Rosslyn: The Templar Mystery
Rosslyn: The Templar Mystery is a captivating first person adventure game that is packed so densely with riddles, a dozen of them are staring you in the face from the very beginning and you'll barely even realize it. Taking place inside the Rosslyn Chapel (made popular by The Da Vinci Code), you have nothing but your grandfather's cryptic notes to leaf through as you wander around the chamber looking for clues. It's a challenging experience perfect for anyone who likes a good riddle!
The Rosslyn Chapel holds a grand secret, a treasure the templar knights have kept hidden for hundreds of years. To find out what that is, you must solve the temple's mysteries. Your grandfather worked on these secrets his entire life, leaving a number of notes in a diary. They're rather vague, however, and must be deciphered before they're of any use. Not only that, but puzzles in the temple can't be solved in any order, there's a specific pattern to them that you must also decipher. A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma indeed!
Rosslyn: The Templar Mystery is a game where you'll spend more time staring at an in-game text and scratching your head than you will be actually doing thing inside game world. Standard first person controls apply, allowing you to walk in four directions using the [WASD] keys and look with the mouse. In addition, you have a number of ways of interacting with things on the screen, accessible by scrolling through them using the mouse buttons. Need to slide something up? Choose that action and click. Need to rotate something? Choose the circular arrow and click. It's simple, but, of course, that's not supposed to be the challenge, anyway.
To start, bring up the diary and flip through its pages. Read the notes. Look at the drawings. Take in the scribbles on every piece of parchment. Then, look around the temple. Don't just glance, take a good, long look. Notice a sculpture or a pattern that's similar to something in the book? You might. Now you just need to figure out how the two relate, then you can get to solving. Really cool people will love taking advantage of the online version of the diary as well as the printable PDF file. In-game content in real life? Neat!
Analysis: Rosslyn: The Templar Mystery is a fantastic blend of modern first person adventure gaming and good old fashioned riddle solving. The puzzles are flavored something like you would find in Myst or, for something less mainstream, A Fool and His Money or Fract. Those riddles are what will draw you in, and only fans of deciphering complex clues will find enjoyment in this placid game of mystery.
The Templar Mystery is a short experience (if you're handy with the riddles), and the reward for solving each of them is little more than a string of text informing you the puzzle has been solved. Not exactly the kind of fanfare most modern gamers would expect, but the reward shouldn't be fireworks, it should be satisfaction. And Templar Mystery delivers plenty of that, as every step of solution is worked out by your brain, so when that string of text does appear, it's all you, baby!
If you want a challenging game that looks good, sounds great, and is filled with the kind of puzzles that are so puzzling, they're right in front of your virtual nose and you'd never know it, Rosslyn: The Templar Mystery is definitely something you should dive into!
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