High-level government research proves that people who buy strategy guides
prefer straight answers to coy hints by a ratio of about 12,000,000 to 1.
Unfortunately, that one guy writes a lot of nasty letters. In deference to
him, I include this section. Here, you'll find hints that nudge you along
the Timelapse solution path without giving you outright answers. Some of
these hints are vague, some specific. Many emerge from lame attempts to
amuse myself. The overriding impulse, however, is a noble desire to
protect you from your cheatin' heart.
First, should I read all of the professor's journals when I arrive in each
world? There are so many worlds.
How do I get into the pyramid?
* You need the combination for the tumbler lock on the door.
* The combination is on the other side of the Nile.
* Opening the pyramid door is the last puzzle in Egypt. You have a lot
of work to do on the far side of the river first.
I know I need to use the boat to cross the river, but the stone dock is
locked shut. How do I open it?
* Two words: Water weight.
* Did you examine the illustration at the bottom of the water spirit
* Examine the stone trough, experiment with its components, and figure
out their relationships.
* Did you find the basket that scoops Nile water into the trough?
* Too much water from the river spills the trough; too much water from
the trough spills the well bucket.
* When filling the well bucket, make sure it's under the spout from the
* But after the well bucket holds the proper water weight, look
carefully at it again. What will happen if you lower it further?
* The final step takes place on the dock itself.
I made it to the other side of the river, but that crocodile won't let
* Kill it! Of course, you need a weapon first.
* Examine the barge for a weapon.
* The crocodile has only one soft spot. When you hit it, the croc
* You didn't think just one good hit would melt a magic crocodile, did
I found a cool bust with a crystal globe in the Dock Temple, but it
doesn't do anything.
* Did you turn it on?
* The power source is nearby. Just listen.
I opened the chest in the storeroom and found an important-looking
tablet. What does it mean?
* It's an inventory list.
* Do the items look familiar? They should. They're all around you.
* On the tablet, the Egyptian symbol next to each item is a number.
* Translate the numbers. Remember, this is an inventory of items -- not
only in this storeroom, but in the one on the other side of the Main Hall.
I'm in a chamber full of crystals. Each crystal has three glyphs I can
set. How do I figure out the correct settings?
* The top glyph is a particular god. Match the god to its background
* Did you carefully examine all the obelisks outside?
* The middle glyph is the god's special number.
* Check the obelisks again, but do the math, too.
* The math is on the warrior's scroll in the Temple storeroom.
* The bottom glyph is the god's secret symbol. Carefully watch the
rolling globe back in the Temple.
I got past the cobra, but the corridor ends at a well. I can see
retracted stairs in the well walls. How do I get them out?
* Push the button.
* But power up the mechanism first.
* Remember the power source?
I got the Gene Pod! But what's this scroll with the pyramid drawing mean?
* "Where you find the scarab, you find the key."
* What sort of thing often needs a key?
* OK, OK . . . this is the combination to the Pyramid door lock.
But all I see is columns of symbols. How do I translate the combination?
* When you turn the tumbler wheels in the Pyramid door lock, what do you
see? Egyptian numbers, right?
* Four columns on the tablet, four tumblers in the lock. Figure it out.
I got the right combination entered in the Pyramid tumbler lock, and I
clicked on the triangle button to open the door . . . but nothing happens!
What did I do wrong?
* Did you power up the door mechanism first?
* Surely you know the power source by now.
I got past the chameleon into the Castillo Pyramid, but I'm stumped by
this 3/by-4 tile grid. How does it work?
* Things really add up in this puzzle, from top to bottom.
* Each tile in the bottom row is a sum.
* To translate the dots and dashes into numbers, check the professor's
It's fun rolling this crystal globe around the morphing bust, but what
exactly am I doing?
* Each morphing head and its corresponding glyph (in the globe) should
look familiar if you were observant on the path up from the beach.
* Roll the globe over a glyph, then check out the stele on the beach
path. Which one is different now?
I activated a stele and pressed its button. Three glyphs lit up. Now
* Go back to the Castillo Pyramid and find the glyphs.
* Line them up on the Mayan calendar wheels.
. . . which is easier said than done. Is there a foolproof method for
lining up the Mayan calendar wheels?
* To learn it, purchase at least twenty copies of Timelapse: The
Official Strategy Guide, line them up end to end, and then . . .
* Just kidding. But a foolproof four-step method for the Mayan calendar
wheel is described in the "Maya" chapter in Part Two of this book.
Why can't I get into any of the other buildings beyond the Castillo
* You have to unlock them with the Mayan calendar wheel.
I can't get past the stone idol blocking the jungle path.
* Find him some eyes.
* You'll find both nearby -- look for the glint.
This crystal pyramid puzzle in the Lizard Temple seems impossible! How
can I light the 22 tiers in just 22 moves?
* Don't feel bad. Few people could do it without help.
* Apparently, you didn't find the solution parchment on the floor across
* Red is left, black is right.
I got the Gene Pod, but now I'm trapped by stalactites! How do I get out
* When the podium went up, the stalactite gate came down.
* Lower the podium to its original height to raise the gate.
I got past the stone idol down the jungle path to the Sun Temple, but I
can't get in.
* You can't enter the Sun Temple until you've found and placed all four
of the jewels in their respective temples.
* You also need a fifth jewel for the center of the Sun Temple door.
* You passed the fifth jewel on the jungle path.
* To palm the jewel, you need a big head.
How do I know what the slider puzzle in the Sun Temple should look like
when it's done?
* Did you pay attention after each of the four messages from Mayan
* The wall disks in each of the four temples show the final images.
* The wall disks also include clues to the placement of each image in
the slider puzzle.
* Look closely at the slider puzzle's border.