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Jewels of the Oracle

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The setting for the adult brain twister Jewels of the Oracle is an ancient underground well adorned with pre-Sumerian hieroglyphs. By pressing stones and solving puzzles, you accumulate gems. Despite some clever conundrums and animated 3-D embellishments, going back to the same well every time gets a little dry. Jewels‘ designers obviously were trying for another Myst, but what they’ve created is a very pretty game without Myst‘s Shakespearean subplot. Working your way through its 24 puzzle rooms ultimately feels claustrophobic. B-