||(Win95/98/2000/Me/XP) (DVD Case) (PANDORAPR)
Kids to Adults
A+ from Just Adventure
from the Adrenaline Vault
Hundreds of Exciting, Unique Puzzles
Enter an exciting world of intriguing puzzles and amazing
graphics. Developed by famed Tetris creator Alexey Pajitnov, Microsoft
Pandora's Box offers 350 unique puzzles that come to life on your computer and
stimulate your visual senses. You'll find difficulty levels to challenge ever
member of your family and most puzzles can be solved in 15 minutes or less.
But there is more to discover that just puzzles. Microsoft
Pandora's Box also takes you on a journey from your PC to the ends of the
earth. Upon starting the game, you'll find that seven mythical tricksters have
escaped to wreak havoc on the world. They will take you on a worldwide journey
filled with fascinating puzzle challenges. It's up to you to solve the puzzles,
capture the tricksters and save the world from their chaos.
So whether you're taking a 15 minute break to enjoy solving
a puzzles, or immersing yourself in a worldwide search to capture the
tricksters, Microsoft Pandora's Box is the game for you.
Delight in solving truly original 3D puzzles, specially
designed for the computer. Gameplay options allow you to follow the game's
story line, jump directly to your favorite puzzle, enjoy single and competitive
play and more.
Manipulate pieces from back to front and top to bottom
as you explore the singular fun of 3D puzzle play. Puzzles are designed to be
solved in 15 minutes or less.
Travel around the world as you solve puzzles, capture
the tricksters, and restore order to Pandora's Box. Helpful hints and Wild
Cards guide you along the way.
It starts with puzzle .. and end with a picture. Swap
puzzle pieces to complete another magnificent landmark on your unforgettable
Pentium 100 MHZ or higher (Pentium 166
recommended), 16 MB RAM (64 MB RAM required for Windows 2000 or XP), 150 MB
available hard disk space, 4x CD-ROM drive, Super VGA display with 1MB VRAM,
mouse, sound card and speakers.
Adventure by Tom Houston
"As it works out, each of the seven Tricksters
has traveled to five cities, and you will have the opportunity to solve up to
ten different puzzles at each location. Somewhere, at random, behind one of the
puzzles at each location is a missing piece of Pandora's Box, so technically
you will not have to solve all ten puzzles, but you may want to do so, if just
for the joy of it. Also, by solving puzzles, you can collect hidden bonuses,
such as hint tokens and free solve tokens. These may come in useful to avoid
frustration, as puzzles will get harder as you progress."
"Once you have solved puzzles at five locations and
found five pieces of the Box that are attributable to a given Trickster, then
you will be asked to face that Trickster's final challenge ... you guessed it,
one more puzzle, only this time it's a really difficult one."
The Adrenaline Vault by Bob
"Having a central story, which is uncommon in
this particular genre, makes this puzzler so much more intriguing. It all
begins with the famous Greek legend of Pandora's Box..."
"I am especially pleased that all the puzzles
are visual, involving constructing, rearranging, or matching spatial
relationships in pictures, rather than non-pictorial word puzzles, number
puzzles, or logical puzzles. For this reason, each puzzle does not require
super-high intelligence to deduce a solution, but rather simply poses an
attractive diversion for fifteen minutes or so to foster a sense of amusement
or relaxation. Moreover, the kind of visual puzzles implemented here utilize
the special advantages of the personal computer over classic pencil-and-paper
"Unlike Broderbund's Where in the World is Carmen
San Diego?, what you learn from visiting the various cities of the world while
collecting puzzle pieces is not background information on each part of the
world or tourist-oriented tidbits about the sights there. Instead, you gather
fresh and absorbing information about the culture of each area, gaining an
appreciation of the art (both paintings and sculpture) and music of each
tradition. The stories of the tricksters themselves are authentic folk tales
passed down across the generations in different societies. I am frankly quite
tired of the usual trivia you learn in globe-trotting games, so I find the
difference here really refreshing."
In my preview of this game, I uncharacteristically went out on a
limb and said that Pandora's Box "looks to be the very best puzzler I have ever
played." Having played through to the end, I can say confidently that indeed I
was right. There will of course be those, really not liking to solve puzzles at
all, who dismiss this title as boring and call it just a glorified set of
jigsaw puzzles; but in my mind these people are really missing the heart of
what is presented, which should appeal to traditional and non-traditional
gamers alike. The exceedingly modest minimum system requirements make this
title truly accessible to everyone. When all is said and done, the bar has been
raised for all future puzzle offerings in terms of magnificent graphics, sound
and music, as well as absorbing gameplay. I give it a Reviewer's Choice Award
without the slightest hesitation."
IGN by Vincent Lopez
"The graphics are clean, crisp, and very nice
on the eyes, especially seeing as how you'll be staring at the menus for hours
at a time. Bill Gates owns the digital rights to nearly every piece of major
art on the planet, which, though horrifying, does make for some pretty pictures
in the game. The game allows you to travel everywhere from Machu Picchu and
Istanbul to Kyoto and Philadelphia, each with an individual representation of
its art, architecture, and sculpture..."
"...Rather than review them as a whole, I've decided
to give you the rundown on each puzzle individually:
those square moving tiles puzzle you used to play in school where you put the
numbers in order, or completed a picture, but with the added catch that this is
a circular puzzle that you must put together to create a complete photo. Not
only do you have to figure out how to place the pieces, but you need to figure
out what pieces go where. Resolution, fortunately, is a perfect clue. If it's
fuzzy, than it's wrong. If everything's fuzzy, then you should probably think
about purchasing some glasses. I could play this forever, and at times, I
"It's easy to see a grandmother wasting half a
day on this instead of spending her valuable time watching daytime television,
or a cube-prisoner wasting precious office hours on some of the meatier
puzzles. Which is exactly what Microsoft wants. Though this may not have the
addictive quality of a Tetris, or even a Solitaire, it will certainly push the
same drool-inducing pleasure center enough to warrant a purchase. I do have to
add though, that this doesn't actually come with Pandora's Box. I own the only
version of that, and last time I opened it, other than thousands of horrifying
screams and a wave of demonic energy that busted through the windows of my
house, it was completely empty. Worst $666.66 I've ever spent."
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