La Abadía del Crimen

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ZX Spectrum
Amstrad CPC
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The development of the game is based on the Umberto Eco's novel "The Name of the Rose", on which Guillermo de Baskerville along with its intrepid disciple Adzo de Melk have the order on the part of Abad of an Abbey (Abadía) forgotten of the hand of God, to clarify certain crimes that are granted to the hand of the Devil. With this attractive argument we became jumbled of such way in the game that until we do not solve it we are condemned to moor itself of permanent form to the computer.


La Abadía del Crimen DOS First day (CGA Monochrome)
La Abadía del Crimen DOS Talking with the monk (CGA Monochrome)
La Abadía del Crimen DOS Title Screen (CGA Color)
La Abadía del Crimen ZX Spectrum The abbot welcomes Guillermo and his novice

Alternate Titles

  • "El Nombre de la Rosa" -- Working title

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Computer Emuzone DOS Aug 03, 1999 9.7 out of 10 97


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At a certain point of the game, you are in a church and there's a choir singing the "Ave Maria" song. If the game detects that you are using a pirated version of the game, instead of Ave Maria the choir begins to sing "Pirata! Pirata!" ("Pirate! Pirate!" in Spanish). A video can be found here.

Ports and remakes

From 2000 onwards, remakes for PC and MSX2 computers have appeared. The PC remake was developed by Antonio Giner in 2004 and runs on Windows computers. The MSX2 remake was developed by Armando Pérez and Manuel Pazos. It can be run under MSX emulators and has an English version. Both remakes feature revamped graphics and sound.

Even though Opera Soft ported most of their games to the Amstrad PCW, they never did so with Abadía del crimen. This has now been corrected by PCW enthusiasts.


Initially, this game was thought to be called El Nombre de la Rosa, just like the Spanish title of the Umberto Eco novel on which this program is based, but due to problems in the communication with Umberto (there was no response in three months even though there were several attempts), it had to be called La Abadía del Crimen.

Information also contributed by Emepol and Neville

Related Web Sites

  • Abadía del Crimen remake (offers DOS and Windows remakes of the game.)
  • La Abadía del Crimen Shrine (A shrine dedicated to the game. Contains maps, walkthroughs, an insight into the making of the game, interviews with members of the development team and information on several remakes.)
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