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In this game, you control a historical character, Robert Ripley (1893-1949), a famous traveler and collector of rarities. One day, during a travel in Egypt, Ripley was attacked by mysterious Chinese assassins. The trail leads him and his Chinese girlfriend Mei Chen to the Forbidden City of Beijing. There he becomes involved in a mystery that will take him to exotic locations all around the globe.

The game plays like a traditional puzzle-solving adventure. Ripley will have to talk to various people, searching for information, but the main emphasis of the gameplay is still on puzzles, mainly inventory-based. The game features live actors filmed over pre-rendered backgrounds. Cut scenes are often presented as full-motion movies shown in small screens with close-up on the actors.


Ripley's Believe It or Not!: The Riddle of Master Lu DOS A page from the journal showing very important symbols.
Ripley's Believe It or Not!: The Riddle of Master Lu DOS Mei Chen is translating one of the many Chinese tablets
Ripley's Believe It or Not!: The Riddle of Master Lu DOS Solving another riddle - put 5 prayer wheels to correct niches
Ripley's Believe It or Not!: The Riddle of Master Lu DOS Mei Chen bravely fights with Shen Guo while Ripley nips off.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Ripley's Croyez-le ou non ! L'Enigme de Maître Lu" -- French title
  • "Ripley's Believe It or Not!: L'enigma di Master Lu" -- Italian title
  • "Das Rätsel des Master Lu" -- German title

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Critic Reviews

Coming Soon Magazine DOS Nov 30, 1995 91 out of 100 91
Quandary DOS Jan, 1996 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
PC Games (Germany) DOS Apr, 1996 90 out of 100 90
PC Player (Denmark) DOS 1996 90 out of 100 90
Joystick (French) DOS Jan, 1996 89 out of 100 89
Power Play DOS Dec, 1995 87 out of 100 87
Just Adventure DOS 1995 B+ 83
Adventurearchiv DOS Mar 04, 2005 80 out of 100 80 DOS Oct, 2000 7.9 out of 10 79
PC Joker DOS Jan, 1996 79 out of 100 79


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William Lee 5 Terok Nor (22748)
Jul 03, 2013


Originally, Peter Donnelly was the game's principle designer, and he developed the basic storyline and some of the puzzles. After his research, he became thoroughly sick of Ripley the man, and the result was that the design was taken over by Lee Sheldon and François Robillard.

Related Web Sites

  • A Sequel To The Riddle of Master Lu? Believe it or Not! (Interview with Lee Sheldon about a sequel to Master Lu that didn't make it past pre-production.)
  • DOSBox Setup (Inferno explains how to use DOSBox to play this game on your Windows system.)
  • Game Nostalgia (Provides extensive background info for The Riddle of Master Lu, with pictures of the cast and examples of voice-overs, full credits with shots and info about the design team, a demo of the game, specific details about the game, various goodies, all musical themes, shots of every location in the game, saved games, a list of reviews, including a "nostalgic "review and tech specs. )
  • UHS Hints-Page for the game (The Hints-Page on UHS)
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