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About This Game

Discover and investigate a forgotten underwater city built in an intriguing Art-Deco style. This former utopia hides many spine-chilling secrets and supernatural forces, the remains of which still lurk in every corner. Face the ancient evil that is hiding in the deepest chambers of the city of Eden.

During your exploration of this Eden beneath this sea, you will solve cleverly designed minigames and find hidden objects or play a special minigame as an alternative. Hold your breath and dive into the game to experience the wonders of the underworld for yourself.

Features

  • Scary and thrilling story in a unique underwater setting
  • Beautiful, hand-drawn graphics
  • Hollywood-quality animations
  • 40 unique locations with 14 hidden-object scenes
  • Numerous original and inventive minigames
  • Unique option to switch from a hidden-object scene to a minigame
  • Intriguing Art-Deco city design

System Requirements

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Mac OS X
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    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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48 of 52 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 4, 2014
Adventure game with hidden picture puzzles and awesome atmosphere. Played through the normal campaign so far and loved it. Nice story, nice atmosphere, nice riddles...and if you dont like them you can either play a mini game, skip them or get hints. Much love to details. Furthermore you get the soundtrack, some wallpapers and an extra campaign.. Very nice! Recommend it to people who like old-school point and click adventures. Best money spent on Steam in a while.
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44 of 48 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 14, 2014
Been a hardcore adventure gamer since the days of text-based glory in the 80s. Never thought I'd care about these hidden object games, to be honest the vast majority of them are tragically primitive. These Artifex Mundi games are not, they're in a class of their own.

There's a lot of classic adventure elements in them, you find items, figure out how to combine said items to achieve the result you're after and thusly advance the storyline. Every now and then you're confronted with a hidden object scene, a fact that makes my eyes water and kills my inner child bit by bit. In a stroke of pure brilliance they've added an option to play an alternative game and that way bypass the hidden object scene entirely. What you're left with is an adventure game and occasional boardgame challenges, fantastic.

Rather uniquely they also tend to feature strong female protagonists that aren't constantly trying to assert the fact that they're female and strong, they just are. This is something that you'd be hard pressed to find in any other genre.

Finally, it works flawlessly in linux. As have all Artifex Mundi games I've tried so far.
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39 of 44 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden is only my second encounter with a so-called "Hidden Object Game". It's a prime example of the quality that Artifex Mundi delivers in this particular genre of games, which can best be defined as a point-and-click adventure light with as an extra ingredient the Hidden Object-screens. Artifex Mundi delivered a really interesting game with this one, which is like an overtly hommage to Bioshock. The setting shows a lot of parallels to that of the famous and revolutionary shooter: just as in Bioshock, I found myself exploring an underwater city where an utopian society had crumbled into tyranny and civil war. Even the art déceau-style of the city is very similar in Abyss to that of Bioshock. It may be a bit too obvious for some, but it's so well done and the screens are so well-drawn and full of details, that for me it felt more a parallel reality, an alternative, to the world of Bioshock than like any sort of plagiate.

In all possible departments, Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden truly shines. Artifex Mundi invests a lot in putting a convincing story into their Hidden Object-games, and they certainly managed to do so in this game. They also managed to integrate the several hidden object-screens and the mostly cleverly designed puzzles very convincingly into the story. The adventuring-part of the game plays very smoothly and intuitively, helped by the minimal inventory. As far as the musical score and sound-effects are concerned: they do their job in conveying the sometimes scary atmosphere in the game. It would be too much to call this a horror-game, but there are some very rare scaring moments.

Being a collector's edition, there are quite some neat additions included, such as an extra chapter to the story and some downloadable screens. All in all, this is a very recommendable game. Hidden Object Games-lovers will certainly know that they safely can expect a high level of excellence from this company, but I'd surely recommend it as well to those gamers who haven't yet played this genre before. They may not be difficult or competitve, but certainly entertaining and addictive!

Overall score: 7.5/10
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36 of 40 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 5, 2014
Nice game. It is a point and click adventure game with the setting of Bioshock! Really surprising and a nice return even if it is a different place and story line. Unlike most 'Find the list' of item games, a lot of the game play is adventourous just like Artifex Mundi's "Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart" which I & my 7 year old also enjoyed.
I highly recomend this game if 'Find'em games' are your type/style.
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37 of 43 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 25, 2015
The first time I've played this game was around the beginning of summer, looking for a decent HOG to spare the day for. As a HOG lover, I can most assuredly say that Artifex Mundi has always presented me the best examples of the genre, and Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden is no exception.

The story is about an underwater city established to seek "Enlightenment", mysterious wraiths called as "legates" taking control over the city, a limited number of survivors forming a resistance against them, and our poor, frustrated main character who is only there to look for her missing husband. Yes, the plot practically screams the Call of Cthulhu meets Bioshock, but the game manages to handle a cliché combination to craft a refreshing setting quite well. As any other Artifex Mundi game, the curtain opens up to an elaborate chaos which could only be sustained by our puzzle solving and item collecting genius.

Story and environment, with well-made artwork as always, are interesting enough to keep you going until you complete the game, which can be said for a select few games in this genre. There is a common formula for crafting HOGs which never fails: pick a mystery, add a missing person or at least a high stake, stir the pot with some HOG scenes and offer a complimentary cheesy ending. In our case, it comes with Artifex Mundi caliber artwork. All checked, we are ready to go!

Hidden Object scenes are decent, puzzles are fairly simple and adventure elements are easy to track down with the aid of your map. What I'd like to take a note on, is that item usage and combinations actually makes sense too! Playing dominos as an alternative to Hidden Object scenes is creative and entertaining. Oh, and it is possible to finish the game without the aid of any kind of manual or walkthrough.

If you like the genre, or maybe the game is on sale, buy it already! It's Artifex Mundi. It basically cannot be bad. If you've played Bioshock, you'll be having a small voice in your head, whispering: "laaaaame", but you'll still play it out of curiosity. You are facing another beyond par HOG, you are welcome!

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34 of 39 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 2, 2014
A nice adventure game, as a casual user of this genre, I enjoyed it. It's a little bit short.

Things I liked:

- Background art
- Decent voice acting
- Hidden objects areas
- Domino mini-game

Things I don't liked:

- Lack of puzzles
- Average difficulty even in Expert mode
- Lack of information about background history
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33 of 38 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 6, 2015
Length of Time Played: ~4 Hours
Distance Played: 100% Achievements
Personal Grade: B

Opinion of Each Aspect

Grading System - Outstanding, Excellent, Good, Acceptable, Poor, Horrendous, Abysmal

Gameplay: Excellent
Stability: Acceptable
Story: Good
Controls: Excellent
Graphics: Acceptable
Music: Good
Sounds: Excellent
Difficulty: Outstanding

Notes: + (Positives), = (Small Gripes), - (Negatives)

+ Addicting gameplay for its genre
+ Great challenge for children or casual gamers
+ Fluent controls allow for precise clicking
+ Well done sound effects
+ Music fits the atmosphere of the environment
+ Superb backgrounds and 2D animation
+ Domino game provided to let you skip Hidden Object Scenes

= 3D cutscenes can be very hit or miss when it comes to movement
= The game can freeze if you click too quickly when loading the Hidden Object Scenes

- The facial movements for the 3D dialogue parts is laughably bad most of the time

Summary: A great addition to the Hidden Object Game (HOG) Genre by easily one of the best developers in the trade. The puzzles are good at keeping your brain active as well as an alternative domino game if those aren't your style. While it suffers from a rather cliche storyline, the scenery makes it worth it.
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28 of 30 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 4, 2014
After the atrocity that was Empress of the Deep, I wasn't particularly excited to take on another Bioshock "inspired" hidden object game (or HOG for short). Nevertheless I descended into Abyss and its city of Eden, cautious but hopeful that it wouldn't be the stodgy adventure I half expected it to be. Color me surprised then when I became completely swept up in the remarkably high production values, enjoyably casual puzzles, and varied mini-games peppered throughout (heck, there's even some squirrel love). Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden isn't only exceptional for its genre, but a polished and entertaining game in its own right. It's elements may be something less than inspired, but Artifex Mundi mixes them together into far more than the sum of its parts, and certainly one of the best HOGs I've yet to find.

The obvious influence of Bioshock on Abyss can be seen everywhere, from the narrative of a lone traveler entering an underwater city intended as a bastion of all of humanity's greatest minds and creations, to the neon art deco environments, and the persistent theme of a city that failed under its own ambition. Abyss doesn't pretend to be more than it is though, and actually uses its limited resources to rework the plot of the game it so heavily borrows from into something more manageable, forgoing the heavy questions of morality for a more simplistic ghost story that while nothing remarkable is enough to hold the game together. The iffy voice acting and horrendous facial animation is another matter, but thankfully you are subjugated to these often enough to make you turn the game off in horror.

I call Abyss a HOG, but often it falls far more along the lines of a basic point and click adventure game. You explore locations, picking up objects along the way to help you solve puzzles, with just the occasional mini-game popping up often enough to remind you that you are still playing a HOG (if only in some respects). Personally I enjoy this combination quite a bit more than straight up Highlights, and found the simplicity of the puzzles oddly satisfying. It doesn't require much thought and there's always a hint button if you should get stuck, but it also doesn't treat you like a complete imbecile, requiring just enough from the player to keep from feeling like an interactive slideshow.

If you have been turned off from HOGs in the past from their lackluster presentations, mind numbing stories, or over reliance on the sole act of finding hidden objects, I'd suggest you take a look at Abyss before writing the genre off entirely. Its visuals are top notch, the gameplay at just the right level of casual friendliness without becoming tediously easy, and the whole experience feels like its operating a far higher budget with a better development team than I've come to expect from this sort of game. Let's just say I'm impressed, Artifex Mundi; here's hoping this is a sign of the quality we can expect going forward from one of my favorite gaming guilty pleasures.
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29 of 32 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 5, 2014
A perfect casual adventure game, makes you think, but never gets frustrating. Bonus content also very nice. Took me about 4 hours to complete. I would have liked longer, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time playing. It should also be added that the backgrounds have a stylish art deco feel, and are very pleasing to the eyes.

A definite purchase for those who enjoy hidden object/adventure games.
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36 of 45 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 17, 2014
I've played maybe 20-30 hidden object games to date (probably more), and I'd have to say Abyss is indeed one of the better ones out there, but has some flaws that really stuck with me as I played.

First of all, the game is beautiful. Although the detailed artwork is clearly inspired by the Bioshock series (and a lot of story elements), it looks great with a colorful palette and some imaginative locations. There are a lot of areas to explore, as well. The music is very nice and does a good job of setting the mood, but can get a bit repetitive after awhile.

For the game play, this is your standard IHOG/HOPA, basically adventure game lite with Hidden Object Scenes sprinkled in. As an adventure gamer myself, I always play on Expert to give me a bit of challenge and lengthen my game experience, but I found the game to be on the easy side overall. Not a horrible thing if you're looking for a relaxing evening, but I prefer my IHOGs to last longer than 4 hours on the hardest difficulty. Even the puzzles were fairly easy taking me only a few minutes to figure most out, and many needing only a few moves to complete. The most challenging part for me was going back and finding older Hidden Object Scenes that have reactivated; they don't sparkle in Expert, so it's basically a game of "let's click on everything" in the hopes the scene is indeed active again. I know this is pretty standard for Expert mode in most HOGs, but honestly, it's just an exercise in frustration, not added challenge. If the devs are reading this, putting in an option for sparkles on reactivated HOS's would be a much welcome addition in future games.

The Hidden Object Scenes themselves are well done, nicely drawn items without too much clutter, and have a nice range of difficulty, but none of the items were what I would consider unfairly hidden. And although I really enjoy HOS's, I know not everyone is a fan, so the option to play Dominos instead is a nice touch. The Dominos mini-game itself is fun, relaxing and mildly stimulating,

While the story took a lot of elements from Bioshock, it didn't resonate with me as much as some of Artifex Mundi's other games. I know HOG's aren't exactly a great source of deep, thought-provoking storytelling, but I felt like Abyss was flirting with some really interesting concepts, but those ideas kept getting derailed and neutered.

I think my biggest issue came down to the voice acting, though. Maybe I'm being a little more critical than I should be having come off of a couple of games that had absolutely amazing voice actors, but here...it's just awful. I wanted so badly to turn off the voices as every time any of the characters uttered something I couldn't help but cringe. If there is anything I would like to see in future HOGs it would be a toggle for the voices. Sometimes just reading and letting my mind fill in the blanks is better than being stuck with voices that are pulling me out of the experience.

That said, I did enjoy the game quite a bit and can see myself playing it again in the future. I certainly look forward to some of Artifex Mundi's other games making their way to Steam.
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Alice
1.8 hrs
Posted: September 28
Pretty good story and plot but everything is pretty predictable and easy to figure out with the story. Its still a good plot none the less. All the puzzles are simple to figure out or are the type where if you click randomly for like ten seconds you can get them. The object scenes are easy and quick to do and there arnt many of them and this isnt the type of game where you have to consitantly look around to make sure your not missing a scene. The game does a good job of leading you around to all the clues and it only took me lke two hours to do. There are a few jump scares that got me pretty good or caused my heart to race. There is also a bonus scene/story at the end that talks about another persons point of view of what was happening before the main character was on the scene. Simple and easy game to figure out and play. I didnt get stuck in any way and their are hint and skip buttons if you wish to use them.
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Verdantil
6.4 hrs
Posted: September 28
Tags : Adventure - WC - Hidden Object

A walk-clicker adventure game of the hidden object variety. I actually finished this one, found that most of the puzzles were mechanical in nature, which helped with their logic, usually involving using a tool or adding a gear to something. The plot was good at first when the underwater theme felt still novel, then the novelty faded and we were still left with finding the main protagonist's lover, which was dragged on for far too long. They should have made an effort to center the storyline further on what happened at the location you are visisting, adding subplots to it, as it was fairly mysterious and interesting but only superficially handled.

By the time two thirds of the way in you have a fairly strong grasp of what you are up against, and are still doing the husband chasing thing, by then the game starts to feel like it is dragging on. The conclusion was satisfactory without much cliffhanger, but is very forgettable all the same with no great reveals of any kind.

I would say this is an overall good hidden object game and would recommend it if you are hunting for one.
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Zibi17k
4.4 hrs
Posted: September 11
nice game
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garnetofeden
13.8 hrs
Posted: September 5
Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden is one of Artifex Mundi's earlier games, but the quality makes it clear to see why they've become the top developers in the hidden object puzzle adventure genre. Since it's one of their earlier games, the art has a more painted look, and there's no fast map yet. It also has at least one classic idiosyncratic moment where there was this random box you couldn't see a way to get into, and it just happens to be smashed by an octopus right when you happen to need exactly what is in the box. Cracks me up every time!

It's often the little details that really make a game, and they didn't skimp in that area. The music perfectly fits the underwater mystery theme, and a sonar sound effect is used for hints.

I like how the story wraps up in a realistic and logical manner where you still have to escape Eden even after you defeat the demon. Although the developers left room for a sequel in the form of a possessed rat, I've never heard of any intentions to return to this universe.

The Bonus Adventure doesn't automatically pop up, so make sure you don't miss it!
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MaxAV
13.9 hrs
Posted: September 4
Very good game.
At the beginning you think as Bioshock for the background but then it's really different!
The music is real cool!
The in-games are well balanced & diversified.
9/10
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benedict
7.5 hrs
Posted: August 29
Took about 6 hrs and two playthroughs including extra story.
18/20 achievements (90%)
Actually it should be 20/20 achievements but some sort of bug prevented the last two to unlock. Won't play the game a third time to try again...
It's nice to play a good Hidden Object game since the last two were disappointing. This is heavily inspired by Bioshock and with a good atmosphere, music and art.
Hope to see a sequel.
7/10
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netsentry
0.4 hrs
Posted: August 18
1/10 - Disgusting
I don't know how garbage like this gets made. Rip off a beautiful and iconic game franchise (Bioshock), plug it into an awful hidden object game, and rake in tens of dollars.

It's my fault for buying whatever bundle this came in and actually playing it. It's Steam's fault for not having the curation in place to prevent this plagiarism from appearing in the store.
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bbwolfbuyer
3.9 hrs
Posted: August 7
Played through this, and it was interesting. Buy on sale, but pick it up. Fun little time consumer.
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InTheGame
9.5 hrs
Posted: August 4
I like the storyline of this game, your partner gets lost and you go looking for them and you discover a lost place called Eden, you have to solve puzzles to save your partner and the others trapped in Eden from a demon possesing them.
I like that when i finish the main game there is bonus content that i can play. All in all i like this game and recommend it to people who think they might like it.
I also recommend getting this game on sale, as i got it on sale or in a bundle.
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DHS
5.2 hrs
Posted: July 31
Cool game I really enjoyed the gameplay artwork and also the time spent into finishing the story. Thumbs up
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