GiN Review: Murder in the Abbey

Melissa Walther writes:

"If you've seen the movie "In the Name of the Rose," you know the basic premise of this game. Of course, if you've seen "In the Name of the Rose," you'll also be wishing the main character, Brother Leonardo de Toledo, had half the brains of Sean Connery. And his acolyte, Bruno can't hold a candle to Christian Slater, either in looks or wit, or voice, or well, much of anything.

If you haven't seen the movie (which you should go out and rent), the basic premise of the game is that you are a monk in some vague middle ages area in Spain, traveling with your pain-in-the-butt acolyte Bruno to a distant abbey to visit their library. Before you can even get there, you're ambushed on the road and someone tries to kill you by dropping a boulder on your head.

This doesn't really seem to bother you, and as soon as you meet the abbot, you're given the task of solving the murder of the gatekeeper. Simple enough. Only problem is, the game moves at the pace of the monks themselves; ponderously slow."

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