The Forgotten City Walkthrough - EIP Gaming (2024)

Welcome to our walkthrough for the mystery adventure game The Forgotten City! This guide will lead you to the “best” ending (of 4), and therefore we encourage you to go ahead and try to complete the game at least once for yourself — the mystery is half the fun, after all!

That being said, some players don’t have the time or the energy to dig into every nook and cranny of a game, and they deserve the good ending too. With that in mind, we’ve created a walkthrough that should guide you as efficiently as possible to the best ending.

Note that in order to better accommodate people having the guide up on their second monitor, this guide has long stretches without photos wherever we believe text directions will suffice. If you find anything confusing, don’t hesitate to leave a comment, and we’ll do our best to either give you directions, or else update that section with a helpful image!

Guide Navigation

Part 2: The Golden Bow and The Palace

Part 3: The Roman Plaque and Rufius’s Rheumatism

Part 4: Democracy in Action, the Egyptian Plaque

The Great Temple and the Epilogue

Basic Settings and Tips

It’s important to know that you can turn a crosshair, and the objective markers, on or off in the Interface section of the Settings menu. The crosshair makes aiming the bow much easier, while the Objective Markers naturally makes it simpler to find your way to your next task.

It’s also good to remember that at any point while playing, you can press [X] and some golden butterflies will guide you to your next objective (assuming you have one selected, and it isn’t hidden).

How to Use this Guide

This section contains minor spoilers for The Forgotten City

This guide will only cover necessary dialogue, which means you’ll miss out on a lot of background and fun details if you only choose the dialogue options the guide tells you to. The main reason the guide is built this way is for people to experience the full story as quickly as possible, and to help people who are stuck while progressing.

Thanks to the nature of the time-loop in the game, if you accidentally choose a dialogue option that changes your path or upsets a character, you can easily break the Golden Rule by stealing something or shooting someone with your bow, and then head through the portal to reset the time loop.

Since you keep all the items you gain (and Galerius can do all your chores for you when the time loop resets) you don’t lose much or any progress when you reset the loop. Therefore, I encourage you to chat people up! This game is built around it’s characters and their philosophies, so you’ll cheat yourself out of a large part of the experience if you focus on going quickly to the ending.

Time Loop Tricks

Anything you do, whether it be speaking to a character or stealing an item, will stay with you when you go back through the portal and reset the time loop after you or someone else breaks the Golden Rule. This is important to remember when you’re trying to figure out the game’s many puzzles.

A Timely Warning

Unlike some RPGs, where all the NPCs just wait around for the hero to show up and talk to them, time seems to pass in The Forgotten City. What this means is, if you go through the time loop, and then stand there staring at Galerius for 20 minutes while you take the dog for a walk, you might continue with the walkthrough to find that NPCs aren’t where they should be. Make sure you pause the game with [ESC] if you need to take a break for any reason.

While we’re giving out warnings, you should also remember to save often. I suggest quick-saving before every conversation you begin with [F5] (quick-load is[F9], btw), since if you accidentally pick the wrong dialog option, you can be locked out from certain paths until you restart the time loop, which is a real pain in the natis(even if there are no lasting consequences).

It’s also good to know that, since time passes while the game is running, you can find yourself at the end of the day while completing a task. Someone breaks the Golden Rule at the end of the day, so you’ll have to run back to the shrine where the portal is, and then pick your task up where you left off, whenever that happens.

→ Continue to Part 1: Welcome to The Forgotten City

The Forgotten City Walkthrough - EIP Gaming (2024)


How many endings does The Forgotten City have? ›

There are 4 different endings to The Forgotten City. They can be achieved at different points in the game, and with different degrees of understanding.

How long does it take to complete The Forgotten City? ›

When focusing on the main objectives, The Forgotten City is about 6 Hours in length. If you're a gamer that strives to see all aspects of the game, you are likely to spend around 10½ Hours to obtain 100% completion.

How to get Ulpius to not jump? ›

Once you've saved Iulia and rounded up 2000 denarii, go back to where you found Ulpius and Octavia the first time. Talk to Ulpius again and you can now follow this line of conversation to stop him from jumping: Is this what Sentilla would want? You'd never believe me if I told you.

What is the golden rule in The Forgotten City? ›

The magistrate, who is also preparing for a new magistrate election at the end of the day, tells you that the city is plagued by an ominous law which they've called 'the Golden Rule', where whenever any one member of the city commits a sin, all of its twenty-plus inhabitants die by being transformed into golden statues ...

Can you romance in The Forgotten City? ›

Any romance in the game? The player can flirt with various NPCs as a means of completing quests, but it doesn't result in personal romance. However, you can play matchmaker and set up or help a few couples.

Who is most likely to break the Golden Rule? ›

Duli is one of the characters capable of breaking the Golden Rule. Once he has been released, he will make his way towards a cosmetic jar in a stall just outside the warehouse. Him picking it up is considered to be stealing.

Is The Forgotten City replayable? ›

The Forgotten City features multiple endings, so the game truly encourages you to make your own decisions in how to solve the mystery and break the loop. While The Forgotten City can be completed in practically one sitting, there are some replayable features in the game.

What level should I be for The Forgotten City? ›

Your experience will depend on the decisions you make, as well as your character's individual history. Are there any level requirements? It's designed for characters at Level 5 and above. The story responds to your character's individual history, so a high level is recommended.

What happens if you steal in The Forgotten City game? ›

The only problem is stealing anything in The Forgotten City breaks the Golden Rule, destroying the entire settlement and forcing you to flee into a portal that transports you back to the start of the day. But Desius has a plan.

Can you save Iulia in the Forgotten City? ›

To save Iulia, steal the bottle of silphium resin from Desius' stall at the Marketplace of the ancient Roman city of The Forgotten City, and then travel through the portal to start a new loop.

Is The Forgotten City game scary? ›

It is slightly creepy, as statues dotted around the place turn their heads towards you when you are not looking. Their is also a particular quest in which the game becomes almost a horror game (hence the PEGI 16 rating) it is optional whether or not to do this quest, but if you do there is a lot of gore and scariness.

Is The Forgotten City a time loop? ›

A mysterious little city trapped in a time loop, where you slowly learn all the secrets but no one remembers what you did last time around.

Is there a time limit in The Forgotten City? ›

The typical playtime is 6 - 12 hours for your first playthrough, or more if you take your time and savour it.

What is the canon ending of The Forgotten City? ›

The Canon Ending

For this ending, one must gather four plaques and bring them to the Great Temple. Greek Plaque: free Duli by making Galerius Magistrate. Quickly enter Duli's cell and pick up the plaque, as Duli is prone to break the Golden Rule. Roman Plaque: allow Ulpius to jump off the Great Temple.

How many endings does Forgotten Land have? ›

After the credits roll, a cutscene will play of Kirby and Elfilin reuniting before they jump into the rift between the worlds. They need to work together to close this portal before it's too late. This is when the game's post-content can begin. There are two different endings to unlock in Kirby and the Forgotten Land.

How long is a loop in The Forgotten City? ›

If you've ever been caught in the gripping cycle of 'Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask,' you know the drill. Only here, it's a one-day loop.

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