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Description

The year is 1898. A young gypsy woman named Koudelka, who possesses unique spiritual abilities, is off to Wales, to investigate the mystery of the Nameton monastery. This monastery was once a regular place of worship, but later was bought by a mysterious man whose death circumstances are yet unclear. Rumors say that supernatural powers have appeared in the monastery since then. But when she begins to explore the monastery, Koudelka discovers she was not the only one who was interested in its past...

Koudelka is a role-playing game with elements of survival horror. Players take the role of Koudelka as she explores the monastery, gathering clues and solving puzzles. This aspect of the gameplay is therefore similar to a survival horror game; however, the combat is strategic and turn-based. During battles, players can position and move the party members freely on the battle field. The amount of actions that can performed during a turn depends on the dexterity of the character. There are also various support and attack spells to cast.

The game features a refined weapon management, in which the damage that is inflicted with a particular kind of weapon (bare hands, guns, maces, etc.) increases the more that the weapon is used. Eventually weapons will break, but new ones can be found from defeated enemies. When one of the characters levels up, players can freely distribute experience points to increase and customize any of their statistics and parameters.

Screenshots

Koudelka PlayStation Finding an item
Koudelka PlayStation One of the few somewhat-outdoor areas in the game
Koudelka PlayStation Title screen
Koudelka PlayStation On the stairs

Promo Images

Koudelka Other
Koudelka Wallpaper
Koudelka Other
Koudelka Wallpaper

Trailer


Alternate Titles

  • "クーデルカ" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Surviving the horror of random battles Unicorn Lynx (181419) 3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars
Disturbing the Priest Zovni (10623) 2.83 Stars2.83 Stars2.83 Stars2.83 Stars2.83 Stars
A Finely and Carefully Crafted Interactive Experience D P (139) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars
Amazingly pretty for the original Playstation, but boring and repetitive as a game weregamer (169) 3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars

Critic Reviews

Gameplay RPG Oct, 2000 91 out of 100 91
Video Games Aug, 2000 8 out of 10 80
PSM Aug, 2000 4 out of 5 80
IGN Jun 29, 2000 6.8 out of 10 68
GameCola.net Jan, 2005 6.5 out of 10 65
Legendra Oct 31, 2009 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Defunct Games Oct 29, 2016 C+ 58
Svenska PlayStation Magasinet Oct, 2000 5 out of 10 50
Just Adventure 2000 C 50
Archaic.fr Sep 08, 2021 Unscored Unscored

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Weapon Questions... 3 MasterMegid (902)
Jan 26, 2008
Shame on those "professional" review sites 4 Indra was here (20848)
May 25, 2007

Trivia

Location

The cut scene at the beginning of the game says that it is set in Aberystwyth in Wales. This place does exist and has a ruined castle which looks similar to the monastery in the game. However, the game states that Wales is "small country in the north of England". This is wrong in two ways - firstly Wales is a principality, which like England is part of the United Kingdom. Secondly, it's actually in the west of the UK, and borders part of the west of England - geographically they must have confused it with Scotland.

References

Koudelka features a true historical figure: the medieval Franciscan monk and savant Roger Bacon makes his appearance in the monastery graveyard.

Mystic symbols

Just a small detail: one of the FMVs of the game (the one with strange symbols floating around, when the heroes talk about alchemy and mysticism) shows circles with Hebrew words engraved: Keter, Khokhma, and Bina. Those words (meaning Crown, Wisdom, and Understanding) are the attributes of God, according to the medieval Jewish mystical teaching, the Kabbala. They actually bothered to dig up 100% authentic and rare historical/occult material.

Information also contributed by festershinetop

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MAT (234563) added Koudelka (PlayStation) on Nov 20, 2001
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