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: Mixed (21 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 10, 2014

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June 10

Shadows on the Vatican - Act I: Greed Released!

Shadows on the Vatican - Act I: Greed is now finally available on Steam with a 15% discount in the first week! We have prepared a new version especially for you, Steam users, with lots of achievements and a shiny set of trading cards. Plus, we're debuting the Spanish and French translation for the first time and we will have Russian subtitles very soon!

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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
    • 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
20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Summary: A lackluster point and click adventure with standard puzzles. Recommended for fans of the genre only.

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

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

Would I buy episode 2? Yes but I would hope for an improvement.
Posted: June 18
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23 of 30 people (77%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 15
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
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

Video review below:
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=303098920
Posted: August 20
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
A very short but interesting point-and-click adventure, with a number of intelligent puzzlez and some silliness here and there. The Italian scenarios and characters are perfect. Achievements helps the rhytm of the game. Dialog lines are often funny, acting voices - alas - are mediocre...
At the end of the day, it's not a perfect game, but it's a good game; I'll get and play the second act for sure as soon as it's published.
Posted: July 30
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
A good entry point in to the four-part point-and-click religious thriller, but a bit of a slow burn. Once it picks up, it's over, but it does manage to introduce memorable characters and provide quality hand-drawn cut-scenes. The soundtrack is also a huge plus. Voice acting is hit or miss. It's also pretty linear, as the main character will always tell you if an item or a doorway is worth investigating; which kind of took the "adventure" out of adventure game. More or less exactly what you'd expect from an episodic first act.

(Full review - 6.5/10)
http://whatsyourtagblog.com/2014/07/29/shadows-on-the-vatican-act-1-greed-review/
Posted: July 29
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
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.
Posted: August 1
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
http://youtu.be/8vAYIDHDSW0?list=UU7_-PLIhjsEBwIQXqKxmNpA
Shadows on the Vatican Act 1, is an adventure/detective game, set in
a modern-esque world. You play the part of an ex-priest called in to
solve a mystery that surrounds the church and the Vatican.

The tutorial does a good job of showing you how to play, while
remaining integrated into the story. The voice acting was mostly
performed in a professional manner, and the art style was good, but the animations
of the characters were robotic and doll-like.

As a detective game, it did a poor job of drawing you to the next clue,
instead forcing you to look for the smallest of objects. This coupled with being unable to make leaps in logic, instead being forced to complete every task,
in order, made it rather frustrating.

As I said before, the main character is a former priest who takes on
the role of detective. Sometimes the writing tries to justify
religious arguments logically without taking into account that the
main character is currently in conflict with his religious beliefs,
making it seem somewhat forced, and more difficult to connect with
him due to how he responds to people in the world.

In the adventure part, I know why I am here, what I am doing, where I am going, and who I am talking with. As well as having the information on my back story and small to large info on the back story of supporting characters. It gives you the information you need to progress with out feeling like you do not understand what is going on around you.

Unfortunately the flaws of this game outweighed it's good points,
making me unable to recommend it.

The video offers a much deeper in look as this is a brief summary.
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Posted: August 27
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
I would spend some time writing a review for this game, but no.

This game is a bundle filler, and it will stay that way. Fortunately, it doesn't use up much memory. Run it in the background, collect your cards, uninstall.
Posted: August 15
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5 of 15 people (33%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
I really can not recommend this game to anyone. It's unfortunately pretty bad. The voice acting is terrible (Especially the character of Silvia), the puzzle logic is sometimes pretty strange. Maybe I'm just dumb but a few times I found myself having to just randomly try items on various objects to continue. And worst of all the plot is pretty nothing. I get that it's an episode 1, so it's mostly setup. But I would have liked for something to happen.
Posted: June 29
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