THE PALACE OF CYRUS
LEVELS BY Nigel Redfield
WALKTHROUGH BY Anya Marie McDonald
NOTE: I have listed no secrets or pickups unless the pickup is in a secret or is something that the player needs to perform a task. Sorry, but I feel that the players should not be given everything in a walkthrough and that they should just use a walkthrough as a guide to get from the beginning to the end of a level. Everything else in the level should be done by the individual players.
The level starts with Lara in a dark cavern, head forward through the opening and cross the bridge to the big blue doors. The doors open as you acend the steps, once you are through the doors watch the flyby. After the flyby has ended dive into the water to get rid of the four fire wraiths that appear when you enter the room. Once they are gone exit the water and go to the last door on the west side of the room. Follow the passage to the next room and deal with the two metal men and pick up the gem the second one drops. Now return to the main room and head to the left, then open the next door on the west side of the room. Follow the passage to the water and swim to the other side, surface and exit the water.
Continue on down the passage to the room, dealing with another metal man along the way. Once you reach the next room slide down the pole to the room below. In this room there are five globes, a closed gate and an opening high up on the west wall. First, move the globes onto the circles on the floor(no particular order is needed), then head through the open gate to the ladder. Climb the ladder to the next room and use the wall lever in front of you (this fills the room below with water), then jump into the water behind you and swim back into the globe room. Surface and exit the water at the opening in the west wall. Follow the passage to the end, then pull up into the next room. Head to the right and deal with a metal man on a horse; once he is gone head on into the area he came from and around the corner to the left, then continue on til you reach a hole in the floor (there are supposed to be chains swinging, but they remained stationary, not sure why, but if they are active for you then you need to avoid them), drop down through the hole to the passage below. Follow this passage to its end and climb the ladder there to the next room. There is a music scroll on a pedestal, grab it, watch the flyby then head to where you saw in the flyby, avoiding the two big balls along the way. Once you make it to the area with the flaming pedestal, pick up the torch and light it, then toss it on the wooden grate covering the hole in the floor. Once the wooden grate is gone, jump into the water then head through the opening into the underwater passage. Swim til you can surface, exit the water and go through the double blue doors. You are now on a balcony overlooking the room with the big pool in it. Now head to your left and through the double blue doors there. Go to the end of the passage, turn around, take two steps forward then jump/grab/pullup into the passage above you. Follow this passage to its end, then pull up into the next room. Now go place the music scroll on the music stand, then watch a cut scene of a gate opening up somewhere. Now leave this room by the hole in the floor behind you. You will fall into the big pool in the room below where you dealt with the four fire wraiths. Surface and exit the water, then head to the last door on the east side of the room. Go through the doors into the next room and use the two jumpswitches, watching a cut scene of a gate each time and on the second time watching the cut scene the gate opens. So, exit this room and head to the first door on the east side of the pool room. Open the doors and go climb the ladder to the passage above, then turn left, then take the next right to the end. Now pull up into the room above, then head to the opening before you, turn right and head to the blue double doors and open them. You are on another balcony overlooking the pool room, so turn left and open those doors, then go through the open gate and pull up into the room above you. Grab the gem off the pedestal and high tail it back to the pool below the balcony, because two fire wraiths are after Lara.
Once they are gone, surface, exit the water in front of the steps leading up to the two receptacles for the two gems you have. Place the first gem in its receptacle and the camera pulls back to get a shot of the pole, Lara is seen at the top of the shot so go and place the second gem in its receptacle and watch as the big blue double doors in the pool open. So jump into the pool and swim through the now open doors. Swim through the big hall til you can surface and exit the water. You are now standing before a sloping passage with an opening below. Slide down to the opening and go through til you come to another pool of water. Jump in the water, then through the opening ahead on the right side, swim through this underwater tunnel til you can surface and exit the water by climbing the ladder to the next room. When you reach the top get the music scroll off the pedestal, then cilmb the ladder beyond the pedestal to the top. Once at the top head across the bridge, then slide down a slope and the level ends.