We were pleasantly surprised after playing through The Eye of the Sphinx, the first chapter of The Raven – Legacy of a Master Thief. We enjoyed it so much we couldn’t wait to play through the next instalment. Thankfully the wait is over as the second chapter, Ancestry of Lies, is now available. We had high expectations after playing the first chapter, read on to see if they were met.
If you haven’t played the first chapter then we’d strongly suggest you do so before reading this review. The second chapter picks up right after the cliff-hanger of chapter one. We’ll not spoil it for you but can say that the situation is resolved quite quickly.
Players are once again cast as Swiss policeman, Constable Anton Jakob Zellner. After finally having the chance to prove himself in chapter one he’s still hot on the trail of The Raven. It’s a fairly slow start to this chapter though and you have to sit through a lot of conversations rather than playing.
The game then moves on from the cruise ship and sees the characters arrive in Egypt. Upon arrival in Egypt the action shifts to a museum in Cairo. This is where the legendary Eyes of the Sphinx were to go on display. With one missing the exhibition is to go ahead with the remaining jewel. The museum has spared no expense to ensure the security is the best available with a special display cabinet, automatic steel doors and security cameras.
It’s immediately obvious that there are less puzzles to solve this time around. The cast of characters is also greatly reduced which is a shame. However the lovely graphics and animation along with the superb voice acting make a welcome return.
Predictably The Raven strikes again and the jewel goes missing but Zellner is in pursuit. A short time after this happens, and you’ve solved a couple of simple puzzles, the identity of The Raven is finally revealed. If you’ve been paying attention throughout the game then you may have already guessed who it is.
After another cliff-hanger the game then jumps back in time to the start of the first chapter. However you are now given the opportunity to play as a villain. This is an interesting twist and gives you the chance to see things from a different angle. It also helps explain a few of the mysteries from the first chapter. You get to play through sequences on the Orient Express and the cruise ship while learning more about The Raven’s plans and motives.
It’s a neat idea and it works pretty well but it’s also quite brief and again light on puzzles. The puzzles that are present also seem easier than the first chapter. However the game ends with another twist that sets things up nicely for the final chapter.
Overall we enjoyed Ancestry of Lies but not as much as we were hoping. This chapter was considerably shorter and easier than the first. Hopefully the final chapter will be a lengthier affair. Players who haven’t played the series might find more enjoyment by waiting for the final chapter so they can play the three games back to back.