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A FMV adventure set in the caves of Dun-Huang. A trap was set for a terrible demon. The trap worked all too well as it also trapped the stone cutters that built the trap in the walls of the cave. Its your mission to go in and unlock the stone cutters by solving various puzzles based on Chinese myth and lore.

The game uses the same slide show puzzles that made Myst famous. Unlike Myst, you have a mysterious guide who transforms in to a lotus blossom and provides history and explanations for the various puzzles.

There is also a help feature that provides clues to how to solve puzzles.


Karma: Curse of the 12 Caves Windows 3.x Title screen
Karma: Curse of the 12 Caves Windows 3.x Abacus puzzle
Karma: Curse of the 12 Caves Windows 3.x Statue room
Karma: Curse of the 12 Caves Windows 3.x Buddha statue

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Alternate Titles

  • "塔克拉玛干—敦煌传奇" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Taklamakan: Tonkō Denki" -- Japanese title
  • "Taklamakan: Dunhuang Chuanqi" -- Chinese title
  • "Quest for Karma" -- Windows 9x re-release title
  • "Karma: Der Fluch der 12 Höhlen" -- German title

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Critic Reviews

PC Games (Germany) Aug, 1996 65 out of 100 65
PC Player (Germany) Sep, 1996 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Power Play Sep, 1996 38 out of 100 38


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Release history

Three years after its initial release as Karma: Curse of the 12 Caves, the game was re-released by a different publisher (DreamCatcher) as Quest for Karma.

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Scott Monster (1014) added Karma: Curse of the 12 Caves (Windows 3.x) on Jan 17, 2004
Other platforms contributed by Riemann80 (18953), Dragom (4298) and Oleg Roschin (181731)