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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.

Screenshots

Shadow of Destiny PlayStation 2 Searching for some clues in 1st-person perspective.
Shadow of Destiny Windows Title Screen.
Shadow of Destiny PlayStation 2 Talking to Hugo... a boy that believes you come from the future. Huh, is that just a harmless fantasy, or can it turn into something vile and dangerous?
Shadow of Destiny PlayStation 2 Coming from the future may create a love-strike in a native women's hearts, choose your answers wisely.

Promo Images

Shadow of Destiny Magazine Advertisement
Shadow of Destiny Wallpaper
Shadow of Destiny Wallpaper
Shadow of Destiny Wallpaper

Trailer


Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

Don't have much to do before I get killed again PlayStation 2 Unicorn Lynx (181614)
Not since Blade Runner have I seen so many different endings! Windows Jeanne (76388)
To move to the future...sometimes we must look at our past PlayStation 2 Nad Budgen (2)

Critic Reviews

Game Over Online Windows Jul 23, 2002 90 out of 100 90
IGN Windows Jun 25, 2002 8.7 out of 10 87
Worth Playing PSP Feb 24, 2010 8 out of 10 80
Adventure Gamers Windows Feb 25, 2003 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 Mar, 2001 6.75 out of 10 68
Jeuxvideo.com Xbox Sep 27, 2002 13 out of 20 65
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation 2 Mar 30, 2001 13 out of 20 65
Computer Active Windows Apr 17, 2003 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Gamekult Windows Feb 24, 2003 5 out of 10 50
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Oct, 2002 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Oh my god... 3 xroox (3966)
Dec 19, 2008

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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