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Ripley's Believe It or Not!: The Riddle of Master Lu (DOS)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.9
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

Proof that infamous word "video trash" doesn't have to mean bad games Hannu Siivonen (18) 3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars
A underappreciated romp into the life of a real life Indiana Jones! sultan12 (6) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.7
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.9
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.1
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.9
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.7
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.0
Overall MobyScore (48 votes) 3.9


The Press Says

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PC Gamer
Great graphics, great puzzles, and a fantastic story that most gamers will love to spend time with. No real deviation from standard graphic adventure format. If you love graphic adventure, you'll find your heart's desire here.
91
Coming Soon Magazine
The Riddle of Master Lu will take you on many of Ripley's journeys as he attemps to solve an ancient mystery surrounding the tomb of the First Emperor of China, Chim Shih Huang-di, by traveling all throughout the world.
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PC Games (Germany)
(German version)
Er spricht wie lndy, er handelt wie Indy, und wenn er jetzt noch einen Dreitagebart hätte und den Hut wechseln würde, dann sähe er ihm zum Verwechseln ähnlich: Robert Ripley ist der Indiana Jones ‘96! Wer‘s gespielt hat, wird mir beipflichten, wenn ich ohne Übertreibung sage: Solch ein gutes Adventure hat es seit Fate of Atlantis nicht mehr gegeben. Gehört in jeden gutsortierten Haushalt!
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Computer Gaming World (CGW)
THE RIDDLE OF MASTER LU is a challenging piece of work that tells a good story and offers engaging puzzles. Highly advanced adventurers may whip through the game a bit too quickly for their tastes, but most others should prepare themselves for many evenings with Master Lu.
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PC Player (Denmark)
The Riddle of Master Lu er langt fra noget traditionelt eventyrspil. Det er svært ikke at blive imponeret over den fremragende grafik, men også gameplayet er godt og gennemført. Er du ude efter et godt, intelligent eventyr, måske med et snert af historiens vingesus, så led ikke længere.
90
Quandary
All things considered, The Riddle of Master Lu is a top-notch adventure combining an absorbing story, challenging puzzles and mysterious locations in a well thought out and well presented game. Thoroughly recommended.
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PC Games (Germany)
Ich kann mich beim besten Willen nicht erinnern, wann mich ein Abenteuerspiel das letzte Mal so gebannt an den Monitor fesselte wie The Riddle of Master Lu. Die riesige Spielumgebung, hervorragender Einsatz digitaler Videotechnik, Originalität und nicht zuletzt die einfallsreichen Puzzles vermitteln eine dichte Atmospährie, die einen nicht mehr losläßt.
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Joystick (French)
Un bon gros jeu d'aventure comme on les aime avec des points positifs assez rares dans ce type de soft, notamment l'architecture reconstituée, le scénario extrêmement fouillé, les fonds sonores omniprésents...
87
Power Play
Die Präsentation ist vom Feinsten: Edle Renderräume in Super-VGA, in denen sich perfekt animierte Digi-Sprites bewegen, das ganze ohne häßliche Übergänge oder Bluescreen-Reste. Die Videoeinblendungen sind qualitativ hochwertig, unterstützen die Handlung und dienen in keinster Weise zur Ablenkung von einer schwachen Handlung. Einzig die etwas gemütliche Fortbewegungsweise von Mr. Ripley stört gelegentlich. Die Qualität der Rätsel macht die immer häufiger auftauchende Diskussion „Sind die Spiele zu einfach geworden?“ nichtig. An einigen Puzzles kann man sich stunden- oder sogar tagelang die Zähne ausbeißen, ohne den Vorwurf machen zu können, die Aufgabenstellungen wären unlogisch.
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Just Adventure
If you are an experienced gamer, you will love The Riddle of Master Lu. If you are a novice, you will find the going tough at times and may need help in one or two spots, but will ultimately find it a rewarding experience. I have to admit, though, that, regardless of the maze, this is one adventure I would truly like to see a sequel to ... Believe it or Not!
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World Village (Gamer's Zone)
I was very impressed by this game. I have enjoyed playing games of this sort ever since I picked up Police Quest 1 for my Atari ST. This game more than holds it's own with any of the Sierra On-line or LucasArts titles that are currently out there. I am sorry that Sanctuary Woods is not in the entertainment software business anymore, because I was looking forward to a sequel to this one. Oh, well, I guess this one will have to do. My advice is to buy this one and enjoy it . I did.
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OK PC Gamer
En resumen, pensamos que no es exagerado afirmar que en The Riddle of Master Lu se unen la imagen real con la sintética para dar como resultado una de las mejores videoaventuras que han salido al mercado en los últimos tiempos, siendo su aspecto más importante la capacidad de ofrecer un estupendo juego para un gran número de usuarios.
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Adventure Gamers
Overall I really liked this game. The characters were excellent and the puzzles were doable but very challenging. It is obvious the care the writers took in researching Robert Ripley and creating wonderful locales for him to explore. I will take this opportunity to plead to the creators of this game to please come up with a sequel-I would buy it in an instant.
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Adventurearchiv
By my personal definition a graphic-adventure must include at least three ingredients – a good story (the essence), appealing graphics (preferably from a 3rd-person point of view) and a variety of inventory-based puzzles (well, I do like to look for things). Regarding these aspects ‘The Riddle of Master Lu’ is a direct hit. In order to be able to fully enjoy this game, though, one should possess a little experience in the genre and above all in pixel-hunting, as I said it is not a game for beginners who will most likely become frustrated soon if it’s their first adventure. I got on very well with the English version (which unfortunately doesn’t provide subtitles) but as the German version is also available nobody here has to feel excluded.
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PC Player (Germany)
Einmal in den Bann dieses Spiels geraten, kann man die Maus so schnell nicht wieder aus der Hand legen. Neben der spannenden Story wissen auch die hochauflösenden Grafiken und die gelungene Darstellung der Personen zu überzeugen. Aber auch rätseltechnisch kann sich Master Lu sehen lassen: knackige Puzzle lassen alle Adventure-Veteranen entzückt die Maus ergreifen und die Steuerung von Robert Ripley geht trotz der scheinbaren Begrenzung auf nur drei Icons leicht von der Hand.
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GamersHell.com
I can assure you that this is not a game you finish fast, not at all! A few years ago when I first bought it I got so frustrated that I ended up using the walkthrough, and even with it I couldn't finish the game, quite funny when I come to think about it.
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GameStar (Germany)
Robert Ripleys Reisen gebührt auch im Jahre 1997 noch einiger Respekt. Die in eine packende und gehaltvolle Story elegant eingelassenen Rätsel sind von der knackigen Sorte. Beißen Sie sich gerne für ein paar Stündchen an einem Problem fest, dann sind Sie hier prächtig aufgehoben.
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Entertainment Weekly
In this Indiana Jones-meets-Charlie Chan tale you direct the action, wending your way through animated scenes, solving puzzles, and evading foreign assassins. Although the interlaced video and animation are adroitly executed, there's not enough humor or Sunday-matinee mystery to make you care about finding the buried treasure. Maybe this disc could have used a bearded lady or two after all.
57
GameSpot
All said, Master Lu is a giant game with good intentions and a number of the ingredients that make a successful adventure, but its unforgiving interface ultimately led me to frustration, not recommendation.