Russell Stone is a Jewish Rabbi at a poor synagogue in New York City. He is a devout man with a problem. Membership is way 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 packing it all in, he receives some interesting news. A former 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? His conscience says no. 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, an original score, and three different endings!
Newly composed music
Rabbinical conversation methods
Talmudic combat! Fight the way only a rabbi can
Fully-voiced dialogue (Abe Goldfarb’s debut role!)
Three different endings
OS Win 2000 or higher
Processor Pentium or higher
Memory 64 MB RAM
Graphics 256-colour: 266 Mhz or above
Hard Drive 150 MB available space
Sound Card Supports all DirectX-compatible sound cards
Capsule client required to download and play.
It is not often that one gets to ponder spiritual questions while playing. I mean, other than "Thou shalt not kill" ;) Playing as a Rabbi is a unique experience and it is well told by the game. I even learnt some new things about Judaism. The problems that the player has to face are logical and the dialogs between other characters are written very well! Makes you think about moral questions more than usual adventure games which is a plus in my book. Heartily recommended!
If you like classic adventure games, you should try this one. I know, it's a slogan widely used as a start of the review, but it just fits here perfectly. If you remember games like e.g. Broken Sword, and you enjoyed them, then you should find same type of fun here. No QTE, which I personally hate in adventure games. Graphics look like taken from the 90's game, music as well. It's not a problem though, because they are not the most important in this game (still, music selection is quite nice) What's the best in this game are plot and quite difficult puzzles. I really struggled with some of them, but that's what these types of games are about, so I guess it speaks positively about The Shivah. The only problem I see is that it is quite short - 2.3 hours maximum. But for such a small price it is still worth trying.
How many games do you get to play as a Jewish Rabbi? The story goes like this- You play a Rabbi in NYC who owns and runs a synagogue; however business inset going too well, then an old member has died and has left lots of money available. Your job is to investigate further this issue… This game is interesting and the fighting/combat is fun while some of the tasks bought into question make you think about your subsequent actions and morals. Definitely thought me new things about Judaism! :)
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