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Shadow of Destiny (Xbox)

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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.

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There are 42 other screenshots on file for other versions of this game.


Alternate Titles

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

User Reviews

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The Press Says

Gamezone (Germany) Oct 14, 2002 7.2 out of 10 72
Power Unlimited Dec, 2002 68 out of 100 68
Jeuxvideo.com Sep 27, 2002 13 out of 20 65
Gamesmania Nov 08, 2002 58 out of 100 58
Gamekult Oct 10, 2002 5 out of 10 50

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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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Xoleras (66241) added Shadow of Destiny (Xbox) on May 05, 2004
Other platforms contributed by Kartanym (10779) and Kabushi (121621)