How to play The Emerald Palace
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BEFORE YOU BEGIN
We strongly recommend playing on a team of 4 if possible. If not, aim for a team of 3-5 players. You can have up to 6 players on a single team, but the game experience may not be as good.
For the best experience, each player should play from their own device.
Browser & Device Suggestions:
We do not recommend using Internet Explorer as your browser while playing this game. We recommend using Safari, Chrome, Firefox, or Edge. Compatibility issues can arise with very out of date browsers, so for the best experience please use the latest version of the browsers listed above.
Sometimes an AD BLOCKER can cause problems. If you or a teammate sees a black game screen, try turning off a browser ad blocker for that page and reloading.
We encourage you to play on a computer for the best experience, but you can play on most newer tablets. The Emerald Palace is not currently supported on mobile devices. As the Emerald Palace is a very interactive game, all players should use their own device for the best experience.
Your Team Captain or Group Organizer should have sent you a player invitation email or shared a unique game link with you. Click the yellow PLAY button in the invite email or the game link to join. Then, click your name (or an unclaimed animal name) on the page to enter the "lobby" while you wait for the rest of your team to assemble!
Every player on the team will be able to access the game in their own browser. We do not recommend sharing screens and having only one person navigate the game. Due to the interactive nature of the Emerald Palace, it is strongly recommended that all players play on their own device!
Get on your team's video conference.
If you don't know each other, please introduce yourself! If your Group Organizer or Team Captain added a video conference link to your team details in the GAP, you will be able to find the link on the lobby page or in your invitation email. If you did not have a video conference link included in your team details, please coordinate with your teammates to join a video conference of your choosing (Zoom, Facetime, Google Meets, etc.).
Get set up:
We recommend adjusting the window size of your browser (where you play the game) and your video conference screen (gallery mode recommended!) so you can split the screen and see both at the same time! Here is an example:
Assemble your materials.
Grab a pen or pencil and some scratch paper. (Some players like to use note taking software and/or shared spreadsheets.)
Travel to the Palace
From the "lobby" page click the green "GO TO THE EMERALD PALACE" button when everyone is ready to start. This will take you to the Emerald Palace to begin your game. The game timer starts when you enter through the first door.
HOW TO PLAY:
To escape this “Palace,” collaborate with your teammates to solve puzzles and complete ANGEL’s challenges. Click around to find clues and interact with the spaces and animals. Read the guidance in the letter from ANGEL found in the beginning, the messages from the illuminated animal statues, and in the text box on the left of the screen.
Interaction & Navigation:
You can click different elements in a room to view or interact with them as needed. In some cases there will be doorways you can click to access satellite rooms.Once a puzzle is completed, you will be automatically transported to the next challenge.
If you need help, hints will be available by clicking the LIGHT BULB above the room. These hints are TIME RELEASED, so be on the lookout for a flashing light bulb. There is NO PENALTY for using a hint.
The game clock at the top of the screen shows the elapsed time.
Once the clock starts, you can PAUSE the game if needed by clicking the pause button on the upper right side of the screen. This will pause the game for all players on the team. To resume the game, click RESUME. You may PAUSE indefinitely -- even for hours or days. If you have run out of time to play and wish to end the game for good, you can select END GAME from the pause screen. Note: you will not be able to RESUME if you END GAME!
The more puzzles you solve, the better your score will be. You will also be rewarded bonus points according to how fast you solve the puzzles.