DaVinci's Secret: The Clue
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Welcome to the beginning of your journey through 7 unique and cryptic puzzles. Break the codes to uncover the secret scroll entombed deep within DaVinci's greatest mystery and reveal the clues to solving The Equation.
Difficulty level: Hard - Genius
Sacred Myths and Legends is an interesting series of puzzles based on the mysteries and secrets of philosophers, mathematicians and ancient cultures. Solving one puzzle supposedly leads you to clues on how to solve the next puzzle in the series.
The first puzzle, "The Clue," is a cryptex (a rotating, cylindrical vault) with a scroll locked inside. You can probably figure out "how" to unlock the puzzle pretty quickly, but actually getting it done may take you hours and hours. There are over a thousand different combinations, and only one is correct! I got lucky and unlocked it after about 400.
The downside to this puzzle (perhaps others will see it as an upside) is that once you get it open and close it back up, it’s only slightly less difficult to get it open in the future. You don’t learn any secret tricks to getting it open; you only reduce the number of possible combinations by a factor of four. Confused? You’ll understand once you get it open.
But the puzzle isn’t over yet…
Without spoiling anything too badly, let me tell you to look for more than just the scroll when you break open "The Clue." I almost locked the puzzle back together and would have missed the "password" needed to unlock hints for the second puzzle in the series. Even getting the password is not enough. You still have to figure out what the password means and how it relates to the hint given on the scroll. I suspect that getting this clue isn’t truly necessary in solving the next puzzle, because even without the directions provided for this puzzle, you can figure out the basics of how it works.
“The Clue” comes in some fantastic packaging and it looks great just sitting on a coffee table. It’s crafted very well – no worries about breaking it while you turn and pull at it. It looks so cool that it’s sure to bring curious questions from visitors.
Solving "The Clue" is more of a test of patience and perseverance than a test of genius. I’ll give it a four star rating because I like it a lot but I’m not sure how much “replay” value it’ll have. Still, I plan on buying the next puzzle in this series because I’m intrigued as to where the “story” is going.