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Shadows on the Vatican is a point-and-click adventure in 4 acts, freely adapted from the bestseller of David Yallop "In God's Name". The first act is entitled 'Greed'.

James Murphy is an ex-priest who spent most of his life serving the Vatican, before he decided to become a doctor in Chicago; currently James is on vacation in Rome and when his old friend - father Cristoforo Ardemagni - calls him looking for help, James decides to reach him immediately. But when James arrives, Cristoforo is lying on the floor in a pool of blood, apparently fallen down from a stairway. Soon James will find that his friend is a victim of a dangerous intrigue involving the Vatican and the organized crime as well.

Shadows on the Vatican is a traditional point-and-click adventure with 2.5D graphics (the 3D characters move around in front of hand-drawn backgrounds). In Act 1: Greed the player gets the control of the protagonist, James Murphy. The game can be controlled entirely by mouse; each hotspot can be observed (by clicking the right button) or interacted with (by clicking the left button). There is also a hotspot function that reveals all usable objects and exits in each scene.

At the beginning of the game there is a skippable tutorial explaining how the game works. The puzzles concentrate mostly on object combination although there are a couple of mini-games; the main character can talk with other persons in multiple choice dialogues.


Shadows on the Vatican: Act 1 - Greed Windows Mario the bartender makes his first appearance in the James' flat.
Shadows on the Vatican: Act 1 - Greed Windows The crime scene, inside Santa Brigida dormitory.
Shadows on the Vatican: Act 1 - Greed Windows "Roma caput mundi" (the game map)
Shadows on the Vatican: Act 1 - Greed Windows The James' laptop. A useful way to find informations.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Shadows on the Vatican: Akt 1 - Gier" -- German title

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Adventurespiele Dec 29, 2012 77 out of 100 77
GameBoomers Mar, 2012 B 75
Gamesurf Tiscali Jul 05, 2012 7.5 out of 10 75
Playnation Mar 19, 2014 7 out of 10 70
Adventure-Treff Jun 20, 2014 68 out of 100 68 May 30, 2012 6.5 out of 10 65 Jan 20, 2012 6 out of 10 60
Adventure Gamers Mar 12, 2012 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Adventure Classic Gaming Jun 15, 2012 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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Adrian Harris (148) added Shadows on the Vatican: Act 1 - Greed (Windows) on May 02, 2012