That Jewish-themed video games exist isn’t exactly a new phenomenon. Still, the Jewish gaming experience is a fairly limited one, consisting mostly of cheesy educational games, and… that’s about it, really. Well, that and Shivah.
“What’s Shivah?” you ask?
Imagine Woody Allen’s Crimes and Misdemeanors mixed with some old-school point-and-click gaming, and some Double Dragon arcade action sprinkled on top.
Take a look:
Originally released in 2006, Shivah is being reissued by Brooklyn-based video game boutique Wadjeteye Games with a bevy of new features such as enhanced graphics, newly composed music, and “Talmudic combat! Fight the way only a rabbi can“.
From the game’s website:
Russell Stone is a Jewish Rabbi at a poor synagogue in New York City. He is a devout man with a problem. Membership is way down and he lacks the funds to keep his synagogue open. Things are looking very bleak, and he has grown progressively more cynical and bitter with the passage of time.
Just as he is on the verge of packing it all in, he receives some interesting news. A former member of his congregation has died and left the Rabbi a significant amount of money. A blessing? Or the start of something far more sinister? Can Rabbi Stone just accept the money and move on? His conscience says no. Step into his shoes as he travels all over Manhattan in his attempt to uncover the truth.
Shivah will be available for purchase Nov. 21st on PC, the iTunes app store, and Steam.