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  • genre adventure / point-and-click / horror
  • download size 368 MB
    ~19 min
  • avg. user rating from 2533 user ratings.
  • release date December 17, 1993
  • compatible with Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8)
  • languages English
  • developer / publisher Sierra / Activision
  • game modes single-player
  • Bonus content included for FREE with purchase:
  • manual (36 pages)
  • 2 HD wallpapers
  • 3 avatars

What's cool about it:

  • A gripping, captivating, supernatural detective psycho-thriller
  • The first part of one of the greatest stories ever told in a video game, written by the talented Jane Jensen
  • Well-designed, memorable characters with a whopping 7300 lines of recorded dialogue


The adventure of Gabriel Knight starts with gathering materials for his new book, and ends up becoming a fight for his very soul. During his investigation he discovers that he is the heir to the title of “Schattenjäger”, or “Shadow Hunter”, which has been passed down in his family from generation to generation since times long forgotten. He must now face countless dangers in New Orleans, Africa and Germany, each bringing him ever closer to unraveling the mystery behind suspicious voodoo murders. Haunted by nightmares, he won't give up until he reveals the truth.

In this "full-talkie" version of one of the best horror adventure games ever created you can listen to over 7,300 lines of recorded dialogue performed by professional actors including Mark Hamill and Tim Curry. Allow yourself to be sucked into this amazing neo-Gothic story full of dark secrets, nightmares and tons of atmosphere!

Age requirements: ESRB Rating: TEEN with Animated Blood, Mild Language.

Minimum system requirements: Windows XP or Windows Vista, 1 GHz Processor (1.4 GHz recommended), 256MB RAM (512 recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), Mouse, Keyboard.

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Point and click glory of old

Posted on 2010-01-28 09:31:43 by_Varyag_'s avatar_Varyag_:

Even in the once diverse point and click adventure game genre, the Gabriel Knight games were an oddity.
What set them apart was the professionalism of their writing and depth of plot and characters. Jane Jensen, who essentially created GK, took a very mature approach to creating Gabriel and Grace and the result were endearing and interesting protagonists. A lot of work and researchread more went into creating the mysteries they were to resolve - that much is apparent at every turn. Whether it is voodoo in New Orleans, werewolves in Bavaria or templars in France - all of stories in GK were immensely enjoyable and immersive.
Sins of the Fathers may be the oldest of the lot (the other two being the Beast Within and Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned), but it every bit as enjoyable today - simply because that sort of depth seems to be gone out of computer games. For those of you who are just starting to enjoy GK I can only tell you, i wish I was in your place!
Hopefully the other two games in the series will also come to GoG.
Happy hunting Schattenjäger's!
*A word of wisdom:
Save often, Gabe can die!

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One of the best video game narratives ever written.

Posted on 2010-01-28 15:20:01 byM15aNtHrOpE's avatarM15aNtHrOpE:

This is probably the most creative of Sierra's P&C Adventure catalog. GK rewards intelligence by brilliantly blending fact and fiction regarding the Voodoo religion and the history of New Orleans. The characters are brilliantly written and well-acted:
Mark Hamill is Detective Mosely
Tim Curry is Gabriel Knight
Michael Dorn [Worf on Sar Trek TNG] is Dr John
Leah Reminiread more is Grace Nakimura.
Gabriel Knight is an aspiring horror writer who owns a struggling bookshop in New Orleans who takes it upon himself to help solve a series of "Voodoo Murders" with his friend Detective Mosely. I really dont want to spoil anything else about this game.
Probably the high point of this game is its fair portrayal of Voodoo: Its history in New Orleans and its tenets: At one point you must attend a short university lecture in the game on Voodoo. Of course, Gabriel himself falls asleep, but I found it most interesting.This game is--to a certain degree--educational.
The second major fact about this game is that it is extremely mature. Dialogue between Gabriel and female characters is often littered with sexual innuendo, and you'll often hear the characters--GK especially--say "Shit." There are few images of explicit violence (it's also DOS), but the subject matter--itself and its depth--will probably not appeal to even teenagers, and teens who are in it for the language and nothing else will not get very much out of it.
GK1 is one of the most rewarding games I've ever played, and I am extremely happy to see it on GOG. Playing this game is a reward in its own right, and well worth $6.

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An Indisputable Classic!

Posted on 2010-01-28 08:34:58 bySamadhir's avatarSamadhir:

I'm so happy that has decided to release this classic game on its website. This game series is one of my all-time favorites, and it makes me so happy to see it can be picked up by a new generation of gamers. I sincerely hope that GOG will release its two equally wonderful sequels soon. If you like adventure games at all, buy this at once! You won't be dissapointed.

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