posted on Nov, 23 2007 @ 07:38 AM
My three closest friends and I each recently received an Isis for our birthdays/Christmas. The puzzle orb comes with a book. The book has ten
encrypted clues as to how the orb is opened. There is no difference between the clues for each of our four Isis orbs. Decrypting the clues took
about three hours. Opening the orb took about another hour of reading, listening, fidgeting, listening, rotating, pushing, listening, consulting the
clues, pushing some more, listening again, then finally twisting the thing open. Extremely satisfying to open one of these things. My three friends
have yet to open theirs, and it's been almost a week since we got them.
After you open the orb, you will find a ten digit code stamped on the inside. If the Isis was purchased after June 2007, you have to send an email
requesting an actual metal key. I sent the email on a Sunday and received a reply from the company (Sonic Warp) that the key had been sent (no
tracking number) on Monday. Don't know when it will come in the mail considering it was most likely sent from the UK and it was over a holiday.
When I opened the orb, some pieces fell out. The company offers to put them back together for you (roughly $50 USD plus postage) if you can't figure
out how the pieces go back in. My impression from the website was that this is not normal, but it does happen rather frequently.
I'll be happy to answer any additional questions you may have as long as I am not asked give the solution to any of the cryptograms or give
instructions on how to specifically open an Isis. Not only would it be difficult to explain exactly how one is opened, but it really is satisfying to
open one knowing you did it with your own ingenuity. I also support what Sonic Warp is doing with the puzzle and would like to see more of these.
According to the website, there are four more puzzles to be released in the Isis series, and having all five keys has something to do with a bigger
"adventure." Isis II is due out some time in 2008.
I will also say that an Isis is not something I would have normally just dropped $200 on not knowing anything about it, but I will consider buying
another one if this key doesn't get me anywhere. The craftmanship really is amazing. Even the display/storage box is very nice.