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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Releasedatum: 21 nov 2013
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"... it will be an enjoyable and thought provoking experience anchored by a strong and memorable main character."
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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!

Systeemeisen

    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
Nuttige klantrecensies
1 van de 1 mensen (100%) vonden deze recensie nuttig
2.2 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 19 december
Short but yet interesting story, nice soundtrack, beautiful quotes and philoshopical questions, twisting plot and end. Its a nice game with easy and logical clues.
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53 van de 66 mensen (80%) vonden deze recensie nuttig
2.1 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 3 november
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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102 van de 162 mensen (63%) vonden deze recensie nuttig
2.1 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 22 juni
silly goyims
keep buying our game ironically
rabbi stone needs everyone's money
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30 van de 40 mensen (75%) vonden deze recensie nuttig
2.6 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 27 juni
Mixing the OCD of point-and-click adventure games with the OCD of Judaism is a pairing sweeter than apples and honey on Rosh Hashanah.
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33 van de 51 mensen (65%) vonden deze recensie nuttig
2.5 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 30 juni
Oy vey, don't be meshugga but be a mensch and buy this game, you momzer. Rabbi Stone needs your shekels to repair the synagogue so be a good goy and put on your yamaka and get ready for this exciting tale.
(TL Note: Momzer is Jewish for goyim)
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11 van de 12 mensen (92%) vonden deze recensie nuttig
2.1 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 15 december
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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10 van de 12 mensen (83%) vonden deze recensie nuttig
3.4 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 23 augustus
After completing this game and I now fully prepared to begin my life now as a Jew!
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8 van de 10 mensen (80%) vonden deze recensie nuttig
4.1 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 24 november
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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6 van de 8 mensen (75%) vonden deze recensie nuttig
0.2 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 26 juli
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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31 van de 57 mensen (54%) vonden deze recensie nuttig
0.2 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 8 november
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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5 van de 7 mensen (71%) vonden deze recensie nuttig
6.7 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 3 november
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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5 van de 7 mensen (71%) vonden deze recensie nuttig
3.3 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 28 juni
Well, this is another (short) adventure masterpiece of WadgetEYE. The graphics are well remastered comparing the original.
The story plays in the Jewish community of New York and you are a Rabbi. It starts with the commissioner is asking you some questions about a murder. There you first can use the funniest feature - to answer the rabbical way - which means to ask in return. Alltogether the atmosphere in this game is melancholic and criminal, but nicely done. It's hard to find out some login passwords but if you come to the final scene 3 different endings awaiting you. There's also a little jewish dictionary in this game - nice.
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3 van de 4 mensen (75%) vonden deze recensie nuttig
5.8 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 12 augustus
Rabbi Stone sounds like Hank Hill if Hank Hill's voice was just a single tone deeper.
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3 van de 4 mensen (75%) vonden deze recensie nuttig
3.5 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 27 november
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 van de 6 mensen (67%) vonden deze recensie nuttig
3.2 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 5 september
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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5 van de 8 mensen (63%) vonden deze recensie nuttig
1.6 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 5 november
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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1 van de 1 mensen (100%) vonden deze recensie nuttig
1.7 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 30 november
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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1 van de 1 mensen (100%) vonden deze recensie nuttig
2.4 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 8 december
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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2 van de 3 mensen (67%) vonden deze recensie nuttig
2.3 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 29 november
It is really nice game, apart it is short. You can always waste some time on dialogues, barking logins and passwords. Time of game depends on your creativity. I have to say that plot of game maybe is not amazing but putting it in reality of Jews is interesting. Of course some happenings are result of your decisions in critical moments :D To sum up, game is good to spend some time on "adventure", really good climate of oldschool game.

שלום לכולם, אני רוצה לכתוב משהו על המשחק הזה. חשבתי שזה יהיה עבודה רעה, אבל לא! מזמה הכי מעניינת כי הכל יש בחיים יהודי. משחקטוב אבל קטן וזה חסרון יחיד. אני לא עצוב שאקנה שבעה: מהדורה כשרה. שלום על ישראל
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2 van de 3 mensen (67%) vonden deze recensie nuttig
3.6 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 11 juli
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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