The ex-priest James Murphy answers a mysterious call for help from his friend Cristoforo. The disappearance of a briefcase containing compromising documents convinces James that his friend is a victim of something sinister. The Vatican's involvement inspires James to get to the bottom of this mystery...
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Release Date: Jun 10, 2014

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“Shadows on the Vatican makes a promising debut with Act I: Greed and advertises its potential well by setting up a complex, controversial story; creating a tidy, streamlined world that matches the gravity of the plot; and incorporating an engaging cast of characters.”
Adventure Gamers

“Shadows On the Vatican – Act I: Greed is a wonderful opening to this four part episodic point and click adventure game. The voice acting and soundtrack is amongst the best I’ve heard in a long time – which is all the more impressive as this game is made by a small Italian company most of you reading this have never heard of.”
Diehard Game Fan

“It’s definitely a very good title to play not only for the adventure games lovers, but even for who is not into this genre, since it features the simplicity of a very intuitive technical compartment, cleverly mixed with an intricate and worthy plot, which prefigures a compelling ending since the beginning. The Vatican will swallow you, leaving your mouth watering.”
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About This Game

Visiting Rome from Chicago, where he works as a doctor, ex-priest James Murphy answers a mysterious call for help from his friend Cristoforo. The disappearance of a briefcase containing compromising documents is enough to convince James that his friend is a victim of something shady and sinister. The Vatican's involvement and some strange parallels with his own traumatic past inspire James to get to the bottom of this mystery.

Along this dangerous and disturbing path, James finds the most unlikely travelling companion who will question his deepest beliefs. And so the two characters begin both a physical journey in search of the truth, and a metaphysical exploration of the inner soul and the darkest secrets that everyone hides, even a "champion of the faith" like James.

Rome is the stage for this adventure – a city bathed in eternal twilight, its skies tinted the color of blood spilled in more than thirty years of intrigue: blood of innocents and guilty, unknown and famous victims alike.


  • Shadows on the Vatican is a thrilling new point-and-click adventure in 4 acts, inspired by real events in recent Italian history and freely adapted from the bestseller of David Yallop "In God's Name".
  • Art direction by Lorenzo Ruggiero (Marvel/DC Comics)
  • Over 10 locations per episode with high resolution graphics and Full HD support
  • Realistic characters with hours of motion-capture animations
  • Well integrated puzzles and several hours of gameplay
  • Animated coloured comics by award winner Daniela di Matteo

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 10
    • Processor: 1.5 Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB DirectX® 9.0c compatible
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX® 9.0c compatible
    • Additional Notes: Screen resolution 1280x720 or higher
    • OS: Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 10
    • Processor: 2 Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 200-series/Radeon 300-series/Intel HD 3000-series or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX® 9.0c compatible
    • Additional Notes: Screen resolution 1920x1080 for the Full HD version
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
Neat little adventure game. The backgrounds are always pretty spot on, and the dialogue flows nicely most of the time. The level of difficulty also worked for me. The model animation is clunky, yeah, but I can't really expect any better from a game that cost me nickels.

Obviously, it's only Act I of the entire series, so there's no proper conclusion to the game. It's unclear whether the devs will be able to churn out all the parts, but at least there's Act II available.
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40 of 43 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 18, 2014
Summary: A lackluster point and click adventure with standard puzzles. Recommended for fans of the genre only.

Good backround music.
Backdrops and cut scenes are well done.
Interesting plot.

I found the voice acting poor.
Character animation is poor.

Would I buy episode 2? Yes but I would hope for an improvement.
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38 of 45 people (84%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 20, 2015
"Shadows on the Vatican: Act 1: Greed" was meant to be the first entry in a series of four games. Indications are the series was canned after the Italian release of Act 2, meaning that for most of the potential audience this is little more than a taster for a story that will never be completed. That in itself may be enough reason to consider not buying it. Speaking for myself -- I'm a massive adventure game fan. Even with knowing that the series would not be going anywhere, I still bought the game and completed it. (Honestly, because I feel like I need to play everything in the genre ...)

The controls are fairly standard -- right click to look, left click to interact and/or walk to a point on the screen.

Graphics are mediocre; the jerky, stiff animations are especially jarring. There are comic book panels which probably looked good originally, but they were scanned at such a low resolution that they ended up fuzzy and requiring of a fair bit of concentration to make out their contents.

English-language voice acting ranges from good to very poor (everyone is voice acted -- and that will be important for some). The main character sounds like Charlie Sheen, consider for yourself whether that is a plus or a minus.

Puzzles are varied and inventive. However, although I would generally consider inventiveness in puzzle design a plus, it does require a slow build-up in order to acclimatise the player -- meaning using a certain gameplay dynamic in puzzles of ever-increasing complexity -- which is something this game doesn't do. (In other words, some will probably be stumped early on.)

The storytelling feels similarly rushed: there is next to no world building, meaning that everything you do is an action that serves to drive the plot forward; adventure games tend to make use of menial tasks (as components of puzzles) in order to facilitate world building and immerse the player. This game has very little in the way of menial tasks, aside from a short tutorial, which means that you'll be thrown into a series of locations and situations which were probably interesting in the writer/designer's mind but are boring in their presentation. For example, take me to some ancient buildings, yes, but do something like the Broken Sword games and make me appreciate that I'm visiting an ancient building. The game is set in Rome, for crying out loud. Rome is an interesting place. Show me Rome!

In closing, regardless of whether I recommend this or not hardcore adventure gamers will probably buy it. (As they should.) For the rest, I don't see why anyone should be spending money on what is in essence the first quarter of a story that you'll never be able to finish. The game is rather short too. (And the poor achievement design means you'll need a guide to get 100% -- I guarantee you.)

Either way, in the name of fairness, I'm willing to alter this review to a recommendation should the missing Acts ever be completed and published on Steam. For all its faults there's a lot of untapped potential here, and I'd love to see where this small but talented team of developers takes this series next (should they take it anywhere at all).



And here it is! The second episode is out.

I am surprised, but pleasantly so. For the time being I'll leave this review as is. Once I've played through Episode II, I plan on coming back and editing it accordingly.

That means it may become a positive or remain a negative, depending on how well Episode II builds on -- and improves on -- what has gone before.
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34 of 39 people (87%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 5, 2015
This is a nice little point & click: standard in many ways, but with rather interesting characters, occasionally entertaining dialogs and mostly enjoyable puzzles. The priest-detective concept (fine, ex-priest) is a novel enough idea in games, one I last enjoyed with the Shiva's rabbi. And sure, concpiracies centering around the Vatican are a dime a dozen, but the Italian background of the devs shows in the way they manage to be at the same time respectful and irrereverant, making a commonplace story feel refreshing. The story starts slowly but does a nice job of drawing you in, ending (predictably) with a cliffhanger, but one that made me interested in the episodes to come.

The writing mainly benefits from having small moments of actual brilliance in characterization, creating unexpectedly endearing portraits of both the hero and many the people you meet, that very much drive the storytelling. And since this is supposed to be the prologue in a 4 part series, there is alot of lovingly crafted character introduction to be had and enjoyed. In fact I have the feeling that it was the memorable characters (and therefore their story) and some decent pacing that caused me to mostly forget there were puzzles there. That, and the fact that they were mostly easy and logical, and that important information was always pointed out to you, more or less inobtrusively.

Some more general stuff: The backgrounds are nicely made, the animation a bit less so but not jarring. I enjoyed the music very much, though the voice acting can be hit and miss. I also had no bugs or technical problems, which I appreciated (since the first time I tried to play the DRM free version a while back I had serious issues - glad to see them fixed). And yes, the game is rather short, which personally doesn't bother me for the price.

All in all, I was surprised by this one, and will look forward to the next act. It isn't perfect or particularly unique, but it is memorable and endearing, and I very much had fun with it while it lasted.
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34 of 42 people (81%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 20, 2014
Decent point and click adventure game with a story that actually got me rather interested, graphics are reasonable though I suspect its a static background and the steps are a bit out of sync.

However overall its a good title

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23 of 27 people (85%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 6, 2015
A decent title.
The first episode of Shadows on the Vatican does not bears the signs of uniqueness, which were to bring a breath of freshness to the genre of point and click. However, Act I: Greed gives us a few hours of solid and pleasant entertainment. The observed defects are not so serious to want to prematurely remove the game from the disk or regret devoted to the completion time. The initial section in the successful style of Roman opens investigation into James Murphy, laying the foundation for a delicious whole. So if you like the novel by Dan Brown and other such stories, give a chance to the project by Italian developers. Really worth. Of course, provided that you do not set up on something revolutionary.
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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 26, 2015
A normal Point&Click game, with a few puzzles (none of which are difficult), & an interesting story.

The story (no spoilers) was pretty good, & kept me interested the whole way through. 6/10.
The graphics were watchable & fine, but i believe below average. 4/10.
The sound was good, maybe even the 2nd best thing in the game, behind story. 6/10.

Overall, i really liked playing Shadows on the Vatican. I found the story to be quite solid, & i was into it almost straight away. It was very short (it took me 3hrs), but it was only Episode 1, so it's kind of like an intro to the story & characters.
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2015
Based loosely on the novel "In Nome di Dio" (In God's Name) by Dave Yallop published originally in 1997. This is a four game series two of which have been released. (Shadows of the Vatican Act 1: Greed and Shadows of the Vatican Act 2: Wrath)

Storyline: James Murphy left the priesthood in 1996 after the Vatican's investigation into his mentor's death was less then effective and the Vatican proved to be even less interested. In present day he is a medical doctor in Chicago, IL (USA). He has returned to Italy at the request of his friend Father Cristoforo who has urgent and vital information for him. Before Cristoforo can impart this information to James, Cristoforo is nearly killed when he fell (or was pushed) down a flight of stairs. In Act 1, James is trying to find out what Cristoforo wanted to tell him by following the clues Cristoforo left for him.

Gameplay: Classic type point and game with a strong linear storyline. The space bar brings up small magnifying glasses for search areas or areas of interest. Since it is based on a book the storyline follows the plot of the book, and dialogue is essential to follow the story.

Despite the 3D graphics most of the game has, the cutscenes are drawn comic book panels. This in no way detracts from the gameplay and a simple picture or two progresses the gameplay quickly and concisely.

There is only one actual puzzle, a maze more concisely, in this game. It is a car chase!

Mystery, intrique, greed, deception and quite possibly murder, what more could anyone want from a thriller?
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30 of 44 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 15, 2014
Very well made point & click; excellent graphics and level of detail, great voice acting, puzzles are just right, interesting story that makes you want more.
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24 of 35 people (69%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 1, 2014
Had some hopes for this game, just finished it and I'm really disappointed: you can find much better graphic adventures (you probably will if you pick blindly from a random list).

Voice acting is terrible and overdramatic and the conversations are rather uninteresting 90% of the time, which is pretty annoying (they feel just like fillers to make the game longer). Graphics are nothing to call home about - passable (I guess?), controls are just fine (usual point & click adventure with some pixel-hunting but not too much).

The plot is not well set up: after finishing Act I you should AT LEAST have an idea on how good the story's going to be - but barely anything happens, I understand that they cannot unveil too much on the first act but it's just too vague. At this point I have no idea if the story is going to be amazing or a boring, run-of-the-mill, Da Vinci Code-esque type of thing. Pretty bland.

Creativity = 0. If you're a fan of graphic adventure games, all you will do in this game are things you have already done hundreds of times in other mediocre adventures. Things of this sort: find key, use key in the next 2 minutes, get a damp X to clean X, use computer to look up Y information, show item you just found to person Z who is right next to it. There are barely any puzzles too. Nothing to see here.

It's really short even for an episode-based game. 2,5 hours and I took my time. Again, not really anything substantial.

I won't be purchasing the following acts unless they come in a bundle or are ridiculously cheap at some point. Maybe not even then.
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0.5 hrs
Posted: October 12
some of the screenshots look like they are beautifuly drawn but most of the background szenes are simle photographs - ugh! The best story cannot make up for this!
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3.9 hrs
Posted: October 1
I cannot recommend this game.
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2.2 hrs
Posted: September 20
A hidden gem. In a gendre that can often be slow and tiresome this game manages to stand out. Keep up the effort and thanks for the great game.
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Oscarjames | PRIVATE BUYER
3.7 hrs
Posted: September 20
Highly recommended! :)
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2.6 hrs
Posted: September 11
This is an uninspiring point and click game. For me the story flowed too slowly, you just seemed to be vaguely following clues with not enough exposition. This also made the puzzles disappointing as they just felt you were arbitrarily clicking things without knowing what you were trying to achieve. The 2D artwork is excellent which then contrasts with the poor 3D character models. So will I buy episode 2? Maybe, I’m really not sure, the plot does come together at the end which makes me curious to know what happens next but I’m not convinced based on the rest of this game. In the end I am giving this a thumbs up but only just, it is not a bad game but it sure isn’t a good game.
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1.2 hrs
Posted: August 20
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1.5 hrs
Posted: August 14
Played this for 1 and half hour, and decided thats how much I'm willing to play. Not going thorugh this anymore.

Although it has an instersting story, the puzzels themselves are 'unfair' which makes it impossible to solve. Not going to test every item on every spot just to see what works. Still wondering how I was suppose to know that the bookmarks go with the calenders just to get the date of briths.

The puzzels are not hard, they are unsolvable.
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5.1 hrs
Posted: August 2
The game is a good game .with brilliant music ,briliiant story,and the briliiant developer,he is very responsible for the game,when you give the negative comment or reflect the bug in community ,he always try his best to solve it and reflect to you.
the graphic is alike catoon,and it is a detective type game.
Sometimes you don't know how to use the item because the game doesn't give you any tips above the dialogue or the role's subtle,so it may too hard to misunderstand that was a it can be improved a lot
I apologize for the comment in the community of act 2 because i misunderstood something and take them as a bug,thanks for the developer's patience and resonsibility.
I hope the developers can come out more good game
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2.0 hrs
Posted: July 15
Product received for free
Bundle games are crap #20
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