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  • This is the official guide for Royal Detective: Borrowed Life.
  • This guide does not mention each time you have to zoom into a location; the screenshots show each zoom scene.
  • Hidden-object puzzles are referred to as HOPs. This guide does not show screenshots of the HOPs, however, it will mention when a HOP is available and the inventory item collected.
  • This guide gives solutions for all puzzles that are not random. Please read the instructions in the game for each puzzle.

Chapter 1: Find Tristan

Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Receive a DOVE.
  • Take the CLOSED BOTTLE (A), CARROT (B) and BROKEN JACK (C).
  • Give the CARROT to the horse (D).
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Take the METAL ROD (E); move the hat and take the CORKSCREW (F).
  • Combine the CLOSED BOTTLE with the CORKSCREW; create OIL (Inventory).
  • Combine the BROKEN JACK with METAL ROD and OIL; create JACK (Inventory).
  • Take the PORTRAIT PIECE (G).
  • Use the JACK (H); remove the pillars.
  • Enter the Mansion.
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Speak to Robert (I); receive ERIC’S MEDALLION.
  • Take the SHOE LACES (J) and CLOCK HAND (K).
  • Walk down.
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Use the CLOCK HAND on the 2nd PORTRAIT PIECE (L); take it.
  • Enter the Mansion.
  • Place the 2 PORTRAIT PIECES; complete the photo (M).
  • Take the PORTRAIT (N).
  • Walk down.
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Use the SHOE LACES (O); take ERIC’S BAG (P).
  • Place the PORTRAIT and take the MAN FIGURINE (Q); and read the note.
  • Place the MAN FIGURINE (R); take the BAG CLASP (S) and read the scroll.
  • Enter the Mansion.
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Place the BAG CLASP (T).
  • Match the colors (U).
  • Take the PLIERS (V).
  • Use the PLIERS; take the SPRING (W).
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Open ERIC’S MEDALLION (Inventory); select twice. Place the SPRING, select twice and take the SKULL KEY (X).
  • Use the PLIERS to get the IRON BUTTON (Y); insert the SKULL KEY.
  • Play the HOP (Z); receive a MONOGRAM E.
  • Combine ERIC’S BAG and MONOGRAM E (Inventory); take ERIC’S NOTES and CLOCK PIECE 1/3 (A).
  • Give ERIC’S NOTES to Robert (B); receive a STATUE SIGN.
  • Walk down.
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Place the IRON BUTTON and push it (C); take the CLOCK PIECE 2/3 (D).
  • Use the STATUE SIGN (E).
  • Walk forward.
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Speak to Henrietta (F).
  • Take the SUITCASE (G) and SCALPEL (H).
  • Go to the Mansion.
  • Use the SCALPEL to get the CLASP (I).
  • Combine the SUITCASE and CLASP (Inventory); read the note. Take the UMBRELLA and SCREWDRIVER (J).
  • Return to Henrietta’s House.
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Use the UMBRELLA to retrieve the WEDGE (M).
  • Use the SCREWDRIVER to get the CLOCK PIECES (N).
  • Return to the Mansion.
  • Place the CLOCK PIECES (O).
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Select arrows in order until it looks like its corresponding screen: A down until A1, B up until B1, C down until C1 and D up until D1.
  • Read the note; take the SILVER KEY (P).
  • Go to Henrietta’s House.
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Insert the SILVER KEY; turn it (Q).
  • Go to the Park.
  • Take the CAULDRON (R).
  • Place the WEDGE (S); select the stone (T) and take the TILE (S).
  • Take the PARROT WING and place the TILE (U); take the SPADE’S SHAFT (V).
  • Take the FORK AND SPOON (W).
  • Place the SPADE’S SHAFT; take the SPADE (X).
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Take the BROKEN PARROT (Y); use the SPADE to get the FIRST AID KEY (Z).
  • Walk down.
  • Place the FORK AND SPOON (A); take the WHEEL, FLOUR and GLUE RECIPE (B).
  • Place the WHEEL (C).
  • Play the HOP (D); receive a RAKE.
  • Use the FIRST AID KEY (E).
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Solution (F).
  • Take the INGREDIENT J (G).
  • Return to the Park.
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Use the RAKE and CAULDRON on the water (H); receive a CAULDRON WITH WATER.
  • Place the GLUE RECIPE, CAULDRON WITH WATER, FLOUR and INGREDIENT J (I).
  • Select the flour, cauldron and take the GLUE (J).
  • Combine the BROKEN PARROT, GLUE and PARROT WING; receive HENRIETTA’S PARROT (Inventory).
  • Walk down.
  • Give HENRIETTA’S PARROT to Henrietta (K); receive WORKER FIGURINE.
  • Place the WORKER FIGURINE (L); take the NAIL PULLER (M).
  • Return to the Park.
  • Use the NAIL PULLER 3x (N).
  • Walk forward.
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Take the SCOOP NET (O); read the note.
  • Walk down.
  • Use the SCOOP NET (P); take the PALETTE KNIFE (P).
  • Use the PALETTE KNIFE; take the MUSIC NOTE (Q).
  • Walk forward.
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Place the MUSIC NOTE (R).
  • Solution (1-6); take the LID PROP (S).
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Use the LID PROP (T); take the MITTEN.
  • Use the MITTEN to get the LAMP and PIANO KEY (U).
  • Place the LAMP (V).
  • Play the HOP (V1); receive a CODE.
  • Use the CODE; punch in 913 (W).
  • Go to the Watermill.
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Take the CHISEL (X) and 2nd PIANO KEY (Y).
  • Walk down.
  • Place the 2 PIANO KEYS (Z).
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Solution: D-F-H, B-E-G and H-D-C-G-A.
  • Take the FOLDED PAPER (I).
  • Go to the Watermill.
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Open the FOLDED PAPER (Inventory); take the STATUE PLAN, BLUNT KNIFE and MILL AMULET (J).
  • Place the MILL AMULET (K).
  • Move the following: BIA-GIB-CIG-FIC-HIF-AIH-DIA-EID and AIE (K1).
  • Walk forward.
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Use the BLUNT KNIFE (L); receive a KNIFE.
  • Walk down.
  • Use the KNIFE to get the MECHANISM PART (M); read the note.
  • Place the MECHANISM PART (N); receive an OLIVIA FIGURINE.
  • Walk forward.
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Combine the DOVE and STATUE PLAN; receive a FEATHER (Inventory).
  • Place the FEATHER (O) and OLIVIA FIGURINE (P); take the 2 DOOR PIECES and OLIVIA SKETCH (Q).
  • Place the 2 DOOR PIECES (R); select 1-2 and 3.
  • Receive a PACKAGE.
  • Open the PACKAGE (Inventory); get a KEY HALF and FOREST MAP (S).
  • Walk down.
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Use the FOREST MAP (T).
  • Select the arrows: A-B-B-C-B-B, B-B-A-B-A-A and B-C-B-B-C-B.

Chapter 2: Tristan’s Workshop

Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Take the BOATHOOK (U).
  • Use the BOATHOOK to get the AXE (V).
  • Use the AXE; take the PLANKS (W).
  • Place the planks (X); select them.
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Take the BAG (Y).
  • Open the BAG (Inventory); take the CAMOMILE, SEEDS and CLASP PIN (Z).
  • Give the SEEDS; take the 2nd KEY HALF (A).
  • Place the 2 KEY HALVES (B).
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Solution: F-G, E-F, J-I, A-E, I-J, E-I, D-E-A, F-E-D, B-F-E, A-B, E-A, G-F-E, B-F, C-B, H-G-C and F-G-H (C1).
  • Enter the Workshop.
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Use the CLASP PIN on the lock (C); take LEATHER GLOVE, PRUNERS SPRING and read the note (D).
  • Take TRISTAN’S SCARF (E) and TRISTAN’S CASE (F).
  • Use the CHISEL; take the LOCOMOTIVE (G).
  • Walk down.
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Place the LOCOMOTIVE (H); take the KNIGHT FIGURINE (I).
  • Use the LEATHER GLOVE to get the CLOSED BOTTLE (J).
  • Combine the CLOSED BOTTLE, TRISTAN’S SCARF and CORKSCREW; create a BOTTLE OF ACID (Inventory).
  • Walk forward.
  • Place the KNIGHT FIGURINE (K); take the WOODEN HANDLE (L).
  • Pull the handle; replace the WOODEN HANDLE (M).
  • Take the ROSE and 2nd OLIVIA SKETCH (N).
  • Go to Inside Watermill.
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Receive a CHAIN.
  • Place the 2 OLIVIA SKETCHES (O).
  • Play the HOP (P); receive OLIVIA’S STATUE.
  • Go to Workshop.
  • Use the CHAIN to retrieve the TULIP (Q); take it.
  • Walk down.
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Place the ROSE, CAMOMILE and TULIP (R).
  • Move the following: D-A, C-D, B-F, A-B, B-C, E-A, A-B and F-E.
  • Enter the Front Garden.
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Use the LEATHER GLOVE; take the CROSS SCREWDRIVER (S).
  • Pour the BOTTLE OF ACID; take the GNOME HEAD (T) and read the note.
  • Place the GNOME HEAD (U); receive a PATTERN PART.
  • Go to the Workshop.
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Use the CROSS SCREWDRIVER (V); take the FRAME PIECE (W).
  • Use the FRAME PIECE to get the 2nd PATTERN PART (X).
  • Place the 2 PATTERN PARTS (Y).
  • Select the following: E-C, E-A, B-D and F-E.
  • Take the ARROW (Z).
  • Use the ARROW; take the EMERALD CLASP (A).
  • Go to the Front Garden.
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Combine TRISTAN’S CASE and EMERALD CLASP (Inventory); take the CABINET HANDLE and WIRE (B).
  • Select the handle and place the CABINET HANDLE (C).
  • Take the BROKEN PRUNERS and BED COVER (D).
  • Use the BED COVER (E).
  • Go to By the Museum.
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Use OLIVIA’S STATUE (F).
  • Move as follows: AB-BC-BD and DE.
  • Walk forward.
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Take the TONGS (G).
  • Walk down.
  • Use the TONGS; receive an EMBER CLASP (H).
  • Combine TRISTAN’S CASE with EMBER CLASP (Inventory); take the MAGNIFYING GLASS and FILE (I).
  • Use the FILE (J); receive the EAGLE FIGURINE.
  • Take TRISTAN’S BOX (K).
  • Place the EAGLE FIGURINE (L); take the GUARD’S KEY (M) and read the note.
  • Walk down.
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Use the GUARD’S KEY (N); open the door.
  • Take the PRUNERS PART and ANGEL FIGURINE (O).
  • Combine BROKEN PRUNERS, PRUNERS PART and PRUNERS SPRING; create a PRUNER (Inventory).
  • Use the PRUNER; take the DISK (P).
  • Go to the Grand Hall.
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Use the PRUNER (Q).
  • Play the HOP; receive a GLASS CUTTER (R).
  • Use the PRUNER (S).
  • Walk down.
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Use the GLASS CUTTER; take the JINGLE-BELLS WITHOUT BELLS and 2nd DISK (T).
  • Place the 2 DISKS (U).
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Solution: C-Bx2-Ax3-Fx2-Gx3-Ex2 and D.
  • Take the JEWELED RING (V).
  • Walk forward.
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Place the JEWELED RING (W); receive a BONE.
  • Walk down.
  • Insert the BONE (X);take the 2nd ANGEL FIGURINE (Y).
  • Go forward.
  • Place the 2 ANGEL FIGURINES (Z); take the BROOCH (A).
  • Place the BROOCH (B); take the RUBY CLASP and BELLS (C).
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Combine JINGLE-BELLS WITHOUT BELLS, BELLS and OLIVIA’S STATUE; receive OLIVIA’S STATUE WITH JINGLE-BELLS (Inventory).
  • Combine TRISTAN’S CASE and RUBY CLASP (Inventory). Read the note; take the CYPHER and OLIVIA’S VIGNETTE (D).
  • Place the CYPHER and MAGNIFYING GLASS; solution (E).
  • Walk down.
  • Use OLIVIA’S STATUE WITH JINGLE-BELLS (F).
  • Go to Small Hall.
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Receive a MONOGRAM T.
  • Use the TONGS to receive a BEAK (G).
  • Take the BLADE (H).
  • Place the BEAK (I); take the SHOP WINDOW CLASP and STAINED GLASS PIECE 1/3 (J).
  • Insert the SHOP WINDOW CLASP (K); take TRISTAN’S VIGNETTE (L).
  • Combine TRISTAN’S BOX, OLIVIA’S VIGNETTE, TRISTAN’S VIGNETTE and MONOGRAM T (Inventory); take the STAINED GLASS PIECE 2/3 and OWL EYE (M).
  • Place the OWL EYE (N); take the BEETLE (O).
  • Place the BEETLE (P).
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Solution: B1-B2-C1-E1-E2-D2-E3-E2-B4-B3.
  • F3-A3-D4-F2-F1-F4-F3-F2-F3-F4-F3 and A4 (Q).
  • Receive a STAINED GLASS WINDOW.
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Place the STAINED GLASS WINDOW (R).
  • Play the HOP (S); receive BIRD WINGS.
  • Take the KNAPSACK (T).
  • Combine the KNAPSACK and WIRE (Inventory); take the BIRD HEAD (U).
  • Place the BIRD HEAD (V) and BIRD WINGS (W).
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Select the following: Ax3-D-C-B-A-Dx2-C-B-D-C-Dx2-Cx2-E-D-Ex2 and Dx2 (X).
  • Go through the door.

Chapter 3: Save Tristan

Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Receive a CODE.
  • Use the TONGS; receive a DOG FIGURINE (A).
  • Take the NUT and place the DOG FIGURINE (B); take the GOLDEN COIN and WRENCH (C).
  • Use the BLADE; receive a SLINGSHOT WITHOUT BAND (D).
  • Place the NUT (E); take the 2nd GOLDEN COIN (F).
  • Place the 2 GOLDEN COINS (G).
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Matching halves: AE-BG-CH and DF (I).
  • Walk forward.
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Use the WRENCH (J); take the ROOSTER (K).
  • Use the TONGS; receive BRANCHES (L).
  • Play the HOP (M); receive MASKS 1/3.
  • Place the ROOSTER (N).
  • Use the WRENCH; take the MUSHROOM (O).
  • Take the BELT (P).
  • Select the gates (Q); take the GORDON’S VIGNETTE (R).
  • Walk down.
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Place the MUSHROOM (S); take the MASKS 2/3 (T).
  • Combine the BRANCHES with BELT; create a DUSTER BRUSH (Inventory).
  • Use the DUSTER BRUSH; take the TIRE LEVER and MAGNET (U).
  • Use the TIRE LEVER (V); receive MASKS.
  • Walk forward.
  • Place the MASKS (W).
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Select the following: A-B-A-B and Cx3 (X).
  • Walk forward.
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Take the BROKEN HACKSAW (Y).
  • Take the HACKSAW PART and WALLET (Z).
  • Combine the BROKEN HACKSAW and HACKSAW PART; create a HACKSAW (Inventory).
  • Use the MAGNET (A); take the AMULET ENVELOPE.
  • Walk down.
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Use the HACKSAW; take the CHAIN (B).
  • Attach the CHAIN (C); take the WINDING KEY (D).
  • Go to the Private Sector.
  • Use the WINDING KEY (E); take the BAND (F).
  • Combine the SLINGSHOT WITHOUT BAND and BAND; create a SLINGSHOT (Inventory).
  • Walk down.
  • Use the SLINGSHOT (G).
  • Shoot 3x when green (H); take the 2nd AMULET ENVELOPE (I).
  • Go forward.
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Place the 2 AMULET ENVELOPES (J); move the envelopes and take the HUNTER’S KEY (K).
  • Use GORDON’S VIGNETTE and HUNTER’S KEY (L).
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Solution (M).
  • Walk forward.
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Use the BLADE (N); take the BROKEN CROSSBOW and DEER HALF (O).
  • Take the CANDLE (P).
  • Use the CANDLE; enter (Q).
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Take GORDON’S NOTES and PEGASUS FIGURINE (R).
  • Place the PEGASUS FIGURINE (S); take the 2nd DEER HALF (T).
  • Walk down.
  • Place the 2 DEER HALVES (U).
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Solution: BC-CD-DE-EF-B2-23-34-45-56.
  • B2-23-34-45-4D-C3-34-12-23-AB-2B and 12 (V).
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Play the HOP (W); receive a SACK.
  • Examine the SACK and untie it (Inventory); take the CROSSBOW PART 1/3 and AWL (X).
  • Use the AWL; take the ROPE and CHEST OF DRAWERS HANDLE (Y).
  • Use the AWL; take the COIN (Z).
  • Walk down.
  • Use the COIN (A); take the UNICORN FIGURINE (B).
  • Go to the Collection Room.
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Place the CHEST OF DRAWERS HANDLE (C); take the MONOGRAM (D).
  • Combine the WALLET and MONOGRAM (Inventory); examine the photo and take the DIAMOND (E).
  • Place the UNICORN FIGURINE (F); take the DRUM WHEEL (G).
  • Walk down.
  • Place the DRUM WHEEL and CODE; set the code (H). Take the TWO GUNS and VINEGAR (I).
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Combine GORDON’S NOTES, DIAMOND and TWO GUNS (Inventory).
  • Order is random (J); take the BOAR FANG (K).
  • Use the BOAR FANG (L); take the CROSSBOW PART 2/3 (M).
  • Walk forward.
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Pour the VINEGAR (N); take the AMULET INFINITY and NIPPERS (O).
  • Place the AMULET INFINITY (P); take the BEE and BRONZE KEY (Q).
  • Walk down.
  • Place the BEE (R).
  • Play the HOP (S) and receive a HOOK.
  • Walk down.
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Combine the ROPE and HOOK; create a HOOK WITH ROPE (Inventory).
  • Use the NIPPERS; receive a NET (T).
  • Walk down.
  • Use the HOOK WITH ROPE (U).
  • Walk the log (V).
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Take the WOODEN LADDER and CROSSBOW PART (W).
  • Go to the Collection Room.
  • Place the WOODEN LADDER (X) and the BRONZE KEY (Y).
  • Receive an AMULET DROPLET and OLIVIA’S STATUE.
Royal Detective: Borrowed Life
  • Place the AMULET DROPLET (Z); take the BOWSTRING (A).
  • Combine the BROKEN CROSSBOW, CROSSBOW PART, BOWSTRING and NET to create a CROSSBOW WITH NET (Inventory).
  • Go to the Precipice.
  • Use the CROSSBOW WITH NET and OLIVIA’S STATUE (B).
  • Play the Match 3 game (C).
  • Use the BLADE (D).

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