Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned (Windows)

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The third game in the series takes Gabriel Knight, the former owner of a book store in New Orleans, and now a Schattenjäger ("shadow hunter") living in a castle in Bavaria, to Rennes-le-Chateau, a quiet town in Southern France. Gabriel and his assistant Grace Nakimura investigate the kidnapping of a baby: the son of Prince James of Albany was taken away, and the trace leads to Rennes-le-Chateau. While exploring the town and its surroundings and getting acquainted with the unusual history of the place, Gabriel and Grace realize that supernatural beings are pulling the strings behind the stage, and become involved in a mystery with a religious background dating back to the very beginnings of Christianity.

Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned is a 3D adventure game. Playing as Gabriel or Grace, the player navigates the characters through fully 3D environments, which can also be viewed and explored from first-person perspective using the "camera" option. The player interacts with people and objects by clicking on them and then selecting one of the available actions. There are many kinds of puzzles in the game: traditional inventory-based ones, detective investigation, as well as complex puzzles based on the player's knowledge and understanding of the game's lore.


Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned Windows Options' scope vary as you click on different objects
Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned Windows Get used to such scenes - after all, it's a Gabriel Knight game. I don't think this is ketchup...
Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned Windows Dude! Nice mustache, man. So... how's everything?..
Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned Windows You move the camera independently from your character. Nice and creative!

Alternate Titles

  • "狩魔獵人3:聖魔血祭" -- Taiwan spelling
  • "狩魔猎人3" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Гэбриэл Найт 3: В поисках Грааля" -- Russian spelling
  • "GK3" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Gabriel Knight 3: Testamento del Diablo" -- Spanish title
  • "Gabriel Knight 3: Sangue Profano" -- Brazilian title
  • "Gabriel Knight 3: Krew Świętych, Krew Potępionych" -- Polish title
  • "Gabriel Knight 3: Il Mistero di Rennes-Le-Château, Il Mistero Macchiato di Sangue" -- Italian title
  • "Gabriel Knight 3: Enigme en Pays Cathare" -- French title
  • "Gabriel Knight 3: Blut der Heiligen, Blut der Verdammten" -- German title

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User Reviews

Can you say 'cat mustache'? Cor 13 (174162) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
Another kickass GK game which unfortunately tones down the terror in favor of the "edutaiment" value....blah! Zovni (9321) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
A flawed classic jTrippy (63) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars
"I didn't sleep for four days playing this game....." Andy Roark (250) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Gabriel Knight returns in his last adventure for now *Katakis* (37938) unrated
Millennium Mystery MAT (109156) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars

Critic Reviews

Adventure Classic Gaming Nov 21, 1999 5 out of 5 100
Game Over Online Dec 30, 1999 92 out of 100 92
Absolute Games ( Dec 03, 1999 90 out of 100 90
IGN Dec 03, 1999 8.3 out of 10 83
PC Joker Dec, 1999 82 out of 100 82
PC Games (Germany) Dec, 2000 80 out of 100 80
PC Games (Germany) Apr, 2002 72 out of 100 72
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Dec 11, 1999 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Armchair Empire, The 2000 7 out of 10 70
GameSpot Dec 10, 1999 6.7 out of 10 67


Topic # Posts Last Post
Best adventure series ever. 7 Cor 13 (174162)
Nov 08, 2011
Still The Greatest 9 St. Martyne (3539)
Feb 23, 2009
And that f'ing puzzle is not only stupid ... 9 Dr. M. "Schadenfreude" Von Katze (580)
Oct 03, 2007



Gabriel and Grace both give humorous comments at most objects you see in the game. Though there is a little bug in this - being Grace and looking in the museum of rennes-le-chateau and looking at one of the paintings on the wall in the big museum-hall will give you Gabriel's comment on it.


Dean Erickson, who played Gabriel in GK2, was briefly considered to play the role of Gabriel again. But Sierra wanted a more professional actor to play the role and so Tim Curry was chosen to return to the series.


The plot around the San Greal Secrets book is partially based on the real 1983 novel Holy Blood, Holy Grail. A controversial work on its own, it returned to the spotlights once again amid plagiarism speculations in the 2003 bestseller The Da Vinci Code.


Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned was the last adventure game published by Sierra.


  • Grace now has a computer that keeps all the shadow hunter's data and is called SIDNEY. The thing is, that when you enter "Gabriel Knight 4" as a topic of research, you get a ghost story. Jane Jensen affirmed that if GK4 ever gets out, as a book or a game, it will be about ghosts.
  • When you look at the chicken who's walking outside the hotel, Gabriel will say something about the voodoo murders from the first Gabriel Knight adventure.


The game's subtitle "Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned" was removed from the cover of boxes sold at Wal-Mart locations, as per their request.

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Andy Roark (250) added Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned (Windows) on Nov 28, 1999