DescriptionThe 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.
Part of the Following Groups
- Gameplay feature: Character development - Skill distribution
- Koudelka / Shadow Hearts universe
- Protagonist: Female
- Setting: Belle Époque
|Disturbing the Priest||Zovni (9360)|
|A Finely and Carefully Crafted Interactive Experience||D P (124)|
|Amazingly pretty for the original Playstation, but boring and repetitive as a game||weregamer (157)|
The Press Says
|Jeuxvideo.com||Sep 19, 2000||17 out of 20||85|
|Gamer's Pulse||Sep 07, 2000||79 out of 100||79|
|GameCola.net||Jan, 2005||6.5 out of 10||65|
|Absolute Playstation||Sep, 2000||65 out of 100||65|
|RPGFan||Jun 29, 2000||60 out of 100||60|
|Power Unlimited||Nov, 2000||6 out of 10||60|
|Super Play||Aug, 2000||6 out of 10||60|
|Privat Computer PC||2000||50 out of 100||50|
|Svenska PlayStation Magasinet||Oct, 2000||5 out of 10||50|
|Thunderbolt Games||Mar 27, 2005||4 out of 10||40|
|Topic||# Posts||Last Post|
|Weapon Questions...||3||MasterMegid (897)
Jan 26, 2008
|Shame on those "professional" review sites||4||Indra is here (19699)
May 25, 2007
LocationThe 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.
ReferencesKoudelka features a true historical figure: the medieval Franciscan monk and savant Roger Bacon makes his appearance in the monastery graveyard.
Mystic symbolsJust 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)