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The Sacred Mirror of Kofun

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Description

Chris Young, a top racecar driver and marine technology specialist, is summoned by the Worldwide Heritage Foundation to retrieve the sacred mirror of Kofun, a mysterious Japanese artifact that offers magical protection against enemies.

The Sacred Mirror of Kofun is a first-person adventure game, another of the many attempts in the nineties to copy Myst and its financial success. It features a blend of Quicktime VR 360º panoramic views with the more traditional slide-show style associated with this type of game. A computer called E.D.W.A.R.D provides a database and a map. Both items are automatically filled as the plot progresses.

Most of the gameplay consists of scuba diving and taking photos under the sea (the game was co-produced by the famous marine biologist Jean-Michel Cousteau) and talking to the crew of the ship Antares for clues. The underwater sections use real documentary footage instead of pre-rendered environments.

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The Sacred Mirror of Kofun Windows Title screen
The Sacred Mirror of Kofun Windows Panoramic view
The Sacred Mirror of Kofun Windows Introduction
The Sacred Mirror of Kofun Windows E.D.W.A.R.D. hologram

Alternate Titles

  • "Le Miroir sacré du Kofun" -- French title

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Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows 1996 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
PC Player (Germany) Windows Jul, 1997 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
PC Player (Germany) Windows 3.x Jul, 1997 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Computer Games Magazine Windows 1996 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 30

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