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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Mostly Positive (558 reviews) - 76% of the 558 user reviews for this game are positive.
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.

KEY FEATURES

  • 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

    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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
Helpful customer reviews
21 of 25 people (84%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2015
im so glad that this game didnt had a achievement like "dont skip any dialogue", otherwise i would be sitting till 2033 to unlock that.

im giving 6/10 because the dialogue between the characters are too long, its not fun to read them all and the puzzles in the game are not challenging at all.

Good game for killing time...but nothing special
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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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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2015
Solid point and click adventure.
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2015
Not terrible, but if they're never going to put the other chapters on sale, it's an introduction to an incomplete story
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
Enjoyable Story with some great puzzles that make actual sense. I like the artwork and the setting.
Has maybe not aged fantastically well. Good Game all in all, for 6 bucks you get between 2 and 3 hours of old school-y Point and Clicking. Just keep in mind that it is only the first part of a story, but a fine one at that.
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