Murder in the Abbey - PC

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  • Innovative cinematic presentation through a new method of combining 2D and 3D graphics
  • A faithful reproduction of a medieval abbey, its architecture, works of art, secret passageways and treasures
  • Music, effects, top-quality voiceovers and over 70 minutes of orchestral soundtrack recorded by the Prague Symphony Orchestra, all in Dolby Surround Sound
  • 1000 scenes in 60 locations promise 40 hours of gameplay
  • Unique setting and presentation offers a fresh approach for adventure gamers


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The Abbey takes players 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.

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ASIN B001BFRPVK
Release date August 12, 2008
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2.6 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

2.6 out of 5 stars
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Product Dimensions 7.6 x 5.3 x 1.5 inches
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By D. C. Petty on September 22, 2008
The Abbey

This is a traditional point-and-click adventure set within the confines of a monastery. You play as Leonardo, delivering the king's son, Bruno, to the abbey.

Installation is long, roughly 30 minutes, and initially without indication that anything is happening. Once installed there is no requirement to have the game disk (DVD) in the drive while playing.

The game detects your video setup and sets up accordingly. Unfortunately, in my case, it chose an incorrect resolution and it took some time before I realised that the graphics were not severely dark. After correction the graphics were much lighter and this made a big difference to gameplay. The whole is in cartoon form, including the characters. Cut scenes were good.

The story is basically a who-done-it. Your object is to uncover evidence and work out who the killer is. Investigations take the form of conversations and object collection to solve puzzles. The game is fairly conversation heavy. Puzzles are mainly object based. The main character was fine, Bruno childishly annoying, other characters suitably suspicious.

Occasionally the conversation sound was absent (fortunately the subtitles worked perfectly, so nothing was missed). This could have been a fault of my system, but bear this in mind if you purchase this game and experience the same fault.

With perhaps one exception, the puzzles were fair and progress was steady. There was no pixel hunting as all usable objects were well sign posted.

Expect about 40 hours of play. Despite there being an inbuilt map to zoom around quickly, the character movement was very slow.

Voice acting was good. The lip-synch was poor but at least there was some attempt made.
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This game is good. Although it has its flaws, I am very much disappointed from the bad reviews I constantly see here.

Pros:

- Good graphics. No the game is not slow, unless you have some quite old
- Great sound. Played from the Czech Philharmonic, they enhance the games atmosphere.
- Great atmosphere. A monastery full of strange facts gives you exactly what you must get: Peace and Evil in one mix.
- The riddles are good, and although mostly inventory- or chat-based, they are easy.

Cons:

- The close up of the characters is rather weird. But you will get used to it.
- Somewhat short( but there are WAY shorter ones like Nikopol).

Resume:

You should have a nice mystery game in your library. Worth the money.
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This game is ok but certainly not great. First of all, when inserting the disc, expect it to take several minutes before it starts installation. This made me wonder if something was wrong.

The story is interesting but the conversations can be very long, however, you can right-click to cut it short. Even if you like to hear all the dialogue, you will still end up not knowing where to go at times since it is not always clear. Some things didn't make any sense. Not a well written story to follow.

Be careful to check all rooms since some items will not be seen unless you move your character away from standing in front of it. Or, there might be a candle you must check thoroughly to get something from it. You will also notice when any characters speak, the voice acting is decent but will not be timed well at all. It was way off.

I completed half of the game and could not finish it. In the crypt within the Church, there is a bas relief you are to check with a parchment...the 2nd time to the crypt at night with Bruno only. One of the figures is suppose to open a secret door. It did not work. After reviewing a walkthrough, I had done everything correctly, tried a few more attempts, also from a save point (before entering the crypt), but it still would not work. Apparently there is a problem which requires a patch.

This game is not good enough to bother with especially when they don't make a working product.
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I'm assuming this is the game I played, even though my copy says The Adventure Company on it. That said, any game I've played with The Adventure Company's brand has been... lacking. I feel like their M.O. is to purchase rights to mediocre games and resell them cheaply, so I really shouldn't be surprised by the quality I get from them after this.

As for the game itself, (Murder in) The Abbey is deceptive. The box art is comically inaccurate to the game style, which is cell-shaded 3D characters with cartoonish proportions overlaying a mix of static 3D and hand-painted backgrounds (or hand-painting over 3D?). I can only guess that the hooded character on the cover is supposed to be the protagonist, despite looking like a villain, because he's the only one that even somewhat resembles the hooded character. To be fair, it's good that they added "Murder in" to the title to give a better idea of what the game's about, because "The Abbey" alone says nothing at all about what's going on other than it takes place in a religious setting.

I have mixed feelings about the portrayal of these holy men, however--yes, having "character flaws" is human and more interesting to a narrative than making each one a stereotypical monk, besides providing red herrings as to the identity of the killer. However, I didn't end up liking any of them, except perhaps the cook Martin for throwing a lampshade on the fact that he knows he's being distracted. It just felt a bit forced having THAT many of the characters being revealed as so unlikable in-universe, that maybe we weren't supposed to feel so bad when bad things happened to them? How did they not all kill each other BEFORE this?
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