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Description

Jewels of the Oracle is a stationary puzzle game with no real story line or plot. A total of 24 ingenious puzzles must be solved, each independent of the others. Most of them can be played in two difficulty levels (Easy or Hard), and the Oracle provides clues to help along the way.

The graphics for the puzzles are designed in an Egyptian or Mesopotamian style. Music plays in the background to provide atmosphere, but it can be turned off, if it gets repetitive. The basic layout is a hexagon around an Oracle's well. There are three doors on the outside of the hexagon, and the first one is where you begin the game. In each room is a puzzle you have to solve to get a jewel which must be taken back to the Oracle's well.

The puzzles in this game can be compared to those found in The 7th Guest. The Chinese Checkers puzzle in Shivers rivals many of the ones contained in Jewels of the Oracle.

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Jewels of the Oracle Macintosh Doorways around the Well
Jewels of the Oracle Windows 3.x Chest
Jewels of the Oracle Windows 3.x Maze, the bane of the adventurer
Jewels of the Oracle Windows 3.x The jewels, before being scattered.

Alternate Titles

  • "オラクルの宝石" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Oracle no Hōseki" -- Japanese title

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Critic Reviews

PC Gamer Windows 3.x Jul, 1995 81 out of 100 81
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows 3.x Jul, 1995 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Joystick (French) Windows 3.x May, 1995 80 out of 100 80
Mega Fun SEGA Saturn Jan, 1997 78 out of 100 78
PC Games (Germany) Windows 3.x May, 1995 77 out of 100 77
All Game Guide Macintosh 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Quandary Windows 3.x May, 1995 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Joypad SEGA Saturn Dec, 1996 3 out of 5 60
Adventure Classic Gaming Windows 3.x Oct 30, 1997 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
PC Joker Windows 3.x Oct, 1995 38 out of 100 38

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