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 (486 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 10, 2014

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Recommended By Curators

"The Pope approves this. Developed by 10th Art Studio."

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
10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
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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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
This is my review of this game please note that I got this free from IndieGala.

Graphics: Beautiful, very nice HD graphics for a game like this. I was very impressed. 8/10

Gameplay: Click and touch. Requires intelligence and logic to keep playing. The plot was not as boring as other people said so, it was interesting for me to continue playing. However I had to refer to YouTube for walkthrough hints when I got stuck a couple of times because this game has no hints-you have to try all the possiblities like mix and matching the differnent items in your inventory with one another and also with the environment. Dialogue wise voice acting was superb for a game like this but some conversations are rather obnoxious and I had to skip it. 5.5/10

Thats all for this review I rate it 6.7/10. Worth buying when on sale. I learnt a lot on Italian history and their language when playing this. This game is based in Rome.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
Nice Acient Rome story...
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
*Act 1 has plenty of room for improvement; it provided me just enough build up and introduction to the story. Experienced point-and-click adventurers might not get enough satisfaction from this act. *

Story
‘Shadows on the Vatican’ is a four-part episodic point-and-click adventure series. In its first act, Greed, you are taken back to 1996 when the protagonist, a priest of the Roman Catholic church named James Murphy, witnesses the murder of his mentor - Vatican priest named Dellerio - during a mission in Africa; which is told via reasonably looking comic-like cut scenes. James abandons his priesthood and moves from Italy back to his hometown of Chicago, where he becomes a doctor instead. Fourteen years later, James’ receives an invitation to return to Rome at the request of his friend Cristoforo, who promises to have more information on what really happened in Africa.

Voice-Acting
The story initiates an investigation into a deadly conspiracy that spans continents and decades and perhaps involves some influential members of the Catholic Church.
The game, which was originally released back in 2012 in Italy, is now for sale on Steam. Act 1 is fully voice acted, but most of it is not very good. The voice acting is very hit or miss since several important characters sound American - not taking James into account - while the story takes place in the middle of Rome.

Visual Style
Another disappointing aspect is the extremely visually dated 3D character models. Moreover they do not feel the same as the rest of the game. Greed‘s cut-scenes, menus, maps, character portraits, and inventory items are all hand-drawn - some better than others – but somehow the developers 10th Art Studio and Adventure Productions decided to go with 3D character models and environments instead. Even the free HD-version of the game, which comes with the standard edition after purchase on Steam, does not make these models look even remotely acceptable.

Gameplay
Regarding the gameplay of this linear and simple build-up adventure, one can luckily be more positive. The developers have used the Wintermute Engine. The same engine that was used in similar games and results in a technically solid game because the engine has already been widely tested.
As one can expect from a mouse-driven game James can be moved around by clicking where you want him to go and you click on objects and people to interact with them, using the left and right mouse button each with its specific function. As seems common with modern point and click games, you can press the spacebar to show all the hotspots in the current scene for a few seconds. Moreover, the 'M' key should bring up the map of Rome, but this did not always work. Luckily many of the exits during scenes lead directly to the map.
Also the well-designed interface of the inventory makes it easy to collect, combine items and navigate.

Conclusion
With an interesting cliffhanger as an ending of the first act, I’m curious to see what roles the different characters play in the story and how the mystery of the Vatican unfolds further. Act 1 has plenty of room for improvement; it provided me just enough build up and introduction to the story, in order to wait for the other episodes. However, experienced point-and-click players might not get enough satisfaction from this act.
That being said, the game was initially published in 2012 and the second act is still not available on Steam. Developers claim they are fixing issues and adding extra features for the Steam-version, but multiple release dates have not been met, while “the latest deadline” was actually March 2015.
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