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Qin: Tomb of the Middle Kingdom

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Qin: Tomb of the Middle Kingdom
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Basic Information
Type(s)
Video Game
Learn Technologies Interactive
Time Warner Electronic Publishing, SouthPeak Games, Attica
Graphic Adventure
CD-ROM
Mouse
DOS, Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh
Retail Features
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Ratings
This title has been rated KA by the ESRB
CanadaUnited StatesMexico North American Release Date(s)
DOS
1995
Microsoft Windows
1997
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Qin: Tomb of the Middle Kingdom is a Myst-like graphic adventure game developed by Learn Technologies Interactive and released for DOS, Windows, and Macintosh systems.

Plot[edit | edit source]

The game takes place in the year 2010, where the international conglomerate "Mega Media," headed by Hal Davis, funds a government-approved excavation of the Qin burial mound. The player takes on the role of a researcher assigned to this project. (In reality, the chamber of the terracotta army is the farthest any archaeological team has progressed.) One night, as the researcher is exploring alone, a sudden earthquake opens up the ground underneath, and the researcher tumbles into a deeper part of the tomb. While exploring the tomb, which is immense, he is privy to the observations of the ghost of a Chinese scholar, who was aware of the brutal nature of the emperor.

The game eventually leads to a goal the emperor sought in life—an elixir that can confer immortality. Possessing this, the player has a choice: give it to the dead-but-not-quite-gone Qin, who will revive; deliver it to Hal Davis; or pour it into a scale model of the planet. Each has its own result—the renewed emperor will re-take control of China, Hal Davis becomes immortal in a decaying world, or kick-start the renewal of the planet itself, respectively.

Reviews[edit | edit source]

Many of the reviews of the time compared the game to Myst. MSNBC claimed that "In a world full of "Myst"-imitators, Qin: Tomb of the Middle Kingdom stands out as a product with a purpose."[1] PC Gamer said that the game is "rendered with a meticulous eye for detail" [2] while Bernard Yee of PC World regarded it as "a better Myst than Myst itself."[3]

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