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Die Kathedrale is German interactive fiction with graphics.

The second of three German text adventure games by developer Weltenschmiede, Die Kathedrale ("The Cathedral") confronts you with a mystery centuries old and fiendishly dangerous -- located in a majestic cathedral.

By bad luck, you have been locked in the fictional cathedral of St. Peter, an impressive architectural masterpiece that has a disturbing history of inquisition and dark secrets. Even worse, a set of ancient documents tells you that you have but three days to find and disarm 15 devilish mechanisms that the medieval architect Victor Paz has hidden throughout the ancient building. The parchments give one vague clue to each mystery, but many others are concealed within the church. Why does the great organ have one lever more than it has records? Why did Victor Paz have a well drilled in the catacombs? Could the rumor of a hidden spiral staircase in one of the big columns be true? With an eye for details and an alert mind, you will uncover secrets almost everywhere in the awe-inspiring building.

Fortunately, you are not alone: the cheerful Dani accompanies you on your quest. As you travel back in time with every step into the cathedrals past, Dani is first replaced by the butler Jasper, then by the medieval monk Daniel. Your companions are vital for your progress; not only do they provide clues and carry surplus equipment, but you may also give them specific orders to help you solve puzzles: on your command, they will go to any location, operate machinery or help you move things that are too heavy for one person alone.


Die Kathedrale DOS One of the supernatural secrets leads you into an alien realm.
Die Kathedrale DOS Title screen. The screenshots appear distorted, as Die Kathedrale uses the uncommon 360x480 video mode.
Die Kathedrale DOS Inside the cathedral. At your side: Dani in the present...
Die Kathedrale DOS ...and brother Daniel in the middle age.

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PC Joker Oct, 1991 86 out of 100 86
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Feb, 1992 10 out of 12 83
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft 1993 74 out of 100 74
Adventure-Treff Feb 18, 2002 60 out of 100 60


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In 1993, Harald Evers released a German novelization of the game.


The game box contains a book which describes the building of the cathedral with all its frightening events


Designer Harald Evers received 40,000 Mark (roughly $20,000) for his work on the game.

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-Chris (7565) added Die Kathedrale (DOS) on Jan 27, 2002
Other platforms contributed by Terok Nor (26691)