The Shivah had an awesomely rabbinical take on Monkey Island’s insult sword-fighting

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From 2010 to 2014 Richard Cobbett (opens in new tab) wrote Crapshoot, a column about rolling the dice to bring random games back into the light. This week, let’s talk about one that’s finally getting its due—a smart game that launched a thousand adventures. Well, a dozen and change. But that’s not bad going!

There’s a lot to like about The Shivah, but what’s most impressive about it is what it isn’t. It’s about a preacher, but it’s not preachy. It’s a moral story, but it doesn’t moralise. It’s got soul, but it’s not a soldier. It’s a rare case of a game that dares to handle religious themes, but without heading down the path trod by previous Crapshot games like Captain Bible, Bibleman, and The You Testament, or completely negating them with extra layers of fiction, like just about everything involving the Knights Templar over the years. There are no aliens here. There’s no lost treasure. There’s simply a man, who happens to be a Rabbi, whose faith and crisis of same are equally relatable whether you share it, follow a different religion, don’t believe in any of that stuff, or even claim lifelong allegiance to the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

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