Pilgrim: Faith as a Weapon
Pilgrim is an adventure game loosely based on Paulo Coelho’s novel The
Pilgrimage. It is set in Southern France in the year 1208. Summoned to his
father’s side, the protagonist Simon Lancroix is told that he must obtain a
valuable manuscript in a secret room and deliver it only to Petrus, a friend
who lives in Toulouse. His pleading hints that this mission might be
dangerous, but Simon agrees even though he doesn’t understand. Shortly
thereafter, his father dies. The interaction begins in the library as you
start Simon’s adventure.
This is a first person, point and click game with a somewhat unconventional
interface. The inventory contains objects which can be used as well as clicked
on during conversations. Icons of the people Simon has met or heard about also
act as conversation topics when clicked on. The game features an in-game hint
system which provides very vague clues to the many puzzles Simon will
encounter. A comprehensive encyclopedia is accessible at any time to document
and elaborate upon the historical facts of the era and to the game itself.
Angels, demons and people from all walks of life will help (or hinder) Simon’s
progress towards his goals as he travels around France’s towns and
countryside. Locations are varied with marketplaces, villages, a ruined
fortress, gothic churches and, later, fanciful environments. Puzzles include
several mechanical problems, helping other characters with objects and
information as well as creative environment manipulation.