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The Shivah: Kosher Edition - Completely remastered with all-new graphics and music!
Russell Stone is a Jewish rabbi at a struggling synagogue in New York City. He is a devout man with a problem - membership is down and he lacks the funds to keep his synagogue open. Things are looking very bleak, and he has grown progressively more cynical and bitter with the passage of time.
Just as he is on the verge of quitting, he receives some intriguing news. An estranged member of his congregation has died and left the rabbi a significant amount of money. A blessing? Or the start of something far more sinister? Can Rabbi Stone just accept the money and move on, or will his conscience get the better of him? Step into his shoes as he travels all over Manhattan in his attempt to uncover the truth.
Features rabbinical conversation methods, a unique method of fighting, a haunting score, and three different endings depending on your moral choices.
PocketGamer - "Its unique cast of characters, intriguing storyline, and sharp detective-style conundrums mean it's well worth playing this thoughtful and pensive adventure." Score: 9/10, Gold Award
Cult of Mac - "Tricky puzzles, a great hero, and an interesting plot." Score: 5/5
148Apps - "The perfect bite-sized adventure that'll whet one's curiosity for many answers to life, death, choices, and mystery." Score: 4.5/5
MacLife - "The Shivah makes the jump to iOS gracefully. It’s rare that a game’s plot, characters, genre, and platform mesh as neatly as they do in this short and bittersweet tale." Score: 4.5/5
IGN Italia - "The Shivar: Kosher Edition represents a great opportunity to play a solid, mature, fascinating and original graphic adventure." Score: 8/10
Adventure Gamers - "The Shivah's interesting clues system, well-written dialog, logical puzzles and fascinating commentary make it easy to recommend." Score: 4/5
GameZebo - "The game addresses philosophical questions that have been with humankind since we first learned how to look upwards and wonder. ... The Shivah: Kosher Edition doesn't have all the answers, but it does supply a top-notch adventure experience." Score: 4/5
The Onion A.V. Club - "The Shivah fits a compelling moral conscience over a tight decision tree, and compared to [other titles], its rewards are subtler and more satisfying."
What's New in Version 1.2.0
Warning: This update invalidates old saved games.
Updated for 64-bit native builds.
Fixed bug that caused the game to crash randomly.
Fixed bug that caused sound to cut out after phone-calls.
Replaced buggy sound sliders with check boxes.
Increased size of GUI text to be more visible on phones.
Short but good
I love all of Wadjet Eye games and The Shivah didn't disappoint. This game is more like the Blackwell series than Gemini Rue (the best!) but more austere, shorter and with complexity. It's a story of a rabbi who is caught up in a crime, you have to navigate the rabbi through the clues as he tries to find out who did what to whom. The beauty of the game are the moral dilemmas. If you behave justly then you can win this game that has more than one outcome. I had to play a few times before I figured out that moral choices is the key. There are some difficult clues in the game so u really have to focus and search for clues. I would recommend this game to anyone who is looking for something different and enjoys games that are wrapped up in a story that has good flow. I hope Wadjet Eye continues to develop more games for Mac as I would but any game they dream up. I have fun with their stories and creative play. I only gave this four stars because this game is relatively simple compared to their others. Great visuals, no glitches, they have a sense of humor and it didn't leave me too frustrated or bored.
This game got on my nerves in several ways:
- All the dialogue is wannabe-deep. It's hoping that if you say abstract things in a deep, troubled voice, you can sound profound. You don't.
- the voice acting is high school theater quality
- the Judaism-based backstory is empty. Basic Jewish words are mispronounced or misused. Jewish concepts are misapplied. It seems like not a single Jewish person was involved in the game's making.
- the game mechanics are OK. There is a clue gathering and combination system that is never explained. It's too easy to get stuck. Every room is full of objects that are meaningless.
This game might have been good in 2007, but it's subpar for 2016. Don't waste your time. There are better games to be played.
Interesting concept but
When you get stuck, you have to start over. What? You read correctly. You get choices of what to say and how to say them and if you pick the wrong choice, you are done and can't finish. Most games wouldn't let you get stuck like this.
The story would be good and I can accept the old style game drawings of not for the disappointing game play.
You could put 2 clues together but you wouldn't know to try that since they are not objects.
Too many usernames and passwords. It's the same puzzle over and over.
Nothing to really click on and since when does a rabbi investigate? Oy, call the police and get some gefilte.
I want to like it but I'm going to move on to something else.
- Category: Games
- Updated: May 29, 2015
- Version: 1.2.0
- Size: 120 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: WADJET EYE GAMES, LLC
- © 2006 Wadjet Eye Games LLC
Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.1.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.