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Riddles of Renaissance

rated 4.08 / 5 stars
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Jan 21, 2011 | 8:08 AM EST
  • Daily 2nd Place January 22, 2011

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Why did the egg cross the road? 10 Points Because the chicken was waiting for it on the other side.
Pope 25 Points Get the "Pope" class (10 stars).
Punteggio perfetto 25 Points Achieve a perfect score (300).
Those are for codardi 25 Points Complete the game without the use of hints.
Art historian 50 Points Unlock all the paintings in the gallery.
Enigma Show 50 Points On Master difficulty, complete the game in no more than 60 seconds AND achieve a pope ranking.
Addicted 100 Points Beat the game four times without closing it.
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Author Comments

-Some hints and riddles will be fixed.
-Scoreboard will be removed.
-The quality of some pictures will be improved.
Thank you for your patience.


Daily 2nd...? Oh my God, thank you so much for my first award!

UPDATE (21/01/2011):

I'm thinking of removing the scoreboard. First, some people already managed to hack the game and get impossible scores. Second, nobody really seems to manage to reach over 297. When you're playing a game with a scoreboard, you need to be prepared for any score. It's not exciting at all when everyone keeps "reaching the top of the board" with the same score. And third, you can submit an even higher score when playing on Experienced than Master, which is not fair at all...

In a few days, maybe tomorrow, I'll remove the scoreboard and fix some of the problems that people have mentioned.

- In order to unlock the bonus paintings, you must solve the riddles flawlessly. Without any mistakes or hints.
- Please be patient... It'll take some time for the preloader to show up. It's a big file.
- Don't assume that I'm done with the game. I'll keep fixing the glitches and adding more.
- If you are sure you unlocked all the paintings but your painting count isn't 58/58 in the gallery, try going back to the main menu and enter the gallery again.
- In order to unlock the medal "Art historian", you must enter the gallery after having unlocked all the paintings.
- It's currently not possible to submit your rank to the scoreboard, but Mike's working on it.
- The first song after the main menu is "Sands of Saharah" by Wooormy. I think it was removed, and that's why I couldn't credit it.

Wow, I never thought I would finish this, but here it is: Riddles of Renaissance!

The instructions are simple. Read the riddle carefully and try to find out what it's talking about in the painting. Just point and click.

I know it's not a big game, but it took me a considerable amount of time to make it (to be precise; one year, one hour and sixteen minutes). I had to go through a lot, and, well, I learned a lot! In the end, it was well worth the wait.

The main purpose of the save system is for you to store your paintings, since there are over 50 of them. In case you are interested in reading their descriptions.

This game was inspired by the "Truth" riddles in Assassin's Creed 2. The riddles in Batman: Arkham Asylum also played an important role.

If you are having problems, check the "IMPORTANT" part of the commentary. If it's not there, don't be afraid to contact me.

All constructive criticism is appreciated. Feel free to correct me about grammar and spelling too; English isn't my native language.



Rated 5 / 5 stars

An epic win situation.

The games that join education and interactivity aren't rare, but it's rare to see an education game that's actually funny.

The game shows off the most important the portraits of the renaissance, and joins it with riddles, that aren't so easy.

I loved this game, and made me remeber one the good side of my country, the Italy, the magnificent art. I'm really sad when I think that Italy's crappy government will make it go in ruin, like the many monuments and Pompei.

As you can see I'm not proud of Italy, but you made me see the light in the darkness.


PS: sorry for bad grammar..

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

Top Class

This was a refreshing submission. Excellent selection of fine paintings -- I recognized "St. George and the Dragon" from an English Literature class I took last year. The riddles were generally sufficient; I felt that a few were quite witty while a minority of them were too transparent. But, that is all very subjective and certainly not enough to take away from the innovation and originality of the game.

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mrty responds:

I'm glad you liked it. Thanks for the review.


Rated 5 / 5 stars


Great game, however, the hint on riddle 29 (the man holding soil and water/scientific power), doesnt seem to be working. instead, i got a -1 penalty as if i clicked wrong.
Other than that, keep it up.

mrty responds:

Thanks for mentioning the bug, I didn't realize it. I'll fix it as soon as possible.

Thank you for the review.


Rated 5 / 5 stars


I Completed it....without....HINTS?
Secret1:Don't be so Silly,complete the 1st level!
Secret2:You see Nude Venus(Riddle 4) click on her b**bs AND ONLY THEN CLICK ON A DOG!
Riddle 11 Optional:Click on the dog that licks blood on the floor,
Riddle 21 Optional:Find an Opened door,Click on SOMEONE who's sitting
I Hope i Helped you!
Read it faster before P-Bot will Delete it...

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mrty responds:

I'd have appreciated if you kept the secrets to yourself...


Rated 2 / 5 stars

A mediocre game tainted by problems

The premise of the game is alright, but overall it's quite lacking. The "riddles" are mostly just questions, "A riddle is a statement or question or phrase having a double or veiled meaning, put forth as a puzzle to be solved" and you failed completely at this. The low quality images make it very hard to discern details in the paintings which is a bit of a silly problem for a game about art to have. Also the preloader sucked, you have noone to blame but yourself for all the reviews saying that the game didn't load. With such a large filesize it's no good if the preloader only appears half way through the process, it was a mistake to release the game before that issue was resolved.

Basically, premise=good, execution=sloppy

mrty responds:

I don't really get what you're talking about. None of the riddles were "questions", and many had some sort of a double meaning too.

I do realize that there were some quality issues that I couldn't fix (but am still working on), but it shouldn't really affect the gameplay much. Don't tell me you can't recognize a dog because there were pixels around it.

As for the loading issue, that happens in pretty much every game. First you see a white screen, then the preloader shows up. Also, "all the reviews" is technically just one review, belonging to a guy who just wasn't patient enough.

Thanks for the detailed review.