Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers Sierra On-Line, Inc. 1993

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

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Full Demo15MB (@ Fajnegry)
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ISO Demo 361MB (uploaded by Egon68)
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Demo Version contained in Sigma RealMagic Demo CD - ISO Demo (provided by mklgw1985 & upped by Scaryfun) 460MB
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GOG Digital ISO Demo v.2.0.0.16 + Extras 368MB (uploaded by hgdagon)


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