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Shadow of Destiny (Windows)

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Description

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.

Screenshots

Shadow of Destiny Windows Title Screen.
Shadow of Destiny Windows The game is full of memorable quotes.
Shadow of Destiny Windows Product placement for Movado watches.
Shadow of Destiny Windows as well as the best looking pasta in any game ever made.

Alternate Titles

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

User Reviews

Not since Blade Runner have I seen so many different endings! Jeanne (75617) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars

The Press Says

Game Over Online Jul 23, 2002 90 out of 100 90
Just Adventure Jul 24, 2002 B+ 83
PC Zone Benelux Apr, 2003 80 out of 100 80
GameSpot Jul 23, 2002 7.7 out of 10 77
Adventurearchiv Mar 01, 2003 76 out of 100 76
Jeuxvideo.com Feb 18, 2003 13 out of 20 65
Joystick (French) Mar, 2003 6 out of 10 60
GameStar (Germany) Mar, 2003 55 out of 100 55
Gamekult Feb 24, 2003 5 out of 10 50
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Oct, 2002 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

Forums

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Oh my god... 3 hydra9 (3853)
Dec 19, 2008

Trivia

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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Kartanym (10781) added Shadow of Destiny (Windows) on Jun 28, 2002
Other platforms contributed by Kartanym (10781), Kabushi (120658) and Xoleras (66253)