JADE EMPIRE (Part 1)
by Christoph Summerer [Christoph]
Walkthrough by Jenni with invaluable help from Moonpooka for the web page
One day, a friend of Lara's while working on an excavation, discovers new information that proves the existence of the magical Jade-Katana.
So Lara sets off to find the magical Katana
Note: the compass uses Chinese letters, for direction, use:
· Pull up – there is a new pull-up animation
· Forward roll out of crawlspaces – press forward+jump+walk buttons simultaneously and Lara will roll forwards out of the crawlspace
· Standing on movable blocks – Lara can climb on to pushable blocks
Emperor's Gardens: 2nd visit
Emperor's House: 2nd visit
Emperor's Gardens: 3rd visit
Monkey's Paradise: 2nd visit
Star-Shine River: 2nd visit
Emperor's House: 3rd visit
Temple Of Dawn
Secrets, weapons, ammo and health
Items of Importance
Traps and danger
POLES AND THE BLUE KEY
Lara starts the level by sliding
down a slope to jump and dive in to a pool of an open-air room below.
are no goodies in the pool so swim to the side and exit the pool.
Look over at the Chinese Warrior on the
other side of the pool, you need to use the poles above you to get to his side,
but the pole alone won’t get you there….to your left is a niche requiring a
key. You need to find the key to
trigger a rope to appear to help you make it to the other side. If you head
outside (note the block on the left and the niche requiring an object to open a
door next to it on your right), a cut-scene will show Lara looking up at the cliffs and floating ledges
above the open pool room where she’ll say “Ah, wonderful!
But it will be hard work to get up there.” …a hint as to where
the key is. But first, hop in to the water and swim under the bridge to collect
a Small Medipack.
Head over to the SW edge of where
the water flows off the cliff. Run-jump
to the flat ledge jutting out of the corner of the cliff. Then do a single jump
to the floating ledge in the W. Turn
to your right and run-jump to the gap in the cliff.
Jump to the floating ledge in the SE direction.
Run-Jump and grab the next floating ledge, then jump to the flat ledge
off the cliff ahead of you. Face N
and jump up to the top of the cliff where it’s flat.
You can continue your way to get the key or can detour for a secret now,
pick up the walk at the * if you’re not
bothered to get the secret. Run
along the base of the steep vertical cliff heading in the N direction, running
over the roof to the other side. When
you get to the edge, jump to the flat part of the cliff ledge in the NE
direction, then turn to face E. Jump
to the base of the ledge and over the sloped part of the cliff to avoid sliding
to your death and collect SECRET 1: Large Medipack
Head back to the other side of the base
of the cliff (over the roof again) to continue your jumps to the floating
the S side of the base of the steep vertical cliff, turn to face SE to jump to
the flat cliff ledge. Hang-drop
down on the W side, shimmy right to the corner to avoid sliding to your death
when landing on the ledge below. Turn
to face W and make your way to the end using the floating blocks.
When you get to the end, face NW and jump to the flat ledge on the cliff,
hang-drop over the side and shimmy left all way around the corner, then pull up
at the flat part of the cliff ledge. Jump
up to the top of the rocks, being careful to land on flat parts so Lara
doesn’t slide back down in to the pool room.
Spot the block-ledge just to the right of you and make your way to the
other side (W side of it) to climb up on to it.
Face N and jump to the floating block just in front of you, now make your
way to the top floating block. Face
NW and run-jump to the flat crevice in the cliff.
Follow the path and run along to the end of the bridge.
At the end, use the “look” button to line Lara up with the next
floating block. Jump to the next
block on your right then follow them around back alongside the bridge.
When you reach the block just past the bridge, face W and jump to the
blocks in that direction. Make your
way to the long block which resembles a bridge, then face S, run-jump and pull
up at this block, at the next one – only run-jump and land on the block, do
not grab as Lara won’t grab it. Face
E and continue jumping to the next blocks, making your way up towards the
waterfall in the SE direction. When
you arrive at the block on the right side of the waterfall, run-jump to the
ledge in the NW direction. From this
ledge, jump over the slope to land on another flat ledge in the S.
Turn to face NE and jump up to the flat area at the top of the cliff.
Head over to the NE side and spot the flat niche – run jump to it and
make your way to the top to get the Blue Key.
can slide down the left side of the slope in to the pool below or can take a
detour to get the 2nd secret. Pick
up the walk at the ** if you’re not bothered to get the 2nd
secret. Make your way back down to
the area where you can look down in to the pool room, head over to the N side
and look down to see an entrance to a room which isn’t accessible from the
pool area as it’s too high. You’re
not going to get to it without sustaining some amount of damage, I found the
method which results in the least damage is to run off the side of the ledge to
land on the highest part of the sloped ledge below,
shimmy right until you can pull up then jump over the gap in to the room.
2: Large Medipack from the pedestal and head out to make your way back to the pool
** Go over to the key hole and use the Blue Key to make the ropes appear on the other side of the room near where the Chinese Warrior is located.
found Lara more likely to grab the pole if attempting to grab it by it’s left
or right side rather than exactly in the middle.
Line Lara up with the right rope (you’ll see why I chose the rope on
the right soon), run-jump and press action (no need to hold the
action button, once Lara is on the pole she will swing around by herself) to grab the
pole, Lara will swing around it once then will jump to the next pole, wait until
she’s close to grabbing the 2nd pole before hitting action again, if you hit
action too soon, Lara won’t grab it. She
will swing around it once and then jump forward again, so hit and hold action
again for Lara to grab the rope. (If
you jumped to the rope on the left you can swing to the ledge with the Chinese
Warrior then immediately draw guns and gun him down.
He can only be killed when shooting at his front. Then run-jump to grab
the rope closest to the N wall. But
you can miss him altogether if you jumped to the rope on the right in the first
instance. So if you jumped to
the right rope in the first place, while still on the rope, turn to face N and
swing to jump and grab the vines on the wall.
Climb to the top and shimmy to the right to make your way to a ledge
containing a Mystic Gem.
Take the Mystic Gem and a cutscene will show an explosion outside where
floating blocks will appear below and off the edge of the outside pool, but
before you head back out there, face W and jump up to grab the invisible
(invisible on this side) shimmy ledge. Shimmy
right around the corner until you reach an alcove on the N side – let go and
take the Small Medipack, now
head back outside.
to the edge of the NW corner of the cliff carefully and look down to see the
newly appeared floating blocks. Jump
to the flat part of the cliff, face E and hop back to grab the ladder to climb
down to the block below. Continue
climbing down and jump through the waterfall – follow the blocks heading E, be
careful when jumping to avoid over-hanging rocks as you make your way under the main,
large island. Make your way to a
cherry tree which has appeared, as you approach the tree, a cutscene will show
Lara approaching the tree to pick a Cherry Blossom
where Lara will say “Hmmm, a cherry bud.
I should take this with me, it might come in handy”.
A block will appear on the other side of the tree.
So head around to its W side where the ground is slightly higher to
climb to the top. Jump up to the
ledge on your right and head over to flick the jump-switch, this will make the
block just outside the pool room move back in to the recess of the wall so head
the mystic gem on the pedestal and a cutscene will show more ledges appear to
allow access to the 2nd large island with a building.
BLOCK JUMPING REVISITED AND THE GLASS WITH MAGIC FLUID
outside and make your way to the block jumping part again as if you were on your
way to get the Blue Key. This time
though, from the 4th block running alongside the bridge, turn left
(W) and run-jump to the block in this direction, follow the blocks to make your
way to the new island with the building. From
the last block (where you sustain a small amount of injury when you land on it).
Turn to face W and jump to the flat part of the ledge,
jump to the next flat part still heading W.
Continue your way around jumping to each flat spot.
You’ll see a way inside on the other side, but first to get the last
secret – simply continue along the ledge (jumping to flat spots if necessary)
to head around to the N side of the building outside, pick up SECRET
3: Uzis Now head inside, a cutscene
will show the Glass with Magic Fluid
out of reach of Lara beyond the spikes and Lara will say “This is a strange
fluid, somehow….magical”. Spot
the jumpswitch on the right side of the entrance and flick it to turn off the
spikes so you can collect the glass of magic fluid.
As Lara picks up the glass, she will say “Maybe…I should add the
cherry bud to the fluid, and see what happens…”.
Combine the glass of magic fluid with the cherry blossom to make Glass
with a Cherry Bud, now you’re to make your
way back to the wall niche opposite where you placed the Mystic Gem.
Head outside and jump along the flat parts of the slope outside the
building again until you make it to the first floating block.
Run-jump to the ladder on the block and climb to the top.
Run-jump to the ladder on the next block and climb up again. Now make your way back to the niche. The quickest way would be to jump to the block that resembles
a bridge again, then head to the last block in the S direction until Lara is
over the outside pool area. Simply
run Lara off the SW corner of this block in to the water below – if you do
this right, she should land in the deep part of the pool sustaining no damage
(grab the Small Medipack now if you didn’t before).
Place the glass with a cherry bud in the niche to lower the door to Lara’s left and slide down in to the pool. Swim along the short passage in the W and climb out, run to the end of the passage and jump down in to the next level.
in to the pool then immediately swim to the waterfall bank ahead of you, pull up
and shoot the Water
Snake in the pool and head up the waterfall.
A cutscene will show the Revolver and the crowbar (among other things).
the top of the waterfall, climb up on to the ledge on either the right or left
side and head up to the balcony which overlooks the pool (on the left side, pick
up the Revolver Ammo under
the stool by crouching down). Spot
the covered pedestals for gems in the middle of the balcony.
Now head left and look down towards the pool, spot the Yang
and do a single jump over the railing to land on the ledge below, sustaining a
bit of damage. Pick up the Yang,
then hop back in to the pool and make your way up to the right side of the
balcony. Pick up the Small
Medipack at your feet than jump over the railing to collect the Yin,
combine the Yin and Yang to make the Yin-Yang.
Swim over to the SW corner and pick up the Shotgun
Ammo before exiting the pool.
your way to either ledge at the top of the waterfall again (probably best to
pick the one without the stools as they’ll just get in the way), and run-jump
over the side of the waterfall in to the pool below. Don’t jump in to the middle of the waterfall as the current
will carry you back to where you are, you must try to land on it’s side where
the current there will sweep you in to the pool below. Quickly swim to the SE corner and climb on to the ledge to
shoot the two Water Snakes which are after you.
Swim down to collect the Shotgun Ammo
from the middle of the pool, and the Small Medipack
in the SW corner. Climb out on to
the ledge again, jump over to the ledge on the side of the waterfall and jump in to the
passage on the W wall.
up the passage to emerge in to a beautiful garden with monkeys.
The monkeys are harmless and Lara won’t point her guns at them anyway.
Note the fan pedestal in the SE corner (which is missing a fan), pick up
the Revolver Ammo nearby. Go over to the W side and spot the mystic stone on the
pedestal inside the small room. Head
in to the room on the N side, as you do – Lara will look up at the roof above.
Head inside to find 3 puzzle pieces to be moved around. But first, head over to the NW corner and crouch to pick up
the Revolver Ammo.
Climb up on to the block containing the
green puzzle piece, standing on its W side, look up to spot a jumpswitch and
jump up to flick it. This opens a
hidden niche containing a switch in the SW wall, so head over there and flick
the switch. A cutscene shows two
walls move out of the way on the roof, this is to access secret 4 but you’ll
get to there later. Now head over
to the only movable piece that’s not on a block (the dark blue one) and pull
it outside and over to it’s tile in the NW corner, this lowers the blocks the
other pieces are on (note: if you hadn’t flicked the jumpswitch before,
it’s too late now as once the blocks are down, they stay down)
them to their respective coloured tiles in each of the 3 doorways.
This lowers the trapdoor on the S side of the garden between the two
plants on pedestals. So head down there to find a dragon stone on the wall (but
you don’t have the crowbar to pry it off yet) so flick the switch instead.
This opens the passage to the roof so head back inside (move one of the
tile pieces out of the way to make access easier) around to the left to the SE
corner of the room and head up the passage to emerge on to the roof overlooking
the garden. Take the 1st Mystic Stone from the pedestal for the doorway to open in the
NW corner near where you moved the first tile piece, then side-jump over the
small balcony to your left to collect the Small
you flicked the jump-switch and the lever before, the way ahead is open to
collect the secret so head past the mystic stone pedestal to collect SECRET 4: Large Medipack and
up the passage opened by taking the mystic stone and draw guns ready to shoot a
Go in to a large open room and shoot the Chinese
who attacks. Head over to the NW
corner and find 3 switches.
the lever on the left to open the middle cage opposite (S side) – head in
there and flick the lever for a cutscene of a door back in the outside garden.
Now go back to the 3 switches and flick the switch on the right to open
the right door opposite, flick the lever there for another cutscene.
Finally, flick the 2nd switch and lift the first switch of the 3
switches to open the door to the left lever opposite – head over there and
flick the final lever to open the door, so make your way there.
Head back to the garden and shoot the Small Dragon, then head over the W side and take the 2nd
Mystic Stone, a
cutscene shows blocks moving out back in the waterfall area so make your way
back there. Jump to the ledge you
used to shoot the two water snakes from before, which is now a block – face W
and run-jump to the block there. Turn
around (face E) and jump to the block. Look
up to see a passage, but it’s currently out of reach so you’ll be back here
later. Instead, run-jump in to the
waterfall and let it carry you over the end. Climb up the ledge on either side and make your way to the
balcony over the pool, place the mystic stones on their pedestals.
You’ll hear a gate opening in the SE corner of the balcony so head in
there (jumping over the bench which is in the way).
LASER SIGHT AND CROWBAR
on to a long waterfall over a cliff. You
have to jump from pillar to pillar to make it to the other side.
When the view changes, equip the binoculars and look to the 4th
pillar along for the Laser
pick it up when you get to it. At
the end of the pillar jump, use the Yin-Yang to open the door – continue
along to emerge in another waterfall area – head up to the NE corner at the
top of the falls and collect the Shotgun
run along the top of the pillars to the other side and slide down to the top of
the pillar and head in to a small cave. Shoot
the ball in the cave (1 of 5 to
shoot). Head outside and jump to
the flat part of the rock – be careful you don’t fall in to the water as a
strong current traps you in a suction hole where you’ll be completely stuck.
Look to the left (S) and see another dragon stone, but you can’t do
much without the crowbar so continue on. Make
your way to the NE corner, using the ledges along the E side, to collect the Crowbar. Now make
your way back to the 1st Dragon Stone and use the crowbar to pry it off.
head back to the balcony overlooking the pool, jump over the bench and use the
crowbar to pry the door open in the E wall, head in there and climb up on to the
ledge, jump over the fast-flowing water to flick the switch to move the block so
you can access that passage above you saw beside the waterfall earlier.
So head back there, either jump in to the water and let the current take you
in to the pool or retrace your steps. Make
your way to the passage in the SE corner of the waterfall area and enter a new
room with water and ledges, shoot the two
Water Snakes. Hop in to the water and
swim over to the block at the E wall.
up and grab the shimmy ledge and shimmy to the right, go around the pillar until
your back is at the Revolver you can see on the ledge, let go to land on the
slope below and immediately backflip on to the ledge.
Pick up the Revolver.
Now it’s time to leave but it’s not going to be easy!
Position Lara as indicated in the
facing the blades.
When the blade on the left is just starting to open (moving away from
Lara) run forward straight ahead (in the NW direction),
then at the last minute, veer right and jump to grab the ledge on the waterfall.
If done right, you should have avoided both blades and suffered no
that you have both the laser sight and Revolver, it’s time to do some
shooting, so slide down in to the waterfall and let the current carry
the end. Climb up on to the balcony and shoot the two balls in the
balcony (that’s 3 – you should have shot the ball in the small
cave where you collected the crowbar, but if not – you’ll have to head
there now to shoot it). Head
back to the waterfall and climb the blocks until you can go as high as you can,
turn to face W, look up and shoot the 4th ball which is under the eaves.
Make your way back to the garden, then head up to the area with the 3
switches – go right over the E side, turn around (face W) and look up, shoot
the 5th and last ball. The
block down in the trapdoor area moves aside to reveal a waterhole so head back
to the garden and over to the S side and drop down the trapdoor again.
Take the 2nd
Dragon Stone as you proceed.
in to the water and take the Chinese Fan, climb out using the higher ground on the SE corner
and head over to the fan pedestal on the SE corner of the garden and place the
fan on it. A door opens in
the E side of the garden (beside the entrance in to this area) so head in there.
Place the two dragon stones and enter a 2nd garden.
only way forward is through the N passage as spikes block the E passage. So head N and turn to the left at the end and flick the jumpswitch to open
access to a secret back in the 2nd garden, but you can get that
later. First, continue in to the
next room to see water and white sloped pillars.
Face the slope nearest you in the NW direction, run-jump and grab it’s
left side (minding Lara’s head on the low ceiling). Pull up and slide to jump to the next slope in the N wall,
slide and jump to the next in the E direction then jump forward to grab the
pillar with the ladder. Climb up
the ladder to the top of the pillar and run-jump in to the room in the SE
corner. Flick the switch to turn
the spikes off. Head out using the
passage on the left (a block was blocking this passage from the garden side but
it’s now moved out of the way) and go back to the garden.
Head over to the E passage which is now spike-free, but first – head
over the NE corner and in to the small passage for SECRET
5: Small Medipack
guns to shoot the Small Dragon that attacks as you enter the E passage. Flick the passage on the E wall to open another area.
Head out of the garden, turn E at the junction (where you placed the
dragon stones) to see the block has moved out of the way and head up to this
area. Head inside the small room
and collect the Blue Gem
cutscene will show a door opening up in the room where the pushable puzzle
pieces were so head back there. But
first, go outside, turn left and take SECRET
6: Uzi Ammo and
Shotgun shells from the hole in the ground of the SE corner of the fence.
Now head around to the other side (NW corner) to see a prayer wheel holder. You’ll return here later.
the switch at the end of the passage for double doors to open in the passage
leading up to the 3 switch room. Go
inside and down then up large steps to enter a large tree open area.
Head around the NE corner and pick up the Revolver
over to the passage in the S, run to the wall and turn around to face the other
direction, look up and shoot the ball to open the passage in the W – so head
over there. Collect the Large
this should give you a clue that this area is filled with traps and it’s
likely that Lara will lose some health.
Jump down from the ledge so you’re on the same level as the
swinging blade. To avoid losing any health, position Lara as shown in
and jump over the blade to land in the right hand corner (see screenshot). Turn
Lara to the right slightly and do a curved jump forward and to the left over the
spikes to land in the passage beyond. If
positioned correctly, Lara won’t get hurt. Crawl under the next blade, then time your run past the
moving spiked wall. Follow
the passage around until you reach the
spikes, jump up and grab the monkey swing
overhead and monkey swing past the spikes.
Let go and flick the switch at the end of the passage – the switch
moves the block back outside to reveal a switch.
Now to head back out of here: monkey swing back over the spikes, run past
the moving wall and crawl under the blade.
Position Lara in the
screenshot shown and do a single jump over the spikes to land in
the corner by the moving blade again (see screenshot)
– then simply jump over the blade to safety – all done without a scratch!
over to the N side of the large tree area to find a switch has been revealed –
flick the switch to lower the blocks blocking the passage to the S side, and
head in there.
a large sand area – head over to the NW corner and pick up the Small
before going through the door in the W wall.
door on the W side in front of you requires a mauve and Green Key to open it, so
head around to the right and in to the area with wall units – approach the E
wall and pull out the large double block. Head
inside the passage and flick the switch, this lowers a block in a room allowing
access to a chain switch (if you head to the end of the passage, you can look
through in to an area with water and a Small Medipack on the ledge in front of
you). Now head out of the passage
and continue along to your right jumping over the bench.
Head in to the room in the E just past the block and opposite the golden
room with buddhas. Pull the chain once inside.
Now head out and back past the block in to the room on the S side that
you just opened access to. Climb up
on to the block and pull the chain once to open another entrance.
Head back out, turn left and head past the first chain room and continue
along the passage in to the room past the barrel you just opened access to.
Head inside and kill the Chinese Warrior.
Now go out and push-pull the barrel, which is just outside the room,
inside, and position it between the two barrels in the NW corner.
This makes a block move out allowing access to the passage above in the W
in there to emerge in to the water room you saw earlier. Jump to the rocks on
your right, then run-jump to the ledge on the W wall for SECRET
7: Small Medipack
jump in to water and swim underneath the middle of the walkway and flick the
ceiling lever there. Climb out by
swimming over to the entrance to this room, approaching the rocks from the E
side, swimming under the walkway and up to climb out on to the rocks (see screenshot).
Climb on to walkway and head back out again.
underwater switch revealed two passages with switches – one is green and the
other is red. Red spells danger so
don’t flick the lever there or Lara will meet instant death.
Instead, flick the green passage lever.
Head back to the 2nd chain room (the one where the chain is on
the block) and go in to the 2nd golden room with the buddhas and head
through the passage in the S wall to emerge in to an open area with water and
monkeys. Head over to the S side and spot the Wakizashi pedestal,
missing one Wakizashi.
over to the NE corner and go down the passage to the Emperor’s House.
cutscene will show the Emperor’s vast house over water with waterfalls.
The house is divided into three sections:
NE corner will be known as “1st house”
SE corner will be known as “2nd house”
West side will be known as “3rd house”
down the hole in the middle of the room to the room below (but don’t jump in
to the water). Head out the door at
the E side and use the tightrope to get to the 1st house.
Shoot the two Water Snakes in the water
when you get the chance.
the walkway around and enter the room with the barrel – head over to the N
side of the room and take the Small Medipack.
Now move the barrel two spaces towards the middle (as far as it will go).
Exit the room and locate the pole to use to take you to the 2nd
house. Swing to the other side, grab the ladder and shimmy to the
left (don’t climb up to the next level just yet) – follow the balcony around
to the next room and take the Blue Key from the pedestal (look up to your right and spot the inaccessible
crawlspace, this is where you get this level’s secret but you can’t access
it yet, you’ll be back here for it later).
Head back to the ladder and climb up to the upper level.
Cross the bridge to head back to the 1st house and go in to the room so
you’re above the barrel you moved previously.
Go in to the alcove on the W side of the room and flick the switch to
raise the barrel to your level. Now
push the barrel outside and around to the left and in to the niche on the W side
outside of the room outside. This
opens the door to the upper level of the 2nd house but we’ll get
back to this later.
make your way back to Emperor’s Garden: push the doors open of the upper level
of the NW corner of the 3rd house and run up the passage to
in to the area with trees on the W side. Take
the Green Key from the pedestal which is underneath the tree in the middle of this
area, on its S side. Now use
your Blue Key in the keyhole between the two buddhas to lower the pillar to your
left. Take the Green
and go back in to the previous area and place it on the pedestal.
A doorway will open in front of you in the E side, so head in there and
take the Mosaic
your way back to the Emperor’s House.
HOUSE: 2nd visit
Run around the upper level
of the balcony of the 3rd house to the left until you get to the SW
corner and push the doors open. Flick
the jumpswitch in the S wall and head over to the upper level of the 2nd
Place the mosaic piece in the picture on the E wall for blocks to lower to allow access to the area in the W room back outside. (Note the gem slots in the SE and NE corners of this room, you only have 1 gem at this stage so there’s no point in placing it now as you’ll be back here later to place them both).
in to the newly opened area and take the Mauve Key
the pedestal. As you enter this
room, the door behind you closes so the only way out is via the hole in the
middle of the room. Jump down and
swim to the switch to open access out of this area.
Swim in to a pool with buddhas and climb out to jump in to the water
surrounding the Emperor’s House.
to the NE corner then head right in to the passage and climb out of the water
– you need to go to the room above you, but you’ll have to take the long way
around. So head outside
again, tightrope walk to the other side, make your way to the upper level to enter the room above where you were
emerged from the water.
Now head back in to Emperor’s Garden.
(There is a sloped passageway in the
lower level of the W wall of the 3rd house,
you’ll be back later to access it).
PRAYER WHEEL FOR MONKEY’S PARADISE
you have the green and Mauve Keys, you can use them in the door at the beginning
of the level so make your way back there: head in to the passage between the two
buddhas. Go straight ahead at the
2nd gold room with the chain on the block and jump over the bench and head right
past the large block you moved out earlier.
Follow the passage around to the left to be back at the large door and
use the keys in the locks.
Make your way to a room with a pool and 4 waterfalls. The N side requires a blue and Red Key. So head over to the W side, move the large Chinese Lantern on the W side on to the red tile in the S side to lower blocks which give you access to a new room. Head in there and take the Mosaic Piece from the pedestal. Now go back to the main pool room with waterfalls.
Go in to the passage on the S side, look through the large window in to another water area with a bridge and continue along the passage. Note the closed doors between the buddhas which gives you access to the bridge you just saw. Shoot the Chinese Warrior and continue in to the room the Chinese Warrior came from. Place the mosaic piece in the picture to open the doors to the bridge and head over there. Run along to the end of the bridge, climb up on the ledge, crouch down and hang over the other side and make your way to the ground using the ladder. Follow the passage to emerge at the pools edge. Shoot the two Water Snakes and hop in to the water.
Swim over the NE corner and get SECRET 8: Small Medipack from the hole. Swim over to the left side of the steps and pull the underwater lever which opens an area to give access to the Red Key. Climb up the steps and head in.
up the passage, climb over the blocks and run through the room with buddhas and
uneven ground. Continue along until
you reach a passage heading up, but before you go up there, turn left and climb
up in to the niche to get the Red Key. Now head
up the passage and emerge over a pool with 4 switches and 4 balconies.
switches raise and lower trapdoors overhead which will allow you to monkey swing
to access the passage on the S side. Flick
the lever nearest to you, then jump over the balcony on an angle to the N side,
flick the switch there then jump to the W side and flick that switch.
Stand on the highest point of this side and jump up to grab the monkey
swing, monkey swing to the S side and collect the Blue Key. To make your way back,
stand on the highest point and jump up to grab the monkey swing again and monkey
swing over to the N side, raise the switch to move the trapdoors and allow you
access to the E passage again. Make
your way all the way back to the room with 4 waterfalls.
Place the keys in their locks on the N side and enter the room to collect
the Prayer Wheel.
A cutscene will show the door opening giving you access to Monkey’s
Paradise again. So head back where
you first entered this area by using the mauve and Green Keys and run through
the door to Monkey’s Paradise.
your way back to the Prayer Wheel holder: Head through the sandy area in to the
large tree area, continue through and drop down the steep steps and head up
those in the waterfall. Head in to
the first garden then in to the passage on the right side of the E wall.
Continue forward (don’t turn right in to 2nd Garden) in to
the room where you collected the blue gem and head around to the left.
Place the Prayer Wheel in the Prayer Wheel holder for the gate to open.
Go through and slide down the passage in to Star-Shine River.
After the cutscene, run along the passage. Turn around and grab the edge as you hop back, shimmy left and pull up in to the niche for some goodies: Large Medipack and Flares.
down to the ground and go over to the SE corner for a Small
in to the niche on it’s left and look through the window to see two buddhas in
a small room and the passage between them blocked, Lara will say: “Oh, my way is blocked…dead end. Maybe I should try to remove that block”
On the W side is a door which requires a Green Key to open it.
REMOVING THE BLOCK
Head over to the tree and climb on to the long block on the N side, walk to the SW corner of the block and turn to face the tree branch, jump forward and grab it, shimmy left a little to clear Lara’s headroom and climb up. Spikes are blocking the passage to the E of you so walk along the tree branch to the S.
Spot the switch in the dark crevice on the S side and jump to it (see screenshot for position). Flick the switch to lower the spikes in the passage. Now run-jump to the dark SE corner for the Small Medipack then banana-jump around the pillar to the passage now free of spikes (or you could jump back to the tree branch and run-jump to the passage from there if that’s easier).
Hop in to the water on the left side and pull the underwater lever on your right to open a passage further along. Climb out of the water and continue on past the blue steps on the left, but go down the blue steps on your right and jump over the small balcony. Run to the end and climb up in to the passage on your right. Turn to your right as you enter this small cave room and flick the switch to move the block which was blocking the way which Lara saw through the window. Continue in to this room and when the view changes, press the look key and look right. Take the Flares from the niche and head out again. Make you way back to the area with the big tree and drop to the ground.
Go over to the W side where the lava is. Grab the shimmy ledge on the right and shimmy all the way around to the other side of the room. Climb up in to the crawlspace above and crawl through to drop down in the room with the two buddhas.
Go inside and shoot the two Water Snakes in the pool, head over to the niche on the NW corner, turn to face S and look up. Flick the jumpswitch to lower a block giving you access to a new area. Head over to the E side of this room and look up in the passage on the SE side – see the dragon boulder ready to run you down. Jump up in to the passage, them immediately hop back out and side jump to avoid the boulder running you over. Take the NW passage if the boulder is in the way to access the SE passage and head in to a room with 3 switches. Flick the 1st and 3rd switch only to open access to another area (the 2nd one is a trap).
Head all the way back out to the one tree area, climb back up to the area that was blocked by spikes and continue along the passage to the end, jump over the small balcony again and see that the you can access a new area.
JUMPING AROUND WATER
You’re outside in a large water area. Don’t jump in to the water as it’s a dangerous current. Run along to the end of the platform and run-jump and grab the brown block out in the water. Now run-jump to the right corner of the niche in the rock ahead of you – Lara should just make it (see screenshot for position). Face S and take a step back from the very corner of this ledge, do a single jump over the slope to land on the angled ledge in that direction. Face the sloped ledge on your left, turn slightly right and jump up on to it, grab the edge as Lara slides down and shimmy right. Pull up on to the flat part of the ledge at the end, turn around and do a single jump out to the ledge in the E direction. Run-jump to the ledge in the SE direction aiming for it’s corner, Lara should just land on it. Jump to the sloped rocks in the S and shimmy left – pull up on the flat spot. Jump up to the flat spot above, then slide backwards down the W side, grabbing the ledge on the way down. Shimmy all the way to the corner and pull up. Jump to the ledge in the alcove in the SE direction, then jump to the switch, flick it to move a block blocking access to continuing on. Jump back to the previous ledge then run-jump up to the flat higher ledge from before. Now move Lara to the back edge of this flat ledge, face NW slightly and run-jump turning her to the right curving in the air and press action to angle her down to make the ledge that the block was blocking (and avoid hitting her head on the overhanging rock). Jump up and grab the monkey swing above and monkey swing to the next ledge. Run-jump to the ledge in the NW direction then jump to the ladder on the pillar and climb to the top. Shimmy left until you’re over the sloped block below, then let go and immediately jump forward to the next sloped block, then slide a bit and jump forward again to the flat area. Head over to the NE edge (on the way, look through the window in the NW corner to see some goodies – a secret) and turn to face NW, jump to the flat ledge then run-jump W over the slope to a flat part. Face SE and jump up to the flat part above the slope, drop in to the hole for SECRET 9: Small Medipack and Revolver Ammo. Slide back down to the flat part of the slope from before, then shimmy all the way left and pull up when you reach the bridge.
Run along the bridge to the other side and turn right to head inside the cave. Before you go right inside, look to the left for a niche with a switch – flick the switch to open a gate. Now follow the path all the way to the end where the camera view will change and a Chinese Warrior will exit from the room you just released him. Lara will say: “Ah, a friend as it seems. Don’t shoot at him!” So don’t shoot him! He is your guide and will help you. Take the Flares from the SW corner on the block and follow the guide out of the cave. Follow the guide until he stops at a closed door where you can see in to the room. You need to find the switch to open this door so head back out, jump back to the ledge in the N then climb the ledges in the E. Drop in to the room that the guide is waiting outside of and head over and flick the switch just below the door he’s waiting at. Now follow the guide to the passage in the NW corner of this room. (if the guide doesn’t move, either go up to him which will get him moving, or just start heading in the passage and he’ll get the idea and follow). Emerge in to a large cave area with water and ledges, follow the guide over the ledges until you come to a small room where he’ll use a black tile switch to open a door. Drop down in to the water beside where the guide is and wade in to another cave. Head over to the other side and collect the scroll (the guide opened this gate for you). Take the 1st Prayer Wheel and the ground will shake then you’ll be shown a cutscene of the guide looking at another area he wants to take you to (a block blocking the way ahead in to a passage in this direction has also moved aside). Lara will say: “I’ve got the roll, but I think the man wanted to show me something.” So head outside and continue following the guide. Flick the switch in the passage to open the gate and eventually you will arrive at another black tile switch which he activates. A cutscene will show a door opening back in the single tree area at the beginning of the level so make your way back there. First, to get a secret…hop in to the water (it’s safe) and swim to the N, swim through a crawlspace of the support of the walkway in the middle of the pool and collect SECRET 10: Large Medipack and Shotgun Ammo. Swim out again and climb out on the ledge on the SE corner of the inside of the walkway.
Head back to where you picked up the Prayer Wheel and climb up on to the ledge in the NE corner. Turn to face the pole and run-jump and grab it’s left side to swing around and land on the left side of the angled ledge beyond. Shimmy around the crevice and pull up in to a niche to face some more pole swinging. Run-jump and grab the first pole and swing around to grab the ledge in the distance. Now face back the way you just came from and run-jump to the higher pole to grab the ladder on the ledge and climb to the top. Run along the ledge and face yet one more pole swing in to a small passage. Head around to the left and look up to see a ladder, climb to the top. Head S and find the flat spots to jump to, to make your way all the way back to the first large walkway, then head back inside to the area with the large tree.
Slide down the passage of the N entrance, which the guide opened for you, and jump to the roof. You can slide down the wide ramp on the W side in to the next level but first we’ll get a secret. Find the ladder on the N side to make your way down to the ground. Head around the block to the N side and collect SECRET 11: Uzis and Uzi Ammo. Now climb back up again and slide down the wide ramp on the W side to the next level.
you will be back here later with the Green Key…..
COLLECTING PRAYER WHEELS
Pick up the Large Medipack and then jump up on to the ledge. The camera will change to show the blade below. Press the look key to get your perspective back, then do a standing jump forward over the blade and press action to angle Lara down so she lands right at the Small Medipack, pick up the Small Medipack then quickly run forward out of the way of the dragon boulder which drops down on to you.
Arrive at a small room with a pool. Turn around and jump up to flick the jumpswitch to lower some spikes further on. Use the rope to swing to the other side and catch the shimmy ledge, shimmy to the left to climb up, then jump up and grab the monkey swing above to monkey swing over the spikes. Hop back from the edge to shimmy right around to the other side of the lava room. Climb up on to the block without a buddha statue on it, then jump up to the middle block and pick up the 2nd Prayer Wheel. Jump up to the ladder above and climb to the top.
Note: If you missed the jumpswitch before using the rope to swing across the pool, you won’t be able to go back to flick it, so instead: climb up on to a block to squeeze beside one of the statues and then jump to the block with the prayer wheel).
Slide down the slope jumping over the blades, the dragon boulder will roll down after you but should jump over you. Land near a switch in the next room. Use the two switches to trigger the boulder to roll down the hill and smash open a new area for you. Follow the boulder down and make your way to a lava room. Climb on to the ladder and climb around all the way to the block on the other side of the room. Jump back to grab the edge of the block and shimmy right all the way to a passage. Trigger the hidden blade traps in the tiles of the passage – you can do this by rolling on to the edge of the tile and quickly rolling back, to avoid getting any damage. Enter a new lava room with ropes. Jump to the first rope, then swing to the 2nd and then swing up to an alcove in the N wall. Pick up the 3rd Prayer Wheel then head back to the 2nd rope. At the ledge, turn around, back-jump and grab the edge then drop on the slope below, immediately backflip with a twist and grab the rope. Now swing up to the W passage. Head up the stairs, slide down the ramp then go in to a new room with a movable pot.
MOVABLE POT ROOM
Flick the switch at the same ledge that the pot is on to lower it to the ground and lower another pillar on the other side of the room. Drag it over to this lower pillar (at the N wall) and raise the switch again to raise the pot. Use the sloped middle pillar to get to the 2nd level. Move the pot off the pillar and over to the corner, now hop back down and use the switch again to change the pillar heights. Head up again and move the pot over one block (as far as it will go) and then back down to the ground to use the switch again. Now move the pot as far forward as you can go (so it’s beside the hole) and it’s back down again to use the switch. Move it over to beside the block in the SE corner, then down again for the switch, then up again and move the pot on to the block in the SE corner, then down again for the switch (for the last time) and finally you’re on the top level with the pot. Move the pot in to the small room and over to the S wall (beside the trapdoor) for the trapdoor to open. Use the ladder to climb down and head in to a small room with plants and a closed door. Head out the other way and run through a large green plant to find a hidden switch. Flick it to open the door. Use the monkey swing to get across the pink deadly water (the ramp and blade is a trap as the deadly water pool is too wide for Lara to jump over) and drop down the other side.
Leave the switch for now and head outside to the big brown mushroom (careful to not run over the middle of this room as it’s a deadly spike trap) and go around the corner to the right for a Large Medipack. Now back to the switch and save to be ready for a timed run. You must flick the switch – jump over the spike pit and do a hard turn to the left to run through the door. Collect the 4th Prayer Wheel, but before you pick it up, position Lara in such a way that she’ll be able to jump out of the way of the rolling dragon boulder which comes down the ramp triggered by her picking it up. Run up the ramp where the boulder came from to meet a Chinese Warrior on the way up. Take him out and continue to the top.
THE GREEN KEY FOR STAR-SHINE RIVER
outside and Lara will say “I hope I can deactivate the traps, I am sick of
these bruises. Or find another
You can kill the Chinese Warrior in the pool room now but there’s nothing to do in this room just yet. So head outside, go over to the N wall and find the crawlspace hidden behind the plant, crawl inside for the 5th Prayer Wheel and then crawl out again. Hop in to the water near the waterfall and swim down for the 6th Prayer Wheel, swim to the passage in the NW corner and emerge at the pool inside, climb out and kill the Chinese Warrior if you haven’t already. Head up past the waterfall and look left to see an area with a pedestal requiring a mystic stone. Climb the ladder on the right of the pedestal to a ledge above, jump up to the shimmy ledge on your left and shimmy until you reach an alcove and pull up - head down the passage to collect the Green Key. Now shimmy back to the ledge and this time, use the pole to get to the ledge on the other side. Head out on to the balcony overlooking the water. Look to your right to see another Prayer Wheel, but first we’ll get the gem. Continue to the end of the balcony and jump to the roof edge that the monkey is on. Turn around and jump up to grab the edge of the roof above and run around it’s base all the way to the NW corner. Pick up the Mystic Stone and make your way back to the balcony. Now head inside so you’re overlooking the pool and go around to use the pole to get the 7th Prayer Wheel. Make your way down to the ground and place the mystic stone on it’s pedestal. You’ll hear an explosion and see a light show coming from the pool, so head back in there to find the 8th Prayer Wheel has appeared on a pedestal in the SE corner.
Once you have all items, the block blocking the exit at the waterfall will lower so you can leave.
STAR-SHINE RIVER: 2nd visit
THE 2ND BLUE GEM FOR EMPEROR'S HOUSE
Head over to the W side and use the Green Key in the lock to lower the block beside you and head inside. Pick up the Large Medipack before the circular blade and, instead of trying to get your way through blades, look up to the right to find an easy option and climb up there. Follow the path until you reach an intersection – don’t take the path to the left (where the blade is) but continue forward in to a room. Drop down in to the waterhole below and climb out. There’s a trapdoor submerged in water and a Small Medipack in the opposite waterhole. Climb up to where the switch is but leave it for now. Head up the block steps beside it and make your way to the top. Run in to each of the 4 alcoves in this area and place a Prayer Wheel inside, for those which have open trapdoors, hop down and place a Prayer Wheel there too. Now make your way down to the switch at the bottom again and flick it to raise the trapdoors that were opened and lower those that weren’t before. Place the last two Prayer Wheels. The submerged trapdoor will drop open so head back down to the ground and hop in the water to flick an underwater lever. A pillar is raised up so climb up on to the blocks on the E side and run-jump to the pillar and climb up. Head down the passage and use the two ropes to swing to the other side over the pit. Climb some more steep steps and come out on the roof over the area where the prayer wheels were placed. Go up to the top of the roof and pick up the 2nd Blue Gem to be teleported back to the Emperor’s House
EMPEROR’S HOUSE: 3rd visit
Now that you have both blue gems, head right and enter the room on the right, place the 2 gems to flood the place and head outside again. Shoot the Water Snake which has appeared before you go swimming. You can now get the secret for this level, swim in to the room where you picked up the Blue Key and swim right and up in to the crawlspace, swim down for SECRET 12: Shotgun Ammo. You can now access the sloped room on the W side of the 3rd house so swim up there, climb out of the water and slide down the slope in to Buddha’s Sanctuary.
From where Lara starts this level, go straight ahead in to the SE corner (don’t head outside just yet) until the view changes revealing a niche to the right of Lara. Climb up there and head inside to collect the Small Waterskin. Now make your way outside (this area will be known as the 1st area).
Mind the red lethal water from the waterfall. Head over to the other side and jump up to grab the edge of the right side of the roof on the S side. Turn around and look up to see some spikes guarding some goodies, that’s a secret but you must turn the spikes off first but we’ll deal with that later.
Run along the edge of the roof over to the walkway. Head down to the end of the passage and pick up the Small Medipack in the alcove under where the spikes and secret is. Head back to the other end of the passage and look up to the right to find a jumpswitch (look through the window opposite the jumpswitch to see some Shotgun shells in a niche inside the room, you’ll be back here later). Flick it to open a door back on the ground on the S side. Head inside and some doors open, but before you go in there, continue around to collect the Flares from the niche. Now enter the doors. The way to the left is blocked by spikes so continue in to the next room. A cutscene will show a crawlspace and a Chinese Warrior in a closed bridge over the middle of the room, so that’s your first port of call (this area will be known as the 2nd area).
THE 1ST MAUVE KEY
Head over to the crawlspace in the SW corner and crawl through to a small room, flick the switch inside to lower a pillar which gives you access to the bridge the warrior is on, and crawl back out. Head over to the E side and go behind the pillars, turn around to face the room and climb up on to the pillar in the middle at the end of the bridge, pull up and shoot the warrior. Continue along the bridge and push open the doors in to a small room, take the Mauve Key from the pedestal and head back down to the ground again. Go over to the N door and use the key in the lock, head inside and shoot the Chinese Warrior that attacks. Continue inside and spot the blue lock on the left wall beside the buddha. Head right and flick the switch in the small room to lower the spikes giving you access to a third area, so head out again and exit the 2nd area and go forward in to the new room (to be known as the 3rd area). Head right first and pick up the Uzi clips near the red waterfall, now head in to the room – to your left is a closed door so the only way forward is down the passage which indicates spikes.
THE SPIKE RUN AND THE BLUE KEY
Save now, then run down the passage as spikes pop up behind you (no need to sprint) – jump forward with a twist on to the sloped ledge at the end of the passage, so Lara lands on it backwards, then immediately jump forward to grab the ledge above and pull up. Head down the passage and pick up the Blue Key from the pedestal. Climb up to the alcove on your right then make your way back down to the ground. Head back in to the 2nd area and back in to the room where you used the Mauve Key and use the Blue Key in the lock beside the buddha. This opens a door in the 2nd area in the E wall so head over there.
THE RED KEY
Jump over the hole which is an obvious spike trap and face the middle of the sloped ledge. Pull up on to it then immediately back-jump with a twist to grab the ledge behind you – make your way to the top using this method, but when you get to the last time to pull up (facing E) – shimmy left or right first or you’ll end up back-jumping on to a spike trap. Jump over the spike trap and walk in to a small room, pick up the Small Medipack on your left then look up to spot the jumpswitch, flick it to lower a block outside. Now head out on to the roof and slide down to the ground. Hop down in the hole in the NW corner and climb down the ladder in to the lava pit. Back-jump on to the slope behind you then immediately jump forward to grab the central pillar, climb around to the other side then back-jump with a twist in to the passage way (ignore the central pillar which drops down beside you). Run along the crumbling bridge and jump in to the doorway, quickly pull guns and shoot the Chinese Warrior, then pick up the Shotgun Shells from the corner. Continue on until you come to a room with a red waterfall. Jump over to the ledge on the right then run-jump to the ledge in the middle of the pool (the sloped part of this ledge is not slidey) – turn to face the unlit lantern and run-jump over there to pick up the Small Medipack, now run-jump back to the central ledge and continue to the door on the other side of the room.
Head up the stairs and quickly duck in to the alcove on the left before you’re flattened by the dragon boulder. Pick up the Shotgun Shells then draw guns to shoot the Chinese Warrior who attacks. Continue in to the next room, pick up the Flares then head in to the next room and go up the spiral ramp. Enter the room at the top and kill the Chinese Warrior. Take the Red Key from the pedestal, flick the lever (one of two) and exit in to the 2nd area again.
THE GREEN KEY
Head over to the NE corner and push the doors open. Go in to the next room, note the block in the corner then enter the next area jumping over the spikes in the pit. Head around to the right and climb the ladder in the alcove. Shoot the Chinese Warrior and use the Red Key in the lock. Slide down the roof to the ground and look to the right for the block and movable pot behind it. Head in to the next room and kill the Chinese Warrior. We’re going to get some goodies first so head back to the previous room. Head over to the E side and flick the jumpswitch on the pillar – this is timed so sprint in to the next room, being careful to avoid the spikes, turn left and run in to the room on your right before the door closes. Take the Small Medipack from the pedestal to show the spikes have lowered back at the secret of the 1st area. Drop in to the hole near you and follow the path to get some Flares, the block in front of you lowers so head out this way to be back in the room again. Now head down to the other end of the room and jump up in to the niche on the right and flick the switch, this lowers the block blocking the movable pot back outside. Go back to the pot and move it in to this room as far as you can, now head back to the switch and flick it again to lower the block the pot is sitting on. Move the pot to the red tile on the E side, this will move a block back in to a recess in the wall opposite where the spikes are, so head up there and flick the switch. A cutscene shows the two pillar blocks outside lowering so head back there to collect the Green Key from the pedestal. A new pillar block has also raised up allowing you access out of this area so climb up on to it.
THE 2ND MAUVE KEY
Head back and jump over the spike pit and notice that the block has lowered to reveal a lever in the room with the lantern in the middle. Flick the lever (the 2nd required) to open doors in the 3rd area and head over there. Take the 2nd Mauve Key from the pedestal and a cutscene will show doors opening above the roof in the 1st area. But there’s more to do here yet (through the doorway to your left is the 1st area). But first, a secret: head to the slope in the N, pull up on to it and backflip to a ledge above and behind you. Head out on to the small bridge and look over the side on the right to the room below, spot the jumpswitch on the edge of the bridge. This will open the door in front of you but of course, it’s timed. So hang drop over the side, immediately run to the slope and do a backjump with a twist so Lara lands backwards on it then immediately jump forward and sprint straight through the door before it closes. Take SECRET 13: Large Medipack and Shotgun then drop down the hole, head inside again and turn in to the 1st area through the doorway on the left. Climb up to the roof again and take the next secret (now that the spikes have been turned off). SECRET 14: Large Medipack and Revolver Ammo. Now head around to the other side of the roof to where the jumpswitch is and shoot the two Chinese Warriors who attack. Enter the new room.
Head right in to the alcove and collect the Shotgun Ammo, now use your Mauve Key in the door just beside you (on the W side of the room) and go through.
Enter a new pool room, ahead is some scales requiring water, plus a passage to swim down, to the left is a closed door and to the right is a passage.
First, head up the passage on the right and shoot the Chinese Warrior, continue up the steps and then jump up a sloped passage on the left, flick the switch there and see a cutscene move a block up so you can flick the lever back in the previous room. Quickly slide or jump down the ramps and run over to flick the lever before the block lowers as it’s timed. The lever raises a pillar back in the pool so head back there. Climb on to the pillar and fill your waterskin with water. Swim over to the water scales and pour the water in to open the door on the E side. Swim over there and jump in to the hole formed by the blocks to flick the switch (past the blocks in this room is a door requiring a Red Key to open it but you don’t have that yet). The block blocking the green lock at the door back outside is moved so head back there and use the key. Now it’s time to get the torch.
back in to the pool room and swim down the passage in to a new room.
Climb out on to the back of the small triangular ledge and run up on to
the bridge. Head in to the next
room and jump up on to the block on your right, turn around and jump up to the
right side of the broken bridge (the left has nothing of interest) and climb up
to where the torches are, Lara will say: “Great! A torch! But
I’ll not move on too far, maybe
there’s something I can do here”
Take a Torch and run-jump to the pillar in the middle of the water then jump from there to the ledge opposite. Go in to the room you opened with the Green Key and light your torch on the flame. Be careful when jumping to the grate which the flame is on. As you do, a cutscene will show a torch alight back in the 2nd area.
Make your way back to the ground of the 1st area then head to the 2nd area, go through the door in the N wall and follow the passage, at the end is a closed door and the torch on the wall is now lit. Flick the jumpswitch on the pillar to the left of the door and go through. Light the torch on the right wall to open the next door and continue on, take your torch with you as you still need it.
Enter a new small pool room, use the torch to light the red tile at your feet, this will make the Red Key appear on the pedestal in the water so head over to collect it (you can ditch the torch now as you no longer need it). Be careful jumping over there as the water is now deadly. Climb back out to the room and look to the right for a crawlspace – head through there to collect a secret. If you’re not bothered to get the final secret of the game, then pick up the walk at the ***
Crawl through to the new room and use the rope to swing to the other side of the pit. Follow the passage around to collect SECRET 15: Flares, the ground will tremble as you pick them up. Head back to the pit to find some pillars have sprung up so use them to get back to the other side.
***Make your way back to the upper area in the 1st area (where you collected the torch) and jump in to the pool, swim to the open door on the left and jump over the blocks. Pick up the Uzi Clips near the blocks and use the Red Key in the lock to open the door.
Jump over the 3 spike pit traps and enter the new area. Note the passage on the right with the block blocking the entrance to a room. Continue inside and head over to the other side of the room and run down the passage on the right to face a line of statues with swords, roll or run through each sword until you get to the end and flick the switch to lower the block at the passage you saw before. Now time your run/roll past the statues again, but half way up the ramp, look up to see a niche above you and flick the jumpswitch to lower the spikes guarding the Blue Key. Head straight to the room opposite and push open the door to collect the Blue Key. Now return to the passage where the block lowered, climb up and use the key in the door.
Run down the ramp and shoot the Chinese Warrior who attacks from the right as you enter the new room (to be known as the central hub). Head straight down the ramp in front of you and enter an area with rushing water. The water is safe to swim in so jump in and dive under to swim down the N passage, continue swimming until you come to an underwater lever, flick the lever to lower pillars elsewhere and head back out to the central hub. Go through the red waterfall and head in to the wide passage on the right at the end. Run over the bridge and look to the right to see some blocks in the water, jump to the first block then jump to the 2nd niche (not the one directly in front of you, but to the left of it) and flick the switch to lower a rope further on. Now jump back to the bridge and continue on. Sprint down the wide ramp as two boulders give chase and veer to the right to avoid them. Here you can find the rope that you can use to get over the water, but before turn to the right opening where you can see water flowing out. Run-jump into it and follow up the corridor. Drop into the chamber and find SECRET 16: Flares, Shotgun Ammo, Uzi Ammo and a Small Medipack. Now climb back into the passage you came from, head to the end and jump back to the left ledge. This time, use the rope to swing to the other side of the water and head in to a passage with 3 switches.
COLLECTING 3 KEYS
Flick the switch on the left and see a cutscene which opens a middle door. Head around in to the niche on the left and flick the jumpswitch to move a block out of the way in another room and open the door out of here. Head out through the open door to arrive overlooking a large water area. Jump to the pillar and make your way to the ground using the pillars. Head over to the open middle gate and go inside. Time your run past the statue with the sword, climb on to the block in the middle of the room and jump up to grab the ladder of the pillar above and climb to the top. Do NOT pick up the Red Key in front of you as it’s a trap, the trapdoor underneath it will open and Lara will fall to her death. Instead, turn around to see an identical red key behind you, jump over the hole and pick up the Red Key. Lara will fall through the trapdoor but a pillar will have risen below to lessen the damage of the fall. This pillar also blocks your way out of here so head over to the S side and flick the switch to lower the pillar again. Go outside and head to your far right through the waterfall, flick the switch at the end of the path to heighten the pillars a bit so you can make your way to the top again. Flick the right switch to lower the middle door and raise the right one, head back down to the large water area again. Arrive at a mirror and spike room. Clearly, the object is to get the 2nd key in the corner on the far side of the room without impaling yourself. Though it’s hard to see, the row in front of you is clear of spikes, so run forward off the block, immediately turn left (face W) and run about 8 paces forward. Then turn right to face the mirror and move two paces forward. Now turn SE and move forward 3 paces, then head straight to the mirror. At the mirror, turn left and run to get the Mauve Key. Use the same path out of here and make your way back to the 3 switches again. Now flick the middle switch down to lower the right door and raise the left one and head down again. Go in to a large pool, swim/wade your way through to another room with a large pool and pillars in the middle. Look to your right to see a jumpswitch, flick it to gain access to 3rd key. Now use the pillars to get to the other side of the pool as the bank is too high to climb out on that side: run-jump to the first pillar, climb around to the other side and back-jump with a twist to grab the next pillar. Climb around this pillar and back-jump with a twist to grab the pool edge, pull up and head inside the door to collect the Blue Key (the switch to your left is a spike trap). Climb up the pillars to head up to the 3 switches again and back track your way to the bridge.
THE GREEN KEY
At the bridge, run to the end and turn right as you exit from this area and head in to a dark passage, jump over the block to enter a small room. Flick the lever on the left to move a block back at the bridge (note the key lock requiring a Green Key) – now head back to the bridge and jump to the block to your right again, then jump to the niche where the switch is again. This is a very tricky run-jump and grab to the block in the SE, you must run-jump and turn to the right in the air so Lara grabs the block. Alternatively, position Lara with her back against the wall on the left side of the switch, as you run forward (for the run-jump) turn slightly left so Lara jumps from the very corner of the ledge. Aim for the corner of the block you're jumping too and Lara should land on it (see video for guidance). When you’ve made it across, jump to the niche to collect the Green Key then jump back to the block again and you guessed it! The same tricky jump back to the niche with the switch but this time, turning left in the air (see video). When you’ve finally made the jump and jumped back to the bridge, head out to the dark passage on the right again and use the green key in the lock.
Use each key in it’s respective lock to open the door behind you, head through and climb up. Ignore the passage on the right and head forward to overlook a pool with sloped pillars. Jump forward to the sloped pillar in front of you and immediately jump to the next then jump again to land on a flat block. Turn right a bit and jump to the flat block on the S side then jump to the doorway, use the ladder to climb up at the end of the short passage. Head in to a new area, the doors rumble as they close behind you. Head inside through the waterfall and jump up on to the block on your right. Climb up the ladder at the wall and climb around to the right when you get to the top. Continue climbing around until you reach a jumpswitch, let go to flick it. The block you climbed on to access the ladder has lowered and revealed a switch, flick it to show a cutscene of a block lowering in a dark passage. Head outside and around to the left and shoot the Chinese Warrior. Head in to a dark passage lined with sword-wielding statues but don’t worry, they won’t activate. Approach the 3 switches and only flick the one on the right (the one on the left opens the exit door again, but also triggers the statues, the one in the middle sets spikes going, but the one on the right is safe)
Head out and use the ladder to climb down the hole, flick the lever to open a door at the central hub and jump in to the water, swim to the NE corner and up and continue heading out. In the small dark room where you used the Green Key, drop down the hole which has appeared and crawl to the blue switch, flick it to lower a block which was blocking the exit. Now crawl back and continue to the central hub, make your way all the way to the other side, past the red waterfall and head through the door (the red door on the left doesn’t open, it goes nowhere). Now follow the passage, a door will open revealing a ramp and slide in to the final level.
Slide down the ramp and jump to the pole (which you’ll have to jump to before you can see it), swing around then jump to the next pole and swing around to land on the crumbling platform, immediately run forward along the crumbling platform to the end.
Look to the left to see two scales, one requiring water and the other sand.
Go in to the passage on the NW corner, the passage up the slope takes you to a receptacle requiring an ice crystal but you don’t have that yet. So turn right, then left then follow the path until you reach a lava pit. Use the shimmy ledge on the right to shimmy all the way to the passage on the other side. Head straight in to a small room and pick up the Sandbag. Head out and jump up to the grating above in the passage to exit this area and go back to the main room.
Go over to the lava pit (where you first entered this room from the crumbling platform run) and notice the shimmy ledge to your right. Hang over the side and shimmy around until you reach a crawlspace and crawl in – flick the switch at the end of the passage to hear an explosion. Now make your way back to the room and notice some floor grating is missing but the block in the middle is now on fire. Head over to the SE corner and crawl through the crawlspace, pick up a Torch at the end. Lara can’t crawl with a torch, so go right up to the crawlspace and throw the torch forward, it should skate along the ground and land on the space between the crawlspaces back to the main room. Crawl forward and pick up the torch again, use the same method to get the torch to the main room but this time, take one step back from the sloped crawlspace as Lara will throw it at the crawlspace rather than underneath it if she’s too far forward. Light the torch on the fire. Take the lit torch to the NE corner and jump over the red water, light it on the wall torch and a block to your left opens. Take the torch with you in to this room. Walk carefully along the passage as dragon boulders will roll down on to you if you run, but walking should trigger them before you get to them. Light the torch at the end of the passage and a door lowers to your left, take the Ice Crystal. Taking the ice crystal triggers spikes to appear so sprint back through them to eliminate as much injury as possible. Pick up the Small Medipack on your left on your way back to the main room. Head to the NW passage again and this time go straight ahead up the slope. Place the ice crystal on the pipe and hear cracking as it turns the red water to safe blue water. Now head to the passage behind the scales and climb down. Swim to get the Green Key in the SW corner, then head over to the right passage on the N side and climb up, slide down the waterfall and flick the switch. Head back out and drop down the hole, swim back to the pool and climb up on to the pillar from the ledge on the E side to reach the ladder and make your way back to the main room again.
Fill up your waterskin from the pool in the left N passage, use the water and sandbags on the scales to lower the blocks behind the scales. Take either passage (they meet up anyway) and head inside. Use the Green Key on the lock to open the door. Head to the end of the small passage and push the well-disguised pushable block all the way forward in to a new room. Climb on to the block and use the ropes to get to the other side. Pull the red block out from the right and head in to the new passage. The floor is riddle with a spike trap, the only safe areas to jump to are those which have green markings, so make your way across by run-jumping to those two tiles. You enter an area with a large shallow pool, 6 Green Dragons will attack, it’s safe to pick them off from the ledge you’re standing on to enter the water area, as they don’t leave the water.
Head over to the cave and pick up the Mauve Key from the right-hand side, note the green lock beside it. Now go to the SE corner of the large water area and shoot the Chinese Warrior, head over to the corner there and around to the right and locate the ladder, climb to the top to emerge on to the rim of the cliff and follow it around. Use the Mauve Key in the lock to lower the door behind you.
MOVABLE CRATE PUZZLE
Head through and climb down – jump up to the ledge in the next room with a lot of crates and head in to the doorway on the right, you need to climb up to the top of this ledge but it’s too high. Head back out to the crates and locate 3 movable crates (check screenshot for screenshot for crates 1 and 2, and this screenshot for crate 3). The object is to move crate 3 in to the room so you can reach the ledge (remember, you can climb on to movable blocks in this game).
Crate 1 is the crate on the floor
Crate 2 is the crate on the 2nd level
Crate 3 is the crate on the top level.
1. Push Crate 1 in to Crate 2.
2. Slide Crate 2 on top of Crate 1
3. Push Crate 2 all the way to the S until you get just past the corner of the crates, then push it E as far as you can.
4. Go back to Crate 1 and push it all the way to the S, then push it E and finally push it in to the niche formed by the other crates.
5. Go back to Crate 2 and continue pushing it all the way E (over Crate 1) and to the wall.
6. Now move Crate 3 over Crate 2 towards the N (the doorway to the switch room) as far as possible.
7. Head back to Crate 2 and drag it around to bridge the gap between the fixed crates
8. Push Crate 3 over Crate 2 to the next lot of fixed crates
9. Finally, push Crate 3 all the way inside the room, right up to the ledge so Lara can climb up and reach the switch – phew!
Flick the switch to see some ropes appear over the water area outside and head back out there.
As you go outside, you’ll be attacked by a Golden Dragon – this dragon takes a LOT of firepower to bring down, so get yourself to the ground as quickly as possible to give you room to move, and draw guns and let it have it. Start with the most lethal firepower you have (revolver) working your way down to pistols as you run out of ammo for each gun (hopefully it won’t come to that!).
When you have finally killed the golden dragon, collect the Green Key it drops and head over to the lock in the cave, use the key and hear an explosion which creates a hole in the ceiling above a ladder. Climb back up to the rim of the cliff and use the ropes to reach the ladder on a central pillar in the ceiling (you will need to run-jump with a curve to the first rope as the overhang of the rock makes it impossible for Lara to run-jump in a straight line). Climb to the top and Lara will say: “I hope I can deactivate the traps, I am sick of these bruises, or find another way….”
Stay tuned for Part 2…