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

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DOS
82
3.9
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Description

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.

Screenshots

Ripley's Believe It or Not!: The Riddle of Master Lu DOS Main menu
Ripley's Believe It or Not!: The Riddle of Master Lu DOS Idylic place with the officer and old lady feeding pigeons
Ripley's Believe It or Not!: The Riddle of Master Lu DOS Conversation with Feng Li successfully saved from king cobra
Ripley's Believe It or Not!: The Riddle of Master Lu DOS A little more effort and that settled statue will be dislodged

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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User Reviews

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

Critic Reviews

PC Gamer DOS Dec, 1995 91 out of 100 91
Coming Soon Magazine DOS Nov 30, 1995 91 out of 100 91
PC Games (Germany) DOS Nov, 1995 90 out of 100 90
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
Just Adventure DOS 1995 B+ 83
PC Player (Germany) DOS Dec, 1995 80 out of 100 80
Entertainment Weekly DOS Nov 10, 1995 B- 67

Forums

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Jul 03, 2013

Trivia

In the metal dealers alley in Peiping there's a sign with Chinese writing on it. It's a clue suggested by Richard Hescox (background design), and translated by one of the programmers, who was from China. The clue is "sekops eht esu" (spoiler, so written backwards).

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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