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Gabriel Knight is a wise-cracking bookstore owner and would-be author. He is the last in a long line of Shadow Hunters, those fated to fight supernatural forces of evil. Tormented by terrifying nightmares, he must spend every waking moment scouring the side streets and back alleys of New Orleans for the key to his dark past. One day, a blood-chilling murder shocks the inhabitants of the city. The police detective assigned to investigate the crime is Gabriel's friend. In the beginning Gabriel collects evidence in hope of using the material for his new novel; but soon he finds himself personally involved in the investigation, and plunges deeper into the world of secret societies and murderous cults.

Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers is a third-person puzzle-solving adventure game. Created by Jane Jensen, the game differs from Sierra's Quest games (e.g. Space Quest) by having a realistic setting and focusing (despite its supernatural elements and humor) on mature themes and detective work. In this way it is more similar to the company's earlier Laura Bow games.

The game's icon-based interface is the same as in Sierra's previous titles, with verb commands that allow interaction with the game world and its inhabitants. Though the game still has plenty of inventory-based puzzles characteristic for classic adventure, its gameplay is heavily inclined towards dialogue. Typically, Gabriel will have to interrogate other characters, choosing conversation topics and thus gradually finding clues and advancing towards the mystery's solution.

The game's locations are done in hand-painted style. The CD version of the game adds full voice-overs to the dialogues, as well as narrator's voice to text descriptions.


Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers DOS Alternate title screen
Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers DOS As always in Sierra games, text descriptions are plentiful. Gabriel here is admiring the local church
Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers DOS One of the game's several gruesome death scenes
Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers DOS The final showdown - voodoo ritual at the secret hounfour

Promo Images

Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers Screenshot
Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers Screenshot
Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers Screenshot
Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "狩魔猎人" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "גבריאל: זיכרונות אפלים" -- Hebrew spelling
  • "Gabriel: Zikhronot Afelim" -- Israeli title
  • "Gabriel Knight: Pecados dos Pais" -- Brazilian title
  • "Gabriel Knight: Lucha Contra Las Fuerzas Sobrenaturales" -- Spanish title
  • "Gabriel Knight: Les péchés des ancêtres" -- French title
  • "Gabriel Knight I" -- Informal post-sequel title
  • "Gabriel Knight: Die Sünden der Väter" -- German title

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User Reviews

Nobody does voodoo like you do DOS Unicorn Lynx (181699)
One of the seven wonders of gaming DOS Iron Lord (44)
This review is brought to you by the letter V... for voodoo DOS Katakis | カタキス (40066)
Gabriel Knight is proof that computer games can be an artform. DOS Ray Soderlund (3604)
You got what it takes to become a Schattenjäger? DOS Stijn Daneels (85)
Probably the finest Sierra adventure ever made. Windows 3.x Zovni (10644)
A shadow lurks on New Orleans... DOS Depth Lord (1003)
Guybrush Threepwood gone detective! DOS Indra was here (20920)
Deep into the heart of the mystery. DOS MAT (194574)
Once in a while, Sierra manages to get everything right. DOS Eurythmic (2697)

Critic Reviews

Adventure Gamers DOS Jan 16, 2004 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Techtite DOS 2000 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Adventure Lantern DOS Apr, 2006 90 out of 100 90
Score DOS Mar, 1994 86 out of 100 86
Play Time DOS Feb, 1994 85 out of 100 85
The DOS Spirit DOS Aug 20, 2006 5 out of 6 83
PC Joker Windows 3.x Jan, 1994 75 out of 100 75 Windows 3.x Oct 16, 2000 6.9 out of 10 69
High Score DOS Feb, 1994 3 out of 5 60
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows 3.x Mar, 1994 Unscored Unscored


Topic # Posts Last Post
Gabriel Knight Multimedia CD-ROM 1 Edwin Drost (1719)
Feb 04, 2017
The game gets stuck at day 5 8 Nowhere Girl (4370)
Apr 28, 2016
A GK remake and no one's talking about it 8 Indra was here (20920)
Nov 11, 2014
I really dislike the narrator 7 Daniel Saner (3237)
Feb 08, 2013


CD version

The CD version of the game includes a 20 minute behind the scenes avi file depicting the creation of Gabriel Knight. The file also included interviews with most of the cast, lead designer/writer Jane Jensen and others.

Covermount releases

  • The full, original game on CD was bundled with the 1/2001 edition of Computer Gaming World magazine.
  • The full, original game on CD was bundled with the July 1997 edition of CD-Rom Today, a Brazilian computer magazine.

German version

The German CD-ROM version has a major bug, which causes to crash the games at at least three points during the game. The program obviously hangs, because of a corrupted soundfile. Turn off voices & music in the crashing scenes and you can go on playing.

Leilani Jones

Leilani Jones (Malia Gedde) seems to like the Voodoo Priestess gig. She also plays one in LucasArts' Curse of Monkey Island.


Jane Jensen> has written a novelization of the game, first printed in February 1997, through Penguin's ROC imprint. The game's sequel was also given the novelization treatment.


  • It could be a coincidence, but there is a real life blues musician from Lousiana, named Dr. John. Perhaps the character's name came from a fan.
  • On day 3, you’re able to attend a (pretty boring) lecture at the Tulane university. Take a walk in the lecture hall and read the bulletin board. After looking at it a few times, you’ll get the message “There's a notice for a lecture on Investigative Reporting techniques to be given by octogenarian Pulitzer Prize winner Laura Bow Dorian." This refers to two game characters from the Laura Bow II – Dagger of Amon Ra adventure: Laura Bow en Steve Dorian. In the game, they fell in love. An octogenarian means someone between 80 and 90 in age, so this assumes the two of them got married in the end.


  • Computer Gaming World
    • June 1994 (Issue #119) – Adventure Game of the Year (together with Maniac Mansion 2: Day of the Tentacle
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #7 Best Way To Die In Computer Gaming (get the heart ripped out by a zombie)
Information also contributed by Alan Chan, chirinea, Chris Mikesell, Isdaron; Pseudo_Intellectual, Sciere and Zovni

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