Mystery of the Ancients: The Curse of the Black Water Walkthrough

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Welcome to the Mystery of the Ancients: The Curse of the Black Water Walkthrough

Uncover Poseidon’s ancient secrets hidden under the town of Black Water!

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General Tips

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • This is the official guide for Mystery of the Ancients: The Curse of the Black Water.
  • Press Play (A) to start the game.
  • Select Options (B) to adjust the volume and the display mode of the game.
  • Press Exit (C) to leave the game.
  • Select Change Player (D) to edit, create, or delete any profiles.
  • There are three modes of difficulty: casual, advanced, and hardcore.
  • Hidden Objects scenes will be referred to as HOS throughout this guide.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • The diary (G) includes important notes and story details.
  • Activate the crystal (H) to get rid of the curse.
  • You can pick and use inventory items from the inventory tray (I). Select the padlock marked in green to lock and unlock the tray.
  • Access the map (K) to review your current location, to switch to the general map, and to check for available locations.
  • Press the hint button marked in purple to get help for a current task; during mini-games and puzzles this button will serve as a skip button.

Chapter 1: Lost Archeologists

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom anywhere to activate a cut-scene.
  • Try to take the hacksaw (A); it will fall into the water.
  • Take the HARPOON (B).
  • Zoom into the gap; use the HARPOON to get the HACKSAW (C).
  • Zoom into the box; take the ANCHOR (D).
  • Zoom into the statue; use the ANCHOR to break away some stone (E) and then pry the metal bar marked in purple with the HACKSAW.
  • Move forward.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the newspaper; take the 1/3 CORAL (F) and read the article.
  • Zoom into the broken flower pot; take the FISHING SHOP KEY (G).
  • Zoom into the window; use the ANCHOR to break it and take the 2/3 CORAL (H).
  • Open the box (I) and play the HOS.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Take the rag, clean the helmet, and take the frown (J).
  • Open the book marked in green and take the pipe (K).
  • Take the needles, put them into the doll, and take the voodoo doll (L).
  • The CLIP will go into inventory.
  • Walk down.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the box; put the CLIP into the lock and open the box (M).
  • Take the 3/3 CORAL (N) and the HOOK (O).
  • Move forward.
  • Zoom into the door; add the 3 CORALS to the board (P) and play the mini-game.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Each coral has to be placed correctly into the slots connecting the circles.
  • The circle parts can be rotated separately.
  • The screenshot displays the correct solution (Q).
  • Put the FISHING SHOP KEY into the lock marked in purple and turn it once to open the door.
  • Move forward to enter the fishing shop.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the register; take the note (R) and the NAIL (S).
  • Zoom into the shelf; take the CLEANER (T).
  • Zoom into cabinet: put the NAIL into the latch (U) and move the nail to open the cabinet.
  • Zoom into the cabinet; take the HAND CREAM (V).
  • Move forward.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Chase away the mouse and zoom into the broken wall; remove a piece of wood and take the 1/3 STARFISH (W).
  • Zoom into the vase; put the HAND CREAM on the rim and take the 2/3 STARFISH (X).
  • Zoom into the rug; remove it and take the KNIFE (Y).
  • Walk down.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the shelf; pry the box with the KNIFE and open it; take the INSULATING TAPE (Z).
  • Move forward.
  • Zoom into the wire; use the INSULATING TAPE to fix the wire (A).
  • Press the switch marked in purple.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Turn right.
  • Zoom into the staircase; take the CUTTERS (B).
  • Walk down twice.
  • Zoom into the drain; cut the metal wire (C) with the CUTTERS, open the grid, and take the FISH EYE (D).
  • Move forward.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the large fish; put the FISH EYE into the slot marked in purple and take the 3/3 STARFISH (E).
  • Zoom into the chest; put the 3 STARFISH into the slots marked in green and open the chest.
  • Take the FISHING LINE (F).

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the cabinet; put the FISHING LINE and the HOOK on the rod (G); take the FISHING ROD.
  • Walk down twice.
  • Zoom into the barrel; reel in the barrel (H) with the FISHING ROD to acquire the ROPE.
  • Move forward three times.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the staircase; attach the ROPE to the board (I).
  • Pull the ROPE (J).
  • Turn left.
  • Zoom into the bag; take the notes (K) and the 1/2 CYLINDER (L).

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the window; take the MALLET (M).
  • Zoom into the fountain; open the compartment (N).
  • Move forward.
  • Remove the blanket marked in purple and play the HOS.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Take the broom, use it to remove the leaves, and take the mirror (O).
  • Open the sack and take the cat (P).
  • Take the bird food, put it on the aviary, and take the bird (Q).
  • The 1/3 OCTOPUS will go into inventory.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the barrel; use the KNIFE to cut the rope (R), remove the blanket and take the POKER (S).
  • Read the note on the board (T).
  • Zoom into the window; take the LIGHT BULB (U).
  • Walk down.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the window; use the POKER on the oiler and take the OILER (V).
  • Walk down.
  • Zoom into the aquarium; use the OILER on the lock (W).
  • Press the lock and open the lid.
  • Play the mini-game.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • The sum of two cells has to equal the number that’s between them.
  • Numbers can be changed by pressing the number cells.
  • To solve this puzzle (X), set the number cells correctly and change the number cell marked in purple to the number 4.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the aquarium; take the WEDGE (Y).
  • Turn left and move forward.
  • Zoom into the axe; put the WEDGE next to the axe and use the MALLET on the wedge (Z).
  • Take the AXE (A).
  • Walk down.
  • Zoom into the left door; use the AXE to break the chain (B).
  • Go through the left door.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the shelf; take the BRUSH (C).
  • Walk down.
  • Zoom into the window; use the BRUSH to remove the leaves from the gutter marked in green and take the FUSE (D).
  • Go through the left door.
  • Zoom into the box; remove the broken fuse and put the FUSE in its place (E).
  • Press the lever marked in purple.
  • Go down the ladder.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the lamp; put the LIGHT BULB into the slot (F).
  • Play the HOS.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Take the crown, put it on the frog, and take the frog prince (G).
  • Take the doll, put it into the rope, and take the hung doll (H).
  • Open the box and take the candy (I).
  • The BLOWTORCH will go into inventory.
  • Go up, walk down, and move forward.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the balcony; use the BLOWTORCH on the metal ladder (J).
  • Zoom into the balcony; take the SHOVEL (K).
  • Walk down and go through the left door.
  • Zoom into the pile of earth; use the SHOVEL to remove the earth and take the REGISTER HANDLE (L).
  • Walk down three times.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the register; put the REGISTER HANDLE on it (M) and take the DRESSER KEY (N).
  • Move forward.
  • Zoom into the dresser; put the DRESSER KEY into the lock (O) and open the drawer.
  • Take the PLIERS (P).
  • Turn left and move forward.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the balcony and then zoom into the door; use the PLIERS to remove the boards (Q).
  • Go through the door.
  • Take the GLOVES (R).
  • Zoom into the left showcase; take the EMPTY VASE (S).

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the book; turn the pages eight times and take the first FISH (T).
  • Walk down twice.
  • Zoom into the window; hold the EMPTY VASE below the gutter (U) to acquire the VASE WITH WATER.
  • Move forward and go up the ladder.
  • Zoom into the right showcase; use the VASE WITH WATER to extinguish the flames (V).
  • Use the GLOVES to remove the shards; take the GLASS CUTTER (W).
  • Walk down twice and go through the left door.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the key showcase; cut the glass with the GLASS CUTTER and take the KEY TO ROOM 206 (X).
  • Zoom into the left door; put the KEY TO ROOM 206 into the lock (Y).
  • Go through the door.
  • Play the HOS.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Take the knob, put it onto the second drawer, open the drawer, and take the hairbrush (Z).
  • Pull the board marked in green and take the yarn (A).
  • Open the top drawer and take the compass (B).
  • The PAPER will be acquired.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the left board and take the BRUSH (C).
  • Zoom into the globe, turn it four times (D), and make note of the numbered symbols. (There are four numbered symbols on the globe. Numbers = 7, 5, 3, 1.
  • Zoom into the bookshelf and take the second FISH (E).
  • Walk down.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the suitcase; enter the code 7-5-3-1-4 (F) to open it.
  • Zoom into the suitcase; take the WATER COLUMN KEY (G).
  • Walk down and move forward.
  • Zoom into the water column; put the WATER COLUMN KEY into the slot and take the 2/2 CYLINDER (H).
  • Walk down, go through the left door, and go down the ladder.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the left wall; remove the plants four times, use the CLEANER and the BRUSH on the plate (I).
  • Put the first FISH and the second FISH into the slots marked in purple and take the 2/3 OCTOPUS (J).

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into panel; add the 2 CYLINDERS to the slots marked in purple, and play the mini-game.
  • Set the images on the rollers according to the hints on the pieces of paper.
  • The rollers can be turned by pressing on them.
  • The screenshot displays the correct solution (K).

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the panel; take the 3/3 OCTOPUS (L).
  • Go up the ladder and go through the door.
  • Zoom into the box; add the 3 OCTOPUSES to it.
  • Play the mini-game.
  • Arrange the octopuses on the grid so that they equal the number at each row and column.
  • The screenshot displays the correct solution (M).

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the box; take the notes (N) and the DAGGER (O).
  • Walk down twice, move forward, and go up the ladder.
  • Zoom into the door; put the paper on the floor (P).
  • Zoom into the lock; put the DAGGER into the lock (Q).
  • Pull the paper. Zoom into the paper; take the KEY (R).
  • Zoom into the lock; put the KEY into the lock.
  • Turn right.

Chapter 2: In Darkness

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Move forward.
  • Zoom into the floor; take the STONE (S).
  • Zoom into the debris; remove the leaves three times and take the GRINDSTONE (T).
  • Zoom into the window; take the WRENCH (U) and the BLUNT MACHETE (V).
  • Turn left.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the box; take the CHEESE (W).
  • Zoom into the diving helmet; use the WRENCH on the helmet and take the 1/2 PEARL (X).
  • Walk down.
  • Zoom into the door and then zoom into the stairs; give the CHEESE to the rat marked in purple and take the HANDLE (Y).

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the door and then zoom into the lock; put the HANDLE on the door (Z).
  • Go through the door.
  • Zoom into the cupboard; take the CHAIN (A).
  • Zoom into the chainsaw; take the VISE HANDLE (B).
  • Zoom into the support beam; take the METAL TUBE (C).

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the vise grip; put the VISE HANDLE into the opening marked in purple and take the SCREWDRIVER (D).
  • Zoom into the cupboard; use the SCREWDRIVER to remove the two screws marked in green and take the GASOLINE (E).
  • Zoom into the chainsaw; remove the old chain and put the CHAIN on the chainsaw.
  • Put the GASOLINE into the chainsaw and take the CHAINSAW (F).

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the device; put the GRINDSTONE on it and put the plug into the outlet (G).
  • Press the green button (H) and use the BLUNT MACHETE on the grindstone (I) to acquire the SHARP MACHETE.
  • Zoom into the support beam; use the CHAINSAW to saw through the support beam (J).
  • Move the ladder (K) next to the opening marked in green.
  • Go up the ladder.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Take the 1/2 OAR (L).
  • Zoom into the desk; take the 1/2 WEIGHT (M).
  • Zoom into the door; press the handle (N) to open it.
  • Play the HOS.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Take the red pencil, use it on the notepad, and take the 25 (O).
  • Take the horn, put it on the horse, and take the unicorn (P).
  • Turn the pages of the book twice and take the pumpkin (Q).
  • The AIR PUMP will go into inventory.
  • Walk down and turn left.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the net; cut the net with the SHARP MACHETE and take the ACID (R).
  • Zoom into the paddle; use the METAL TUBE to connect the two parts of the oar (S) and take the 2/2 OAR.
  • Walk down.
  • Zoom into the gate; use the ACID on the padlock (T).
  • Move forward.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the fountain; try to take the pearl (U); use the STONE to break the fountain (V).
  • Take the 2/2 PEARL (W).
  • Zoom into the bench; read the book and take the SCISSORS (X).
  • Walk down three times.
  • Zoom into the left showcase; put the 2 PEARLS into the casket (Y) and take the STONE TOKEN (Z).
  • Turn right.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the showcase; open the rubber roll (A) and cut it with the SCISSORS to acquire the RUBBER PATCH.
  • Move forward twice.
  • Zoom into the area below the bell; add the STONE TOKEN to the board (B).
  • Play the mini-game.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Activate matching pairs of stones on the board.
  • Activate all stone marks to complete this mini-game (C).
  • Take the CRYSTAL marked in purple.
  • Turn left.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the stone bench; take the GLUE (D).
  • Move forward twice.
  • Zoom into the man; take the crystal (E).
  • Zoom into the bag; take the map (F) and the SEWER KEY (G).
  • Walk down eight times, go through the left door, and go down the ladder.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the rubber boat; pour the GLUE around the gap and close the gap (H) with the RUBBER PATCH.
  • Connect the PUMP to the opening (I) and press the pump.
  • Put the 2 OARS on the rubber boat (J).
  • Turn right.

Chapter 3: Hope

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the small crate; take the CORKSCREW (K) and the PLIERS (L).
  • Zoom into the skeleton hand; take the FILE (M).
  • Walk down.
  • Zoom into the barrel; use the CORKSCREW to remove the cork (N); put the EMPTY OILER below the liquid (O) to acquire the OILER.
  • Turn right.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the device; use the OILER on the rusted lock (P).
  • Put the SEWER KEY into the lock (Q) and open the lid.
  • Play the mini-game.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Move the gear into the correct position indicated by the yellow.
  • The gear can be moved by pressing the arrow buttons (A – H).
  • To solve this puzzle (1), press the arrow buttons in the sequences shown below.
  • First sequence: G, F, G, C, G, E, C, H, H, and E.
  • Second sequence: B, C, B, E, H, F, Cx2, E, H, F, B, D, and G.
  • Third sequence: F, A, E, F, D, A, G, F, D, C, A, H, D, G, A, C, F, B, H, Fx2, A, B, H, C, D, F, E, A, D, A, and D.
  • Fourth sequence: C, D, A, C, A, and F.
  • Move forward.
  • Play the HOS.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Remove the rag marked in green and take the lightning (R).
  • Take the wings, put them on the horse, and take the Pegasus (S).
  • Take the fly, put it on the cobweb, and take the spider (T).
  • The EAGLE will go into inventory.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the rock; read the article and take the HEX KEY (U).
  • Zoom into the wagon; take the WOODEN HANDLE (V).
  • Zoom into the platform; use the HEX KEY to remove the bolts marked in purple and use the PLIERS to remove the nail (W).
  • Move forward.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Remove the curtain (X).
  • Zoom into the debris; put the EAGLE into the slot (Y) and combine the WOODEN HANDLE with the part of the pick axe (Z).
  • Take the ROD (A), the PICK AXE (B), and the GEARS (C).
  • Zoom into the case; take the LIST (D).

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the steel cable; use the FILE to cut the cable (E).
  • Walk down.
  • Zoom into the platform; add the GEARS to the device (F).
  • Walk down.
  • Zoom into the skeleton hand; use the ROD to remove the rock marked in purple and take the SCRAPER (G).

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the moss; use the SCRAPER to remove the moss.
  • Make note of the code marked in purple, use the PICK AXE to remove the stones (H), and take the LIGHTER (I).
  • Move forward twice.
  • Zoom into the crate; enter the code 4-6-8-3 (from A – D) into the lock to open it.
  • Zoom into the crate; take the FUSE (J).
  • Walk down.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the wagon; put the FUSE into the gunpowder (K) and use the LIGHTER to light the FUSE (L).
  • Zoom into the large door; put the CRYSTAL into the slot (M).
  • Play the mini-game.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Connect the central crystal to the four auxiliary crystals.
  • The parts of the circle surrounding the central crystal can be rotated by pressing them.
  • The screenshot displays the correct solution (N).
  • Go through the left door.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the mural; take the BIG FISH KEY (O).
  • Walk down and go through the right door.
  • Zoom into the case; put the BIG FISH KEY into the lock (P) and take the CRYSTAL (Q).
  • Walk down and go through the left door.
  • Zoom into the platform; put the CRYSTAL on the board (R).
  • Play the mini-game.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Connect all the seven crystals to complete the mini-game.
  • Keep pressing a crystal to direct the laser, but avoid the moving black obstacles.
  • If an obstacle comes close to the laser, stop pressing the crystal momentarily.
  • The screenshot displays the correct solution (S).

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Press your crystal (T) to activate it.
  • Zoom into the chest; take the TRIDENT (U) and the AMULET HALF (V).
  • Walk down and go through the right door.
  • Press your crystal (T) to remove the curse (W).
  • Walk down.
  • Press your crystal (T) to remove the curse (X).

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the statue; put the AMULET HALF into the slot (Y) and take the SQUARE WRENCH (Z).
  • Go through the right door.
  • Zoom into the valve; use the SQUARE WRENCH on the valve and take the VALVE (A).
  • Walk down three times, go up the ladder, and walk down.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Press your crystal (B) to remove the curse (C).
  • Zoom into the fountain; put the VALVE onto the device (D).
  • Turn the valve and take the SEA HORSE (E).
  • Move forward, go up the ladder, turn right, move forward, and go through the right door.
  • Zoom into the desk; put the LIST next to the paper scrap (F) and make note of the symbols and numbers.
  • Go down the ladder.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the small compartment; add the TRIDENT to the statue (G) and take the STETHOSCOPE (H).
  • Go down the ladder.
  • Zoom into the safe; use the STETHOSCOPE on the safe (I) to open it.
  • Take the 2/2 WEIGHT (J).
  • Go up the ladder.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the lower part of the clock; put the SEA HORSE into the slot (K) and add the 2 WEIGHTS to the clock (L).
  • Zoom into the upper part of the clock; the screenshot displays the correct positions of the clock hands (M).
  • Move forward.

Chapter 4: Swamp Of Sorrows

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the compartment; take the TORCH (N) and read the book.
  • Zoom into the right wall; take the STEP (O).
  • Zoom into the empty torch holder; take the HAMMER (P) and put the TORCH into the holder.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Push the torches in order (1-4).
  • Zoom into the compartment (Q).
  • Play the mini-game.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Press the moving metal stakes marked in yellow to prevent them from reaching the gear.
  • The gear has to reach the position marked in purple to complete the puzzle.
  • The screenshot displays the correct solution (R).
  • Move forward.
  • Play the HOS.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Take the knife, cut open the sack, and take the coffee (S).
  • Take the blue powder, put it into the glass of water, and take the blue water (T).
  • Take the sand, put it into the bowl, and take the gold (U).
  • The MATCHES will go into inventory.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the water; take the 1/2 WOODEN PUZZLE PIECE (V).
  • Zoom into the staircase; remove three stones; take the NAILS (W) and the 1/2 METAL LIZARD (X).
  • Move forward.
  • Take the LAMP (Y).

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the tree ladder; add the STEP to it (Z), put the NAILS into the steps, and use the HAMMER to secure the nails marked in purple.
  • Zoom into the tree top; put the LAMP into the hole (A) and open the lamp.
  • Use the MATCHES to light the lamp and take the HANDLE (B).
  • Walk down.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the door; put the HANDLE into the slot (C) to open the door.
  • Turn left.
  • Zoom into the crate; take the TWEEZERS (D).
  • Zoom into the window; take the 2/2 METAL LIZARD (E), remove the lid, and take the SCREWS (F).
  • Zoom into the shelf; take the TIN CAN (G).
  • Walk down twice.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the right wall; use the TWEEZERS on the crack (H) to acquire the 2/2 WOODEN PUZZLE PIECE.
  • Move forward twice.
  • Zoom into the tree top; add the 2 WOODEN PUZZLE PIECES to the board and play the mini-game.
  • Swap the pieces to recreate the dragon picture.
  • Correctly placed pieces will remain fixed.
  • The screenshot displays the correct solution (I).
  • Use your crystal (J) to charge it.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Press your crystal (K) to remove the curse (L).
  • Move forward twice.
  • Zoom into the left statue; add the 2 METAL LIZARDS to it (M).
  • Play the mini-game.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Rotate the three circles until the colors of the stones match the colors of the lizards.
  • The stones that count for each lizard are marked in purple.
  • The screenshot displays the correct solution (N).
  • Take the WHIP (O).
  • Walk down three times.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the water; aim the WHIP at the bolt cutter (P) to acquire the BOLT CUTTER.
  • Turn left.
  • Zoom into the chain; use the BOLT CUTTER to cut the chain (Q).
  • Move forward.
  • Zoom into the water; take the WHEEL (R).
  • Walk down.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the lower part of the ladder; add the WHEEL to the ladder (S) and move the ladder.
  • Zoom into the chest; take the HOE (T).
  • Walk down and move forward twice.
  • Zoom into the lake; put the TIN CAN into the water (U) to acquire the TIN CAN WITH WATER.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the house; water the soil marked in purple with the TIN CAN WITH WATER and use the HOE on the wet soil.
  • Take the SMALL KEY (V).
  • Walk down twice and turn left.
  • Zoom into the chest; put the SMALL KEY into the lock (W) to open the chest.
  • Take the KNIFE SWITCH (X).
  • Move forward.
  • Zoom into the panel; put the KNIFE SWITCH into the slot (Y) and pull the lever.
  • Zoom into the large panel (Z) and play the mini-game.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Press the levers so that each flask is filled according to the red marking.
  • To solve this puzzle (1), press the levers A-F in the following sequence: B, Ax2, B, D, C, Dx2, F, Ex2, and Fx2.
  • Take the CIRCULAR SAW (G).
  • Walk down.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the vent; use the CIRCULAR SAW to remove the grid (H) and take the SAW HANDLE (I).
  • Walk down and move forward twice.
  • Zoom into the tree trunk; put the SAW HANDLE on the blade (J) and put the SCREWS into the slots marked in purple.
  • Use the SCREWDRIVER to tighten the screws marked in green; take the SAW (K).

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the door; use the SAW to remove the board (L).
  • Play the HOS.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Take the blue paint, paint the butterfly with it, and take the blue butterfly (M).
  • Open the oven and take the horseshoe (N).
  • Remove the curtain and take the bell (O).
  • The PLANK will be added to inventory.
  • Move forward.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Put down the BOARD to cross the swamp (P).
  • Zoom into the right statue and play the mini-game.
  • Press the arrow buttons to move all the three crystals to the lower cell marked in purple.
  • To solve this puzzle (Q), press the arrows A-L in the following order: G, B, J, C, J, K(x2), D(x2), F(x3), L(x2), Ax2, H, B, I, C, J, D, F, L(x2), G(x3), I, C, J, D, F(x2), and L(x2).

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Use your crystal (R) to charge it.
  • Zoom into the chest; press both switches marked in purple and take the SUN (S).
  • Walk down twice.
  • Press your crystal to remove the curse.
  • Zoom into the wheelbarrow; take the PLAN (T).
  • Walk down, turn left, and move forward.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Use your crystal (U) to remove the curse.
  • Zoom into the oven; take the COAL (V) and the CLOUD CHARMS (W).
  • Walk down five times.
  • Zoom into the statue; put the SUN, the PLAN, and the CLOUDS onto the plate and play the mini-game.
  • Rearrange the puzzle pieces according to the picture on the plan.
  • Press any puzzle piece to move it.
  • The screenshot displays the correct solution (X).
  • Take the BRIDGE KEY (Y). Move forward.
  • Zoom into the bridge and then zoom into the lock; put the BRIDGE KEY into the lock marked in purple. Turn right.

Chapter 5: Last Step

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the window; take the 1/3 WOODEN OCTOPUS (Z) and the RADIO DIAL (A).
  • Move forward.
  • Open the door (B).
  • Move forward.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Open the door marked in green.
  • Try to move forward.
  • Zoom into the staircase; remove three boards and take the 2/3 WOODEN OCTOPUS (C).
  • Zoom into the radio; take the 1/2 CIRCULAR PUZZLE PIECE (D) and add the RADIO DIAL to the radio (E).
  • Play the mini-game.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Press the power switch marked in purple.
  • Set the levers and handles so that the pointer reaches the number 5.
  • The screenshot displays the correct solution (F).
  • Take the WIRE (G).
  • Zoom into the poster; use the COAL on it and make note of the sign sequence (H).
  • Walk down twice.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the window; use the WIRE to open it (I) and take the WOODEN EYE (J).
  • Move forward.
  • Zoom into the statue; put the WOODEN EYE into the slot marked in purple and take the STONE RUNE (K).
  • Walk down.
  • Zoom into the top of the door; put the STONE RUNE into the slot to play a mini-game.
  • Swap runes to create the correct sequence (L).
  • Turn left.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the red mask; take the BRUSH (M).
  • Zoom into the window; take the EMPTY JAR (N) and the KING (O).
  • Remove the red curtain marked in green.
  • Play the HOS.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Take the cord, put it on the curtain, and take the quiver (P).
  • Take the axe, use it to break away the stone from the wall, and take the treble clef (Q).
  • Press the scroll and take the yin and yang (R).
  • The MAGNET will be added to inventory.
  • Walk down and move forward twice.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the broken glass container; put the MAGNET on it to acquire the EARRING (S).
  • Zoom into the shelf; use the BRUSH to remove the cobwebs and take the WOODEN RING (T).
  • Walk down twice and turn left.
  • Zoom into the red mask; put the EARRING on the mask (U) and take the KNIGHT (V).

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the right mask; add the WOODEN RING to it (W) and turn the ring three times; take the WIZARD (X).
  • Zoom into the chest; put the KING, the KNIGHT, and the WIZARD into the empty compartments marked in purple.
  • Play the mini-game.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Swap the statuettes so that each statuette is in the correct compartment.
  • Place the statuettes according to the screenshot (Y) and swap the statuettes 1 and 2 to complete this puzzle.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the chest; remove the blanket and take the OCTOPUS (Z).
  • Walk down.
  • Zoom into the tiny plate; put the OCTOPUS into the slot (A) and take the KEY (B).
  • Move forward twice.
  • Zoom into the staircase; put the KEY into the lock (C) and take the SLINGSHOT (D).
  • Walk down.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the window; use the SLINGSHOT to reach it and take the MERMAID STATUE (E).
  • Walk down.
  • Zoom into the window; put the MERMAID STATUE onto the casket (F), open it, and take the STONE HORN (G).
  • Move forward.
  • Zoom into the stone statue; put the STONE HORN into the slot (H) and take the 3/3 WOODEN OCTOPUS (I).

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the window; add the 3 WOODEN OCTOPUSES to the board and play the mini-game.
  • Swap and rotate octopus pictures to form a coherent picture.
  • The screenshot displays the correct solution (J).
  • Take the ROPE (K).

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the hillside; put the ROPE on the branch (L).
  • Climb down the rope.
  • Zoom into the mural; take the FISH (M).
  • Walk down twice and turn left.
  • Zoom into the window; put the FISH into the slot (N) and take the 2/2 CIRCULAR PUZZLE PIECE (O).
  • Walk down, move forward and climb down the rope.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the mural; add the 2 CIRCULAR PUZZLE PIECES to it and play the mini-game.
  • To solve this puzzle (1), select and swap the puzzle parts to recreate the picture.
  • Play the HOS.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Move the beam marked in green and take the handprint (P).
  • Take the moon, put it next to the sun, and take the eclipse (Q).
  • Open the trophy and take the ballerina (R).
  • The GLASS will go into inventory.
  • Walk down.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the window; use the GLASS to cut the teddy bear’s seam, open it, and take the BUTTON (S).
  • Climb down the rope.
  • Zoom into the entrance; add the BUTTON to the board (T) and play the mini-game.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • The lever marked in purple has to go to the right side to open the entrance.
  • Choose the appropriate pictures A-G by pressing the related buttons.
  • The screenshot displays the correct solution (1).
  • Move forward.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the door and then zoom into the chest; take the CANNON HANDLE (U).
  • Zoom into the fountain; press the hook (V), take the WOODEN CARVING (W), and the 1/3 DOMINO (X).

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the cannon and then zoom into the ship; put down the EMPTY JAR (Y).
  • Put the WOODEN CARVING marked in purple into the jar to acquire the JAR WITH TERMITES.
  • Walk down three times and move forward.
  • Zoom into the window; use the JAR WITH TERMITES on the boards marked in green and take the HOOK (Z).
  • Walk down, climb down the rope, and move forward.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the fountain; combine the HOOK with the chain and take the CHAIN (A).
  • Zoom into the cannon; put the CANNON HANDLE (B) and the CHAIN (C) on the cannon.
  • Zoom into the deck; climb up the chain (D).

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Turn the skeleton marked in green.
  • Zoom into the desk; take the SKULL TOKEN (E) and read the book.
  • Zoom into the chest; take the KNOB (F).
  • Zoom into the small table; put the KNOB onto the drawer (G) and open the drawer.
  • Take the 2/3 DOMINO (H) and the HOOK (I).
  • Walk down.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the large door and then zoom into the chest; put the SKULL TOKEN into the slot marked in green and take the RIFLE SCOPE (J).
  • Zoom into the cannon and then zoom into the ship; use the HOOK on the domino and take the 3/3 DOMINO (K).
  • Climb up the chain.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the skull panel; add the 3 DOMINOES to the board and play the mini-game.
  • Put each domino into a slot; touching domino sides have to show the same symbol.
  • The screenshot displays the correct solution (L).
  • Take the BULLETS (M).
  • Zoom into the chest; put the RIFLE SCOPE on the rifle and the BULLETS into the rifle (N); take the SNIPER RIFLE.
  • Walk down.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the cannon; use the SNIPER RIFLE to shoot at the barrels of gunpowder (P).
  • Shoot the cannon (Q) at the barrels with gunpowder (R).
  • Move forward.
  • Play the HOS.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Take the feather, put it on the hat, and take the plumed hat (S).
  • Take the skull flag, put it on the ship, and take the pirate ship (T).
  • Take the arrow, put it on the crossbow, and take the loaded crossbow (U).
  • The SHACKLES will go into inventory.
  • Walk down and climb up the chain.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the jaws; put the SHACKLES between the jaws (V) and take the OCTOPUS (W).
  • Walk down and enter the ship.
  • Zoom into the skeleton; remove the hands, put the OCTOPUS into the slot marked in purple, and play the mini-game.
  • Turn the circle plates to create a coherent pattern.
  • The screenshot displays the correct solution (X).
  • Take the CAPTAIN’S KEY marked in green.
  • Walk down and climb up the chain.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the skeleton; put the CAPTAIN’S KEY into the lock (Y) and take the TRIDENT (Z).
  • Walk down.
  • Zoom into the large door and then zoom into the lock; put the TRIDENT into the slot (A).
  • Move forward.

Chapter 6: Ancient God

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the steps; take the STICK (B) and the SWORD (C).
  • Walk down and enter the ship.
  • Zoom into the barrels; use the STICK to get rid of the crab and take the 1/2 SPIKE (D).
  • Zoom into the large crystal; use the SWORD to cut the rope and take the CROWBAR (E).
  • Walk down and go through the large door.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Zoom into the right shell; use the CROWBAR to open the shell and take the STAR (F).
  • Walk down and enter the ship.
  • Zoom into the large crystal; put the STAR into the slot (G) and play the mini-game.
  • Untangle the star lines so they don’t intersect by moving the stars.
  • The screenshot displays the correct solution (H).
  • Use your crystal (I) to charge it.
  • Climb up the chain.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Use your crystal (J) to remove the curse.
  • Zoom into the cage; open the cage and take the 2/2 SPIKE (K).
  • Walk down and move forward.
  • Use your crystal to remove the curse.
  • Zoom into the statue; put the 2 SPIKES into the slots marked in purple.
  • Zoom into the left shell; take the KRAKEN’S HORN (L); use your crystal and take POSEIDON’S TRIDENT (M).
  • Move forward.

Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

  • Use the KRAKEN’S HORN on the creature (N) to defeat it.
  • Move forward twice.
  • Watch the final cut scene.
    • Congratulations, you have completed Mystery of the Ancients: The Curse of the Black Water.

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