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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.
Release Date: Nov 21, 2013
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Reviews

“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

About the Game

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!

PC System Requirements

    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
Helpful customer reviews
73 of 88 people (83%) found this review helpful
329 products in account
221 reviews
3.8 hrs on record
This short point & click game is amazing, the protagonist is a cynical rabbi (His name is Russell Stone) who struggles with paying off debts for his small synagogue in New york (Sorry for spoilers but I want to be very accurate or at least try to be accurate as possible) but the game turns into a crime drama when a cop tells him that one of his former synagogue members got murdered so he ventures out to find some answers to this unexpected murder. (This is one of Wadjet Eye's 1st games back in 2006 so I'm glad I discovered the remastered version for it).

Pros:

1. This game is 100% focused on judaism & if you take a look at the achievements the words are all Yiddish like for example Meshuggah in Jewish means crazy (Fun fact about the yiddish word Meshuggah it's also a name of a metal band http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meshuggah from sweden)

2. The story is really interesting & you have a lot of choices you can make

3. The music is a delight to listen to & the art is amazing to look at

4. The voice acting from beginning to end was amazing to listen to

5. The game has a few references like for example the monkey island reference at the end of the game when your fighting the antagonist

6. The entire puzzle system in the game is all about combining clues (Only a few sadly), interrogating people and hacking e-mail accounts

Cons:

I have nothing bad to say about this game so I won't be discussing cons about the game but I think the only thing bad I can say is that some of the steam forum posts for this game are beyond cruel to the jews, game begging & other stupid ♥♥♥♥ but I'm glad that Wadjet Eye Games are moderating the forums like an eagle. Overall I highly recommend this game & I hope someday a Shivah 2 will come out.
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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33 of 42 people (79%) found this review helpful
432 products in account
19 reviews
3.9 hrs on record
This is a short (read: really short) little Wadjet Eye point-and-click adventure.It's very much in the vein of their other adventure games, except for a cute little Monkey Island tribute in the dialogue system. Also: HARDBOILED RABBI MONOLOGUE.
Posted: November 21st, 2013
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35 of 51 people (69%) found this review helpful
219 products in account
77 reviews
1.3 hrs on record
Why are you hesitating to buy this game? Do you not like good writing? Does the lack of pixel hunting and stealing everything that's not tied down and slapping them together frighten you? Do you think an hour long game doesn't justify a simple five dollars? Why I am asking so many questions? Quit being a silly goy and get this game and maybe you'll find out.
Posted: November 21st, 2013
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22 of 28 people (79%) found this review helpful
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1 review
3.2 hrs on record
This is a really impressive adventure game. In its brief length it manages to touch on themes like organized religion, inter-faith relationships, and corruption in a way that doesn't give an answer as to who is right and who is wrong. It delivers this dialog in the context of a murder mystery that is told in a way that only a game could. The game oozes with atomosphere not only through it's art and sound design, but also its writing and puzzle design. If this game had any flaws it would be its criminally short length as well as a couple obscure puzzles. However, those factors really shouldn't keep you from a game this reasonably priced.
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
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12 reviews
2.2 hrs on record
I liked the game a lot, despise being very short, but it gives what an adventure game should: it has an intriguing story and somehow a realistic resolution, but I rather not spoil it. In addition the game does give you few different ways to continue, more like to go through, since you can choose different speeches and, sometimes, change some last parts at the end depending on the choices. Nothing big but I like that.

For me the real drawbacks are the length of the game, like I said, and the fact that it's a little out of reach, since it has jewish elements and I can't say if some things are for real or not and can be a little hard to get into it unlike, say, Deponia and their comedic settings. Not sure how close to the source it is however.

If you like point and click game that doesn't last for too long and have a different mentality than usual, this could be interesting: it's probably nothing revolutionary, but for me those two hours were well spent.
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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