Actually, there are only a few places where one could die, the ones of difficulty all very near the end of the game. It is true that the graphics are so pixelated it is annoying and the having to pick and choose from action icons seemed very old-fashioned but, as COLPET says, the plot is fascinating
and IMHO is well worth playing just for that. It is also a good leadup to GABRIEL KNIGHT II - The Beast Within, which I am playing now. GK I is good background for GK II and makes it more understandable. What I wish would be done is that the plot of GK I would be used again, employing more modern (still mouse-controlled!)graphics and mechanics. It could be a "best-seller."