|Arguably the best adventure game series ever made, Gabriel Knight not only
sets new standards of interactive storytelling, but also proves that computer games
can be no less literate, mature, well-informed, and thought-provoking than other
media. Jane Jensen has created in a disheveled, egotistical, and tormented New
Orleans writer one of the most memorable computer game protagonists of all time, and
thrust the term Shattenjager into the public spotlight. In this game, Jane stretched
the capabilities of Sierra's icon-based interface by adding new commands, and use it
in several new ways (such as allowing the player to write whole passages in Voodoo
language, or send drum codes). The game tells of how a struggling, no-good writer
comes to grip with his dark family history and accepts his fate to become the next
Shattenjager - shadowhunter. As Gabriel Knight, aspiring writer and owner of St.
George's bookstore, you are researching the voodoo murders as a basis for your new
book. The authorities, including your policeman friend Mosely, believe that the
voodoo aspect is faked by the murderer, and that the real voodoo cult does not exist
in New Orleans. With the help of Grace Nakimura, your assistant, you will slowly
unravel the web of intrigue that leads to the powerful voodoo cult... as well as
your own destiny. What makes it an instant classic as opposed to a merely "good"
adventure is the astounding level of detail and research that went into the game,
in addition to Jane's writing par excellence and a gripping plot. Never before in
Sierra's history that you can LOOK at so many items with customized descriptions
beyond the usual "you don't see anything special." Items in the Voodoo Museum
(patterned after the real museum in New Orleans) alone must have taken several
months of intensive research. This lends an air of authencity to the game's
supernatural/occult plot, which greatly enhances gameplay. Sierra later released a
CD-ROM version which features excellent voice acting by Tim Curry as Gabriel Knight.
The game also shipped with a very stylish comic book that sets the stage for the
story and dovetails very nicely with the ending.
See also: Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers 20th Anniversary Edition