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 Talking to Hugo... a boy that believes you come from the future. Huh, is that just a harmless fantasy, or can it turn into something vile and dangerous?
Shadow of Destiny Windows er... That's not what it looks like. I dropped something.
Shadow of Destiny Windows Our Hero Eike (pronounced ike).
Shadow of Destiny Windows The PC version of the game runs at a maximum 800x600 resolution.

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 Cor 13 (173736)
Not since Blade Runner have I seen so many different endings! Windows Jeanne (75502)
To move to the future...sometimes we must look at our past PlayStation 2 Nad Budgen (2)

Critic Reviews

Gaming Target PlayStation 2 Jun 11, 2001 9 out of 10 90
Just Adventure Windows Jul 24, 2002 B+ 83
PC Gamer Windows Sep, 2002 70 out of 100 70
Power Unlimited Xbox Dec, 2002 68 out of 100 68
Cheat Code Central PSP 2010 3.2 out of 5 64
PC Games (Germany) Windows Feb 26, 2003 64 out of 100 64
Gamekult PlayStation 2 Mar 26, 2001 6 out of 10 60
Joystick (French) Windows Mar, 2003 6 out of 10 60 Xbox Nov 08, 2002 58 out of 100 58
GameStar (Germany) Windows Mar, 2003 55 out of 100 55


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Lebensbaum, the name of the town where the events of "Shadow of Destiny" take place, means "Tree of Life" in German.

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