Ripley's Believe It or Not: The Riddle of Master Lu

Sanctuary Woods introduces their first graphic adventure with The Riddle of Master Lu, starring the "incomparable, inimitable, illimitable, inestimable introducer of immeasurable, incalculable and incredible impossibilities," Robert Ripley.

It's 1936, and Robert Ripley, known for introducing the world to amazingly strange facts, discovers that someone has broken into his Odditorium, a museum dedicated to his bizarre finds. He traces the source of the break-in to China, a nation struggling through a war with Japan as well as a civil war between Chiang Kai-shek and the Communists. Ripley finds out that during the reign of Shihuang-di, the first Emperor of China, the Emperor's most trusted advisor — the eponymous Master Lu — devised a riddle to keep the Emperor's great seal safe in the Emperor's long lost tomb. It's said that anyone who can recover the seal will have great power over the people of China.

Ripley becomes obsessed with finding the seal — not only for its archeological value, but because it will create massive revenue for his Odditorium, which is nearly out of money. Your job is to lead the adventurer in solving the age old riddle, recovering the seal and not only saving China from the clutches of evil men, but also helping provide the populace of America with strange and bizarre artifacts from around the world. And how can that be a bad thing?

The demo contains a small portion of the massive game. You'll marvel at the tastefully digitized video and the ultra-realistic background art. With a script written by Lee Sheldon, an experienced screen-writer on such shows as "Charlie's Angels,""Quincy," and the third season of "Star Trek: The Next Generation," the storyline and dialogue are no slouches, either.

You'll notice that as you travel around the city of Peping, if you talk or give money to a certain beggar he'll follow you around. It gets difficult to work when he keeps yelling "Thief! Thief!" every time you try to pick an thing up, so you need to find a way to get rid of him. He likes to collect metal for the blacksmith, so if you can get the helmet from the old lady feeding pigeons, you can distract him with that. Put the helmet on the awning of the blacksmith's shop, and then you can tend to your business without worrying about your head joining those in the basket in front of the Hall of Classics.

The demo opens after Ripley and his partner/bodyguard Mel Chen travel to Peping to find more information on the Emperor's seal. In order to receive the information, however, they must enter the Hall of Classics. It's your job to get him there. Good luck!