations or enviromental puzzles) are all logical and solvable, so resist the occasional headscratching and stick with them, you shouldn't really need a walkthrough. I have a special soft spot for its voice acting, I personally find it absolutely brilliant (don't miss the voiceacting bloopers!). The remastered edition completely redid the game's graphics, and if you like the WadjetEye style, you will appreciate them, even though they're nothing to phone home about. They also added new music, which I really enjoyed in how perfectly it sets the mood. Despite how short it is, The Shivah feels like a complete experience, in the same way a good short story does, so it won't leave you unsatisfied. If you are intrerested in replaying it for the achievements and the alternate endings, I'd suggest playing it with the commentary on (Kibbitz Mode), it is short and non intrusive to the playthrough and offers a bit of background story.

This game was the starting off point for WadjetEye Games (Gemini Rue, Blackwell series, Resonance, etc) and as far as I am concerned it by now belongs to the cannon for lovers of adventure games, as an interesting example for understanding the evolution of the genre and as one of the few games that touches religious topics in a mature way. I have been replaying it once in a while since it first came out and despite its small flaws, it is a lovable little gem and as much of a treat to play today as it ever was.
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19 от 26 човека (73%) сметнаха тази рецензия за полезна
3.4 изиграни часа
Публикувани: 23 август
After completing this game and I now fully prepared to begin my life now as a Jew!
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8 от 10 човека (80%) сметнаха тази рецензия за полезна
6.7 изиграни часа
Публикувани: 3 ноември
Intelligent but very short mystery adventure game dealing with themes of justice and human faultiness.

I really don't want to give away anything from the plot because sadly this game is very short. It feels a bit like the developer started working on something greater but gave up and decided to wrap it up abruptly.

Gameplay follows standard point'n'click idioms; left click to walk and interact and right click for a description or protagonist's thoughts. There is also a clue system which allows you to ask characters about key topics and combine them to form new clues. Not quite as ingenious and practical as the long- and short-term memory system in Resonance, but it's a break from the more traditional object-oriented approach. The clues, dialogues and terminals are your main interfaces to solving puzzles in this game.

Regarding the story, suffice it to say that the main protagonist finds himself unexpectedly and rather uninvitingly dragged into an ambivalent situation that motivates him to set out to seek answers to ever-increasing questions and gradually gets more involved in the mystery.

Then, it's over.

But I liked the ending.

I just wish there was more story, environments and characters in this game. The premise is good, the writing and dialogue are generally good and managed to evoke my interest in both the characters and their interpersonal affairs and the unfolding plot, art is good, music was perhaps on the forgettable side but not bad by any means, and you get to make some choices that breathe a bit of extra life into the dynamics and work together with the philosophical contemplation present in the dialogue (or monologue). There is no voice acting and I don't miss it.

Besides scantiness of content, there is one more complaint I have: The god damn terminals. Accessing information through in-game terminals is a pet peeve of Wadjet Eye Games', and The Shivah takes it a step too far forcing you to do a lot of "office work" to follow up on clues. It wouldn't be so bad if the game was lengthier, but as it is I find it hard to justify the current office work to exploration ratio. That said, it still feels satisfying to pull off a fruitful day at the office.

I can't comment on the price as the question of whether it's reasonable is so relative. Let's just say if there was a sequel of same quality with twice the amount of content, at the same price, I would shell out my cash without a blink.
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12 от 18 човека (67%) сметнаха тази рецензия за полезна
0.2 изиграни часа
Публикувани: 26 юли
11/10 perfect game, plot super amazing. I learnt about the jewish faith and the voice acting in this game was fantastic!
Only a few down sides: can't molest the children in the synagogue, the grahpics were a solid 6.5/10 and I would much prefer theis game if it had mre then one ending. worth the 2 dollars or something
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8 от 11 човека (73%) сметнаха тази рецензия за полезна
1.6 изиграни часа
Публикувани: 5 ноември
I am not jewish. This helped me experience some jewish words. I enjoyed my time. You probably will too. No promises.
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5 от 6 човека (83%) сметнаха тази рецензия за полезна
5.8 изиграни часа
Публикувани: 12 август
Rabbi Stone sounds like Hank Hill if Hank Hill's voice was just a single tone deeper.
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39 от 72 човека (54%) сметнаха тази рецензия за полезна
0.2 изиграни часа
Публикувани: 8 ноември
oy vey dis is a gud gaem for u goyim never 4get da 6000000000000 semetic peoples brutually tortued and murdered by da evil adolf hitler

i rate this game 9 out of 11, because da jews did 9/11
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2 от 2 човека (100%) сметнаха тази рецензия за полезна
1.7 изиграни часа
Публикувани: 30 ноември
Although the Shivah is marked to have been released in 2013, this is actually a remake with new graphics and music, called the Kosher edition, of the 2006 original. In the first game made by Wadjet Eye Games, you're introduced to a rabbi in charge of a financially unstable synagogue. As a reflection of his growing cynical view of life, his sermons also share the same nature, which in turn drives members away. After ending his sermon early one night, with a drowsy member as his only audience, he is visited by a police investigator looking into the murder of a former member of the synagogue who happened to have listed the rabbi in his will with a large sum of money. Because this money would also solve the synagogue's debt, the rabbi is viewed as a suspect with a possible motive for murder. The rabbi, however, is unsure why the person would leave such a fortune even though the member had left on disagreeable terms. This adventure game follows the story of a rabbi looking for the truth behind the death of a former member of his congregation as well as the reason for being on the receiving end of generosity despite their unamiable past.

If you've played the Blackwell series by the same developers, then you'll know what kind of game you'll be getting into, an old school style game with solid puzzles and story. The Shivah is fairly short with a bit of replayability if you're looking to get all of the achievements, and while it finishes on a note that suggests that there could've been a continuation to the adventures of the rabbi, it does complete the story that it starts. This game is fairly cheap when on sale and is worth a play through.

If you've enjoyed playing this game, then be sure to check out the Blackwell series made by the same developers.
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2 от 2 човека (100%) сметнаха тази рецензия за полезна
2.4 изиграни часа
Публикувани: 8 декември
A short game with 2-4 hours of play time, depending on whether you want to complete everything.
It's not worth the normal price of $5, but it might be worth picking it up in a sale.
The voice acting is pretty good.
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3 от 4 човека (75%) сметнаха тази рецензия за полезна
3.5 изиграни часа
Публикувани: 27 ноември
Nice game in quite an interesting setting. Totally recommended.

It's a short detective story, designed in style of the other developer's product, Gemini Rue.
You are free to travel between locations, you're a rabbi and you have no quest markers, no "mission journal", no flashy coloured lines in your dialogues. You have to find the solution _by yourself_. And this feeling, that you are actually conducting your own investigation, is great.

Well, there are some cons, including bad graphics. Although the stylization is nice, the game seems to be running in like a 640x480 and have no option to run in window mode.

ps. yes, there IS an option to always answer a question with a question. In case of two rabbies talking this may cause brain cancer... or something
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4 от 6 човека (67%) сметнаха тази рецензия за полезна
3.2 изиграни часа
Публикувани: 5 септември
Excellent point and click adventure game. It's a bit short (can be beaten in an hour or so if you choose the right options), but the story is actually pretty captivating and I don't think I've ever played a game where your character is a rabbi. Also, if you're into that sort of thing, you can get all the achievements pretty easily (though it will take a few reloads before the final scene to get them all)

My recommendation: Wait for it to go on sale or into a bundle (although at this price, it's still pretty affordable) and enjoy it, you momzer!
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1 от 1 човека (100%) сметнаха тази рецензия за полезна
4.6 изиграни часа
Публикувани: 20 декември
This is a short and bittersweet game, but it is definitely worth playing. What I love about this game is that there is choice in how about you have Rabbi Stone handle things. Lets just say there are more choices for an ending than poor Shephard got in Mass Effect 3. There is little humor in this game except for those moments where we see a familiar supernatural detective (WadjetEye fans should know). I'm glad to have this game in my collection. It makes one think about life choices and faith. Abe Goldfarb again is the main character. I love his voice acting. When I heard Rabbi Stone I thought, "It's Joey!", but he also plays a great rabbi. I love the included blooper reel and the dictionary for all us goyims. An interesting title in my point&click collection.
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2 от 3 човека (67%) сметнаха тази рецензия за полезна
3.6 изиграни часа
Публикувани: 11 юли
Short but well-written point-and-click game that's honestly closer to a visual novel than anything. Which is good, honestly.
There's no filler here. There's no moon-logic puzzles. That's good. I like that. It leaves the game a bit short but I'd rather a short but well-made package than a long and overly bloated wreck.
The plot is pretty unique; it's a noir detective story type of ordeal, but the main character is a rabbi. The game has many a reference to Jewish culture and really centers around this aspect, making it stand out among the average detective story. The mystery on its own isn't especially enthralling but it serves its purpose well and it's not bad either. The characters are the strong point here; they're all real, believeable characters, which is good in a game primarily based around character interaction.
I honestly don't know what more I can say about this; it's not the best game I've ever played but it's definitely good and has gotten me interested in the other Wadjet Eye games I already own (which is a lot... hoader alert >.>; )
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2 от 3 човека (67%) сметнаха тази рецензия за полезна
3.4 изиграни часа
Публикувани: 2 юли
Without getting too much into "joke" reviews, this game is okay. As the Dev commentary suggested it was made in 1 month for a project.

That's not to say it's a bad game at all. The story is there. It's not horrible. It could be longer. The current price tag of $5 I can see considering the voice acting, direction, art assets for payment. However, there is not $5 worth of gameplay. Probably ~$1-2 worth of gameplay. I would appreciate it if they would include an easier way to edit the window size/gameplay size from within steam as it initially launches 640x480 in fullscreen.

A jewish person would get much more out of this game than a non-jew, but both enjoy the game.
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2 от 3 човека (67%) сметнаха тази рецензия за полезна
1.3 изиграни часа
Публикувани: 22 ноември
The Shivah is a great little point-and-click game. It presents the user, who plays a rabbi with a dwindling congregation, with a murder mystery to solve.

Good things:
- The actual puzzles are fairly fun to solve, although some are ridiculously hard to work out. You may need a walkthrough guide, especially to get the acheivements!
- The voice acting is good (although I skipped through most of it to play through quickly)
- References to religion and deeper meanings (although I'll admit there weren't many and they weren't that deep. But there was a whole Torah in here compared to CoD or Pacman)
- Storyline. It was fun and engaging

Bad things:
- This game is ridiculously short. Without a walkthrough (or if you're a bit slow to grasp things) it will take no longer than 2 hours to finish, and probably much less. You will probably have to use a guide anyway, so there's really only an hour or so of playtime here.
- Alternative endings. Unlike, for example, The Stanley Parable, the alternative endings require extremely specific sets of actions to complete, making finding them pretty dull.
- Storyline. It was a very cliched plot. Although, to be honest, this is a tried and tested formula and it worked alright.
- Graphics. This is actually the nicest looking port of the game, but it does look like it was made in 1990. With that being said, the graphics aren't massively important to the gameplay anyway.

So I would recommend it, but preferably on sale. £4 is probably too much to pay for a couple of hours of gaming with little to no replay value. I got it in a Humble Bundle, so it was well worth my money!
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4 от 7 човека (57%) сметнаха тази рецензия за полезна
3.9 изиграни часа
Публикувани: 9 юли
habby merchant fes :--D breddy gud 2.5/5
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5 от 9 човека (56%) сметнаха тази рецензия за полезна
2.4 изиграни часа
Публикувани: 28 септември
10/10 Would jew again.
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1 от 2 човека (50%) сметнаха тази рецензия за полезна
3.6 изиграни часа
Публикувани: 1 юли
i played this after the blackwell series but it seems to fit in sometime during it. i'd recommend playing at least the first two blackwell games before the shivah so you'll recognize a couple characters. in addition to the typical adventure game getting stuck on puzzles, you can also lose the game and need to start over . . . but only from shortly before making the wrong decision. it's a little rough around the edges but has a compelling mystery story. fans of the blackwell series will definitely enjoy this game, and adventure games likely will as well!
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