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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 Windows er... That's not what it looks like. I dropped something.
Shadow of Destiny PlayStation 2 Hopping arrow above the door will iondicate whether you may currently enter (or try to) some building.
Shadow of Destiny PlayStation 2 When you encounter cinematic you previously saw, you will, but only then, be able to skip it.
Shadow of Destiny Windows Establishing Shot

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

Don't have much to do before I get killed again PlayStation 2 Oleg Roschin (174057)
Not since Blade Runner have I seen so many different endings! Windows Jeanne (75401)
To move to the future...sometimes we must look at our past PlayStation 2 Nad Budgen (2)

Critic Reviews

Just Adventure PlayStation 2 2001 B+ 83
Just Adventure Windows Jul 24, 2002 B+ 83
GameSpot PlayStation 2 Mar 19, 2001 8.2 out of 10 82
PSM PlayStation 2 Apr, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Power Unlimited PlayStation 2 May, 2001 78 out of 100 78
PC Gamer Windows Sep, 2002 70 out of 100 70
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 Mar, 2001 6.75 out of 10 68
Power Unlimited Xbox Dec, 2002 68 out of 100 68
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 Mar, 2001 6 out of 10 60
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Oct, 2002 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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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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