Take a deep breath and find your fiancée who went missing in the dark abyss of the ocean.
User reviews: Very Positive (208 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 29, 2012
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"One of the best casual adventure games on Steam."
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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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    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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.6.8
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.6.8
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 (32/64bit)
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 (32/64bit)
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
30 of 35 people (86%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
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
Posted: June 2
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
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.
Posted: July 4
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
This is a real well made Hidden Object / Puzzle game ! This one has a good story and very well done art style. So if you like puzzle and hidden object games give this one a shot!
Posted: May 30
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Artifex Mundi probably make the best hidden object / point and click adventure games, no exception here. To say the setting is a rip-off of Bioshock is putting it lightly, and the storyline lacks any of the nuance of that game, but it's suitably atmospheric and the gameplay uses it well. As for the rest, it's a point and click adventure game interspersed with set-piece puzzles and hidden object challenges. The artwork is very good, the character animation is pretty dated, the puzzles are mostly fairly undemanding although there's the occasional headscratcher (usually due to missing a vital clue or scene somewhere, so you'll need to search the entire map at times), good music and - as usual with these games - truly dire voice acting. Still, there's something about these games that makes them a nice, relaxing diversion.
Posted: September 7
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
If you have played an artifex mundi game before, by this point you know what to expect; a beautiful blend of puzzle solving, object hunting and hidden object finding (or domino playing instead), all bundled in a gripping adventure, full of mysteries, that slowly unfolds before your very eyes. If not, grab your mouse and relax: the ride is thrilling and wonderful.
There is usually some curse or supernatural element involved in their games and Abyss (the hidden object game version of Bioshock) is no exception. As you travel in a ruined underground city that aspired to be a beacon of freedom and enlightenment, you face and have to overcome mysterious adversaries that look like demon-eyed Wraiths in order to free your beloved (and also save the few free people that were left, some tired bloke pushing his forties and about three kids).
It turns out that the cause for all this is Cthulhu, or rather a strange statue found deep inside a mining shaft at the bottom of the ocean, depicting a humanoid body with the head of an octopus. Sounds familiar? I hope so.
At this point I am sure that Artifex Mundi have a Cthulhu and Cthulhu-mythos obsession and I love them for it (Cthulhu statue in Abyss, fishmen in nightmares from the deep: siren's call and the Necronomicon in 9 clues:the secret of serpent creek).
The avatars in this installment have really stepped up their game, the faces are life-like which is mostly due to the vivacity of the eyes and that is a delight to watch - although I also enjoy their painterly ones in other games.
The shock value of corpses showing up everywhere is also thrilling and adds to the unsettling atmosphere of Abyss, making it just the right amount of creepy.

TL;DR: *Cthulhu possesses underwater city people and tries to expand his empire.
*Explosions!
*Giant octopi!
*Dinosaur skeletons!
*Corpses! Corpses everywhere!
*Save Cthulh---eeerrr the world!
Posted: October 18
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46 of 49 people (94%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
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.
Posted: April 4
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