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About This Game

Imagine waking up after a powerful storm as the sun goes down. You find yourself just outside a small town on the side of the road. A shiver runs down your spine as your body remembers the recent dramatic events that your mind cannot or will not recall…
Will you dare to solve the ages-old mystery of Maple Creek? What ancient evil lurks in the seemingly peaceful, pastoral lands of Vermont? Find a missing teenage girl and save yourself in the thrilling detective story, “Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek,” an outstanding hidden-object puzzle-adventure game!

Features

  • Named one of the best HOPA games of 2011 (Gamezebo, Jay Is Games);
  • Features the unique Evidence Board: collect evidence and draw conclusions to run the investigation and push the story forward;
  • AAA-quality cinematics;
  • Breathtaking scenery of autumnal Vermont;
  • Extraordinarily immersive and multi-layered story;
  • Hours and hours of adventure filled with puzzles and riddles;
  • Special Collector’s Edition version full of exclusive extras;
  • Bonus Chapter awarded for completing the game;

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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Lydia Angelvila
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
I haven't played many HO games, but this one is probably the best I've played (together with the second game). The mini puzzles were cool but not too difficult, was a nice distraction from the main puzzles, kind of broke the potentionally monotone gameplay. The HO puzzles themselves were cool as well, again not too difficult but at times there was this one object which you spend a lot of time searching for and then when you finally find it you think to yourself: "How blind am I!?"
Story was really interesting and easy to follow (again, this is together with the second game), intrigues you to go on to discover what's happening.
The looks and sounds of it were fitting, again, I haven't played many other HO games so I don't really know how it's supposed to be, but I liked it and it didn't put me off the game so I'd say it was good.
Would definitely recommend to anyone who likes HO games or cool detective stories.
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garnetofeden
( 26.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
One of Artifex Mundi's earlier games, it lacks some of the great features incorporated into their later work (e.g., fast travel map), but it's easy to see the quality foundation that has led to them to the top of the hidden object puzzle game genre.

As far as detective games go, I LOVE the evidence mechanic that allows the player to be more involved in making deductions that further the story. The haunting music is perfectly themed and remained stuck in my head long after the game was over.

The prequel bonus adventure provides great backstory but is more susceptible to the idiosyncrasies of this type of game, such as a convoluted coffee machine puzzle that would ensure no one would ever buy a beverage at the gas station. It also seemed to have more confusing translation errors in the hidden object scenes than the main adventure did.

Although the game is not without its flaws, if you like fantastic original detective / mystery stories, then I would highly recommend this game and its sequel.
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LuckyDog
( 10.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 14
I'm not a huge fan of HOG games, but Enigmatis was great, and a big surprise for me. I didn't expect to get so pulled in by the really good story, but enjoyed it alot. The puzzles were fun & made me want to hurry and finish, so I could play Enigmatis 2 (which BTW is even BETTER) where the interesting story continues - but <spoiler> is still 'to be continued'. So yes, I'll be looking for Enigmatis 3 when it's out.
If you like HOG games with good stories, you will enjoy this series.
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Sarkoth
( 18.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 11
Quite enticing murder mystery story, good art design, good puzzles. Definitely fun.
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Derrick Rifkin
( 9.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 4
Enigmatis is a sort of thriller, detective story. It's not an entirely unpredictable one and some of the puzzles seem a bit random and obtuse, but regardless the plot is interesting enough to warrant a play. Personally, though I have to say I think the unlocked second prequel episode, is better than the main one.
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Foreverseeking
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 4
Another Artifex Mundi game that is incredibly beautiful with a over the top and well told story, ruined by some terrible translations. It's a shame, as 90% of the HO game translations are perfectly fine, but those odd few works are so wrong that when you can't find an object, you can never be quite sure if you are not looking hard enough, or if the dev has simply used a wrong word. I really wish they would sort this out, as it's on every single one of their games and it dampens an otherwise good experience. 6/10. Correct the english, and it would be an easy 8/10 in this genre.
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crippler
( 11.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
( + felt like an endless game)
( + perhaps the most HO-scenes in a game i've ever played )
+ good difficulty of puzzles
+ All Achievements unlockable with 1 playthrough (!)
+ Bonus Chapter Achievement
+ Hint button loads very fast
+ Many Cutscenes
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- bis aspect for me: you just can't skip to the place where you wanna go to from the map ! (Annoying to go 10+ times back or forth in a row!)
- No alternative to HO-scenes like Mini-Game as in other Games
- Difficulty of the HO-Scenes is strange - for me, the earlier scenes felt very hard, but then it became okay

5/10 - i recommend this to fans of HO-games + not for newbies :P
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watashi wa aidoru desu
( 9.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
The story in this game too much interesting and little thriller. Sometimes you will found some jump scares.

I really into this atmosphere because sound and background tone in this game so good.

The puzzle not much difficult. Something in some hidden object scene that hard to find.

If you want to play awesome hidden object game. This game is a good choice.

You will not disappoint. :D

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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
I'm not a huge fan of HOG games, but Enigmatis was great, and a big surprise for me. I didn't expect to get so pulled in by the really good story, but enjoyed it alot. The puzzles were fun & made me want to hurry and finish, so I could play Enigmatis 2 (which BTW is even BETTER) where the interesting story continues - but <spoiler> is still 'to be continued'. So yes, I'll be looking for Enigmatis 3 when it's out.
If you like HOG games with good stories, you will enjoy this series.
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89 of 94 people (95%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 25, 2015
Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek is one of Artifex Mundi's first hidden object games, and despite its age, is one of my absolute favorites. The popular HOG developer re-mastered and re-released the original version of the title to fit widescreens, and despite a bit of dated gameplay, at least by HOG standards, holds up really well.

Our story begins with a detective waking after a terrible storm has devastated Maple Creek. With a bout of limited amnesia that prevents her from remembering anything about the case she'd been working on, and only bits and pieces of clues that have been scattered to the wind, she must now piece together why she is there, what happened to the town, and how to save the residents from a diabolical manipulation that has spanned generations.

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Although the plot isn't completely original and is filled with plenty of clichés, it's not your standard "mother looking for missing daughter" or "bride searching for kidnapped fiancée" tale that we get way too often in these games. I love the fact that the main character is removed from the story outside of the events that happen as a result of her investigation. I also enjoyed the darker aspects - the ritual sacrifices, obsession and revenge, all given that HOG gloss, of course, but it's more engrossing storytelling than most other hidden object adventures.

Originally released in 2011, Ghosts was ahead of its time. As part of the adventure-lite gameplay, you gather evidence and clues that must be linked together in order to make deductions on the case and further the storyline. This game mechanic does a excellent job of placing you in the shoes of a detective, and in some ways is far more effective at conveying the role than many other less casual mystery games. Utilizing your skills in deduction like an old fashioned private eye adds a bit of character in a genre that is altogether too static.

That said, there are a LOT of hidden object scenes in the game. I would often go through spans where I was literally playing one scene after another. This may prove unenjoyable for those who prefer a little more adventure in their HOGs. The scenes themselves can be pretty difficult too; a few of the items were rather deceptively, and frustratingly, hidden. Oftentimes I would need to take a break from staring at the screen to refresh my eyes and take another look with a new perspective later on. As for the puzzles, most of them I had seen before, none of which were too difficult or time-consuming. A few even had slight changes that were quite refreshing (a slide puzzle that didn't make me want to break my keyboard, who'd have thought?). If I had to choose, a few more puzzles instead of hidden object scenes would have been nice, but the uneven ratio of HOSs to puzzles did not diminish my enjoyment of the game at all.

Another aspect some may find bothersome is the lack of a map with quick travel. There is a lot of backtracking involved in the game and it may prove tiring for players who are used to using the map to move around more quickly; even I found the amount of backtracking to be a tad much, and I'm generally fine with it in most games.

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Artwork and presentation is where the game really shines. Everything from the heavily damaged hotel to the countryside cottages and forest trails are beautifully painted and detailed. My favorite areas are definitely the forest trails with the warm fall colors of the autumn trees contrasting against the hazy blue night sky, giving off a lonely and secluded feel to the atmosphere that is a bit eerie yet peaceful at the same time. This is all accompanied by a beautifully haunting piano-based soundtrack that's been one of my very favorites ever since I first played the game four years ago. I simply cannot get enough of it. And while the cut-scenes have animations that are somewhat rudimentary, they lend a bit of cinematic flare to the storytelling. Even the voice acting is rather good, and I've found AM's voice actors to be quite grating in the past. There's only one voice that I felt was really out of place, but I think that might have been a stylistic choice.

A side note, I strongly recommend playing the bonus chapter. Even though you won't miss out on anything important to the main plot if you don't, there's some interesting history behind Maple Creek and the game's villain that helps flesh out the overall story.

Despite some dated elements (an overabundance of hidden object scenes, no map travel), Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek is a classic of the genre that deserves a spot in every HOG enthusiast's library. Unless you absolutely cannot stand playing through more than a handful of hidden object scenes, make sure you grab this one. On sale or not, it's worth every penny.

Bottom Line: A classic of the hidden object genre that needs to be in every HOGGamer's library.
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34 of 34 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
To most gamers, Hidden Object Adventure Games are usually associated with words like “cheap” and “casual”. Not something a “real” gamer would waste their time on. Unfortunately, those people would be missing out on some of the most beautiful, thought provoking, and narratively engaging games the industry has to offer. Developer Artifex Mundi have established themselves as the most recognized creators in this genre, with each successive title adding some new game mechanic or cleverly designed puzzle never seen before. The template from which they have continually built their success arguably began with the critically acclaimed Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek.

Due to fan interest, this 2011 title recently saw its release on the Steam service, in the wake of its sequel, The Mists of Ravenwood. As the first in the Enigmatis series, the game does not share many of the new convenient mechanics or additional features as its sequel and other current titles. For instance, The Ghosts of Maple Creek only offers 2 difficulty modes, there are no special in-game achievements to uncover, and hidden object puzzles don’t provide a substitute mini-game you can play in case you just can’t seem to find that one elusive object (usually tucked away behind some obscure “thing” you don’t recognize). One particular cypher puzzle requires you to activate a number sequence found on a clue you pieced together. If you don’t have a particularly good memory, you have to keep going back to your evidence screen. Later games rectified this by automatically placing the code next to you on the puzzle board.


As a Murder Mystery, you travel to different locations uncovering clues to help you solve the case. However, in this game you quite literally have to travel through Maple Creek from one location to another, because the ability to instantly relocate via your map was not added until later games. This might seem frustrating at first, until you notice how various locations you revisit activate additional hidden puzzles. This kind of design tries to emulate the chaotic process a real crime-solver goes through, even if the narrative seems linear.

The story of Maple Creek itself could be viewed like an episode of "Murder She Wrote", with you playing the part of a very young Angela Lansbury, with some supernatural elements thrown in (because that’s always cool). Even today, Enigmatis still displays some of the most striking environmental artwork of any HOPA game. The visages of a storm ridden town are punctuated by incredibly subtle foliage, lightning and wind animations. Given its age, character animations are (forgivingly) amateurish with their marionette-like facial emotes and terrible lip-flaps. Additionally, the cinematic cut-scenes were not re-rendered at higher resolution for full-screen monitors, and subsequently show heavy pixelation, most likely due to upscaling. Despite this, you remain engrossed with the story and intent on revealing the town’s secrets.


By its own merits, Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek is a great game for someone looking to try their hand at Hidden Object Adventures and for those who enjoyed The Mists of Ravenwood. Even long time players of Artifex Mundi games should take a stroll through Maple Creek, and see where it all began.
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27 of 33 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2014
This game has a good amount of contenet for play that lasts 2+ hours. I didn't skip the storyline except the flashback sequences. Puzzles were interesting enough and hidden object sequences were challenging. Recommended.
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21 of 24 people (88%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 22, 2015
Another lovely, head liner in Artifex Mundi's collection of Mystery games! The action kicks off right from the beginning and doesn't let up until the end credits start to roll.

A savage storm reeks havoc on the town of Maple Creek. Skies are dark, and Autumn leaves fall on untread streets. You are seemingly alone, hurt, and have no memory of what you are doing there. But you feel as though it was something important before... before...

This title is fully immersive and one of the darkest themed entries in the creator's considerable arsenal. It's also one of their best works, as it's so smarty done. The hidden objects are beautifully placed and cleverly concealed. The puzzles are well done and take a bit of a back seat in comparsion to the aforementioned. The method of detection and/or investigative model that runs throughout the game is believable and not overdone. The quality in terms of story telling is truly spot on. There are quite a bit of layers, twists and turns, psychological and horrifying moments which made it a very deep tale. The sound and visuals, are what I've come to expect by these fine developers, as setting the standard in this genre. There are no hicups and the game runs beautifully.

A very satisfying game to be sure! It leaves you wanting more because it's that damn good. And thankfully, you get more when the story is continued in Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood. But that's a tale and review for another time... ;)
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
I am happy to anounce - I loved this game! :D

Gameplay: 8 / 10 - entertaining, simple, not frustrating in any way. It was really good!

Story: 10 / 10 - very interesting

Music: 8 / 10 - fitting the atmosphere

HOG: 9 / 10 - on few I had some troubles :D

Puzzles: 4 / 10 - too easy...

Using items puzzles: 7 / 10 - there were 2 things I think that was soooo hidden in the area, I wouldn't EVER be able to find them without a help

Locations: 9 / 10 - would be 10, but many locations were accesible... via the.... balcony... I would just go around the building :) Without this it would be 10 / 10 or even 11 / 10 :))

Ending: 7 / 10 - but:
* Ending after the small DLC: 10 / 10 - IT WAS PURE AMAZING!! WOW! :D

Protagoist: 3 / 10 - I would like to see / hear more about her... Or from her...

Logic: 8 / 10 - by logic I mean a slight kind of it. It was ok here.

Duration: 8 / 10

DLC: 6 / 10 - it was ok. Just ok. Very short, maaaaany HOGs, better ending :)

Achievements: 7 / 10 - pretty standard GOOD ones. I appreciate the "hard difficulty" of not using any help or be quick in some situations.

Overall: 94 / 130 (72%)

Personally I would give this game 80% :)
Unfortunatelly in details it is slighty worse but fortunatelly - still awesome! :>
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
If there is something that I hate, it's to see that I didn't review all of Artifex Mundi's games, whether they're the publishers or the developers. I was convinced to have reviewed Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek, that I was making big eyes when I saw that, no, I didn't.

I reinstalled the game and replayed it. I wasn't going to use my memory for this one.

Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek is the first Enigmatis and is developped by Artifex themselves. In it, you wake up in a town, without any recent memories. You just know that you were there to solve a disappearance. But the more you're learning about Maple Creek, the more you'll understand that the reverend is behind something monstruous.

The story is well-written as usual and is using a feature used rarely in the genre: amnesia about the case, meaning that you'll investigate everything again, though there are now more obstacles: Maple Creek got some damage due to a storm, the residents are going to the church, with a bell that doesn't end to ring, your own car has an accident and now, Hamilton, a missing detective, is showing himself.

The gameplay is pretty quite the standard one: find items, use them to reveal new paths or puzzles, clear hidden objects scenes, etc.. However, I can tell that the game is an old one: indeed, you have a lot of hidden objects scenes, which you're often visiting (though previous items found aren't put back, which is nice) and with a lot of items in them. Some objects are hard to find, as they can be mistaken for an element in the background. Puzzles, however, are easy to do.

There is a specific feature: you have a case board, where you'll pin clues, which will lead to new questions. It's a nice way to focus on the case, instead of reading a diary and trying to find solutions in the pages of it.

However, there is a large problem for the navigation: indeed, some arrows are close to each other (like the balcony on your hotel room) meaning that some misclickings will happen: I wanted to go back to my room from the balcony but because I was going too fast, I wasn't pointing on the right area and I ended up to the garden. Also, the map isn't interactive at all: you can't use it for fast travel.

The graphics are very correct, like with any Artifex Mundi's game, and are sticking to the story in itself: don't expect any sun, as you're doing everything in one night, in a deserted town, with some exploring in the forest and with some damage due to a storm.

As usual, the soundtrack is very good.

As it's a special edition, you'll end up with a bonus chapter, with Hamilton's first contact with Maple Creek 30 years before the plot of the main story.

Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek is as usual a very good title for playing casual adventures, with an important presence of hidden objects scenes as it was released first during a period where the genre was aiming towards its actual version. While you don't need it to understand the sequel, I recommend to begin by Maple Creek, to really have a better connection with people you'll meet in Ravenwood.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
32.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 5, 2015
Well, I started playing those hidden object adventures recently and got hooked.
That's my third one.

The timer is off, as I left it on a couple of nights. I'd estimate the gameplay at about 10 hours,
including the extra content (Which is a mini-adventure, and not a bad one).

All in all, i'd give it 9/10. The story is solid and interesting (Even if a bit expected), the hidden
object scenes are nice (I liked that you return to a scene later and continue removing some of
the things that were there previously), and the puzzles exist but somewhat basic (Which is one
of my main complaints).

I also thought there are more hidden object games and too few puzzles.
I played Abyss from same company before and it had a much better mix/ratio IMHO.

If you like hidden objects - Give it a try. Also for casual adventure gamers.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
This game is fun and has lots of puzzle goodness. It is a very pretty game with a great atmosphere and the story is interesting enough to keep you playing. I had no technical issues with the game. The town has a big map which while fun to explore the first time leads to lots of backtracking in the late game that can get annoying if you play the entire thing in one sitting. The game is a good length and it doesn’t drag. The puzzles are fun but they aren’t challenging.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
7.7/10 - Solid Detective Hidden Object Game!

I dig most games produced by Artifex Mundi; so it was an easy decision to check this one out. I was not disappointed! This game has a well-crafted detective story, hidden objects, puzzles! It took me about 5 hours to complete which I feel pretty good about! Most hidden object games don't put all of these elements together as well as in this one.

I personally did enjoy this game but would never spend the full $10 unless you are really really into the genre. As in all hidden object games the navigation does get to me for 2 reasons: First, it’s not always apparent where you need to go, I found myself using hints to point me in the right direction more than once. Also, these games make you back track quite often. You may have to travel the length of the map to grab a key, then to the other end to use it. I don't personally enjoy the runaround!

Worth at least $5; one of the better hidden-object games!

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