Game Introduction – Jewel Quest Mysteries: The Oracle of Ur

Welcome to the Jewel Quest Mysteries: The Oracle of Ur walkthrough on Gamezebo. Jewel Quest Mysteries: The Oracle of Ur is a Hidden Object/Match-3 game played on the PC created by iWin Games. This walkthrough includes tips and tricks, helpful hints and a strategy guide on how to complete Jewel Quest Mysteries: The Oracle of Ur.

General Tips

This game requires visiting several locations collecting different types of objects and completing a match-3 board to advance play.

  • Play is linear and played from three character’s prospective.
  • There is only one mode of play.
  • Points are awarded for finding jewels, hidden object items and completing puzzles.The point counts for completing each chapter briefly show on a high score tote accessed from the main menu. These disappear as soon as either a new chapter is started or the game is exited. No final score is kept.
  • Hidden object scenes contain collectable jewels, coins and jewel board shards not listed among the items.
    • Coins. Find three to increase the number of hints available. If all hints are used and no coins are available, the hint bar will fill to add a hint. No points are awarded for finding coins.
    • Jewels. Found in hidden object scenes and awarded for completing puzzles and jewel boards. Use for buying power-ups for the match-3 games.
    • Jewel Board Shards. Collect all the shards to open the match-3 play. This does not apply to the Sebastian character; he requires no shards.
  • The location of jewels and coins in a hidden object scene is random. The listed items are also random. This walkthrough highlights the coins, jewels and inventory items for a given scene. No hidden object list items are highlighted.
  • A hidden object item in white lettering requires an extra step to collect. This usually involves using an inventory item or solving a puzzle. Collecting these items is shown.
  • There are no multiple-click penalties. This helps when trying to find jewels and coins.
  • Most inventory items are used in the same or next scene.
  • A strategy guide is available under the Premium Content tab on the main menu. It cannot be accessed until completing the visit to the Ur dig site. It can only be accessed from the main menu.
  • Always move the cursor around a scene. Watch the cursor to see if it changes into a hand, wrench or magnifying glass.

Chapter 1: Mesopotamia

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  • Watch the cut scene.
  • Click the journal icon (A) for additional character information. The most recent entry appears. Use index tab (B) to review prior entries by clicking the descriptive text entry.
  • Click the character’s icon to go to a location.

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Date Farm

  • This is an entry location area. No jewels or coins are located in these areas. Jewel shards are occasionally found in other entry locations.
  • The Pause button options include returning to the main Menu; changing sound, cursor and screen Options; reviewing the game Rules; or Resuming play.
  • Each inventory item adds 500 points to the score.
  • Collect the SCREWDRIVER and three PUZZLE PIECES for inventory.
  • Once the screwdriver is picked up, the interactive door location is highlighted (pink).

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  • Use the SCREWDRIVER to remove the three screws (A) to open a puzzle.
  • The goal is to use the three green PUZZLE PIECES (pink) to create a path with the green wires on the board from the left to the right side.
  • Place the inventory pieces on the three empty squares. Swap the pieces among the squares as needed. Double click a piece to rotate the wires to complete the connection.
  • Note there is only one node on the right side that contains a green wire. Start from the left open square and work toward that node. Use the Reset tab as necessary.
  • Solution:

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  • Earn 25 points for completing the puzzle.
  • The curser turns into a running figure to enter a new area.

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Outbuilding

  • Collect the three coins (yellow) for an extra hint.
  • Find the jewels (green) for later purchases. Jewel placement is random. The dashed circles show where possible jewels might be.
  • The items to find are also random. Only inventory items (CROWBAR) are shown in screenshots.

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Mercantile Shop

  • Possible locations for coins and jewels are shown above.
  • Take the two jewel board shards.
  • Find the listed objects.
  • Use the CROWBAR to pry up the floor (dashed pink) and find the first jewel board.

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  • The option to purchase upgrades appears before playing a match-3 game.
  • If there are sufficient jewels available to buy an upgrade, the purchase tab for that upgrade is dark gray.
  • Purchase the upgrades based on your style of play.

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  • The goal is to swap the jewels to make matches and turn the board gold.
  • A good strategy is to eliminate the corners and odd formations first (aqua).
  • Watch the timer in the upper right corner. Failing to clear the board in the allotted time will reset the board. An additional minute in time is added but any power-ups used are not reset. There doesn’t appear to be a penalty other than having to try and clear the board again.
  • As the board turns gold it is often hard to see where the remaining non-gold spaces are. Press the “Ctrl” key to see the board without the gems (green inset).
  • Receive additional jewels for completing the board.

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Warehouse

  • Find and replace the parts to open the trapdoor.
  • Refer to the screenshot to see where the parts are located and where they are used. They should be placed in the following order: Cogwheel (A) in the wheel mechanism. Pulley (B) at the top of the beam. Rope (C) along the beam. Bucket (D) in the water wheel.
  • The hatch opens (E) revealing a jewel board.
  • Collect the three jewel board shards (aqua) to open the jewel board.
  • Use the same strategy used for clearing the first jewel board.

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Date Farm

  • Pick up the five PUZZLE PIECES.
  • Click the door to open a puzzle.
  • Complete the circuit with the green wires.
  • A good strategy is to work from both sides of the board. Double click to rotate the pieces.
  • Solution:

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  • Enter the building.

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  • The above screenshot has been lightened to help locate the items.
  • Collect the jewels and coins.
  • Use the Key on Ring inventory item to unlock the box. Read the Note in Box for more story information.
  • If your list has a Lampion included, it is the Chinese lantern above the door.

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Ur Dig Site

  • Pick up the seven Tan Gram Pieces.
  • Open the box to start a puzzle.

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  • Place all the puzzle pieces in inventory on the puzzle board.
  • Drag the pieces onto the board to fit the outline. Double click a piece to rotate it. A correctly placed piece does not lock into place.
  • The completed puzzle is shown in the inset.

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National Museum – Lobby

  • Pick up the Key on Ring for inventory.
  • Open the box (A).
  • Click through the index cards to find the photo of the Ur dig site (B).
  • Enter the basement (C).

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National Museum – Backroom

  • Pick up the jewels and coins and jewel board shard.
  • Look closer at the area by the cat statue (A). There is a coin hidden in this area.
  • Use the Key on Ring from inventory to unlock the dresser drawer (B)
  • Open the document in the drawer to start a puzzle.

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  • The best strategy for solving this jigsaw puzzle is to find the edge pieces first. A correctly placed piece locks into place.
  • Click the document fragments and place them on the blank page. Double click to rotate the pieces. For some reason the pieces are resistant to being rotated. There doesn’t appear to be any good place to click a fragment to get it to rotate.
  • Read the completed document.

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Mercantile Shop

  • Collect the jewels and coins.
  • Find the listed hidden objects. The Tablet requires solving a puzzle to collect it.
  • Click the box (A) to open a slider puzzle.

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  • The goal is to clear a path for the decorated tile (pink) to reach the key slot at the bottom of the board (A).
  • Insets (B) and (C) show the progression of moves to solve the puzzle.
  • Click the Tablet inside the box.
  • Click the sparkles on the floor to open a jewel board (no shards need to be collected).

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  • The two side columns (aqua) don’t automatically fill with jewels when they are cleared. Jewels from the adjoining column can be moved into these empty squares to help form matches.

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Warehouse

  • Pick up the Cogwheel (A) and place it on the turning mechanism.
  • Place the Pulley (B) at the top of the beam.
  • Hang the Rope (C) across the beam.
  • Add the Bucket (D) to the waterwheel.
  • Play the jewel board uncovered when the trap door opens (E).

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  • Match gems the same color as the buried gems (A). This uncovers the buried gem but does not clear it from the board (B).
  • The best strategy is to focus on the buried gems first.

Curio Shop

  • Pull the sconce on the back wall to enter the hidden room.

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Curio Shop – Hidden Room

  • Collect the coins, jewels and jewel shards.
  • Find the listed hidden objects.
  • Lift up the floorboard (A) to find the jewel board.
  • This is another jewel board where jewels can be moved into empty gold squares.

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National Museum Lobby

  • Flip the light switch by the statue on the desk (A).
  • Take the Key on Ring from the statue’s hand.
  • Open the drawer (B). Take the piece of paper.
  • Look at the lock on the back door (C). The paper with the four numbers is added above the tumblers. Click the tumblers until the combination (3750) appears in the highlighted row of numbers.

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National Museum – Backroom

  • Collect the coins and jewels.
  • Use the Key on Ring from inventory to unlock the box (A). Take the Clay Tablet.

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Ottoman Castle

  • Pick up the HAND and WEIGHT (A) and place them on the clock. The clock stops at 5:00.
  • The next step is to use the sand in the bags on the hourglasses to spin the sundial to 5:00.
  • Take BAG 1, BAG 2 and BAG 3. Pour the contents of BAG 1 in the first hourglass (B). Pour the contents of BAG 2 in the second hourglass. Bag 3 and the third hourglass are not needed to turn the sundial and open the secret alcove (C).
  • Take the two jewel shards. Place them on the glowing alcove to open a jewel board.

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Fire Jewels

  • The goal for this board is to move a fire jewel to the torch to light it.
  • The best strategy is to try and get a fire jewel in the same column as the torch (see above). There are a limited number of fire jewels available. To make more appear, match three fire jewels or let them fall off the bottom of the board.
  • Once a fire jewel is directly over the torch, drag it onto the torch to light it.

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Curio Shop

  • Look at the box requiring the puzzle pieces (A).
  • Open the chest (B) to find a WOODEN CARD (1/7). Take the other WOODEN CARD (2/7) from the back wall.
  • Enter the hidden room (C).

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Curio Shop – Hidden Room

  • Pick up the coins and jewels. The five remaining WOODEN CARDS are circled in red.
  • Play the Buried Jewel form of the jewel board hidden in the planks.

Curio Shop

  • Click the box on the shelf again to open a puzzle.

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  • The goal is to place the cards in the correct sequence so all turn green.
  • Place the six cards in the empty slots based on its relationship to its neighbor using four criteria: number of shapes on the card (1, 2 or 3), the shapes depicted (triangle, square or circle) the style of the shapes (open or filled) and the color (red or green).
  • Each card placed must contain only two of the four criteria.
  • The above inset illustrates how to solve this particular game (each game is random).
    • The first pair (1) shares style (open) and shape (triangle).
    • The second pair (2) shares style (open) and color (green).
    • The third pair (3) shares color (green) and number of shapes (1). The same is true of the 4th and 5th pairs.
    • The sixth pair shares shape and number.
    • The seventh shares style and color.
    • Etc.
  • View the ancient table. Close the case to continue.

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Ottoman Castle

  • Place the HAND and WEIGHT (A) on the clock to set the time to 8:00.
  • Pick up BAG 1 and BAG 2.
  • Click the sundial to start the puzzle.
  • Pour the sand in BAG 1 and BAG 2 into the two hourglasses (B) to rotate the sundial to 8:00. There seems to be a glitch in this puzzle. It appears Bag 1 rotates the dial clockwise two and a half positions and Bag 2 rotates the dial counter-clockwise one and a half positions. However, the glowing puzzle (D) opens before the dial is set to 8:00. Additionally, the jewel board area in the back opens before the puzzle is solved if you’re still messing with the sandbags and the sundial.
  • Be sure and play the jewel board before the game. For one profile I was using, I played the game first and the scene location closed before I was able to play the jewel board.
  • The jewel board is a Fire Jewel type with three torches.

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  • This game is similar to the curio shop puzzle except there is an additional color.
  • Use the same strategy to solve this puzzle.

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Ur Dig Site

  • Pick up the two COGWHEELS (red).
  • Take the BRUSH, SHOVEL and PICKAXE (green).
  • Get the two jewel board shards.

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Underground Chamber

  • Pick up the jewel board shard (aqua).
  • Use the BRUSH to remove the cobwebs (A). Take the COGWHEEL.
  • Take the STATUETTE (B).
  • Use the PICKAXE to dig out the area by the steps (C). Take the COGWHEEL.
  • Dig up the rocks (D) and take the COGWHEEL.
  • Take the COGWHEEL on the statue (E).
  • Examine the wall (F) to open a puzzle.
  • The goal is to place the cogwheels so all will turn when the statuette is added.
  • This isn’t a hard puzzle to solve, as the game won’t let a cogwheel be placed anywhere but in the correct position.
  • Solution:

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  • Place the statuette as shown to start the gears turning.
  • Look at the beam on the floor to open the jewel board.

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Sandstorm

  • Periodically a sandstorm will blow onto the board and bury jewels.
  • The best strategy is to get the corners (aqua) cleared and as much of the bottom portion of the board as possible before the first sandstorm hits.
  • A gold square that gets buried does not have to be unburied. Use the empty squares to move the jewels around to get matches.

Completing the board brings up a summary of scoring for this chapter.

Chapter 2: India

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Palace

  • Pick up the coins and jewels.
  • Find the listed hidden objects.
  • Examine the box (A).
  • Click the gold tile on the top of the box to open a slider puzzle.
  • The goal is to slide the tiles to clear a path for the gold tile to exit.
  • Solution:

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  • From the starting position (A), move tile 1 all the way to the right. Move the top four tiles (2) as far down as they can go. Look at inset (B) for the result.
  • Starting with the tiles positioned as shown in inset (B): Move tile 1 all the way to the top. Move tile 2 as far right as possible. Move tile 3 to the top. See inset (C) for the result.
  • Starting with the tiles positioned as shown in inset (C): Move tile 1 to the far left. Move the bottom two horizontal tiles (2) as far up as they will go. See inset (D) for the result.
  • Starting with the tiles positioned as shown in inset (D): Move the four indicated tiles to the bottom. The result is shown in inset (E).
  • Starting with the tiles positioned as shown in inset (E): Move the gold tile to the exit.

Shape puzzle

  • Arrange the pieces to fit the outlines of the cat and then the swan.
  • Double-click a piece to rotate it.
  • Solution:

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  • The top of the box slides off.
  • Take the tablet inside the box.

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Dig Site – The Great Bath

  • Pick up the SHOVEL and PICKAXE (A).
  • Use the pickaxe to shatter the rock on the right (B). Take the BRUSH.
  • The dig areas light up. Use the shovel, pickaxe and brush to uncover all of the sites.
  • Solution:

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  • Use the shovel and pickaxe to uncover the jewel board shards.
  • Use the brush to uncover the drawing on the wall.
  • Pick up the MOSAIC PIECE (green).
  • Play the Sandstorm jewel board (A). Note that jewel purchases from the last chapter are gone. This is a good time to stock up on the Remove Jewel power-up. It helps clear the hard to get corners and odd shapes.

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Covered Bazaar

  • Pick up the jewels and coins (green and yellow).
  • The six Tan Gram pieces are highlighted in pink.
  • Click the box (A) to open a place-the-shape puzzle.
  • Solution:

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  • Read the journal entry.

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Palace

  • Collect the coins and jewels.
  • Find the five jewel shards (aqua).
  • Click the glowing box to open a spot-the-difference puzzle.
  • Solution:

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  • The box opens to reveal a jewel board.
  • If you have not yet collected the five jewel shards, do so now. Click the board to open the match-3 play.
  • This is a standard jewel board. The main challenge is the hard to clear areas.

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Antiquities Shop

  • Find the listed objects.
  • Pick up the coins, jewels and jewel board shards.
  • Click the box to open a jewel board.

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  • The only tricky thing with this board is the layout. Use the open spaces to move the jewels around to make matches (A).
  • The Shape Remover and Free Swap power-ups are already purchased. Remove Jewel is the best buy.

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Covered Bazaar

  • Collect the jewels and coins.
  • Find the list of hidden objects.
  • Find the jewel board shards (aqua). Lift the tiles (A) to find a hidden shard.
  • Click the box (B) to play a spot-the-difference puzzle.
  • Solution:

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  • Click the jewel board inside the box.
  • This is a Sandstorm jewel board with open spaces on the bottom of the board when matches are made.

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Dig Site – The Great Bath

  • Put the MOSAIC PIECE on the drawing (A). A blocked secret passage is uncovered.
  • Use the pickaxe to remove the rock (B). Take the CROWBAR.
  • Dig up the pile of dirt (C). Take the LONG BAR.
  • Use the crowbar two times on the rocks. Use the long bar twice to open the passage.

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Antiquities Shop

  • Collect the jewels and coins.
  • Find as many hidden items on the list before duty calls.

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Dig Site – Viper Pit

  • Pick up the five pipe pieces for inventory (A).
  • Warning: Follow these directions exactly or the game will not let you progress. You will be forced to start again with a new profile.
  • Put a SMALL and MIDDLE PIPE in the snake’s mouths on the right (B).
  • The ball (D) falls into the creatures claws.
  • Insert a MIDDLE, SMALL and LARGE PIPE in the mouths on the left (C).
  • The ball falls into the alligator’s mouth.
  • Watch the cut scene.
  • An end-of-chapter score tally comes up.

Chapter 3: Tibet

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Monastery Entrance

  • Pick up the MATCHES and KEROSENE TANK from the left side (A).
  • Get the KEROSENE LAMP on the right (B).
  • Place the kerosene tank and lamp atop the pedestal. Use the matches to light up the room.
  • Go right.

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Right Chamber

  • Collect the coins and jewels.
  • Find the listed objects.
  • Open the box (A) to play the card characteristic match puzzle.
  • Solution:

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  • Take the clay tablet.

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Donggar – Cave Entrance

  • Pick up the (4/7) TAN GRAM PIECES.
  • Go left.

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Donggar – Left Cave

  • Collect the coins and jewels.
  • Find the listed objects.
  • The three Tan Gram pieces are highlighted in pink.
  • Click the glowing spot to return to the cave entrance (A).
  • Click the door on the right to activate a geometric puzzle.
  • Arrange the seven Tan Gram pieces to fit the outline.
  • Solution:

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  • Read the journal entry.

Monastery Entrance

  • Enter the center glowing door.

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Center Chamber

  • Pick up the jewels and coins.
  • Find the listed objects.
  • Open the box to play a spot-the-difference puzzle.
  • Solution:

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  • View the clay tablet

Donggar – Cave Entrance

  • Go through the newly cleared door on the right.

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Donggar – Right Cave

  • Collect the jewels and coins.
  • Find the listed hidden objects.
  • Pick up the (3/7) Tan Gram pieces (pink).
  • Return to the cave entrance.
  • Enter the left cave.

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Donggar – Left Cave

  • Collect the jewels and coins.
  • Find the listed hidden objects.
  • Pick up the four remaining Tan Gram pieces (pink).

Donggar – Right Cave

  • Click the glowing box to open a puzzle.
  • Place the geometric pieces in the outline.
  • Solution:

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  • Click the clay tablet.
  • Read the journal entry.

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Lo Monthang – Cave Entrance

  • Collect the jewels, coins and five jewel shard pieces (aqua).
  • Find the listed hidden objects. The HOOK and GEAR go to inventory.
  • Go forward to the next cave (A).

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Lo Monthang – Storage Cave

  • Add the two RAIL PIECES, PENDULUM BALL and STATUE to inventory.
  • Pick up the last two jewel board shards.
  • Use all of the inventory items to reconstruct the mechanism.
  • Solution:

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  • There was a problem at the end of chapter 2 if the correct pieces weren’t placed exactly.
  • Place the parts in the order indicated and in the places marked.
  • Zoom in on the puzzle in the statue (A).
  • The goal is to rotate and fit the pieces into the outline so the symbols on them match those in the upper right corner (yellow).
  • See the next screenshot for an enlarged version of the solution.

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  • Play the jewel board.

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  • This is a two-part jewel board.
  • Part one is a fire jewel with four torches needing lit (red).
  • The second part involved matching moon jewels to open the full moon in the center of the board.
  • Completing this jewel board gives your chapter score.
  • Watch the final cut scene.

Congratulations! You have finished Jewel Quest Mysteries: The Oracle of Ur. If you are playing the collector’s edition, additional spot-the-difference and geometric insert puzzles and more jewel boards are now available under the Premium Content section of the main menu.