Thou shalt not kill!
User reviews: Mixed (8 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 25, 2008
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About This Game

The ambitious project takes adventure fans to the gloomy world of the middle Ages. An old abbey is the scene of a series of mysterious murders, and only one man can put a stop to the slaughter. In the role of the Grand Inquisitor Leonardo and his assistant Bruno, the player's task is to shed light on the mystery.

In addition to a gripping storyline with many an unexpected twist, The Abbey will feature a wealth of technological and graphic innovations.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7
    • Processor: 1,4 Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 64 MB RAM GeForce FX Generation or ATI Radeon 9500
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0 compatible Soundcard
Helpful customer reviews
25 of 27 people (93%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Overall, I enjoyed this game. It is apparently based on a book called "The Name of the Rose". It takes place in a monastery, and is about a monk and his novice investigating a series of murders. As one might expect in a game about murders in a monastery, there are some monks of dubious character. There are also several monks who are very decent people.

The game is a simple point-and-click, with one slider puzzle. Objects can be a bit hard to find and involve some backtracking around.

A couple tips to help with the gameplay- the characters walk slowly, but double-clicking on the next area will take you there right away. Moving the cursor to the top of the screen opens the inventory, moving it to the bottom closes it, and pressing m when in an open area will bring up an interactive map.

I wouldn't pay full price for this game, but it was an enjoyable play.

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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
27.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 17
I'm really suprised that this isn't more well known as a quality point and click adventure. It has a very good plot, mostly good voice acting, sensible puzzles and well done sound and visuals.

The best point of this game is the plot quality. It has a really interesting story featuring characters with depth. Your character, a Catholic monk, arrives at a remote monastery with his young acolyte and is asked to help solve a potential murder. Things get complicated quickly but the story never loses credibility. Good scripting (with a few minor mistranslations in the English version) and very solid voice acting make this a great story to experience.

Other good points:
Understated but well composed music.
Very nicely drawn background art.
Good puzzle quality

Things to make you think twice before buying:
It is a bit too expensive given its length (10 hours gameplay at a guess). I don't feel ripped off but try to get it in a sale.
The style of character artwork is a bad choice. The game's material has moments that are quite dark but the character faces are Disney cartoon.
Character walking speed can be slow although double clicking to quick-travel between screens makes this much less of a problem.

In short this is a good story well told with challenging puzzles. Maybe a little too expensive at £15.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 22
(Spoiler Alert)

Loosely based in similar fashion to the movie 'Name of the Rose' which is one of my favorites. In the movie a Abbey is being investigated for what seems like a series of supernatural killings, for instance one guy gets killed in a locked room with no secret passages. A visiting wise monk investigating the murders believes that it is human who is killing everyone and sets out to discover the culprit through unconventional means like scientific observation. Unfortunately for him now enters the Spanish Inquisition who is close on his heels wanting to blame anyone for the murders so they can simply put to rest these rumors. Hence the unconventional methods which are his friend in finding the identity of the real killer, may also be in fact become his worst enemy. The investigating monk soon learns about a secret library and feels that this Abbey and the secret library might be hiding some very dark secrets...

So how is the game in comparison to such an interesting story? First mistake is that the murders in the game are hardly supernatural. One gets strangled by a belt, the other has a sentry dropped on his head. Therefore any suggestion of the supernatural seems unwarranted. While the movie suggests supernatural and ends up being anything but that, the game does quite the opposite. In the last few minutes you'll find that the culprit was a megalomaniac striving for supernatural powers through possession, your then treated to some Harry Potter incantations. Why the devs thought this cheap twist would be more suitable is beyond me.

The murders in this game are boring in comparison to the movie, the secret library is a tedious adventure in comparison also. Your side kick is such a ♥♥♥♥♥ that if the game offered an opportunity where I could make him swallow belladonna, mercury and rat poison I would have taken it. Your charcter moves so slow it is difficult to tell when your moving and when your game is set on pause. I've seen crushed garden snails move quicker. Why the dev's thought this speed would be good for the game is also beyond me. Your main archnemesis in the end is so stupid that it's hard to believe he has learnt how to tie shoe laces never mind world domination. The Abbey's layout is hardly gamer friendly and the puzzles are simply walking around and being at everyone's beck and call when they want something. The game is laboriously long, less tedious if you just sit through it with a walk through.

Credit where credit is due. Cartoon animation great, voice acting and sounds, music fitting at least. With all the work spent on this I'm surprised with the finishing result though. Definitely NOT worth full price. Sale maybe if your curious. Instead watch the movie. It's a masterpiece in comparison...
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 21
I am really happy I waited until I got this at such a discount. NOt owrth my 2 euro, to be honest.
Let metell you something, I have set my eyes on this game last year when I first saw it... a year later, I get it at this huge discount here and start playing right away.
problem 1: The game constantly shows that it cannot find specific files, because either the game modulesor the steam ones cannot read the special characters in the file/folder names. (I have to rename them or just constantly hit enter until the segment is skipped)
problem 2: After 80 minutes of playing and just getting to the puzzle/solving part of the game, I had to go to bed. Well, Good morning and here are no saved games for me to load.

Overall: Too many bugs to have me return to it.
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67 of 198 people (34%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
This game deals exclusively with a Christian Monastery.

But the designers have no respect whatsoever for the subject at hand.
In fact they are brimming with hatred and contempt for it.

Everyone in the monastery is either a mass murderer, a thief, entirely corrupt, or a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ dope.
There are multiple unreleated murder plots going on at the same time among Christian monks.

When a high church official is sent to check on the monastery, he is drawn and voiced as a Disney villain -- pale, sneering, hissing, scowling, brimming with evil. I'm not kidding!
He literally orders someone burned at the stake on his second day there, and his two subordinates laugh out loud when it happens.
And he isn't even part of the two evil murder plots at the monastery!

There is not even one example of an inspiring Christian act or person in the entire adventure.

I don't mind a game showing the dark side of the environment they explore, but this goes to the extreme of bigoted bashing from a thoroughly hostile perspective.

Regarding gameplay, it has critical flaws including must-acquire items that one would would be hard pressed to find in a hidden object game (pipette) or that are in fact completely invisible (letter to the prior).

Objects and environments have different results depending on your progress on the game, which makes for totally unintuitive game play.

In other words there is no possibility of getting through this without repeated consultations of the walkthrough.

The length of the game is generous, and dialogue and plot are fairly interesting. But these virtues are overwhelmed by aforementioned flaws.

Not recommended.
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43.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 24
8/10

I WOULD LIKE TO NOTE: I personally have not dealt with ANY bugs regarding this game.


While I haven't finished the game yet (ignore the 43.6 hours played - my fault for leaving the game running over night, so far I've played maybe 10-15 hours), I wanted to throw in my two cents before the end of the Holiday Sale. Personally I think the $1.99 is a steal.

Basic point and click game where you move back and forth between areas of the abbey finding objects and utilizing them to achieve results. The main character, Leonardo, is very similar to the Sherlock Holmes persona in his deductive reasoning methods, logic, and personality, but in this case he is a monk with a... let's say "naïve" boy for a side-kick. So far, with a few exceptions, the puzzles mostly involve finding hidden objects and using those objects to overcome obstacles.

I really enjoyed that almost all of the object locations/ solutions to problems involved basic logic - when a solution I tried didn't work, I was almost always VERY close to the actual solution. Most likely, what you think will be on the right track, you'll just have to push your thinking a little bit further.

The controls took me a moment to figure out but are basic and make moving through the different areas smooth. The art is an interesting mix of 3D and 2D (but strongly reminds me of cartoons I watched in the 90's). In terms of finding the hidden objects - I will admit to using a guide in several spots, but frankly, if you think you are in the right location to find something, you probably are - you really do have to pay attention to your environment to keep from missing the little details. Also, just a tip: keep your sidekick in mind. He's not the brightest crayon, but he's not just a decorative purse-puppy either.

That being said, I must disagree with some of the negative comments. I know nothing of the original story this game is based off of, but coming from a religious background and some experience in medieval history, I would say to keep in mind that: 1) this is a fictional (as far as I'm aware anyway) story - the characters are very blunt/cliché personalities, as is very common in kids' stories. 2) There are a lot of unsavory religious figures/beliefs throughout history that this does mirror. No, as far as I've seen it does not emphasize any inspiring religious feats, but I don't believe that this game was intended to to supplement the player's religious beliefs - it is through and through, a STORY of murder, greed, and corruption. I actually enjoyed many of the historical references and believe the creators did a fair share of research regarding the content.

The voice acting is well done and while the animations are fairly basic, they are placed to make the story feel like genuine interactions and the camera angles top off the whole "movie vibe." The premise of the story is common enough but the environment is unique and characters are fun to interact with. As it's my first playthrough I can't say much for how your responses the conversations impact the story- you do get to question characters and choose your responses, but I've noticed in several conversations that Leonardo will address all of your "optional" responses at some point, despite which selections you choose.

While it probably does deserve the whole $19.99, I am a cheapskate and probably wouldn't recommend spending more than $8.
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