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Shadow of Destiny

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A young man named Eike Kusch strolls through the quiet patriarchal German town Lebensbaum. Suddenly, a tremendous blow darkens the sight of his eyes, and the next thing he can see is a very strange room filled with bizarre objects, and a voice talking to him from nowhere. A mysterious being known as Homunculus tells Eike that he has been stabbed to death. Homunculus gives Eike a time-travelling device and brings him back to life a short while before his murder took place. From that moment on, Eike's miraculously acquired second chance turns into a constant race against time, as he tries to escape from his destiny. In order to alter the course of events, preventing the unknown person from carrying out his murder, Eike will have to travel back in time as far as the 16th century, meeting people closely connected to his own existence and changing the fabric of reality.

Shadow of Memories (Shadow of Destiny in North America) is an adventure game. There are no action elements in the game, and the protagonist has no health bar. Each chapter has a time limit, during which Eike has to find a way to prevent the murderer from killing him. This is mainly achieved by traveling through time to different hours, days, years, and even centuries. Obtaining a crucial item, having a conversation with a specific character, or performing another action in the past will prevent Eike from getting killed. Time-traveling requires energy units, which can be found by exploring the town. If Eike fails to achieve the goal at hand within the allotted time and prevent his murder, the chapter must be restarted.

During the course of the game the player will have several choices and opportunities to change the future in various ways. Due to the time-traveling feature, many objectives can be accomplished in non-linear ways, branching the storyline and eventually resulting in eight different endings, six of which can be achieved during the first playthrough, and two others unlocked after having reached the other six.


Shadow of Destiny PlayStation 2 Searching for some clues in 1st-person perspective.
Shadow of Destiny Windows Entering the Fortune Teller's house. Notice the creepy hidden pictures in the wallpaper.
Shadow of Destiny PlayStation 2 Winter climate... and early 20th century.
Shadow of Destiny Windows You can talk to a few NPC's and they usually have a few things to say and have important clues.

Alternate Titles

  • "Walpurgis no hiru to yoru" -- Working title
  • "Shadow of Memories" -- Japanese and PAL title

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User Reviews

What should I do before I get killed?.. PlayStation 2 אולג 小奥 (171551)
Not since Blade Runner have I seen so many different endings! Windows Jeanne (75605)
To move to the future...sometimes we must look at our past PlayStation 2 Nad Budgen (2)

The Press Says

Game Over Online Windows Jul 23, 2002 90 out of 100 90
Power Unlimited PlayStation 2 May, 2001 78 out of 100 78
GameSpy Windows Jun 18, 2002 78 out of 100 78
Gamezone (Germany) PlayStation 2 Apr 26, 2001 7.5 out of 10 75 Xbox Sep 27, 2002 13 out of 20 65
Cheat Code Central PSP 2010 3.2 out of 5 64
Gamesmania Xbox Nov 08, 2002 58 out of 100 58
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Jun, 2003 57 out of 100 57
GameStar (Germany) Windows Mar, 2003 55 out of 100 55
Thunderbolt Games Windows Mar 02, 2005 5 out of 10 50


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Oh my god... 3 hydra9 (3851)
Dec 19, 2008


The game's plot is connected to the story of Homunculus, an artificial human whom the alchemists of the Middle Ages tried to create. The dream of creating artificial life forms was very popular in medieval Europe.

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