I loved reading your review!
Yes, it is indeed special to me as it is special to you, because it's the first real adventure game I played.
I couldn't agree more with you on the nice little details throughout this game, and how both the amazing music and the puzzles are perfectly appropriate to the different historical settings in the various real or mythical countries. For instance, I remember working out the five-and-twenty based Mayan numerical system on a piece of paper, before I tackled the temple puzzles!
I think Cryo was a rather unique company, because it mainly tried to capture the significant mythology of the world, and some of its major historical settings and religious experiences, and turn them into creative and captivating multimedia 'edutainment'.
Sometimes it looked rather random and to some even a load of hokum, but I guess that's the price you pay when you center on myths and beliefs which will appear extremely meaningful and revealing to some, and illogical to others.
I found an old advert from about 2002 for Cryo on the site of the former German distributor, Modern Games, which perfectly illustrated their ambition: The Mystery of Mankind in DVD Technology
, highlighting their series of games Versailles, Time Machine, Ring (of the Nibelung), Pompei (Timescape, Legend of Vesuvius), Odyssey, Faust (Seven Games of the Soul), Atlantis, Egypt
, and China: The Forbidden City
as parts of one project.
It sure looks like it!