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Mystery Castle: Dawn of Illusion (A Game for Kindle)

by Runestone Games Limited
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)

Price: $1.99 includes free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet

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Product Description

Mystery Castle: Dawn of Illusion is a puzzle adventure featuring Monty the wizard as he attempts to save the inhabitants of the castle from an evil creature of the night.

You play Monty on his quest as he outwits fiendish puzzles on his journey deeper and deeper into the mysterious castle, to the inevitable showdown with a monster too scary to name. You must tread carefully on cracked and crumbling floors, while using teleporting staircases and magical keys to enter new areas. You may even need to push boxes into dangerous crags to make new paths and use bombs to get through walls to complete your quest. If you find the Eye of Truth, you can explore places that were once hidden as you try to uncover the identity of the creature assaulting the castle.

Mystery Castle: Dawn of Illusion is well suited for people who like puzzles and brain teasers, and contains 24 levels of excitement and adventure. Can you solve all the mystery puzzles in the castle? Monte is counting on you!

Product Details

  • Version: 1.1
  • Release Date: October 11, 2011
  • File Size: 263 kB
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Runestone Games Limited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Publisher License: Read
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #349,779 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some okay puzzles. Short - just 24 levels. October 11, 2011
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Watch the video before getting this game, and take a look at the images.

In each level, you'll need to collect 5 skulls to open the skull door to the next level. In order to do that, you'll need to collect various moon, orb, star, and cross keys to open up doors of the same type.

In addition, there are collapsing tiles that that can only be walked over once or twice, and crates that can fill in gaps.

In short, all of these puzzles are mazes. You must find a particular route, and if you pick up keys or open doors or collapse floors in the wrong order, you'll likely arrive at a dead end. These are frequently called Logic Mazes, or Multistate Mazes. Expect to do a lot of starting over until you get the hang of it.

The moving animations on the Kindle look terrible, nothing like in the video. But the puzzles are generally pretty good, enough for me to recommend it.

Playing this, I was somewhat reminded of my favorite puzzle game of all time -- Deadly Rooms of Death: Journey to Rooted Hold. That game was much, much longer than this one, though.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars None October 16, 2011
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Mystery Castle: Dawn of Illusion is fun to play but it does not give you any hints or help if you get stuck on any level and if you cannot finish one level you cannot go on to any further levels as they are locked. So the game is basically useless at that point. I recommend they revise this game and include game hints on each level in case you get stuck. As it is now can only give it only 3 stars and that is being VERY GENEROUS!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dawn of Illusion October 25, 2011
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This game is really fun. Emailing the was very helpful. It helped me get past the place where I was stuck on level 17. They responded very quickly.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short but Sweet! October 21, 2011
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Mystery Castle: Dawn of Illusion is a nice little puzzle game that should satisfy players from ages 9-90. The graphics are on par with what the black & white Kindle screen can handle. Actually, the continual motion of the character you control is fairly impressive. Though blurry, and not quite like the video shows, it's 100% better then the stop start motion control of advancing to the next space that many of the other games display. The 99 cent current price point is a bargain. Even when introduced at $1.99 it was reasonably priced. My only negative comment about this game is that it was a bit too short at 24 levels. Their next game needs to be at least 50 levels to be on par with other Kindle games. Overall, however, the puzzles range from fairly easy to very challenging using a logic based formula. For 99 cents it should provide the average puzzle-seeker a few hours or more of fantasy enjoyment.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Puzzle Game for the Kindle April 17, 2012
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I was looking for a game that was non-word related after loving Pixel Perfect. On a whim, I picked up the highly rated Mystery Castle: Dawn of Illusion and was very impressed. It's a simple premise: collect five tokens and exit the stage door. Slowly different concepts are introduced to make that simple task much more difficult. First it's one-use keys, then cracked floors that collapse after you cross them once (and later on twice), then being able to push blocks to cross gaps or cracked floors, warp staircases, and finally bombs. Each are introduced slowly, but then in subsequent stages, these elements are combined to have some truly genius levels that require to think outside the box. Quite frequently the obvious approach is the wrong one, and you have to look for a counterintuitive solution to reach all 5 tokens or a fiendishly placed exit gate. I personally like a challenge and have a sense of accomplishment when I best a difficult level.

I managed this game without hints, but if you need help, you can email the gamemakers, and they will send you a few small hints to help you progress past a tricky level.

I would highly recommend this game.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazon Bargain-This Castle Kicks! December 8, 2011
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I was thoroughly enjoying this game when I found myself stuck...big time! How frustrating to feel so stupid, but I did not want to give up. So I wrote to Runestone for help, and within hours a very nice gentleman, Julian Wolter, wrote back to me. He was so kind with his words of encouragement, and extremely helpful. He got me over the hurdle, and I have played many more levels since then. He helped me think "out of the box" or I should say "out of the maze" so my way of looking at the puzzle was different. I should mention that I am playing on my very first Kindle, and I am an unknowledgeable senior citizen of electronic games, so this is all brand new to me. The personal service I recieved from Mr. Wolter and his company Runestone has made me a fan forever...I have even bought the next Mystery Castle: Winter's Night from Amazon. I cannot recommend these games or this company highly enough. Happy playing!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game! November 4, 2011
By mayel
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This twenty four stage game is very fun. The difficulty increases as you progress through the stages, giving your brain a good work out. Runestone Games is just an email away if you get stuck and they respond quickly. They are very friendly and courteous. The support email address is located in the "About" section of the game menu.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle is NOT a good platform for this game May 29, 2013
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The game itself is all right: it's a grid-style logistics game. You move and collect objects, while being mindful of hazards and obstacles; you have to figure out what order to move things and use tools (so you don't wind up stuck, without options). Under other circumstances, I'd give the game about 3 stars for entertainment value and challenge. The main problem, though, is that the game is not at all suited to the smaller Kindles.

As others have stated, objects are hard to distinguish on the screen; but even worse, movement is hit-or-miss (mostly miss), and there is no key to "undo" a move. So if the touch screen moves your character and his obstacles to a place you didn't intend, you have to start the level over. The twentieth time this happened to me - on the same level - I decided it just wasn't worth the frustration. If you have a larger Kindle, you might enjoy this game; but if you don't, please save yourself the time, trouble and annoyance.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Containes impossible levels
Was very good until levels 19 and 20, which are impossible to beat. I have tried EVERY (no exageration) possible stratigy. None have worked. Read more
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fun but difficult had to ask for help at the last puzzle
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5.0 out of 5 stars mystery castle is a GREAT puzzle game
thank u for making mystery castle it is a great game and i will be enjoying the next two very soon.
Published on July 22, 2014 by a reader of Rick Riordan
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome plus epic plus cool
i was starteled how good the animation was and cheap.the game me me think and it is s great way to use my spare time so far they made 3 but i hope they make 4th.its just fun.
Published on June 21, 2014 by Jason Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Suprisingly challenging
Challenging and addictive... I'm going to buy more of this series... Highly recommend it - even though I am stuck at level 13.
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