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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Julkaisupäivä: 21. marras, 2013

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Osta The Shivah

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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!


    • OS: Win 2000 or higher
    • Processor: Pentium or higher
    • Memory: 64 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 256-colour: 266 Mhz or above
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Supports all DirectX-compatible sound cards
Hyödylliset arvostelut
23/25 (92%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
1.6 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 20. kesäkuu.

--The slow, unskippable monologue you have to sit through every single time the game starts. Or if you die and need to load a save, you have to sit through it AGAIN before you can get to the load menu.

--Final confrontation feels a little too trial and error.

--UI/HUD elements feel a bit rough.

--Extreeemely short.


--A rabbi having a crisis of faith is a character type I've never played before, and judaism more generally is a theme I've never played before, so I was very happy playing as a new type of protagonist in a new type of backdrop.

--Two cameos from Rosa Blackwell!!! And a cameo from Sam Durkin!!! Also, the apartment that the Lauders live in is Emil's apartment from Blackwell Epiphany! I LOVE IT!!!

--I like that the game has "moral choices", but that choices are not intended to be a question of whether you (i.e. Rabbi Stone) are good or evil (you're a good guy no matter what), but more a question of faith and principles. You're not just choosing between good/evil or goodcop/badcop. You're choosing between the human response and the faith response. Because you/Stone are depicted as having a crisis of faith and are therefore sitting on the fence in this regard, both choices make perfect sense and seem equally acceptable. It feels less like the game is judging your choice than it often does with the blunt good/evil type scenarios you usually get. And when I say "crisis of faith", it's not that Rabbi Stone is becoming an atheist or anything like that. It's not that kind of crisis of faith. He's just reached a point where he's unhappy with his life and starts to feel that his faith is not getting him anywhere, so he's having trouble putting his faith in god's will instead of his own. So your "moral choices" are a choice between giving a situation to god's will or giving a situation to your own will. I like that this gives the moral decisions a slightly different flavor than usual and it's something I wish would have been even more pronounced. (Although I am not religious myself, I still found this very interesting in character exploration terms.)

--In the final encounter, I was impressed with how many different outcomes that encounter could have depending on the choices you make in that scene and the choices you made in earlier scenes. I was also extremely shocked and saddened with one particular outcome of one particular choice.... daaaaang that was harsh. Fortunately I was able to avoid it on another attempt. Whew.

Final Thoughts:

While it didn't quite blow my mind the way that the Blackwell games did, it was an interesting new character and subject, and looking at moral choices through the lens of a crisis of faith was a kinda refreshing take on a tired old gaming trope.
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27/32 (84%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
10 käyttäjän mielestä tämä arvostelu oli hauska
3.2 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 3. elokuu.
Didn't pay any shekels to get this, a friend goy got it for me, and I must say Toda rabah to him.
This is a very nice game, although very short, but fun to get the achievements.
Would definitevely reccomend getting this game, wether if you're jewish or not.
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7/7 (100%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
2.8 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 5. syyskuu.
Great little adventure game, reminiscent of '80s and '90s classics. A dark comedy where a jaded rabbi becomes a film noir gumshoe to solve a murder - really, that original premise alone justifies the game's existence. Thankfully, it's a good story, with the main character grappling with some interesting serious issues as well.

Not a very long game - initial playthrough probably about an hour - but the achievements and commentary give it a little replay value. Solid music, dialogue and voice acting. Glad they put in the effort to upgrade the original version from many years ago. Highly recommended for fans of the genre.
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3/3 (100%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
5.7 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 6. lokakuu.
Fantastic game. For it's 5$ price tag, the 1 hour length is perfectly fine, as far as I'm concerned. The story is legitimately interesting and has the best style of puzzle for an adventure game like this. In almost every situation, the pieces are laid out in plain sight at all times. But not only is it on you to put them together, but to realize what the pieces were. I've heard complaints that the final "boss fight", for lack of a better word, was too trial and error. I contest that it's perfectly fine and has a couple hints that are BEYOND brilliant. Now back to that story I mentioned breifly, earlier. It's fantastic. The only complaint is that the Rabbi Stone is about one empty bottle of Jack Daniel's away from a "grizzled detective" stereotype. Other than that the characters, even the ones that don't show up, are all well fleshed out in the short runtime. Ultimately I'd give this an 8/10
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2/2 (100%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
2.7 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 21. heinäkuu.
Rabbi Stone is facing a religious crisis made worse by the fact his synagogue is almost out of money and has been facing poor attendance for a long time: an unexpected visit reveals that a former member oh his congregation left him a good amount of money after his sudden death and Stone decides to look into what exactly happened.
With a good story and some provoking moral dilemmas The Shivah is a very good game despite its short length and low production values.


-great story deals with mature themes (without spoiling too much there's blackmail, organized crime, murders etc)

-a couple of great moral dilemmas directly impact the last scenes of the story and the ending you get

-some replayability for those interested in seeing how things change with the different choices you can make

-the soundtrack is pretty good

-fully voice acted


-a bit light on puzzles, you mostly connect clues and speak to people about them

-voice acting suffers from low production values, some voices are a bit metallic and mic noises can be often heard

-graphics are quite barebones

-short at 1 to 1,5 hours to complete

The Shivah doesn't last long but it does offer a very well-written story and some thought-provoking choices while you play it, its religious theme also delves into a few philosophical and moral questions that should be interesting for players with the right mindset to appreciate them. Its overall low production values can be forgiven when you think this was originally a freeware game made in a month and when you consider its low price (especially on sale when it goes lower than 2$).

I truly enjoyed my time with it and found its gritty story truly enjoyable: that's why it's an easy recommendation for anyone interested in the genre.
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