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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.
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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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#101 Old 10th Mar 2013 at 4:37 PM
Geez, this is really well made and hard. I don't know if it's supposed to be like that, but I'm using two sims, cuz I somehow locked inside the first one right in the beggining. SO yeah, your tomb can actually trap people and that's kind of awesome!
Test Subject
#102 Old 15th May 2013 at 7:38 PM
This looks so cool! I think I'll put it in the France world, and make that the first tomb I explore when I get there (however, I may go to China first, to get my visa level up, so I have plenty of time to finish this intriguing adventure). This must've taken you weeks, if not months to properly build and test. Thank you so much for sharing.
Test Subject
#103 Old 24th May 2013 at 1:08 AM
1. Just FYI, seeing a green man in a leather short-sleeved onesie glaring viciously out an innocent window amused me to no end. :D

2. I'll be downloading this anyway to play it, but what pieces in it require Late Night? Will anything be completely unsolvable if I don't have Late Night?
Lab Assistant
#104 Old 16th Jun 2013 at 2:55 PM
I think all the neighbourhood dogs went crazy when I found this, because I made this high-pitched "EEEEEEEEEEE!" sound of pure joy! My adventurer sim will surely love this, it looks fantastic. Thanks for breathing life into my game, I really appreciate this!
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#105 Old 22nd Aug 2013 at 3:43 PM
Hi Builder and thank you for this great challenge of a tomb. I was attracted by the adventures in the sims but then the tombs EA built were so disapointing. And I kept waiting for new content by their part on that front; which never came.
I'm loving the Chateau but am having 2 issues that I'm afraid might be bug related (conflict with some mod) but I'm not sure.
In the first building we enter, downstairs where the lit dard numbers are on the walls; I can only sit on three of the chairs there (purple, white and red) If I look at the table from above I can see the other 3 are "more into the table" than the first 3. I think I get the puzzle but only if I can sit on all of them.
The second case is on the courtyard. I believe I need to reproduce the position of the statues on the room that has the plaque "see this room from above" or something similar. Thing is, the buttons on the floor would unlit when I moved a statue past it except from one. The middle button on the row closest to the center of the courtyard remained lit and I think it's stopping me from finishing the puzzle. Can you tell me what that puzzle unlocks when beaten?
I hate spoilers but I'm afraid I might have a glitch or incompatibility in my game so I had to come ask you. I hope I'm just being dumb Sorry for the long explanations and, again, thanks a lot. Was having a lot of fun with this and want to finish it
Lab Assistant
#106 Old 17th Nov 2013 at 12:07 AM
Lol put away the damn tape measurer, candesco, no one needs to know how ~intellectually~ above us you are. XD

Arrogance aside, this looks amazingly fun and I can't wait to try my hand at it. <3
Lab Assistant
#107 Old 30th Nov 2015 at 7:27 PM
Resurrecting an old thread! This truly is brain-busting. I love it, but I'm stuck so early on. There's the basement where there are the different colored lights, and there's the table with the different colored chairs, and only three can be sat on, and I'm stuck.
Test Subject
#108 Old 4th Jul 2016 at 6:56 PM
Awesome update. Thank you!
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