The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery

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Where shadows end, the hunt begins.

From the darkly prolific mind of creator Jane Jensen comes the second Gabriel Knight® mystery: The Beast Within. We find Schattenjäger, or shadow hunter, Gabriel and his assistant Grace Nakimura deeply embroiled in a murderous mystery that unravels half a world away.


Play as both Gabriel and Grace as they are dispatched to Munich to solve a series of mutilation murders thought to be the work of werewolves. Gabriel confronts his own demons while Grace traces an historical mystery, that of the strange demise of Mad King Ludwig II. The hunters become the hunted, and the only hope for deliverance lies in the most desperate of schemes…

  • Solve the enigma that surrounds Gabriel, Mad King Ludwig II, the Black Wolf and the strangely powerful Lost Wagner Opera, in this spell-binding mystery.
  • Perspectives change and two stories unfold while you play as both Gabriel and Grace.
  • Experience a contemporary drama steeped in European history and lore.

Visuals and other features

The game was produced entirely in full-motion video. The game was released for PC and Macintosh. The Macintosh version uses a video player developed by Sierra instead of an off-the-shelf technology such as QuickTime, and had a tendency to crash or run slowly on 680x0 processors. There is an XP-compatible re-print on DVD with de-interlaced movies, but it is exclusive to the Italian market.

Release Date

Aug 29, 2016

Play Time

14.5 hours


Mature 17+: Mature Sexual Themes, Realistic Blood and Gore, Strong Language

System Requirements

  • CPU: 1.0 GHz
  • RAM: 256 MB
  • GPU: DirectX 7 Compatible
  • HDD: 3200 MB

Interesting Facts

  • The game focuses on the lives of Gabriel Knight and Grace Nakimura.
  • The game was produced entirely in full-motion video.
  • The Beast Within is a point-and-click adventure game, played from a third-person perspective; a first-person perspective is used at some points during the game.
  • The story is divided into six chapters that plays out in a linear fashion, all of which is conducted between the two playable characters – half involve Gabriel, and the other half involve Grace.
  • The Beast Within takes place within a world where supernatural forces, both good and evil.
  • The story incorporates the mythology of werewolves, and the historical backgrounds of King Ludwig II and Richard Wagner between 1870 and 1886, as well as fictional events surrounding the relationship between the two during this period of Germany’s history.

Cheats support


LGBTQ Inclusive


Number of maps


Third/First Person

First person and Third person

Game Engine

SCI Engine v2

Protagonist sex


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