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Release Date: Oct 29, 2012

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April 18

Embark on a quest to find the Philosopher’s Stone!



Emma wakes up from a scary dream: mysterious creature threatens her uncle Alfred. She feels that something bad just happened and it puzzles her…

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What’s the story? Did her uncle enter the portal and embark on an adventure on his own? Strange world on the other side of a mysterious artifact can be the answer, so the young woman dares to step into the unknown. An adventure in the worlds of five elements has just begun.

Will Emma prevail over mystery creatures and deadly puzzles? Will she put her detective hat on to find her uncle and the secret Philosopher's Stone from her dream?

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Tibetan Quest: Beyond the World's End is a captivating hidden object game that blends together the elements of the thriller and adventure genres with oriental esotericism and lore. Journey to the mystical city of Shangri-La and find your missing niece! Embark on an adventure at the edge of the world to save Larisa from the clutches of the ancient labyrinth!

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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

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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wyldrose
( 7.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Reasonable gameplay, but you can't turn the voiceovers off separate from the general sound.
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stricksw
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 12
I enjoyed the story, although it was a little on the cheesy side and smacks heavily of Bioshock theme influence. It was not terribly difficul, only occasionally leaving you unsure what to do next. For the most part you feel carried along with and by the story. Added bonus to get on sale!
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Schareazar
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 17
9/10
This is one of the first HO/P&C games that got me into the genre as well as the one I've enjoyed the most.
Artifex Mundi is known for delivering a lot of decent ones AND thats one of their finest.
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Kilaker
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 13
One of the earlier Atrifex Mundi titles, in later titles you have a few more things to make the game a little better like fast travel through the map etc. but it's still a good game. The describe it as a scary and thrilling story, but if you played Bioshock there are some familiarities, mainly of the ground concept of underwater City that was meant to be heaven on earth, where men could be free and it was a place for smart people, then something happend and now everything is horror themed. I wouldn't call it scary, even if they try to set the mood early on in the game. But it's hard to feel scared when you move by clicking yourself from place to place. The do it as well as you can though. The game features the same quality of artwork that I've come to expect from them. Good ambiance, music and sounds. Voice acting is in general okey, except for a few who went for an oscar and failed. It's not as good as the later titles from Atrifex Mundi, but still a solid game, and if you haven't played the later titles, it's great to start on, to see what they have to offer in the terms of quality. Puzzles aren't as hard as the later titles either, which can be a positive or negative, depending on how good you are at them. Overall a recommend! 6.8/10
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Tin Theologian
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 10
If you love hidden object games, this one is a must play. Great art, interesting story, and really does a good job with the kidnapped/missing formula we HOPs all love to whine about. Easily in my top 10 HOGs.
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WerFEST
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 7
For me, it was really difficult challenge. I do not really like puzzle games, so I almost fell asleep during the passage of this game. For me, it was really boring, although some puzzles made me loaf. The story a boring and delve into it any desire does not arise. You are in the flooded city of ghosts, you need to get out. Good luck.
Still, I can not recommend this game because who loves this genre and so find what you need for yourself.
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mkpw
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 4
★★★★★★★☆☆☆
More than 4 hours of great entertainment with point&click adventure game including a lot of puzzles, hidden-object minigames etc. The most impressive element of Atrifex Mundi productions are definitely graphics (look at screenshots - most of locations are just masterpieces) and music, creating awesome climat. In case of Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden we've got ruins of underwater city and story inspired strongly by Lovecraft, Verne and classic dystopia. They should work a bit on suspense and giving player the willies, but in general it's still very rewarding game.
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Nonsensical Nao
( 11.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 1
Exciting puzzles, hidden object and an underwater city that's been overrun by demons that want to kill you. What more could you want?
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Melumebelle
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 26
Abyss was an enjoyable point and click puzzle game/hidden object game. My biggest complaint is the same for this as this devel's other games - it freaks me out when a character is talking, their lips are moving... but everything else on their face is perfectly still.
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RipperG (灬^ ω ^灬)
( 8.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 24
another nice but a bit short casual hidden object game from Artifex Mundi and this time the story take place in a city under water ruled by demons that took possession of the people that used to live there, kinda reminds me of the first bioshock game.
there is even a bonus chapter that relate events before the main story so you can understand what happens before you arrive to the city.
the puzzles and mini games are various and challenging the graphics and sound effect are good as usual , no bugs or glitches
+ 23 easy achievements and 3 cards
recommend it for hidden object and casual game fans ( grab it on sales)
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Eu4ia
( 6.9 hrs on record )
Posted: February 10
A nice hidden object/puzzle game.I`d suggest getting it on a discount if you`re into these sort of indie games.

-bad acting
-the story could be much better (not really a minus but it was a bit dull and something you probabbly already saw)
-low replayability, even thou the objects were slightly changing its still not enough

+good graphics
+steam achivements
+steam trading cards
+different puzzles
+bonus short story

overall 7/10
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Party For Terrorist
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 6
i like it. very good puzzle game . BISERICA ROMANA!!!
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Jarl Hamm
( 7.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 4
Abyss is very clearly a rip-off of Bioshock in both theme and plot. The voice acting is passable at best, and the animation (or, what of it there is) is downright atrocious.

Despite this, the game is surprisingly charming. The finer points of the story really do draw you in, and you somehow care about the characters. The puzzles are fun, engaging, and at times quite difficult. Although the soundtrack isn't extensive, it's actually quite nice and helps the game to be immersive. The art is really quite lovely, and the point and the hidden objects are cleverly disguised. It's a great way to relax and unwind.
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Tomtom
( 8.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 4
Another really entertaining Point & Click mystery solving game, simple storyline, 2 - 3 playthroughs to get all achievements in the game, short and sweet and overall a good game to help pass a couple of stray nights worth of boredom. Nothing too difficult, the puzzles are child friendly and rarely gave any problems having them solved... I quote "rarely"!! I wouldn't DARE complain at this game one bit, due to the lack of money I paid, which was a couple of pounds for 5 off a bundle site, and was 100% worth the price i paid and wouldn't have minded paying a little bit more than what I did! 8/10
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Eric Dane
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 2
One of the best games from Artifex Mundi. Good balance between story and puzzles.
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Saint Aaron
( 9.9 hrs on record )
Posted: January 29
This Game is a lovely point and click game with amazing graphics and a lovely art style! The Story was also rather interesting. The Puzzles are challenging, but I had alot of fun to accomplish them and I was always looking forward to the next one!

Pro
Good art
Acceptable audio
Good puzzles
Good controls
Steam cards
Low system specs

Con:
Just OK story
Gets boring fast
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S0rceress0
( 9.0 hrs on record )
Posted: January 21
I don't think I could possibly say enough GOOD about this game. I was just looking for a general point and click and I was exceedingly surprised to find this was responsive and had a really great feel to it. Just a touch of horror with a humor overtone, there were lots of puzzles with options of whether to do point and click or a game. This made each section amusing and different. I found myself actually creating "incentives" to work so that I could do an hour of this game. What lovely graphics and immersion storyline.
Cons: There were just a few oddities with facial movements in the animation.
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Halcyon
( 6.6 hrs on record )
Posted: January 19
Another solid Artifex Mundi HOG adventure.
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moon2stars
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: January 17
A great HOG. It has a good story that is not too short and not too long. Good graphics as well. Some of the puzzles were challenging but over the top. For the sale price I paid, I am very satisfied.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
Abyss is very clearly a rip-off of Bioshock in both theme and plot. The voice acting is passable at best, and the animation (or, what of it there is) is downright atrocious.

Despite this, the game is surprisingly charming. The finer points of the story really do draw you in, and you somehow care about the characters. The puzzles are fun, engaging, and at times quite difficult. Although the soundtrack isn't extensive, it's actually quite nice and helps the game to be immersive. The art is really quite lovely, and the point and the hidden objects are cleverly disguised. It's a great way to relax and unwind.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 24
another nice but a bit short casual hidden object game from Artifex Mundi and this time the story take place in a city under water ruled by demons that took possession of the people that used to live there, kinda reminds me of the first bioshock game.
there is even a bonus chapter that relate events before the main story so you can understand what happens before you arrive to the city.
the puzzles and mini games are various and challenging the graphics and sound effect are good as usual , no bugs or glitches
+ 23 easy achievements and 3 cards
recommend it for hidden object and casual game fans ( grab it on sales)
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
For me, it was really difficult challenge. I do not really like puzzle games, so I almost fell asleep during the passage of this game. For me, it was really boring, although some puzzles made me loaf. The story a boring and delve into it any desire does not arise. You are in the flooded city of ghosts, you need to get out. Good luck.
Still, I can not recommend this game because who loves this genre and so find what you need for yourself.
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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2015
It's kind of lame that Artifex Mundi ripped of Bioshock so directly in the setting here, but otherwise another very good HOG from them.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
Relaxed game to play. Finished it in casual mode. I was pleasantly suprised about the completeness. It was not just a hidden object game, but it was more a point n click, hidden object, puzzle combination game.

To be honest I did expect a game with motion in graphics. Because most of the hidden object games i played were pretty static. It is different here. Really decent graphics and decent voices and goodlooking cutscenes. Also a decent story line.

The way you have to combine elements in the hidden object puzles to find some of the needed objkects was really nicely done. Like a little puzzle in a puzzle. It was not very hard, but good for few good hours of fun. Finished the game in about 8 hours total in casual mode. Replay value if you want to do it again without any hints and/or want to finish all achievements. There is even some bonus material to play.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2015
This is a nice hidden object game. The puzzles are good. Graphics are solid for this genre. Locations are really interesting. It's an underwater city. I was waiting for a Big Daddy to drill me to death at any moment!

Everything is easily identified, but not easy to find. All the puzzles require you to use some objects in the scene to uncover others. The puzzles that aren't hidden object games are fairly easy compared to other games in this genre, but they are of nice variety.

It took about 3.5 hours to complete the game. The story is okay, nothing memorable, nothing bad. My only gripe with this game is the movement system. You have to go from room to room, backtracking often, sometimes through a half dozen screens. I've played a number of other hidden object games that allow faster travel by selecting locations on the map, so this felt like a step back from that convenience.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
This Game is a lovely point and click game with amazing graphics and a lovely art style! The Story was also rather interesting. The Puzzles are challenging, but I had alot of fun to accomplish them and I was always looking forward to the next one!

Pro
Good art
Acceptable audio
Good puzzles
Good controls
Steam cards
Low system specs

Con:
Just OK story
Gets boring fast
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
It's Bioshock's Rapture, realized in a pleasant, casual adventure setting with a nice mix of inventory, hidden object and classic puzzles.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2015
Great Hidden object game! like almost all the HOG's that come from artiflex mundi! this one i liked better than most of them ive played. it was kinda bioshock esque.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
Face palm knowing that https://www.artifexmundi.com/page/news/ these people have decided to jump on the bioshock hype.

This is a HOG game with a variety of other puzzles, none too difficult and a few quite fun. The biggest difference is that if you don't like hidden object finds, you can instead click on a set of three dominoes and play dominoes instead where the hidden object puzzles are. The dominoe puzzles are easy and impossible to fail even for a deliquent, drunk and blindfolded. In fact it was so easy i'm not actually sure why they would put it in there as it seems almost a waste of time.

Story is all over the place just a rushed quick cash grab concoction. Some experimental underwater city called Eden was made. Eventually the peaceful city becomes traumatised by legates, ghostly dark hooded grim reaper high priest style dressed beings that float around the place. Half way in the game you find that the legates all listen to the dark lord which I assume is satan and they tie people up in trees and possess them for no reason what so ever.

In the end you approach the dark lord with a golden arrow, he grabs it off you and breaks it and throws it back at you. You put it back together and stick it in him... he dies. Never knew Satan was such a dumb dumb.

I must say I didn't really appreciate the nonsensical supernatural theme running throughout and made the game just feel like a cheap cash in.

While the music and sounds are great and there are enough cheap scares in this to have you spitting your crisps your eating at the monitor at various locations. (Turn sound up) The voice acting and some of the dialogues are so cheesy and poorly done youll be uncontrollably head shaking like your at a rock concert.

For achievement hunters place the game on easy and DO NOT HIT HINT BUTTON that will at least save you from two more walk throughs. Unfortunately you will have to play through again playing dominoes instead. Play each Hidden Object map leaving the last object of each map unfound and just hit the dominoe set to finish of each map on a single dominoe. This is the quickest way to get 100%.

Nice animation, music and sound. Terrible, poorly done story with hidden supernatural themes (skip button was welcoming here). Game is no where near worth $10.00.

So devs what are you going to rip off next? Borderlands? Alien Isolation? ARK?
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47 of 51 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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41 of 45 people (91%) 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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38 of 42 people (90%) 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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35 of 39 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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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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34 of 39 people (87%) 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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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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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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35 of 43 people (81%) 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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26 of 28 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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