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Release Date: Oct 29, 2012

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April 17

Mind Snares: Alice’s Journey is coming to Steam!



Get ready for the mature adventure game with elements of the surreal, psychological thriller and horror genres that will send shivers down your spine!

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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
16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
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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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2014
So this game likes its jumpscares so be warned.

As always hidden items games for me can be simple to super hard depending on the game.
For this one on the easiest setting the hints reset fast enough to not be frustrating and didn't reset when used for a "which way do I go" style hint.

This game suffers from the "item name/common convention/colour contrast" issue I've seen with afew of these. You're looking for a key? Well odds on its gonna be almost the same colour as its background. Looking for an umbrella? Better keep and eye out for images of one that blend into the background.

As to the voice-acting; Bland; End of story
Speaking of story its interesting and worth sitting through.

Would I recommend? Yes; At full price? Maybe not
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
Yet another great hidden object adventure game from Artifex Mundi. While the story may not seem original, very Bioshock -esque, the story itself is good enough to keep you interested and also differs enough from Bioshock to keep it entertaining. The graphics are beautiful with great animations and cut-scenes. The puzzles can range from super simple to somewhat difficult. The hidden object games aren't the most difficult that I've seen, but at least offer enough variety of objects to choose from that it's above par compared to other games of the genre.

Overall, this is one of the top of its kind, so definitely worth the play through.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
Pretty good game. I got really sucked into it. The environment was well constructed. Eden is reminiscent of Rapture from Bioshock and slightly like Sierra Madre from Fallout: New Vegas too (what with the weird monster guards roaming the place). The puzzles were enjoyable but a bit on the easy side. I didn't feel compelled to use hints or skip or even look at the map once the whole game. The voice acting was pretty bad though. Very robotic. The story could have been a lot better because the setting and background story to the setting was really good. As it is, it kind of felt like you only touched on the surface of things. The bonus adventure was very worth playing too. Delves a bit deeper in to the story.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
Let me start off this review by saying that I'm not too well-versed in hidden object games (yet). I played a free-to-play hidden object game years ago and remembered liking it well enough. I love finding things in games. Anything. Collectibles, secret areas, shinies, etc. Heck, I love searching for and finding things in real life, too. I'm a married woman and I still insist on my mother hiding my Easter basket every year. I'm not sure what's sadder; that my mother actually listens to me and hides my basket every year, or that she still gives me one at all.

Nonetheless, thanks to the Steam queue, I have been introduced to the genre yet again. I purchased a few on a whim one day, and Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden was the first I played. I was in a casual game type of mood after putting much thought and effort into a lengthy RPG, and this game was really enjoyable in that respect.

The game opens up with your character's voice laying out the prologue to the story, and it made me giggle a bit because she sounded like a generic Microsoft computer voice at first. While the environments in this are beautiful and colorful, the entire game has a type of B-movie feel, with iffy voice actors, a "meh" story, and no sense of danger at all. The game definitely tries to throw some creepy moments at you, but never did I feel like my character was in danger or that a save would need to be reloaded. The game isn't scary at all for adults, but for young kids, it might be sufficiently creepy on rare occasions (and this game is definitely E-rated).

Abyss surprised me in that the game, while in the Hidden Object genre, was not overflowing with hidden object puzzles. I saw one review mention there were too many of them, but I wished for more. The game relies on an exceptionally well done and intelligently designed point and click adventure model for most of the gameplay, and the hidden object screens are mostly a distraction that include an object or two that you'll need to take from the hidden object puzzle and insert into the story gameplay. Sprinkled throughout the game there are also various mini-puzzles that go from sliding puzzles to jigsaw types to wire connecting puzzles. Not once did I feel like a puzzle was out of place or overly complicated. Even if (say, for kids) a puzzle is too confusing or hard, you can skip it. The game encourages you not to via some unlockable achievements, but it is an option. Unlike many point and click games, I never felt like combining objects to meet a goal was unnecessarily complicated. All of them made sense, so this game never frustrates.

Overall, while I did wish for more hidden object puzzles, I felt like Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden surprised me in its quality. It's relaxing and takes you on a nice little journey over about a four hour playthrough (I played on Expert despite being fairly new to the genre and never once was frustrated, so it's definitely casual!). While I would personally advise you to wait for a sale because I go by the $1.00 per hour of gameplay rule, I definitely recommend this game to anyone looking for a casual romp through some pretty environments. I'm giving this a 7/10. This is a great game for kids or for adults looking for a shorter game with little commitment. I was pleasantly surprised with this game, and I now consider myself a fan of the Hidden Object genre.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
Fun and quick hidden object game, with a somewhat bioshock feeling.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
Loved it! Great atmosphere, nice puzzles, could have been longer. Hope there will be a sequel! :)

Only downside: when you have played other games from this studio, you are getting a bit annoyed by the constant recycling of character faces and use of the same voice actors in their games.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
8.7/10
Pluses:
-Nice story
-Good graphics
-Puzzles, mini-games and dominos
-Wondeful music
Little pluses:
-Cards and achiv's
Minuses:
-What? Screames? In casual game?
-Price. Like for me, price is bag. But I live in Ukraine and i dont have many money.
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It's beatuful game of "hidden object" jenre, and if you like games from this jenre - buy this game. So, if you bored by FPS, RPG and etc you can buy this game and enjoy.
Thx for time
P.S.Sorry for my bad English, I from Ukraine.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
Artifix Mundi games have their hammy moments, but these games are very easy to play with my wife and are a nice bonding experience. Voice actors are reused game to game, and the mouth movements look like the same technology used in "Fallout 2" but they are fund games. Abyss is designed well with appropriate music, sound, and level design, the only major problem is the elevator to navigate floors takes is frustrating when you're trying to find the magic pile of hidden objects to click on.

7/10 - A good game to initiate people into the hidden object genre.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Quite long in it's kind, good animations, so-so story and interesting gameplay. A good one, 10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Great point and click type game but you need to power through it in one night if your memory is like mine :) I ended up stopping a few times and forgot where I was and had to look at the map
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
Interesting story, nice puzzles. A game is long too.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
Not a really amazing game

+ Good artwork
+ Good potential for the story
+ Not a small game, you can have fun for it for a couple of hours

- Bad voice acting
- Way too simple
- Predictable
- Lacks variety

Overall, not too bad, not amazing
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
Cons:
-Wooden voice acting and emotionless characters (especially your character, who is apparently dead to all emotion, including fear)
-Poor translation to English in places (notably for the names of certain items in hidden objects scenes)
-Repetitive music that gets annoying pretty quickly
-Standard nonsensical progression (ie there are thin vines blocking a puzzle which you can't pull off with your hands or cut with scissors or a knife; you have to wait until you have the hedge clippers)
-Standard hackneyed plot
-Puzzles are too easy
-Game has zero replay value, yet in order to get all achievements you must play it all the way through at least twice

Pros:
+The entire cast of characters is made up of what appear to be outdated animatronic puppets with terrifying faces and dead eyes to match their wooden voices. It's like playing through a ride at Universal Studios, about 20 years ago.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
After my experience with Enigmatis 2 it was pretty obvious that it wasn't the last Artifex Mundi game I played, but since the first Enigmatis game wasn't released at that time yet, I got the game which seemed the most interesting instead and that was this one.
Judging by the voice actor we're controlling the same character who this time takes a dive into the sea to find her love who had gone missing, only to discover an...aaand that's where I stop, don't wanna spoil that one for you, but still to give a point to this review I think that the story is just as good as it was in Enigmatis 2 while the gameplay is almost completely the same with some very minor design differences.
It has the atmosphere, the challenge factor (which I found noticeably harder regarding the "100%ing" in terms of achievements which I gave up on this time xD) and some replay value as well, just like in the other game.

It's one of those cases when you have a well working recipe for a good experience and the only thing you have to do is to make very minor changes, just to give this other experience it's own identity, nothing else.

In other words, play this one if you prefer underwater environments and abandoned places to chilling forests. I personally prefer Enigmatis 2 over this one so far, but ONLY because of the environments, nothing else.
In terms of everything else, it's just as good as that game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
87.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
I'm not going to offer any theories as to whether this whole thing should be legally actionable, but setting potential plagiarism aside, Abyss is a high-quality hidden object game more than enough content to keep anyone entertained.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
An enjoyable, if a bit monotonous game. I suppose this is to be expected from this genre, which is a new one to me. The story is adequately suspenseful, though predictable. I found the wordplay involving the hidden object games amusing and often clever. The one problem I have with the game, and this is near a deal breaker for me, to be the voice acting of the main character. Her tone constantly seems overly cheerful or questioning, and the voice itself has almost no character or depth to it. At one point, when she encounters a sea ghost, the last of whose kind imprisoned and then attempted to murder her, she exclaims, in a flirty quip, "What's your game?" His game is to kill you! Why aren't you scared? This would only be a minor fault, where it not for the fact that this robo-woman is tasked with half of the dialogue in the game. In the end, I was forced to add my own excitement to the character. Picturing her as a lovesick psychopath, intent on gaining the pleasure of killing her beloved Robert for herself, she wanders an abandoned sea-station, laughing at the impotent attempts of sea-ghosts to scare her. Psycho-Grade = B-
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
I love Artifex Mundi games, they are the best in market. But this game, is notably worse than others. Enigmatis was great, Nightmares from deep was great. But Abbys... it was a dissipoinment sadly.
However, if you love hidden object games, this game is still great. Not a clasic sadly. But it has potential. You should play it. But, other games of the company is better.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
I didn't play many HOPA games but I enjoy this one alot so far.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
cool game about underwater ghosts
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