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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Very Positive (430 reviews) - 83% of the 430 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 21, 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

About This 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!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • 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
Helpful customer reviews
11 of 18 people (61%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
408.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2015
This game allows you to play as a Rabbi in NYC. You can perform many rabbinical duties, however, you can't perform a virtual metzitzah b'peh. Because of that, i have no choice but to rate this otherwise perfect game a 9/10.

9/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
Nice but short

This is a sweet little game that does a lot of things right. From the start, the game works hard to build up a noir atmosphere, complete with the heavy voiceover. The jewish bits work fine with it as well, as a lot of the fun in the story comes from protagonist Russel Stone, wrestling with heavy moral issues. This he does, while balancing his role as a rabbi with his new role as a brooding noir detective, and i have to admit that i enjoyed that mix quite a lot. The semitic bits never gets in the way of the game though, and i appreciate that a little part of the game consists of learning some jiddisch for example. Also, it takes a lot of place in the dialog, and there is fun to be had seeing things from, and acting from the perspective of a rabbi, and the dilemmas they face.
This does a lot for pushing the story along, and i enjoyed interacting with the character, and slowly unravelling the thread of the investigation. The problem is that the game is over when you are just getting started.
It’s not that you don’t see the end coming, though. The game is paced very nicely. When mucking about with the investigation, you always feel like you are making progress, and you get that little AHA-feeling of discovering something new, and when you finally reach the end, there are no loose ends. But it also feels like you just got the hang of things, and now, you're all done. And that's a bit of a bummer.
The game is also pretty good looking. The visuals might get a little bit flat sometimes, but everything looks and feels nice and atmospheric, with it's glorified sierra look. It also made me miss a point system, for added replayability.
The voice acting and writing can get a bit hammy, but all that stuff is forgivable considering this is a game from a studio of just a few people. Considering that, i don’t expect Hollywood performances, but instead enjoy it for what it is.
The shivah is not an epic, but that's kind of sad, for it has potential for a far bigger and more involved story in it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
The Shivah is an old adventure game made by now veteran game company, Wadjet Eye. I recommend it for:
- Those who are fans of Wadjet Eye, have played their newer offerings and are interested in seeing the progression in quality
- Those who are fans of Wadjet Eye and want to support them by purchasing an additional game
- Those who are interested in experiencing a very short story which captures a bit of Jewish NYC culture

It is very difficult to rate the Shivah because it hasn't aged very well in terms of game design and overall plot quality. The individual character interactions though are a delight. You can definitely see the roots of talent which the lead designer has refined over time. However, if you're new to adventure games or to Wadjet, I'd recommend one of their newer games. It is rough around the edges and may put you off the game mechanic genre or the developer.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
The Shivah starts out with the best of intentions, but ends up an ultimate disappointment, a truly stupid and halfassed game. For what it's worth, it actually begins rather well. It sets the stage for a good murder mystery, and the first half is a pretty satisfying detective adventure game requiring some modicum of cleverness. It instantly peters out from there, however, and reverts to what might just be the most base example of trial and error option picking I've ever seen. Interesting mechanics ultimately go nowhere, characters are left flat and uninteresting, and what we're left with is a story that culminates in worn-out platitudes and a game whose developers seem to have just given in on this whole video games thing and wrapped it up for the sake of getting it out the door. Skip this one.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
I received this as a joke from a friend and was surprised to find that it was a very enjoyable experience! Even though it was fun, it was quite a short little adventure where I was able to go through and get all three endings in a few hours. The voice acting was very nice and Abe Goldfarb as Rabbi Russell Stone delivered his lines wonderfully. I was interested in the story, but do wish it had a bit more twists and turns or it at least wasn't so glaringly obvious who the true villain was.
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