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DescriptionA 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.
- "Walpurgis no hiru to yoru" -- Working title
- "Shadow of Memories" -- Japanese and PAL title
|What should I do before I get killed?..||PlayStation 2||YID YANG (164501)|
|Not since Blade Runner have I seen so many different endings!||Windows||Jeanne (75627)|
|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|
|IGN||Windows||Jun 25, 2002||8.7 out of 10||87|
|GameSpot||PlayStation 2||Mar 19, 2001||8.2 out of 10||82|
|Adventure Classic Gaming||Windows||Feb 19, 2011||80|
|4Players.de||PlayStation 2||Apr 17, 2001||80 out of 100||80|
|PSM||PlayStation 2||Apr, 2001||8 out of 10||80|
|Worth Playing||PSP||Feb 24, 2010||8 out of 10||80|
|Power Unlimited||PlayStation 2||May, 2001||78 out of 100||78|
|Joystick (French)||Windows||Mar, 2003||6 out of 10||60|
|Gamekult||Windows||Feb 24, 2003||5 out of 10||50|
|Topic||# Posts||Last Post|
|Oh my god...||3||hydra9 (3855)
Dec 19, 2008
TriviaThe 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.
Related Web Sites
- DarkPaladin's Walkthrough -- Full solution for Shadow of Destiny (Windows). Can be viewed on-line or downloaded in pdf format.
- Konami: Shadow of Destiny -- Official homepage.
- Wikipedia: Shadow of Destiny -- Information about Shadow of Destiny at Wikipedia
- Zarf's Review -- A PlayStation 2 review of Shadow of Destiny by Andrew Plotkin (April, 2001).
PlayStation 2 Credits
Scott Keck (Eike Kusch), Jeanne Hartman (Margarete), Julie Parker (Dana), Jim Singer (Hugo), Bruce Robertson (Eckart/Wagner/Alfred), Charles Martinet (Homunculus), Sheila Rose (Sibylla), Doug Boyd (Oleg), Kathryn Nymoen (Helena/Miriam/fortuneteller)Other Cast:
Bruce Robertson (barman), Doug Boyd (photographer/cafe manager/radio ad 1/pedestrian 2), J. S. Gilbert (nightwatchman/pedestrian 9), Justin Shenkarow (young man 1), Jim Singer (young man 2), Jean Mazzei (woman 1/pedestrian 7), Kathryn Nymoen (woman 2/radio ad 2/radio ad 3), Jeanne Hartman (daughter of a woman 2), Ken Ogasawara (rubberneck 1), Mark Bruhn (rubberneck 2), Matt Campagna (rubberneck 3), Jesse Semler (rubberneck 4), Lori Carcare (girl 1/pedestrian 3), Tricia Riel (girl 2), Ali Johnston (girl 3), Debbie Rogers (girl 4/pedestrian 5)