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**Updated** Chateau du Graaz - A Brain-busting Adventure

by The Builder Posted 25th Jul 2011 at 8:06 PM - Updated 4th Feb 2016 at 3:31 PM by The Builder : Updating to a refined non-buggy version.
108 Comments / replies (Who?) - 17 Feedback Posts, 7 Thanks Posts
This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
Do you have what it takes to solve the mystery of Chateau du Graaz?

--- UPDATE ---
- In later versions of Sims one of the chests is not possible to open, stopping people from continuing the tomb.
- Includes slightly more clues
- Story slightly updated
- Minor puzzle-changes later in the tomb

--- General talk ---

Hi folks! Finally I have managed to complete my first tomb project. It would be, as far as I'm concerned, one of the more ambitious tombs in the community. Not because it's super big, but it contains puzzles that require actual thinking in contrast to the tombs we see in the game.

It starts off pretty easy, hopefully, and evolves into some more intriguing puzzles, which you sometimes need to engage with the environment to solve.

When it comes to designing puzzles/riddles, I have been doing that quite a lot for various occasions. However, the most challenging is to find an adequate difficulty level for the "audience", so to speak. So whether you find it too hard or too simple, I hope you will appreciate the concept. And please, leave a comment in the commentary section to let me know what you think. That will help a lot.

I will gladly help out if you get stuck (don't just give up!), and if it gets popular I can post a thread so that people can discuss solutions, so I don't get too much PM:s. This submission is really a shot in the dark, since I don't know if it will be liked or hated. But I sure hope for that all the hours spent to create this will be worth it!

--- Gameplay notes! ---
  • The progression isn't always linear, meaning that you sometimes need to return to rooms where you have already been.
  • For the story, and sometimes important notes, there are text plates distributed all over the area. Read those for hints and some intensifying atmosphere.
  • Pay attention to your visa level. This mission may require 3 days or more to finish.
  • Make sure you have no extra keystones in your inventory when you begin this adventure.

--- Story ---

This chateau belonged to Basile Graaz, an archiologist and professor in Egyptian mythology. The mansion has been deserted for about 20 years now, after all members of the family mysteriously disappeared. No one has dared to enter this cursed mansion ever since. Rumours doesn't only speak of deaths and evil curses, but of a great secret that has yet to be found.

--- Secrecy ---

Please don't have a look at the map if you don't want to get spoiled. Of course I know everyone will do that anyway. I won't blame you... You little gnomes!

--- Non-tomb version ---

You can now find a non-tomb version here.

Lot Size: 3x3
Lot Price: Not Applicable
Tags: #tomb, #france, #mansion, #chateau, #french, #puzzle

Number of bedrooms: Not Applicable
Custom Content Included: None
Furnishings: Fully Furnished
Special Flags: Not Applicable

You must have the expansion, game version or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 3 World Adventures Late Night
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Chateau du Graaz_v2.rar

Size: 2.33 MB · Downloads: 15,576 · 4th Feb 2016
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Test Subject
#76 Old 22nd Nov 2011 at 6:40 PM
Originally Posted by gelis
Simmeramalie I just placed this in custom made world and chose the lot type to be no visitors allowed though this tomb's architecture is similar to other tombs in France.

My Sim and I had so much fun completing this that her horse got taken away due to negligent. :D
The ballroom was the hardest part and I was so proud when I figured it out.

I have one question though. When I got this adventure done I had one extra heart keystone left. Did I miss something, some small room?

gelis, how did you get past the beginning? I can't figure it out. How did you get through the first gate?
Test Subject
#77 Old 23rd Nov 2011 at 12:35 AM
Originally Posted by sonyamontapupupu
I'm stuck too, like melical. I'm not sure if I'm doing something wrong? I could simply cheat and get right over the statue, but I don't want to mess anything up down the road. I would love some help with that.... Because I can't get past the first area.

I was stuck there too. You have to put the statue on the tile, I believe that opens the bathroom downstairs. In the bathroom, there is a hole in the floor that unlocks the door you're talking about. After you get to the bathroom, you can leave the statue there. I think that is right. I hope that helps.
Test Subject
#78 Old 23rd Nov 2011 at 10:01 PM
Originally Posted by jonas3333
Just wanting to thank you as I spent several hours last night enjoying your creation. Personally rather proud that I did it without cheating as I generally have little patience with mystery/puzzle games, but I have enjoyed the tombs and couldn't stand the spoilage. Your clues worked out just great although I hardly sped through it. I also want to say how impressed I was at the way you captured the mysterious ambiance with the color, layout and decoration. Only thing I would have liked to see more of is danger.

So here's Tera O'Meara (born in game with that name - had to leave it) solving the Chateau's mysteries!

I'm stuck...I found downstairs, the first 5 rooms, can't get past that...I got to the chess room, can't get past that...I think I got the statues in the courtyard right, but can't open the stairs in the courtyard...where is the star keystone?...Can anyone help me?
Test Subject
#79 Old 14th Dec 2011 at 4:18 PM
Test Subject
#80 Old 19th Dec 2011 at 9:09 AM
This is a beautiful home but... I have to ask, is this house polish? Because I've noticed that homes in Poland leave their window locks facing outside.

I'm just messing around, I noticed some of your windows were placed inside out. But again, great lot you built here.
Field Researcher
#81 Old 23rd Dec 2011 at 12:48 PM
To those who says to get stuck: come on, this is peanuts compared to Myst or The Longest Journey. Try Myst III: Exile or Riven sometimes. Play Myst III myself and the puzzles in there are much harder. Just use your eyes and be patient.

Looks great. I like puzzling myself and as said i play some adventures like Myst sometimes. Will try this out.
Lab Assistant
#82 Old 27th Dec 2011 at 5:49 PM Last edited by mikorox : 27th Dec 2011 at 5:50 PM. Reason: typo
I'd REALLY love this, but I don't have Late Night. How badly will I screw up the game if I install it anyway? xD

♪☺♥ ░▒▓~* MIKOROX *~ ▓▒░♥☺♪
Have you destroyed a paysite today?
Test Subject
#83 Old 28th Dec 2011 at 8:06 AM
@candesco: Don't judge if you haven't even tried it, yet!

I finally made it through that darn door. Thanks bobinrobin for reminding me of the bathroom. I was so concentrated on that door at the end of the balcony that I didn't see that the bathroom door had opened. :P
Destroyer of Worlds
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#84 Old 10th Jan 2012 at 1:49 AM
This was amazingly awesome. It took my sim (ahem, me) about 5 sim days to complete (and that was with needs static). It was amazingly detailed, well thought out, and most certainly a brain buster. Teach us your skills! :P
Test Subject
#85 Old 25th Jan 2012 at 3:21 AM
I so appreciate talented creators who make an already entertaining game even more entertaining than we thought it could be. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this and sharing.
Test Subject
#86 Old 25th Mar 2012 at 4:42 AM
Is there a walk through for this yet? Or at least how do you get the doors unlocked on the first and second floors to begin with? I have tried just about everything.

Originally Posted by The Builder
I'm glad you all like it and hopefully all of you will be able to experience the whole adventure. My favourite part is the library. People that have been asking for advice, have been sent some hints via PM. Don't hesitate to PM me if you got questions, I love messages!

It seems like some of you wants a non-tomb version, which I will fix when I complete my current project.
Test Subject
#87 Old 29th Mar 2012 at 11:34 AM
Thank you for this. I have only just begun and haven't got very far but am having enormous fun. I am greedy enough to hope you will make more.
Test Subject
#88 Old 30th Apr 2012 at 3:57 PM
The two-tile main staircase in the inner courtyard leads down to the basement and two doors on the left and right side. On the left, a heart keystone is required. Is this keystone from the treasure chest in the room next to piano room [the one with fenced barrier]?

Because I get a Crescent keystone there and don't know where to continue.
Test Subject
#89 Old 1st May 2012 at 5:09 PM
Thanks so much for this! I love it! I am stuck in the chess room. Any hints?
Test Subject
#90 Old 27th May 2012 at 4:29 AM
Well, after me feeling cocky from beating all the tombs that came with World Adventures, you make this tomb to knock me down a peg, excellent, yet perplexing tomb. Thanks for the effort of making this giant puzzle. But I'm still lost in the chessboard puzzle.
Test Subject
#91 Old 9th Jun 2012 at 7:12 AM
Brain melting. I'm stuck in the ballroom. I know to sign translates to 'The Dance of Chairs' but other than that Help!!! plz

Besides my Brain turning into a gooey mess, Brilliant Tomb I wish the ones that came with world adventures had been like this
Field Researcher
#92 Old 15th Jul 2012 at 1:06 PM
Originally Posted by melical
@candesco: Don't judge if you haven't even tried it, yet!

Have you ever played a full adventuregame then, like Myst III: Exile or The Longest Journey? I bet not. Try that for some time. Really, the puzzles of those games are much harder. Like the reflectors puzzle in J'nanin. And there are no clues.
31st Aug 2012 at 4:30 PM
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Mad Poster
#93 Old 12th Sep 2012 at 8:10 AM
I've been having so much fun with this lot. It's a lot of fun and it's been challenging but now I'm stuck and was hoping for some help

I'm stuck in the music room, the one with the piano. I can't seem to figure out in what order do I have to stand on the stones.

In the corridore next to this is a wall, and 4 lamps next to it. behind each lamp is a painting, 1-4, I guess this is the order of hints. Then there is the dining room with the same colored chairs as the light the 4 lamps give. I thought the hint is that you stand on the stone that is in the same order as the lamp colours + the chair colour. That was my idea, but honestly I don't know what to do

Where do I find the hint on which stones to stand on in the music room? Any help is appreciated.
Test Subject
#94 Old 24th Sep 2012 at 5:42 AM
wow! so excited to try this out! My bestie and I are suckers for the tombs, both of us like to sit and watch my sims figure out things! LOVE this and can't wait to get it installed! Thank you!!
Test Subject
#95 Old 10th Nov 2012 at 11:15 PM
Hi -- I feel like an idiot. There must be a simple bit that I keep not seeing. I've gotten to the room that says he hates red as it is the colour of blood, but I am stuck. I keep going around to all of the rooms I've already opened, which aren't much, but I'm stuck. It's been days. Is there a hint?
Test Subject
#96 Old 5th Dec 2012 at 12:03 AM
Does this work with 1.42?
Test Subject
#97 Old 14th Dec 2012 at 5:33 PM
when you mentioned the visa level thingy in the overview section - does that mean i should place this lot abroad like France or in the world where my sims home is (sunlit tides) what is best or does it not matter which world i place it on - i love puzzles so cant wait to try this out thanks
Test Subject
#98 Old 7th Jan 2013 at 10:34 AM
I'll definitely give it a shot! I'm intrigued, and I didn't look at the photos. can't wait!
Test Subject
#99 Old 24th Jan 2013 at 11:13 AM
I download it and I can't seem to find it need help please.
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