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As the name implies, this game puts you in the role of a lady-charming, swashbuckling, sword-wielding rogue during the Enlightenment era. In a mix of action and adventure, you'll play the good-looking Giacomo Casanova in Venice, Italy. It is a story of love, ambition, political conflict and vengeance in an 18th century Mediterranean locale.

While at sea, his ship is attacked by cutthroat pirates and his mother is murdered. The gameplay begins while Giacomo, the only survivor, is recuperating in Venice in the home of the Duke of Grimani. He vows to seek out the murderous pirates to avenge his mother's death. Soon he discovers that her murder may be part of a much deeper plot linked to a conspiracy to take over the country's current leadership.

Plenty of women wander the streets of Venice who can be charmed by the handsome Casanova's wit and audacity. Conversation choices effect how others respond to you, and the wrong answer could get your face slapped instead of kissed.

Many spontaneous sword fights happen to keep you busy and help you practice for the latter parts of the game. Other weapons, such as a crossbow, will be needed in some fights.

The game is controlled using both the keyboard and mouse. Walk, run, jump, and fence using keyboard keys; aim and fire the crossbow with your mouse. There are adventure-type puzzles to solve, many of which rely on conversation or inventory objects.


Casanova: The Duel of the Black Rose Windows The seduction conversation means selecting one of the four responses, Tenderness, Lewdness, Cynicism and Passion.
Casanova: The Duel of the Black Rose Windows The game starts at Duke Grimaldi's house. Casanova has been rescued but his health is still just 50% so he's recovering
Casanova: The Duel of the Black Rose Windows The main menu
Casanova: The Duel of the Black Rose Windows The in-game configuration options include action key redefinition

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Alternate Titles

  • "Казанова: Все соблазны Венеции" -- Russian Title
  • "Casanova: le Duel de la Rose Noire" -- French Title
  • "Casanova: Het duel van de zwarte roos" -- Dutch title
  • "Casanova: El duelo de la Rosa Negra" -- Spanish Title
  • "Casanova: Das Duell der schwarzen Rose" -- German Title

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Critic Reviews

Sector Oct 16, 2001 7.5 out of 10 75
7Wolf Magazine Feb 07, 2002 7 out of 10 70
Adventurearchiv Oct 23, 2001 68 out of 100 68
GameStar (Germany) Sep, 2001 66 out of 100 66 Oct 26, 2001 62 out of 100 62 Sep 17, 2001 12 out of 20 60
PC Games (Germany) Sep 12, 2001 48 out of 100 48
Just Adventure Feb 13, 2002 D+ 33


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Jeanne (76265) added Casanova: The Duel of the Black Rose (Windows) on Apr 09, 2006