This is a lovely little hidden-object/point and click game, which is very easy to recommend to fans of the genre.
Enigmatis: The Mists of Ravenwood stands out from the hidden-object crowd due to its engaging story-telling, variety of puzzles and its polish. No longer am I just looking for miscellaneous objects, I am actively engaged with the characters, and cannot wait to find out how I will MacGyver them out of their difficulties!
The major let down of this title is that it is a sequel, and the first game is not available on Steam. This is slightly frustrating. I have not played the original, titles Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek, however, after playing this, I am pretty sure I know the ending of it, which is a shame. That being said, you can follow the story, and there is definitely no need to have played the predecessor to enjoy The Mists of Ravenwood.
The only another negative aspect of this game, which is more of an annoyance, than a real criticism, is that the main protagonists voice acting is, at times, a little on the poor side. However, the other characters are voiced to a much higher standard, and overshadow this minor flaw. Besides, she actually does not speak enough for it to become annoying, except for in the case of the word “Sweetheart”.
This game is a gem among hidden-object game. Its quality is something I have come to expect from Artifex Mundi games, the developer seems focused on these types of hidden-object-puzzle-adventure games, and more often than not makes them well. Excellent stories, backgrounds and characters are always included.
With three difficulties, (though I would advise avoiding the lowest setting, as those helper sparkles will jump out on you just for taking a sip of coffee), steam achievements, collectables to find and a bonus story to be unlocked there’s a bit to do here, but nothing is overly frustrating. All puzzles can be skipped, hidden-object areas can be replaced by a matching memory game, and there is the standard hint function to assist.
Overall, if you love these types of games, you really really should play this game. In addition, if you have never tried anything in this type of genre, this is an exceptional example to get you started on.