Take a deep breath and find your fiancée who went missing in the dark abyss of the ocean.
User reviews: Very Positive (245 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 29, 2012
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"Hidden Object Games-lovers will certainly know that they safely can expect a high level of excellence from this company..."
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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
    • 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
20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
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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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Another terrific casual adventure from Artifex Mundi! This one smashes up a bit of the Mythos with a whole lotta Bioshock, for story in which you rescue your undersea-explorer husband who has gone missing. You dive at his last known location and find first a broken-down lab, and then a stark, sprawling, deserted city on the sea bottom.

The city is called Eden, not Rapture, but the principles are the same, and the explorations and puzzles that follow are hard enough to be interesting and pliant enough to cave under pressure. NOTE that the "Hint" button becomes a "Skip" button during puzzles, so if you are paying the wrong kind of attention, trying to figure out what the puzzle rules are can turn into a whoops-skip (this happened to me twice).
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
One of the best hidden object game with great puzzles, good story and music. Only problem in voice acting and character models. Definitely buy it if you like hidden object games!!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
It was a while since i played an adventure game again, i must say i enjoyed this one!
The music, the atmosphere, art, story and everything together makes it a fun game!
Specialy when you look to the price its a fun adventure game and still unique.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Hidden Object is one of my favourite kind of games. But DO NOT BUY IT, just because it looks like Bioshock. Abyss is like walking in museum. Too long and too boring. Ok, you solve quite good puzzles but it's only good thing. I've played "9 Clues" before, and... WTF? So many things are almost the same! The same candy but in other package. So many things were almost the same. Once again... DO NOT BUY IT. I recommend "Infected: The Twin Vaccine." It's 100 times better.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
A wonderful game, simply amazing. Very interesting story, excellent gameplay, highly recommended!
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Another quality Hidden Object Game from Artifex Mundi. Second game than I enjoy.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
The story is interesting, puzzle are well done. I also like the graphic, I think it's well done
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Great guilty pleasure game. Sure, the voice over's are a bit cheesy but the puzzles and hidden object searches are good fun and never overly frustrating.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
A fun, simple point and click game. Took me about 4-3 hours to complete. It has quite an interesting story line, the only replay value it has though is solely for achievements.

7/10.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden is a Hidden Object Game.

The adventure backdrop is fine, the areas are rendered with great details and the hidden object scenes are even in Expertmodus quite simple. Instead of Hidden-Object Riddles you might also opt to play a kind of Domino to solve the HOG. The riddles in the game are also quite simple and none of the riddles required a deeper explanation than a simple sentence.

The story of the game is mysterious, and sinister. I like mysteries, and I love lovecraftian horror - but even with some hints in this direction the game has overdone it in a way that in the end all is only ridiculous.

This is no "Nancy Drew" game, that is for sure, and the riddles are much less challenging than any of the Nancy Drew game series. Still it is a decent HOG-Game, and sure something that fans of that genre can't wait to dig their teeth into.

Even though I am sceptical about this genre, it was a pleasing - even if at times insultingly ridiculous - game. Of course they are short casual games, but that is - what they were made for.

Graphics: 7/10 (Adventure style graphics with some artistic sights)
Sound: 8/10 (A fitting soundtrack to the game, that is fitting to the game)
Playability: 7/10 (It is fun to play it through once, and try out the two other modes of game - but once played through, they soon loose their ... color?)
Story: 6/10 (Ok Story, a bit far-fetched. But hey it's all a fantasy, isn't it?)
Value: 6/10 (The value of the game might lie between 4 and 8 bucks, so 6,49 isn't bad at all, if you can try to get it cheaper)

Overall: 6,8 (A mediocre game, which might please friends of the genre or people who love underwater adventures)
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Nice (mostly) underwater point-and-click adventure.

+ Good underwater 'Bioshock' vibe.
+ good puzzles, not to challenging so i could get frustrating.

- voice acting
- short game, ending bit unsatisfying
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
Nice little game, not too hard. Liked the visuals and style :eden_sigil:
Some puzzles where pretty cool.
There are a few shock elements that made me sit up (but then, I thought Indiana Jones was scary when it first came out).
Didn't much care for the guy we tried to save, liked the rebel much better :)

Have never played Bioshok so am not reminded of it :)
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
eye spy
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17.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
There are a few shock elements that made me sit up (but then, I thought Indiana Jones was scary when it first came out).
Didn't much care for the guy we tried to save, liked the rebel much better :)
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8.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
If you are in for a puzzle and hidden object game. This is for you!
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6.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Short version: 89%
Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden offers everything one can want in a hidden object puzzle game: a good story, fluent game flow, interesting puzzles, nice graphic design. A definite grab if you like this genre.

Long version:
There are hidden object games that try to ascend the limits of their genre to stand out. Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden chose to be good in the known game elements instead.

Although the story is just a mishmash of Bioshock and Cthulhu, it is an almost perfect mixture. It is engaging, features genuinely good twists, and has a realistic, interesting main character. The only real downside is the voice acting, it is spectacularly bad even by hidden object standards.

The puzzles themselves are spread out evenly and offer a steady progression. They require a fair amount of backtracking, but the map design doesn’t make you feel like you are walking around endlessly. The hidden object scenes are drawn well, although they have a few problems, especially if the required item is in the water.

I also have to mention the bonus chapter: not only it gives you great insight of the main story, but it even puts one of the side characters in the limelight, adding even more depth to the game.
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4.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
-- FINISHED GAME --

7/10
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5.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Dose not recommend.
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30 of 35 people (86%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
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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