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...
User reviews: Mostly Positive (316 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 10, 2014

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February 23

Shadows on the Vatican - Act I: Greed - Update 2 (23/02/2015)

Today we're publishing another important update which adds the Russian and Polish localization and solves several issues in the game. You can find the changelog and more information here:

http://steamcommunity.com/app/286360/discussions/0/618453594745517430/

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February 12

Shadows on the Vatican - Act I: Greed - Update 1 (12/02/2015)

Today we're publishing an important update which solves several issues in the game. You can find the changelog and more information here:

http://steamcommunity.com/app/286360/discussions/0/618453594745517430/

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Reviews

“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
    • Processor: 1.5 Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB DirectX® 9.0c compatible
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Processor: 2 Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 200-series/Radeon 300-series/Intel HD 3000-series or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX® 9.0c compatible
    • Additional Notes: Screen resolution 1920x1080 for the Full HD version
Helpful customer reviews
28 of 30 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
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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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
Nice little point and click game, its very reminiscent of lucas arts and the early sierra games. The puzzles are good and the story line is interesting. The only downside for me was that just as I was getting into the game and story it ended with a to be continued, but it does make me want to play the next game to see what happens.
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23 of 37 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
32.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
Well, I had hopes for this one, but somehow not all materialize.
Its not a horible game and the plot is somewhat decent.

It feels very "stiff" and awkward, the graphics less than stellar, and the voice acting somewhat scary.

I also ran into some bugs (Left the game open and came back to get stuck with my character standing in
the cross position and unable to move). Not sure what's that about.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
Hmm, this is my 1st time to play a point-and-click adventure game and I can say it is somewhat good enough to be played by others, too. The story is nice, though it isn't that rich. The graphics and animation is bad, especially for HD but the gameplay is ok. Overall 6/10

Go ahead and play this game. Now I'm waiting for the next chapter...

Edit: Additional comment

What I dislike from the achievements is the "Dialogue Skipper". I really don't like it because you are encouraging people just to skim or even skip it at all and not get interested with the story. I earned this achievement on a 2nd run but I had a friend who just skipped it all on her 1st try.

What devs should encourage is for the gamers to have a lot of playing time on their game so they would recommend it to others and not just do it for the cards and uninstalling it afterwards.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 2
[+] For me
  • Interesting story and good adventure
  • Skippable dialogue
  • Cards

[-]
  • No autosave, btw, A single mistake can avoid you to get full achievment Just make sure you save it regulary.
  • Very annoying char movement (laggy walk)
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16 of 28 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
Shadows on the Vatican Act I: Greed is a game that I recommend because:
- have an acceptable price
- is a method to banish boredom
- is a point&click game
- have trading cards

Enjoy!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
Act I is a really nice start to this game

Pros:
-Interesting story
-Nice seting
-Chars they are just kinda perfect for the role and this game it just fits
-Will leave you wanting more and since act II is coming soon(it's actually on steam greenlight atm imma go vote it up after the review)

Cons:
-There is 1 part of the game which was pure guesses till you finish it or I just never saw the clues(had 1 glitch but nothing worth mentioning) xD

Also this is set in acts so the main story will be long and this act was was kinda short but still long enough not to go into my cons list
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
I was sad that it ended so fast, but apparently there are/will be 7 acts in this series, for 7 deadly sins, as there is a second act: Wrath. So, being a short game isn't the best thing ever, but it was quite enjoyable, especially when I got it for free. Spory is interesting and intriguing, characters are nice too. Wooden graphics might have ruined it but it didn't. +trading cards.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 24
The story begins.

PRO:
+ Remembers me of Broken Sword from childhood
+ The story is brilliant and interesting,
+ Sound is great
+ Backgrounds of Roma are very nice

CONTRA
- Animations are not the top

CONCLUSION:
If you are looking for an adventure game not so long and with a great story this first episode is for you.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
I never heard about this game until a few days back when it was available as a free Steam key... The story is good, backgrounds look nice, but the characters are a bit "boxy", and the animations are not that fluid all the time. But since this is an adventure game, the story and the interactions are what matters.

The interface is nice and clean, highlighting hotspots is a nice bonus for everyone that doesn't like to pixel hunt and the overall storytelling is great. Voice actors did an awesome job so the voiceovers are superb. Can't wait for Act II and see how it ends.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
This game is a surprise: the story is brilliant and interesting, very uncommon for a video game. Sound is great, also backgrounds of Roma are very nice, maybe the characters (and the animations) are not the top, but who cares?!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
A good story and background, with easy puzzles to solve. Good music and fun dialogues makes it an enjoyable game. Graphics are ok and it run smoothly, only complain is for a corrrupted save.

I just don't like episodic games because you have to wait for the next episode ...

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
Shadows on the Vatican offers a good story seasoned with fun conversations that shadows the poor character animations. Logical challenges, excellent in-game soundtrack adds more value to gameplay experience. You can check my more detailed review on my blog.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
Investigational and point & click game?I don't usually play neither of those 2 categories but this one was surprisingly interesting and entertainment.

and it's an indie game.

Like how the story line evolves everytime that you solve a case or you find a clue,it gives you imputs to go on with the game and see what's next,that's why whoever has finished this game without watching walkthroughts or reading guides like me it had that moments in wich you didn't know where to go,who to talk with or wich items to use or to combine between them and that ended everytime on moving the mouse on every millimeter of the monitor to see if you missed something important(for example that time when i just had to pick the cigar fron the ground but i didn't see it at first).

Pro:

-Enjoinable story line
-good enigmas
-ok characters
-decent grafics,at least for an indipendent game i think it's fine
-liked the acting voices
-you have to acctualy use your brain and have patience(some people would simply prefer something with faster immersion like call of duty)
-it's cheap

contra:

-charachers movement makes you smile
-it has a stupid achievement in wich you have to finish the game in less that 2 hours,but this means to skip all the cut scenes and it's stupid cause whoever has created the achievement, also developed the game
-at the end Mario didn't fix the tv
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
nice game
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
Solid adventure game. Gives out trading cards and will keep you entertained with good puzzles.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
Really fun to play! 10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 11
This was gifted to me as an extra bundle key so I didnt pay fo rit. I played it just for the cards because I found it boring counterintuitive and plain annoying. The walk cycle is poor and takes away from the immersion. The story was decent but not enough to be memorable. It can be confusing as to what to do, for instance in some situations where logic tells you to do something but the game wont allow it. Some of the voicing is good while some others are quiet bad. Overall I do not reccomend this game unless at 90% off or higher...better yet free in a bundle!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
This is an underestimated adventure: it has got many of the classic elements you can enjoy, interesting characters, an intriguing original plot, which is not a carbon copy of many others, and a lot of very good dialogue. This is only the set up for the whole story: Act II is even better.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
Has an interesting story but terrible gameplay
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