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August 25

Hunt down the powerful artifact to save the world!






Amid the turmoil of war, the Alliance has given Agent Walker a mission of the utmost importance – track down and destroy the mythical Spear of Destiny before a sinister enemy can use its supernatural power to turn the tide of war and conquer the world!

The year is 1942, and the Europe is in flames. In the midst of the grim war, an mystical artifact known as the Spear of Destiny has been discovered, and it's believed to have the power to change the destiny of the war. Some believe the Spear to be nothing more than a larger-than-life myth, but neither side wants to make the mistake of dismissing its paranormal power, so a desperate race to uncover the truth about the relic begins.

To complete her mysterious mission, Agent Walker will have to cross the grim battlegrounds of France while facing death, destruction, and hidden puzzles every step of the way. But with so much at stake, there's no turning back. Agent Walker will put on her detective hat and search for the location of the mysterious relic while solving puzzles and tackling obstacles. Of course, there's a sinister spy among the members of the Alliance who will stop at nothing to thwart the protagonist. Will she succeed, or is mankind already doomed?

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August 4

The Final Showdown with the Preacher!




Enigmatis 3: The Shadow of Karkhala is the finale of the highly acclaimed series developed by the Polish studio that takes the player to Karakorum – full of mystic temples, mysterious caves, picturesque villages, and inaccessible mountains brimming with wildlife.

In the aftermath of the dramatic events in Ravenwood Park, the detectives return to Maple Creek in the hope of finding clues that will help to establish the whereabouts of the demonic Preacher. Thanks to their cunning and relentlessness, they discover the final destination of their nemesis: among inaccessible mountains at the end of the world, in an ancient monastery clinging to the upper reaches of a snow-covered mountain, lies the secret that might help him seize control of the world!

Time is of the essence. Drawn into the struggle between the forces of light and darkness, the detectives will need to double their efforts to unravel the secret of the mysterious Karakorum temple and deal with the Preacher once and for all. What lurks in the ancient monastery? What grim secrets have brought the Preacher there and what is his purpose? Will the protagonists be able to stop him now that he’s more powerful than ever?

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About This Game

Embark on a dangerous quest through mysterious ruins and magical woods in the second chapter of Grim Legends series. Save the young queen from a mortal danger and change the faith of the entire kingdom!

When a mysterious illness befalls the queen of the Eagle Kingdom, a famous healer is summoned to Eagle Castle to examine her.

The Healer’s quest takes a sudden turn when the infant prince vanishes under mysterious circumstances. The queen is accused of practicing dark magic and thrown into the prison tower.

According to the kingdom’s law, sorcery is a crime punishable by death. The desperate King, believing his wife is innocent, begs the healer to find a way to exonerate the queen.

The protagonist has only one day to reach the ruins of the Swan Kingdom and unravel the mystery behind the ruling family’s curse. Only then will she manage to find the young heir to the throne and save the queen from her execution.

Will the healer be successful in saving the queen? Will she rescue the little prince from the clutches of dark magic?

The fate of two kingdoms lies in the healer’s hands.

Features

  • A legendary realm imagined brilliantly in 42 hand-painted locations
  • 3 fairy-tale sidekicks to help you in times of need
  • 32 challenging mini-games and 16 hidden-object scenes
  • 14 intriguing characters to meet on your journey
  • An additional story told from two different perspectives!
  • 29 achievements to unlock!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.6.8
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.6.8
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 (32/64bit)
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 (32/64bit)
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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Drisc
5.9 hrs
Posted: August 14
This game was nowhere near as interesting as the first one. I got through it in 5hrs and the puzzles were ok, but I was disappointed with the story. Only buy when on sale.
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Wuzzerator
8.2 hrs
Posted: August 11
Great fun, this one. Nice mix of animal companions, mini games, hidden object and point-and-click. Another quality and very playable/re-playable title from this publisher.
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iddqd
4.1 hrs
Posted: August 7
Very decent Hidden Object game with interesting puzzles.
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trueangelcool
7.1 hrs
Posted: July 13
In this HOG u will be taking the role of the healer. During ur adventures u have to find out why the queen has not spoken a word in a long time. While trying to help her crazy things happen and u have to also find a way to prove the young queens innocence. You will also be trying to break a curse while helping the queen.

The art, music, and bg are all very nice. The voice acting was not the best, but not the worst either.

Also this time three friends will join u in different parts of the story. In the first one only one joined u the whole story.

I really wish the bonus story was longer. I had fun playing the bonus story and I also love Dragons a lot:)

I'll be honest I really liked the first game compaired to this. This Grim Legend doesn't continue from the first one. As someone said below that there wasn't that much HO also.

Honestly major complaint I have is that this is really a standalone title and have nothing to do with the first Grim Legend.

Besides that one small complaint I still enjoyed playing this HOG and recommened to play this HOG:) I also got thos on a sale.
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Kyf
6.9 hrs
Posted: July 9
If you're a fan of this genre, you'll probably like it. Its quality is definitely above average. I also recommend it for people below school age...

This is my 3rd try at HOG games.. coz I got loads of them from a bundle. I know part of the reason for its high ratings is most of the reviewers already like HOG---that's why they bought it---but I couldn't resist the consistency of ratings. Almost all Artifex Mundi games are well received, so I wanted to really see for myself before saying 'no'.

Turns out that was a mistake.. I don't hate it, but I just cannot recommend this to people like me. I feel there is just much better games out there. IMO most other games genres are more fun than the HOG genre... but of course I don't force my opinion on HOG fans.

I don't hate what defines a HOG.. the hidden objects scenes.. but it's not fulfilling either. I don't feel much out of it except for time wasted. If I just want to kill time, I go for arcade games. If I want something relaxing and also kill time, I'll play some zen games like Mountain.. or Minecraft, heck Minecraft is suitable for so many occasions and it's perfect for wasting time.

IMO this game is overall better than the first installment in this series. It feels more polished and smooth and finding sigils is less annoying than finding the story parts in the Forsaken Bride. I still disagree with a lot of design decisions in this game though, mainly about when players should be allowed to find something---finding objects before plot appears messes up the story and makes the game more 'trial & error" and aimless.

The storytelling is satisfactory for a HOG, which are known for bad stories. It is praiseworthy that it's somewhat engaging (much better at it than the first one) despite being a well known Grimm's tale, thanks to the twists and turns, and all those clues and details that fill in the story and make for an immersive experience. But the ending is so ridiculous.. it makes me uncomfortable. A guy does not show the least bit of sadness for his just deceased mom, and smiles like nothing happened-.-

I also applaud the original puzzles. Some of them I've never seen in other games, like the "untangling fishnet" one. But it's not enough for me to stop regretting buying it.

I hate the voiceover. It's so emotionless and children's books like.. Indeed am I the only adult playing this game? I just felt awkward for writing so long lol. Maybe the target audience is children in the first place..

At the very least, I think HOG is good for learning English words for a bunch of useless stuff.. :/
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Kahlana
6.4 hrs
Posted: July 3
Very nice HOG with good puzzles and nice story. Pretty artwork.
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MaxAV
11.3 hrs
Posted: July 2
Another good game from Artifex Mundi.
I prefered the 1st one in the series but i'll give an 8 out of 10 to this one.
If you like HO games go ahead!
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heropld
3.7 hrs
Posted: June 25
Great game elements, bringing good memories :)
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The Derp Knight
0.5 hrs
Posted: June 22
It's a find it game.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
This game was nowhere near as interesting as the first one. I got through it in 5hrs and the puzzles were ok, but I was disappointed with the story. Only buy when on sale.
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36 of 38 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 16
Grim Legends has easily become one of my favorite Artifex Mundi series, with a theme centering around Brothers Grimm Fairytale collection. Each new game is an original and beautiful interpretation of one of their collected European fairytales. Thus, there is no story consistency between games in the series. You can pick and enjoy them as stand-alones. Being a lovely interpretation of The Six Swans story, Grim Legends 2: Song of the Dark Swan is no different.

Here, we take the role of a healer, brought in to the Eagle Kingdom to find a solution to the young and beautiful Queen's unknown ailment. She has never spoken a word for the years that she has passed with her beloved King; not even after the birth of their son. According to Queen Mother - the Peacock Lady - all she ever does is weaving shirts out of nettle without ever resting. As we just start to examine the young Queen, a sinister green smoke breaks into her chamber, engulfing her and the heir. When the smoke is gone, so is the heir. The Peacock Lady steadily accuses the Young Queen with witchcraft - punishable by burning at the stake as the laws of the land dictate. Suspicious of this accusation, the King pleads with us to find a way to prove her innocence. So, our journey towards the Swan Kingdom - the homeland of the Queen - in hopes of finding proof of her innocence begins. We are to learn of an old tragedy, unmask the real villain and break a curse while we are at it.

Maybe not as dramatic or impressive as the first game, Grim Legends 2: Song of the Dark Swan is still a beautiful interpretation of the original tale and a well-made addition to the series. Artworks are trademark Artifex Mundi at this point: vibrant, appealing and picturesque. Character designs themselves are quite fitting for the tale, with thriving animations, mimics and color choices. Voice acting is not spectacular, but still well above average. Whenever I write about one of these HOGs hailing from Artifex Mundi, I feel like working on a paying advertisement; but I swear that's not the case. Their work in these silly casual games is nearly always that good, that's all.

Gameplay though, is a bit sterile in this one compared to other Artifex Mundi games. We don't have as many HOG scenes as we'd expect. The game is dominated by FROG - Fragmented Object Games - where you are expected to collect pieces of a certain item to make a whole, then use as a part of another item combination. Puzzles are fine - nothing shallow or suicidal, just the right amount of brain scratching, if not a bit basic. Compared to other titles, there is a fair amount of backtracking too, so be ready to recall details from past environments if you are playing in expert difficulty. There is domino or mahjong alternative gameplay here, since there isn't much HOG scenes to alternate between anyhow so one playthrough would be suffice for collecting all achievements.

By the end, this second instalment in the series, is a beautiful game appropriate for a lazy midweek afternoon. Grab it on sale and admire some beautiful artwork accompanied by a neat selection of puzzles and an enchanting retelling of a Grimm Brothers story.

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31 of 35 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 26, 2015
Here's a beautiful light point & click adventure game from Artifex Mundi, and it might be their best yet. The game is based on the popular fairy tale "The Wild Swans" by Handersen, and features gorgeous backgrounds, beautiful music and an engaging story, as well as excellent voice acting. As a bonus, you'll get companions like a bird, a fairy and a cute otter :3

Even though it's part of the "Grim Legends" series, it works as a stand alone game so you don't really need to play the first one (which is a pleasant game too).

I definitely recommend it if you're looking for a relaxing, cozy adventure game

8/10
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23 of 26 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2015
Was given a key for review



Once again Artifex Mundi has handed us a really good hidden object game. They make these well folks, always.

This time you get to play in a 1700ty/1800ty ish fantasy playground. Fight Dark sorcery with herbal spells and your ability to find those lost bits.

Do you know the Dark Swan myth? Then you understand the plot. Ever want to play a part within a old myth? Here you get to. That's the joy of this series. There are a few twists and those are the fun surprises.

This isn't part 2 of the story of Grim Legends 1, it's a second grim legend. If they ever make a third one I can easily imagine it will be yet a another different legend.

Pros
Nice music.
Well use of voice acting.
It's pretty. Just plain outright pretty to look at and watch.
Middle level gameplay. Spend a few mins and you'll rarely have to use the hint button.

Cons (of a sort)
Lack of gameplay inovation. It's just like nearly every other well made hidden object game. This isn't a bad thing but it's almost as if they used a formula.
Not really a mystery, if you rember the myth.


This is a really well made hidden object game. Definatly worth buying and adding to your collection.


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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 26, 2015
Just when I thought it would never happen, just when I had given up hope, just when I had realized I would be aimlessly banging rocks together for the rest of my puzzle-gaming career, I combined flint and steel to make a fire.

Also there was a nifty puzzle game and stuff.

This is no mere clone of the first game. The tone is darker, with much more death; there's no single cute helper; the familiar "find the object OR play the game" is swapped out for smaller hunts. The music isn't quite as atmospheric and the sense of mystery and discovery is swapped out for, well, an actual mystery you have to solve. Having to meet more people and talk to them changes the sense of isolation and exploration from the first game. There's less exploring a new world and more unraveling the past. Is it better? Depends on what you want.

Also I have to say it: that face in the one hidden object game came off as a little, um. Racist?
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2015
Pros:
- Descent music, sounds and voices
- Graphics are fine
- Some puzzles are a bit more original than usual
- I always enjoy the theatre-like puzzles
- Uses the modern interface/system of the more recent games from this company

Cons:
- Animations are sometimes weird, as in all their other games, since they are based more on blending and morphing pictures than different frames. However, it's quite well done for this type of animation.
- Several hidden objects scenes have objects with arbitrary shapes that look like nothing you're familiar with and that makes them artificially hard to find.
- Not enough hidden objects scenes for this type of game.
- The maze section relies on clues that are not clear: I finished the game 3 times and I'm still not sure I understood the logic.
- A few puzzles are illogical (more than the average for this kind of game). For instance, using the saliva of the "snail" to glue the eagle figurine. Firstly, using saliva to glue stone makes no sense. Secondly, you have to put the piece on the saliva directly, while the game got you used to collect liquids in recipients before using them.
- There's also one instance where you have to backtrack way too much just to get one object that was hard to notice in the first place. You have to get out of the Dark Castle to get the arrow for the crossbow.
- Lastly, and that's disapointing for this type of game, I didn't like the story: it made no sense to me, probably because it was badly told.

Conclusion:
While it's not a terrible game, it is one of the worst HO games from Artifex Mundi.
I didn't enjoy it as much as their other titles. I'd recommend playing those instead, unless you've finished them all already.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 6, 2015
On its own, this is a good hidden object game. Puzzles are detailed and beautiful, the storyline is well worked out and, while lifting on a well-known fairytale, still has twists.
All screens are partially animated, making the world feel alive, and the cinematic scenes are the developer's best work yet.

Compared to its predecessor however, Grim Legends 2 disappoints a little. Voice acting is of a lesser quality, with even cases where the subtitles and voice dialogue don't match.
Gameplay wise, there is only one kind of optional collectable to the previous games' two kinds, and you can no longer opt out of a hidden object puzzle for another kind of game: you now only have the option to use the hint button instead.

Fortunately both have standalone stories, so you won't necessarily need to buy "2" for story reasons.

Good is that the companion idea from the previous game returns, with now not just one critter helping you, but a new one per chapter. They are also used more, and feel more relevant to the story.
There is also more variation in the puzzles this time than just combine A with B or slide puzzles, so there is less idea of repetition here. You also backtrack less than in Grim Legends 1.

Overall Grim Legends 2 is a polished game well worth playing, but I feel more could have been done with it to make it a proper sequel to the first game. Taking it as a standalone though, I can definitely recommend it.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 5, 2015
While not exactly a direct follow-up to the first Grim Legends games, Song of the Dark Swan hits all the same high marks. It's got a beautiful setting, and a fun story. The puzzles and hidden object games are well done. And it's got both polish and heart. I love the company that makes these games, and they seem to keep getting better at what they do.

As with the other Artifex Mundi games, I'd highly recommend this one to anyone interested in puzzles, hidden object games, and original stories. Plus, no need to play the first game to enjoy this one.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 15, 2015
I've been trying games of this sort for a few days now and I have to say that 'Grim Legends 2: Song of the Dark Swan' is my favorite so far. One of the games I have tried is GL: The Forsaken Bride but I really liked this one better, everything from the soundtrack (which is amazing), storyline, characters was very well thought out.

In GL2: Song of the Dark Swan, you are a healer summoned by the king to check on the health condition of his queen. Without giving it away, let's just say that you end up getting more than what you signed in for ehehe. The story is interesting, much more than the Forsaken Bride, more so that at some point you even feel sorry for what is happening to some of the characters and that is something that I didn't feel while playing FBride.

The minigames/puzzles are quite similar to the one's on FBride so you won't feel much difficulty there if you managed to do them on the previous game. However, If my memory serves me, I think there are a few that are a bit different but still doable.

As I mentioned before the soundtrack is beautiful, it gives a special touch to the story and makes it even more amazing and captivating. The artwork is fantastic, the characters are wonderfuly presented with nice details.

Oh and lets not forget the little helpers! On the Dark Swan they are super cute and, of course, you'll get more than one. For those of you who don't know, on Grim Legends games you usually have little guys that help you advance in the story (don't worry they don't work as hints or cheats, etc).

The only thing that I liked a bit more on the Forsaken Bride than on Dark Swan was the Bonus Content. I felt that on FB it worked better as a continuance of the main story and I didn't felt that with the DS bonus content.

If you like games like this then I suggest buying it, being it in a bundle, on sales or at regular price, it's well worth the purchase :)
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
Product received for free
Grim Legends 2: Song of the Dark Swan is the second installment in the Grim Legends game series, it has no connection to the first title however. In this game you play a world famous healer brought to the Eagle Kingdom to tend to the beautiful queen. What starts off as a simple visit turns into an epic adventure battling dark magic and an evil curse. The fate of two kingdoms -and the lives of their denizens- lay in your hands. This game is filled with interesting twists and turns as well great gameplay, making a very enjoyable experience for fans of hidden object games.

You take the role of the famous healer brought to a majestic castle, you begin your job tending to the queen and everything is going well until the young prince is kidnapped and the queen is accused of practicing black magic. This offense is punishable by death and she is taken to jail. Her king is distraught and tasks you with the job of proving her innocence. Soon you’re dragged into a world of magic, curses and death as you race to find the prince and save his mother. Despite the title mentioning a “dark swan” this doesn’t play too big of a role in the story, mainly confined to the first half, which I found disappointing. The story is also rather predictable and not very interesting. I found the story of the Swan Kingdom, where the queen is from, to be the most alluring. It’s told via flashbacks and explains why the kingdom fell under a curse.

To play the game you use your mouse to interact with people and objects as well as move around. You also collect useful items and tools that you need to progress in the game.The main crux of the game are hidden object scenes where you are given a written list of items to find in the scene. There also some scenes where the list is presented as pictures of items to find. I felt that the game could have used more hidden object scenes, I also felt that the scenes could have been a bit more complex- such as requiring you to perform a few different steps to find an item, like move a piece of paper aside or paint a feather red. There are also puzzles in the game, they’re not too difficult but some do offer a challenge. One note, you play a healer in the game so I expected potion-making to be a larger part of the gameplay. While it did factor in more than usual hidden object titles I felt it was under-utilized.

Graphics-wise the game is beautiful. Lovely colors and artwork help keep the feel of the fairy tale land you’re exploring. The hidden object scenes are very well done with the items not being too small that it would hurt your eyes. The character models are very well done though movements can be a bit stiff. The game has full voice acting which is well done, though some of the younger characters can sound a bit annoying and their acting is off, but this is a minor issue. Music in the game is lovely and fits the tone of the story and all of the sound effects are also spot on.

Overall I do recommend Grim Legends 2: Song of the Dark Swan as an addition to your library. While not as stand out as the first title in the series, it’s still a solid gaming experience. There are Steam cards and achievements as well as collectable items to find during your playthrough. There is also a bonus chapter which is very adorable and also gives a nice side story about the queen. You have three cute sidekicks to help on your adventure which adds a bit of levity to the story, however, I did find the ending anticlimactic. All complaints aside, this is a good game, it’s fun to play and I recommend grabbing it when you can.

Lunar Productions
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