Publisher: Exosyphen Studios       Developer: RVL Games       Release Year: 2014

Ashley Ford is a "thief" who explores a dilapidated mansion in hopes of learning the truth behind her father's disappearance. She discovers a mysterious crystal in his belongings that allows her, under the right circumstances, to travel through time. While Crystals of Time has an interesting time travel gimmick, it is quite clearly underdeveloped, as you only briefly travel back in time in two rooms of the mansion. There is massive evidence in the game files to suggest that more time travel was planned, but cut, including three more rooms with unused "past" variants. Since the blue-green crystal you start with allows time travel in two predominantly green-colored rooms, it is likely that the red and blue crystals you acquire later were meant for time travel in the mansion's red and blue rooms. Why this was ultimately axed when it seemed to be the entire point of the game is beyond my knowledge.

Type: Color Matching via Rotating Parts

Comment: All you have to do here is turn the rings so that the colored beads line up with the beads on the outside. The rings move independently, so this isn't difficult at all.

Type: On/Off Puzzle

Comment: Click the beetle's legs until all of its "feet" turn green. Turning on some lights will affect others.

Type: Correct Order/Sequence

Comment: Flip the switches in the correct order to turn the electricity back on. Trial and error is the only way to figure it out. The correct order is: 51284673.

Type: Combination Lock

Comment: When you find the code for this lock, it'll be recorded in your journal. The answer is: 3579.

Type: Bookshelf Puzzle

Comment: Arrange the books in order by their spine symbols as shown on the clue sheet. Here is what it looks like solved.

Type: Color Matching Wheels

Comment: Turn the wheels so that all the connecting joints have the same colors. Here is what it looks like solved.

Type: Decoding Message

Comment: Place the tiles on the lettered paper according to the instructions on the clue sheet.

For example, the first clue is I: 3, 4. So, you would place the tile marked with a "1" on the paper, and move it to coordinates 3 across and 4 down by clicking on those numbers. This makes part of a secret message appear on your notepaper. If you need help with the rest. here are the solutions: II. III. IV. V.

Type: Shape Matching

Comment: When you pull the rope, the center pieces of this image will start moving towards the edges. You must swap the tiles so that the jagged puzzle pieces all line up properly when they come together. Here is the correct solution. Here is what it looks like completely solved.

Type: Tower of Hanoi

Comment: You must get all the rings on this puzzle from the left spindle to the right spindle. A ring can only be placed on either an empty spindle, or a ring that's larger than itself. Here is my solution:

Put the smallest piece on the center bar. Put the second smallest on the right. Put the smallest ring on top of the second smallest on the right. Move the second largest to the middle.

Put the smallest back on the left.

Put the second smallest on the middle, then the smallest on the middle.

Move the biggest ring to the right.

Move the smallest ring to the right (on top of the largest). Move the second smallest to the left. Move the smallest back to the left. Put the second largest on the right.

Put the smallest ring on the middle, move the second smallest to the right. Move the smallest to the right. You're done.

Type: Symbol Matching

Comment: Going in a clockwise direction, put the titles in front of the elemental symbols according to their theme. They can be in any order so long as they have something to do with the element. Top Row: Lantern, Matchstick, Sun. Right Column: Sailboat, Snail Shell, Umbrella. Bottom Row: Acorn, Shovel, Tree Stump. Left Column: Bird, Boomerang, Kite. Here is what it looks like solved.

Type: Memory Match

Comment: Click any two tiles to flip them over. If you get a pair of matching symbols, they vanish. Keep going until they're all gone.

Type: Rotating Rings Picture Puzzle

Comment: Turn the rings until you get the full image of a seahorse. Here is what it looks like solved.

Type: Symbol Matching

Comment: The coins must be placed in the slots on the safe so that their symbols match up thematically to the coins that start each row. They must also go in order of size, from largest to smallest. The solution is as follows:

Top Row: All the heads go here. Arrange them in order of size.

Second Row: Place all the buildings here.

Third Row: The symbols go here - Freemason, Caduceus, Celtic, Ankh.

Fourth Row: Weapons go here - Cannon, Pistols, Crossbow, Shield.

Bottom Row: Animals go here - Elephant, Dog, Chicken, Bird

Here is what it looks like solved.

Type: Concoction

Comment: For the final puzzle, mix the vials of liquid according to the chart to make new colors.

Mix Blue and Yellow to get Green. Mix Blue and Red to get Purple. Mix Red and Yellow to get orange.

Pour all three of the new colors into the mixing dish and you'll get the turquoise color seen in the middle of the chart. Here is what it looks like solved.



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