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Release Date: Oct 29, 2012

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March 23

Grim Legends 2: Song of the Dark Swan on Steam!



The second chapter of the legendary series from Artifex Mundi comes to Steam.

Grim Legends 2: Song of the Dark Swan will be available 26 March with 40% off to celebrate the premiere.

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Time Mysteries: Inheritance is coming back in a remastered edition!



The first episode of the extraordinary time travel saga from Artifex Mundi will soon be available on Steam.

The remastered edition of the 2010 classic will feature:

• Fully voiced dialogue
• Redesigned user interface!
• 5 all-new cutscenes!
• Enhanced visuals in numerous locations!

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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
32 of 35 people (91%) found this review helpful
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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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
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!
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
It's an ok point and click hidden object. Sort of a vaguely bioshock feel. Worth a few dollars max.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2014
Fun story, pretty visuals. Made me think of Bioshock for a bit. That said, I liked this less than 9clues for 3 reasons:
1) lot's of backtracking
2) no fast travel like in 9clues
3) maybe a bit too many 'hidden object puzzles'
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
Totally not Rapture in a hidden object game, sounds bad but it isn't.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
If you happen to be a fan of hidden object games or point and click adventures then this is the game for you. A very creative game that does a very good job with it's limited budget.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
Enjoyable Hidden Object game with a 'BioShock'esque story.

The minigames/puzzles vary in difficulty but most of them are pretty simple, the Hidden Objects parts are of average difficulty. There's a lot of backtracking in this game and sadly there is no fast-travel like in some other HO games. Overall it is a bit too easy to complete but still a fun game nonetheless.

Encountered no bugs or broken achievements.
A second run-through is required to get 100%.
One of which needs to be in expert mode.

7/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) 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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
Abyss: The wraiths of Eden is a point & click game. The story is quite intriguing and the game features unique puzzles besides the usual "find these items" puzzle. The game takes a while to beat (2-3h if it's your first time and you're not using any walkthroughs) so it'll keep you busy for a while. I recommend this if you love casual point & click games.

Besides the main story, it also has a bonus story which will take you roughly 1h to beat. If you're any achievement hunter like me, the achievements aren't hard to get but it'll require you to beat the game a second time (which is quite boring).
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
If you are in for a puzzle and hidden object game. This is for you!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2014
A great game by Artifex Mundi as usual. I have already played some of their games and will continue to do so. Keep these adventures coming guys!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
Extremely awkward and cheesy dialogues/voice acting and a b-movie tier story, but still enjoyable for what it is eventhough the puzzles don't make much sense at times (i.e. hidden object minigames that ask you to find 20 items such as fishes, bottles and a doll to magically "craft" scissors)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
This fun game with Hidden Object Game. This sort of vibe from BioShock & Rapture. I really enjoy it. Oh yes beware the Wraith!! insead Big Daddy haha.
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2 of 2 people (100%) 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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2014
Very good game but so short =)

4/5
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
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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