י״א בכסלו ה׳תשע״ד (November 14, 2013)
Dave Gilbert, New Yorker and bossman at Wadjet Eye Games, has revealed that he is re-releasing his acclaimed point-and-click adventure The Shivah. The cheekily-named Kosher Edition gives a makeover to his 2006 game about a rabbi unraveling a murder mystery.
The Shivah, Kosher Edition will debut on PC, Mac, and iOS on November 21st. It’ll cost $1.99 on the App Store.
Don’t expect the rabbit hole to delve to deeply into midrashim, however. When Jason Johnson, Kill Screen, spoke to him about religion in relationship to his games, Gilbert admitted that he is more of a cultural Jew, and not very well-versed in the inner happenings of synagogues.
When I came back to New York, as a way to pretend I was working, I decided to make a game. I wanted to make something Jewish as a way to reconnect with that part of myself. It ended up being The Shivah. I had this idea of a rabbi who wasn’t right about his beliefs and was facing the consequences. My mother was like, “What do you know about rabbis!”
In The Shivah, we follow Russell Stone, a struggling Rabbi whose synagogue in New York City is short of funds and members. Just as he’s about to close shop, Stone receives a generous donation from a recently deceased ex-member of his congregation. Wrestling with his conscience, Stone investigates the source of the money, and uncovers a murder mystery. (via Kill Screen)
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