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About the Product
- 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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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.Read more ›
- 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.
- 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).
You should have a nice mystery game in your library. Worth the money.
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.
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?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Advertised as compatible with Windows XP, but apparently problem MAY lie with graphics card and something about DX9 according to Viva Support tech. Read morePublished on August 18, 2013 by notseeingpink
Good story, was a good price. I had a little trouble playing as I had to really work at it. I recommand it.Published on January 4, 2013 by sandi
I'm an avid PC adventure-gamer. I have played all 26 Nancy Drew games, Dark Fall, and Syberia I and II--all of which I enjoyed thoroughly. Read morePublished on October 21, 2012 by Michelle K
We finished playing this game, and found it kind of so-so-ish.
- The graphics were nice, an animation-style that's a little different from most games... Read more
Only play very begining, right away I don't like it all, too slow, and talk too much.
I had played many, many games never had one like this one. Read more
Like everyone has already said... dialog REAL long and after you ask a character something the dialog doesnt delete itself so sometime you find yourself asking the SAME QUESTIONS... Read morePublished on January 24, 2011 by jpeat
I was going to award 4 stars to this products...the game features lush graphics, excellent dialogue and a well-written story (all of the above hard to find in recent adventure... Read morePublished on December 19, 2010 by LBL
I bought this game last year and can't bring myself to continue playing it. It is VERY boring and slow paced!Published on December 8, 2010 by buyer
Though the quality of the programing is something less than steller(for 2009 and our wide screen monitors being the standard of at least 1920x1200 or more resoluton! Read morePublished on November 9, 2009 by Kid Icarus