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Koudelka (PlayStation)

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Description

The year is 1898. A young gypsy woman named Koudelka, who possesses unique spiritual abilities, is off to Wales, to investigate the mystery of the Nameton monastery. This monastery was once a regular place of worship, but later was bought by a mysterious man whose death circumstances are yet unclear. Rumors say that supernatural powers have appeared in the monastery since then. But when she begins to explore the monastery, Koudelka discovers she was not the only one who was interested in its past...

Koudelka is a role-playing game with elements of survival horror. Players take the role of Koudelka as she explores the monastery, gathering clues and solving puzzles. This aspect of the gameplay is therefore similar to a survival horror game; however, the combat is strategic and turn-based. During battles, players can position and move the party members freely on the battle field. The amount of actions that can performed during a turn depends on the dexterity of the character. There are also various support and attack spells to cast.

The game features a refined weapon management, in which the damage that is inflicted with a particular kind of weapon (bare hands, guns, maces, etc.) increases the more that the weapon is used. Eventually weapons will break, but new ones can be found from defeated enemies. When one of the characters levels up, players can freely distribute experience points to increase and customize any of their statistics and parameters.

Screenshots

Koudelka PlayStation A small moment of faith amidst the horror...
Koudelka PlayStation Sitting at a table with Ogdon and Betsy Hartman
Koudelka PlayStation Koudelka is starting a Geyser spell. Magic effects aren't very impressive graphically, unfortunately
Koudelka PlayStation The gang prepared for whatever comes their way.

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User Reviews

Disturbing the Priest Zovni (9366) 2.83 Stars2.83 Stars2.83 Stars2.83 Stars2.83 Stars
A Finely and Carefully Crafted Interactive Experience D P (124) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars
Amazingly pretty for the original Playstation, but boring and repetitive as a game weregamer (157) 3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars

The Press Says

PSM Aug, 2000 4 out of 5 80
Gamer's Pulse Sep 07, 2000 79 out of 100 79
GameSpot Jan 14, 2000 6.7 out of 10 67
GameCola.net Jan, 2005 6.5 out of 10 65
Legendra Oct 31, 2009 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Super Play Aug, 2000 6 out of 10 60
Console Obsession Jan 08, 2011 5 out of 10 50
Privat Computer PC 2000 50 out of 100 50
Just Adventure 2000 C 50
Thunderbolt Games Mar 27, 2005 4 out of 10 40

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Weapon Questions... 3 MasterMegid (897)
Jan 26, 2008
Shame on those "professional" review sites 4 Indra is here (19677)
May 25, 2007

Trivia

Location

The cut scene at the beginning of the game says that it is set in Aberystwyth in Wales. This place does exist and has a ruined castle which looks similar to the monastery in the game.

References

Koudelka features a true historical figure: the medieval Franciscan monk and savant Roger Bacon makes his appearance in the monastery graveyard.

Mystic symbols

Just a small detail: one of the FMVs of the game (the one with strange symbols floating around, when the heroes talk about alchemy and mysticism) shows circles with Hebrew words engraved: Keter, Khokhma, and Bina. Those words (meaning Crown, Wisdom, and Understanding) are the attributes of God, according to the medieval Jewish mystical teaching, the Kabbala. They actually bothered to dig up 100% authentic and rare historical/occult material.

Information also contributed by festershinetop

Related Web Sites

  • Official Website (Koudelka homepage that contains game info, animations, music, wallpapers and more about the game.)
  • Wikipedia: Koudelka (Information about Koudelka at Wikipedia)
MAT (70549) added Koudelka (PlayStation) on Nov 20, 2001