Thou shalt not kill!
User reviews: Mixed (5 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
23 of 25 people (92%) 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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66 of 193 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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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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