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The Secrets of Da Vinci: The Forbidden Manuscript is an adventure game which takes place in Italy in 1522, 3 years after Leonardo Da Vinci's death. It is not the same as the action/adventure game titled after the movie, The Da Vinci Code, but an entirely different game.

The artist and inventor Da Vinci bequeathed all of his technical notes to his student and scholarly companion, Francesco Melzi. You play the role of Melzi's apprentice, Valdo, who is sent to Da Vinci's home to find his secret notebook. Once gaining entrance to Da Vinci's residence, there are many obstacles in his way including the artist's own inventions and the puzzles that go along with them.

Using a point-and-click interface, explore the estate of Leonardo Da Vinci which is replicated on-screen in 3D. Meet and converse with the current resident of the manor and the grounds keeper. Consultations and historical documents from the Chateau du Clos Lucé (formerly the Manoir du Cloux) assisted the developers in depicting the estate and grounds with historical accuracy.

Puzzles are based on the actual works of DaVinci and are a mixed variety of mechanical, scientific and alchemic. Most require simple logic and deduction but some are triggered by discovering the correct clue. Solving puzzles inside Valdo's interactive journal is necessary as well.

The game is divided into 4 Chapters (days). There are several different endings possible depending upon decisions you make during the last portions of the game.


The Secrets of Da Vinci: The Forbidden Manuscript Windows The estate's grumpy groundskeeper
The Secrets of Da Vinci: The Forbidden Manuscript Windows Table for mixing ingredients
The Secrets of Da Vinci: The Forbidden Manuscript Windows A mysterious ball-dropping puzzle
The Secrets of Da Vinci: The Forbidden Manuscript Windows Your journal - some pages are interactive.

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Alternate Titles

  • "达芬奇的秘密:被禁的手稿" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Тайна да Винчи: Потерянный манускрипт" -- Russian spelling
  • "The Secrets of Da Vinci: Zakazany Manuskrypt" -- Polish title
  • "The Secrets of Da Vinci: Tajemství Mistra Leonarda Zapovězený Rukopis" -- Czech title
  • "The Secrets Of Da Vinci: Le Manuscrit Interdit" -- French title
  • "The Secrets of Da Vinci: Il Manoscritto Proibito" -- Italian title
  • "The Secrets of Da Vinci: Das verbotene Manuskript " -- German title
  • "Secrets of Da Vinci HD" -- iPad title
  • "Los Secretos de Da Vinci: El Manuscrito Prohibido" -- Spanish title
  • "Da Vinci Experience" -- Working title

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User Reviews

Similar to a Jules Verne adventure Windows Jeanne (76216)

Critic Reviews

Adventure Europe Windows May 19, 2006 83 out of 100 83
JeuxVideoPC.com Windows Apr 25, 2006 15 out of 20 75
IGN Windows Jun 12, 2006 7.1 out of 10 71
Playback Windows Jul, 2006 7 out of 10 70
La Aventura es la Aventura Windows Jul 23, 2006 70 out of 100 70
GameSpot Windows Jul 28, 2006 6.5 out of 10 65
MacLife Macintosh Feb 19, 2010 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Eurogamer.net (UK) Windows May 25, 2006 6 out of 10 60
PC Games (Germany) Windows May 29, 2006 45 out of 100 45
PC Action (Germany) Windows Jun 21, 2006 39 out of 100 39


Topic # Posts Last Post
Compatibility with Windows 8 1 Belboz (6576)
Jun 03, 2014


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