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The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery

by Sierra
Windows 95 / 98
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Product Features

  • The Beast Within is a direct sequel to Sins of the Fathers, the first in the supernatural mystery adventure series
  • The Beast Within utilizes a cast of live actors and full-motion video technology: the actors are filmed over photorealistic images
  • The Beast Within is a full-fledged adventure game, with a lot of dialogues, detective work to do, and puzzles to solve
  • Unlike the first game, The Beast Within is entirely point-and-click: all the icons were replaced by a single cursor

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 95 / 98
  • Media: CD-ROM

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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • ASIN: B0002T57W0
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 17, 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,623 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

Product Description

Product Description Product Description This software is brand new and factory sealed. Windows 95-WIN CD. Manufacturer Sierra ESRB - Mature

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Download patch to play on Windows XP July 26, 2005
By Kim
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I just recently was able to play this game for the first time since I bought it back in the early 90's. Fortunately, I was able to find a program created by this gamer over in Italy, of all places, who has spent his free time creating patches for this particular game. There are 2 programs - one that just allows you to play the game on later Windows platforms (since the game came out before Windows 95 was even around) & one program that also allows you to save all 6 discs on your hard drive (rather than putting each in to play & can make the game run slowly) or to create one dvd for the whole game. There is also a download to make the first game, Sins of the Fathers, playable as well.

It was an extremely easy download & I was able to play the whole game through with no flaws or errors with Windows XP. I was so happy, because I love the Gabriel Knight series. All these years later I had just as much fun playing as the first time.

So, if you have either of the 2 older games, or are considering buying them, the website with the downloads can be found at [...] (found info on a message board at [...] way you can enjoy the games for many years to come. I think Beast Within holds up particularly well after all these years.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This really is one of the very best computer games ever made -- gripping, funny, scary, heart-pounding, challenging without being impossible, and compelling. If only they made them like this all the time!

Writing and acting are both first-rate, A-movie level. Graphics are utterly believable -- whatever isn't live action or photographic is beautifully done. Interface is intuitive and requires little or no time to learn. The puzzles are seamlessly integrated into the story; no sudden chess problems because hey, we have to have a puzzle and we don't know what else to do. The story is definitely Mature, partly because there's sexuality, butchery, and monsters, and partly because the storyline deals with complicated adults doing complicated things. Watch especially for a subtle undertone of homoeroticism. Sizzling!

One caveat, however. This game won't play easily under anything more recent than Win 98, and it would really prefer Win 95 or DOS (hah! as if). You can wriggle around to make it play on a more advanced machine, but it's not easy and the game crashes often. If you have an older machine, however, this game's for you.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A rare scare for gamers April 19, 2006
By IRate
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
This was an interesting mystery game that proceed to get more and more creepy as I went along..They just don't make game stories like this anymore, where you actually feel like you are a part of the story as opposed to having some story shoved down your throat...I miss the integrity the Gabriel Knight mysteries used to provide, in fact I just plain miss old school adventure gaming in general...
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Beast Within A Gabriel Knight Mystery December 21, 2011
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
This is a vintage game, made several yrs ago. The product I got was a used game and there were a few times I had to re-start.I saved my progress every time a made progress because I never knew when the game would freeze. But with a little extra time it was ok.It's a 6 disk game and when I finally got almost to the end of disk 6 my computor couldn't read disk, well there was a crack on the outer edge of the finale steps of the game.Contacted seller and now waiting for the replacement,I dont know if the disk was damaged when I got it or maybe I cracked it DiscountKnight said they would replace the disk for me.The game is not an action pack game but a search for clues game I've enjoyed it,I just want to finish it.I ordered the next one as a gift for my Wife, she got me into the Gabe games. Looking foward to get into the next one.
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