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Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers (DOS)

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Gabriel Knight is a wise-cracking bookstore owner and would-be author. He is the last in a long line of Shadow Hunters, those fated to fight supernatural forces of evil. Tormented by terrifying nightmares, he must spend every waking moment scouring the side streets and back alleys of New Orleans for the key to his dark past. One day, a blood-chilling murder shocks the inhabitants of the city. The police detective assigned to investigate the crime is Gabriel's friend. In the beginning Gabriel collects evidence in hope of using the material for his new novel; but soon he finds himself personally involved in the investigation, and plunges deeper into the world of secret societies and murderous cults.

Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers is a third-person puzzle-solving adventure game. Created by Jane Jensen, the game differs from Sierra's Quest games (e.g. Space Quest) by having a realistic setting and focusing (despite its supernatural elements and humor) on mature themes and detective work. In this way it is more similar to the company's earlier Laura Bow games.

The game's icon-based interface is the same as in Sierra's previous titles, with verb commands that allow interaction with the game world and its inhabitants. Though the game still has plenty of inventory-based puzzles characteristic for classic adventure, its gameplay is heavily inclined towards dialogue. Typically, Gabriel will have to interrogate other characters, choosing conversation topics and thus gradually finding clues and advancing towards the mystery's solution.

The game's locations are done in hand-painted style. The CD version of the game adds full voice-overs to the dialogues, as well as narrator's voice to text descriptions.


Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers DOS As always in Sierra games, text descriptions are plentiful. Gabriel here is admiring the local church
Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers DOS Gabriel is talking to Grace. Dialogues have multiple choices and appear on separate screens
Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers DOS Looking over the city park
Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers DOS Inventory with mysterious tablets

Alternate Titles

  • "狩魔猎人" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "גבריאל: זיכרונות אפלים" -- Hebrew spelling
  • "Gabriel: Zikhronot Afelim" -- Israeli title
  • "Gabriel Knight: Pecados dos Pais" -- Brazilian title
  • "Gabriel Knight: Lucha Contra Las Fuerzas Sobrenaturales" -- Spanish title
  • "Gabriel Knight: Les péchés des ancêtres" -- French title
  • "Gabriel Knight I" -- Informal post-sequel title
  • "Gabriel Knight: Die Sünden der Väter" -- German title

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User Reviews

Nobody does voodoo like you do אולג 小奥 (168858) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
A shadow lurks on New Orleans... Depth Lord (943) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Guybrush Threepwood gone detective! Indra is here (19706) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Once in a while, Sierra manages to get everything right. Eurythmic (2610) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Flawless. Simply flawless. _Oracle (21) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Deep into the heart of the mystery. MAT (72340) 3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars
Gabriel Knight is proof that computer games can be an artform. Ray Soderlund (3500) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
Not only supernatural, but also educational *Katakis* (37809) unrated
One of the best from sierra. Like Angel Heart , only in game form. Shayne Bates (13) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Gabriel is the best adventure game series ever. emerging_lurker (136) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

The Press Says

Techtite 2000 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Adventure Gamers Jan 16, 2004 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100 Jul 06, 2010 18 out of 20 90
Gamesmania 1996 90 out of 100 90
PC Games (Germany) Apr, 1994 88 out of 100 88
PC Games (Germany) Feb, 1994 86 out of 100 86
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Feb, 1994 10 out of 12 83
Retroguiden Mar 05, 2010 8 out of 10 80
PC Joker Feb, 1994 75 out of 100 75
PC Player (Germany) Feb, 1994 54 out of 100 54


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I really dislike the narrator 7 Daniel Saner (2473)
Feb 08, 2013


CD version

The CD version of the game includes a 20 minute behind the scenes avi file depicting the creation of Gabriel Knight. The file also included interviews with most of the cast, lead designer/writer Jane Jensen and others.

Covermount releases

  • The full, original game on CD was bundled with the 1/2001 edition of Computer Gaming World magazine.
  • The full, original game on CD was bundled with the July 1997 edition of CD-Rom Today, a Brazilian computer magazine.

German version

The German CD-ROM version has a major bug, which causes to crash the games at at least three points during the game. The program obviously hangs, because of a corrupted soundfile. Turn off voices & music in the crashing scenes and you can go on playing.

Leilani Jones

Leilani Jones (Malia Gedde) seems to like the Voodoo Priestess gig. She also plays one in LucasArts' Curse of Monkey Island.


Jane Jensen> has written a novelization of the game, first printed in February 1997, through Penguin's ROC imprint. The game's sequel was also given the novelization treatment.


  • It could be a coincidence, but there is a real life blues musician from Lousiana, named Dr. John. Perhaps the character's name came from a fan.
  • On day 3, you’re able to attend a (pretty boring) lecture at the Tulane university. Take a walk in the lecture hall and read the bulletin board. After looking at it a few times, you’ll get the message “There's a notice for a lecture on Investigative Reporting techniques to be given by octogenarian Pulitzer Prize winner Laura Bow Dorian." This refers to two game characters from the Laura Bow II – Dagger of Amon Ra adventure: Laura Bow en Steve Dorian. In the game, they fell in love. An octogenarian means someone between 80 and 90 in age, so this assumes the two of them got married in the end.


  • Computer Gaming World
    • June 1994 (Issue #119) – Adventure Game of the Year (together with Maniac Mansion 2: Day of the Tentacle
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #7 Best Way To Die In Computer Gaming (get the heart ripped out by a zombie)
Information also contributed by Alan Chan, chirinea, Chris Mikesell, Isdaron; Pseudo_Intellectual, Sciere and Zovni

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Eurythmic (2610) added Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers (DOS) on May 13, 1999
Other platforms contributed by Picard (29313), MAT (72340) and *Katakis* (37809)