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ZoomBook: The Temple of the Sun

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Two anthropologists set out to solve a compelling mystery rooted in the ancient past in this great puzzler

Pros

  • Help two anthropologists solve an ancient mystery
  • Fun, cartoonish graphical style
  • 88 challenging levels
  • Three difficulty settings
  • Accuracy meter lets you earn more bonus points

Cons

  • English language only

Zoom Book: The Temple of the Sun is a free puzzle game for PC, developed by Mumbo Jumbo, in which you must assist two anthropologists as they attempt to uncover the secrets behind a mysterious package by solving a series of mind-boggling riddles. The game is available to download as a trial version only. The full version is available externally.

A Mysterious Package Arrives

The story behind the game is fairly simple. Two anthropologists, John Miles and Linda Stevens, are researching Ica stones and other ancient cultures when they come across a mysterious package in their office. Little do they do, this package will lead them on a wild adventure filled with intrigue and mystery.

Core Gameplay and Features

The gameplay is structured into levels, 88 in total, each of which requires you to solve a picture puzzle to progress the plot, which becomes more and more intricate and interesting as it goes on. At the beginning of each level, a picture will be displayed, accompanied by a short voiceover describing the scene. The picture will then be split into jigsaw-like pieces and you will have to put the pieces in order.

Controls are limited to a simple point-and-click mechanic. Clicking two pieces will swap them with one another. Completing part of the puzzle will trigger a sound effect to indicate your success. Once you have completed the level, your Accuracy (%) will be displayed as well as your bonus score. For every wrong answer you get, your percentage will decrease. The higher your accuracy, the better your score bonus. Puzzles come in many different types, including regular photos, artifacts, statues, and an assortment of other things. If at any point you are having difficulty, you can use a special light which will indicate where a particular piece has to be placed. 

Clicking two pieces will swap them with one another. Completing part of the puzzle will trigger a sound effect to indicate your success. Once you have completed the level, your Accuracy (%) will be displayed as well as your bonus score. For every wrong answer you get, your percentage will decrease. The higher your accuracy, the better your score bonus

From the main menu you can select from four other game modes, all of which are initially unavailable until the narrative has progressed sufficiently, including a timed mode, a Chaos mode and a Gauntlet mode. In Chaos mode, puzzle pieces will continuously divide and get smaller in size until the puzzle ends. Gauntlet mode is the game's form of an 'endless' mode seen in many puzzle games, in which you must continue until you err sufficiently. If you want to change the dynamic of gameplay, you can change up the difficulty with three difficulty settings. Hard mode is genuinely difficult, so I would only recommend it for veteran puzzle players. The number of pieces increases substantially and there are no completed portions. 

Graphics, Visuals and Sound

The game is presented in quite a cartoonish style, but because of its focus on puzzles the style does not impinge directly on the gameplay. The photographs of artifacts and scenes from the main narrative are bright and colorful and were an excellent addition to the game. The incorporation of puzzles into the narrative in this way was actually quite clever. Sound effects help keep a player motivated by indicating when particular pieces fit or not. The music is also surprisingly catchy, perfectly accompanying casual puzzle-solving. 

The Verdict

Zoom Book: The Temple of the Sun is a great mystery waiting to be solved. Two anthropologists with similar interests receive a mysterious package which leads them on an amazing adventure full of intrigue and suspense. Travel through 88 amazing levels and solve the puzzle that accompanies them. Simple point-and-click controls make puzzle-solving an intuitive affair, and the game's multiple modes and difficulty settings ensure that you'll never get bored. If you're a fan of jigsaw-based puzzle games, I'd definitely give this one a try. Well worth downloading. 

 

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Type Demo

Version 1.0

Other versions

1.0

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