THE RIDDLE OF MASTER LU
This is a pretty complete walkthrough of the game. I've tried to give just a general hint first under each main heading. For progressively more complete answers, read down the indented list of HINTS under each topic. But be aware that reading these Hint Lists will often gradually give away the answers to the puzzles. Try covering them and only reading as far as you need.
sketch each place you visit
take whatever you can
talk to everybody
try to use (or combine) items from your inventory
get local currency at each Posh Express office
send oddities to New York before leaving each city
read all letters and messages
(These hints begin where the booklet included with the game leaves off)
How Do I Get Information About Master Lu's Tablet in the Hall of Classics?
If there's no one's around, maybe you can call someone.
HINT: Use the mallet on the gong to talk to the acolyte.
Also, talk to Mei Chen and find and take an oddity before leaving.
Go to Posh Express and send your oddities back to New York.
Go to Danzig.
Talk to the gardener.
Find a way to look inside the Baron's tomb.
HINT: Use the ladder and look inside the grate.
Go into the castle and talk to the Baron.
Find the oddity you can take in the sitting room.
How Do I Find the Secret Passage?
You'll need to do some close-up exploring in the billiards room.
HINTS: Open the desk and desk drawer.
Take the keys and the note.
Take the billiard ball.
Look in the games cabinet and drawer. Notice the missing Ace of Spades.
Check the wall near the Neptune painting.
There is a switch hidden under the ace of spades on the wall to the left of the painting.
Open the smoking cabinet with the switch.
Open the box and take a cigar.
Use the switch inside the cabinet to turn the fan on.
Open the grate.
Use the billiard ball on the round hole.
Close the smoking cabinet and use the billiard table to open the hidden staircase.
How To Get the Emerald
By using a combination of various things in the lab to operate the piston\gear device, the glass jar will turn and the emerald will fall out.
HINTS: Take everything from the drawer in the lab.
Use the pump grips on the pump.
Use the surgical tube on the air nozzles.
Use the faucet handle on the air valve.
Use the lever key on the table pivot.
Use the periodic table in the glass jar.
Close the air valve.
Use the pump.
Open the air valve.
Get the emerald.
Sketch the emerald.
How To Get Out of the Lab
First you'll need to find a way to open the armored cabinet.
HINTS: You need to create a counterweight system by filling the glass jar with water.
To do this:
Remove the cork from the emerald.
Use the emerald to loosen the iron support on the glass jar.
Take the glass jar.
Use the pump rod on the lever key.
Use the lever key on the wall bracket.
Use the cork, rubber plug and pump grips on the glass jar.
Put the glass jar on the lever key.
Combine the faucet pipe and hose.
Use the hose/pipe on the glass jar.
Use the surgucal tubing on the hose.
Connect the tubing to the faucet stem.
Put the handle on the faucet stem and turn the water on.
Take and read the Baron's letter.
Now you'll need to find a way to open the metal door.
HINTS: You'll need to find a code to enter in the four buttons under the microscope.
To Get the Code:
Look at the emerald under the microscope.
Look up the letters Ti and Xe on the periodic table.
Note the numbers above each of these elements: Ti - 22; Xe - 54
Try reading the letters backwards.
Try entering the numbers backwards.
The exit code is 4522.
How To Get Inside the Baron's Tomb
First take the edger and use it on the bell above the tomb in the graveyard. Listen to Wolf.
To get inside you'll need something from the Odditorium in New York.
HINTS: Go to New York and get the turtle and turtle treats. (Don't forget to send your oddities first from the Posh Express in Danzig).
Return to Danzig.
Now you'll need to distract Wolf to get his tools.
HINTS: Get him to return to the front of the castle.
Mess up the topiary in front of the castle. Then go tell him about it. When he leaves, take the edger and wooden plank and go to the tomb.
Use the wooden plank on the urns.
Get onto the plank and open the grate.
Put a turtle treat inside the grate.
Use the edger to push the turtle treat further into the tomb.
Put the turtle into the grate to get the turtle treat.
What, you couldn't figure this out by yourself???
Read the Baron's letter.
Go to Posh Express and send the emerald to New York.
Now go to Peru.
PERU - Posh Express office
Look around this office carefully and talk to the agent. Sketch the stele. Look at the clock.
Now go to Easter Island.
Talk to Dr. Twelvetrees until she takes you to the old woman on the beach.
How to Get the Watching God to See - Part 1
Talk to the old woman. Explore the beach and take the wooden log and puffin.
Return to the stone head with the glyphs on it. Try to take the eye. It's too hot. What have you seen that you can use to get it?
HINT: Return to the dig site and take the sleeve.
But don't leave here yet!
At the Dig Site
While you're back here, also take the pole and the note on the hut.
Any why not check out that wooden shed? Anything interesting in there?
HINTS: Take the pull cord from the shed.
Notice the power cable in the shed and where it leads.
How to Get the Watching God to See - Part 2
Use the sleeve to take the obsidian disk (eye) from the stone head.
Return to the beach.
Use two items you have to shift the Watching God back into position.
HINTS: Use the wooden log on the large hole in the lava.
Use the pole as a lever on the wooden log to move the statue.
Give the woman the obsidian disc.
What have you seen that looks like the missing part of the eye? (And who do you know who likes puffins?)
HINTS: Return to the Posh Express office in Lima.
Give the wooden puffin to the agent. He will give you the coral clock facing.
Return to Easter Island and give the woman the coral clock facing.
Go and tell Dr. Twelvetrees about your discovery. You'll automatically return with her to the beach to get the stick\shell map and the whale bone. Notice that she drops her lighter. Sure, we know, "You're no thief." But take it anyway.
What Do I Do At the Quarry?
Find the rocks in the center of the stick\shell map.
HINTS: The symbols (starfish, seahore, shark tooth, scallop) can be found on various stone heads in the quarry. Use the map and these four heads as a guide to locate the rocks - a large red boulder and a small grey rock in front of it.
Try moving the small rock. If only that clay was wet...
Return to the beach. Use the pull cord to plug one end of the whale bone.
Fill the whale bone with water from the ocean.
Use the water on the clay in front of the small grey rock.
Move the rock.
Take the rongorongo tablet from the fissure in the large red boulder.
Escaping From the Bad Guys
Rig a trap for the bad guys inside the shed.
HINTS: Enter the shed through the window.
Take the spark plug.
Use the spark plug to loosen the gas tank plug.
Use the pull cord on the wire.
Use the pull cord on the gas tank plug.
Take the gas tank cap.
Light the lighter.
Put the lit lighter on the floor near where the gas will run out.
Pull the power cable to create a disturbance.
Get out the window fast!
Enjoy your little romantic interlude with... Samantha before heading back to Peru.
That crazy Feng-Li has returned the emerald. Maybe you better keep it for now.
Go to Mocha Moche.
How Do I Get the Rope?
You'll need to find something similar to replace it with. You'll also have to make this item doubly strong.
HINTS: Climb the tower and look around the terrace.
Two vines are better than one!
Tie the brown vine and the green vine to the spider statue.
Throw each vine coil across the chasm to the tree.
Cross the chasm (using the rope).
Untie the rope from the tree.
Tie both vine coils to the tree.
Cross the chasm using both vines.
Untie the rope from the spider statue and take it.
How Do I Get the Item in the Niche?
The hatch won't open. You'll have to find another way to get there.
HINTS: You'll need to get the ladder and shovel from Menendez.
What do you have that he might want?
Give Menendez the emerald.
Take the ladder and shovel. (There is also a nearby oddity).
Go to the altar at the top of the tower.
Combine the ladder and rope.
Use the ladder/rope on the altar.
Use the altar post to secure the ladder.
Use the rope to get the skull.
Don't forget to take that rope before going back down!
How Do I Get Inside the Observatory?
If you've sketched the steles in the Posh Express office in Lima and here at Mocha Moche, you can figure out the combination by looking in your journal.
HINTS: You need to fill in the pictographs for spider.
Can you find a pattern to the pictographs you already have?
They are always in the same order. And the first pictograph in each line is the 5th pictograph from the previous line.
Therefor, the first pictograph in spider is the one that looks like a clam shell.
Start at the top of the door, then go clockwise around the door from the top.
What Do I Do in the Observatory?
You need to find a way to rotate the dome.
HINTS: Place the jade skull on the skeleton.
Put the shovel in the hole in the capstan.
Use the shovel to rotate the capstan.
(You can take the jade skull as an oddity when you're finished).
How Do I Get Past the Guard at the Temple?
You'll need to make him think you're a member of the temple.
HINTS: Keep talking to him. Notice his ring.
Do you have something that resembles the ring?
Remove the cigar band from the cigar and show it to him.
How Do I Get Inside the Temple?
Explore all sides of the the temple. Take the guard's advice and keep questioning.
HINTS: Find the 5 monks who have learned prayers.
Notice that the prayers they've learned aren't the prayers they study.
Find the 5 prayer wheels you can take.
Notice that they aren't placed with the correct monks.
Place the correct prayer wheel with the correct monk. The monks will tell you if you are correct.
Perhaps the monk who has been around the longest will know how to get into the temple.
Ask Monk #9. Then find the entrance.
Save your game here first. You're about to enter a maze.
The maze is VERY long. The easiest way to get through it is to map it out as you go, on graph paper if possible. There are two oddities you might find on your way through.
When you come to the place with the strange contraption hanging from the ceiling, pulling one of the ropes here will give you a way out.
BACK IN PEIPING
How To Save Mei Ching
Notice the crack in the floor. Any ideas?
HINTS: Those stone tablets sort of look like dominoes.
The gun in the brazier heats up and fires a shot at you. You'll have to cover it with something.
If you can't use anything inside the room, try looking elsewhere.
Take the gong and the mallet outside the door.
Cover the brazier with the gong. Then push the right tablet.
ON THE FARM
What Am I Supposed To Do Here?
Come on - If you got this far, this part is easy! Just keep looking and talking.
HINTS: Check out that root cellar.
Cash is king. Even in rural China.
IN THE TOMB
How Do I Open the Jade Door?
You have the answer in your journal.
How Do I Get Past the Flying Crossbow Bolts?
There were several items you could take from the first parts of the tomb. You'll need one now.
HINTS: One of the chariots can be moved. Use it to get through this corridor.
(Notice that Mei Ching is magically immune to the crossbow bolts...)
How Do I Open the Second Door?
Again, you'll need some of the items from the earlier parts of the tomb.
HINTS: Does the empty slot next to the door look familiar?
You'll need to find a way to keep the door up once it's open.
Take the crank on the wall near Kwang's body. Use it in this slot.
Use the wooden post under the crank to keep the door up.
Use the wooden beam to hold the door open.
Take the wooden post and crank.
How Do I Cross That Bridge?
Examine the bridge and its mechanism carefully (from a safe distance).
HINTS: If one of you could get to the other side, maybe the crank could be used
on that slot over there.
Notice the hole in one end of the bridge.
Use the shovel in the hole.
Turn the bridge so the shovel is level with the ground in front of you.
Talk to Mei Ching and make a decision. (If you die, make a different decision).
Give the crank to Mei Ching and ask her to use it.
Notice what happens.
Take the shovel and rotate the bridge so the hole will
align with the sliding metal bar.
How Do I Get Into the Tomb?
You'll need to protect yourself from the mercury lake. Have anything useful?
HINTS: Did you notice the two soldiers guarding the entrance to the jade door?
That's it! Hope you had fun with this very cool game.
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