The Secrets of Da Vinci: The Forbidden Manuscript Image

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  • Summary: The Secrets of Da Vinci: The Forbidden Manuscript is a major adventure and investigation game, a thrilling mystical quest into the heart of the Renaissance that takes place in Da Vinci's last home, the Manoir du Cloux (now called the Chateau du Clos Lucé). The Chateau du Clos Lucé and its gardens are perfectly modelised and contribute to the player's total immersion in the final years of Leonardo da Vinci's life. The period reconstruction has been carried out with genuine attention to historical detail in collaboration with specialists including the owners of the Chateau du Clos Lucé, and Pascal Brioist, scientific advisor for the site and lecturer at the Centre d'étude supérieur de la Renaissance in Tours. The precision and refinement of the graphics immerses the player in the very heart of the Renaissance. Expand
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  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. I had a wonderful time pretending to be a medieval snoop, and I think that other gamers will too. While this is not a game I'd replay over and over again, it was a great deal of fun. More intellectual than emotional, certainly, but fun nonetheless.
  2. Still, with its clever, elegant puzzles and a light-hearted plot loaded with twists, it is definitely the most enjoyable game I have played in a long time.
  3. Still, considering what it had to work with, Noblis has done the Da Vinci name proud. [Sep 2006, p.94]
  4. While the Secrets of Da Vinci is hardly a masterpiece, it still has glimmers of genius and intrigue. The game has obviously been well thought-out, and is a nice way to pass the weekend; but sadly there is nothing to make you want to play through a second time.
  5. 71
    Secrets of da Vinci doesn't offer the difficult challenges or compelling narrative of other successful adventure games but it does manage to give players a window into the historical Leonardo's past as well as giving them a greater appreciation of his artistic and engineering achievements.
  6. Beyond the name, there isn't anything remarkable about The Secrets of Da Vinci. It's a solid but standard point-and-click adventure that isn't the least bit adventurous. Despite that, it still proves satisfying enough for fans of adventure games.
  7. Boasts a horribly uninteresting storyline, mundane point-and-click tasks and blindingly dire voice-acting. [Aug 2006, p.83]

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