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About This Game

Enigmatis: The Mists of Ravenwood is a critically-acclaimed, beautifully crafted casual adventure game rich with horror, plot twists and shadowy intrigue. Follow the trail of a demonic preacher and unravel the secrets shrouded in the mists of Ravenwood Park! What happened to the abandoned camper covered by enormous claw marks? What lurks in the park’s shadows? Will you be able to solve the mystery?

Features

  • 36 achievements to unlock
  • 30 collectibles (butterflies) to find
  • Bonus Adventure: “The Redeemed Memories” is a prequel to the main one. Witness the origins of Ravenwood Park, and rescue your friends from the evil dwelling within.
  • 55 stunning, hand drawn locations and graphics with many animated details
  • Exciting detective story rich with horror elements and plot twists
  • Atmospheric soundtrack
  • Picturesque setting of Ravenwood Park
  • Evidence Board: draw conclusions based on evidence and clues

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: 256MB 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)
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 (32/64bit)
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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S_C_S_I
( 9.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
The Mists of Ravenwood is the 2nd part of the Enigmatis story line. The main game is a point & click adventure, but combined with 3 types of sub-games. First there are puzzles, which are usually not too difficult to solve. Second there are the hidden object games, where you need to find a list of objects in a single scene. And third, a simple pairing game if you don't like to find the hidden objects.
This is one of the best HOPA (hidden object puzzle adventure) out there on Steam! If you're new to this game genre, give this a try. I found the game addictive as you quickly pass puzzle by puzzle and the story line opens up. Not a must-play game, but quite entertaining. The voice acting can be cheesy at times, but hey, this is casual gaming!
Looking forward to playing the final part of the Enigmatis trilogy!

Score: 8/10

Pro:
+ nice graphics
+ steady game progress
+ thrilling story
+ additional bonus story

Contra:
- none
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ohheytayla
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Product received for free
I really enjoyed this one. I got in a game pack with three others, but this one was by far the best.
Really great storyline, nice voice acting. The puzzles were a bit tricky at some point, but still easy enough to get though. It did spook me a little at the start, but I loved the amount of gameplay you get out of it!

This is a follow on from Enigmatis 1, which I haven't played, but I'm going to buy it as this game was stellar. Really recommend, I'd grab it in a bundle though to get some bang for your buck.
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Menace123
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
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Family Rating
Teen
Rating
Must Play

- Key features below ---- Review after -----------------------------------------------

Play time needed (perfect)
About 4 hours
Gaming level
Casual
Achievement level
Casual
Game style
Point N’ Click (First person), Hidden Objects (HO), Puzzle
Game modes
Story mode, Bonus Story mode
Graphics
Very good.
Story
Very good.
Playthrough
Two (1 HO and 1 Memories)
Voice
Good!
Music
Good!
Controls
Mouse only.
Tutorial
Yes?
Unmissable / backtracking content
No. Refer to the (*) point at the end.
Glitches / bugs
None.
Size
About 900 Mo
Worth price
The game should deserves its full price if you accept the (*) point at the end and its length.

- Review below ----------------------------------------------------------------------

Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood is the sequel of Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek. And according to me Enigmatis is one of the best saga of Artifex Mundi.

As a female detective (FBI or something) you’re on the track of the demonic preacher of Maple Creek who has gone missing since your last investigation. The trail end at the entrance of a very old and abandoned park where a lot of people have gone missing. You’ll soon discover that the Ravenwood park is not what it seems to be and that something evil lurks beyond. The bonus story let you play the origins of Ravenwood park, years before the detective arrival.

As every Artifex Mundi game you can move freely in different area (of Ravenwood park) and need to solve some puzzles and find all objects in hidden objects scenes. The game has (2 or more difficulties?) a guest feature: every one of the family can play an independent save and resume the game where they left it. When you first play the game you’ll have a notebook where you have all your objectives as well as all your notes. Adding to that you’ll have a hint button that will help you in many ways but be warned that you may not use it in any puzzle or hidden object scene (HOS)or investigation scene (IS). Hints can be used to know where you need to go, where is the next interaction or to show an object or clue in an HOS or IS or to skip a puzzle. To conclude this part, you’ll also have an inventory to store useful items through your journey.

As some Artifex Mundi game, you’ll have some collectibles to find hidden through the sceneries: some grey butterflies (30) as well as some elusive objects. (about 20 or more) Elusive objects are illusion objects: because Ravenwood in set in a very wide illusion some objects tend to switch between the real and unreal world.

One of the very good thing of this game is that there are 2 unique features you won’t find in any other Artifex Mundi game:
• You’ll have a separate inventory for your evidence. You then need to match evidence with the right deduction in order to go further in your investigation.
• You’ll be able to play a unique memory game whenever you want to skip an hidden objects scene.

The memory is a mix between the game of the same name and the mahjong. Every tiles are shown on their hidden sides and you can only turn 2 tiles at a time which are above the others. To finish the game you must match every joker tiles (with a star on it) in order to skip every object of the hidden object scene. To match tiles you need to have the right cause – consequence or container – content set: like you need to match a pan with a notepad or a bloody knife with a murder.

(*) :
In addition to no skip or use any hint while playing every puzzles and Hidden objects scenes, there are more missable achievements. Three of them requires you to complete a puzzle and a hidden objects scene under one minute and the other a matching game within 3 minutes. And 2 others hidden objects achievements ask you to find 3 objects within 3 seconds or to finish a scene with less than 4 misclicks.
There are also 2 specific achievements: one requires you to watch every cut scene during the first hour of your playthrough and the other one to perform 3 evidence deductions without making a mistake.

The game requires you to find every butterfly and elusive object through the game, so I strongly suggest you to follow the steam guide in order to not miss any one.
Finally if you missed anything while finishing your first playthrough, you’ll need to play the game again with the same profile I guess. (achievements are linked to the profile: you may be able track your achievement in-game I believe) The good thing is you only need to succeed where you failed to get the achievements left.
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Jim
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 11
Much better than Enigmatis 1...
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trupti1989
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 8
Absolutely love this game,Excellent Graphic,very realistic,5/5
Awesome-gripping story-line which is very much in sync with Engmtis 1: maple of creek. i love how each and every story part, character are connected. 5/5
Mini games are also very interesting , i loved investigation board and back story of evil.
This is definately best detective game series,In my TOP 3 fav game.
I hope we get part 3,4 and more in this game series.

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moon2stars
( 6.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 4
I liked this one better than the first. The graphics were beautiful. The fast map made for easier navigation. The illusive objects and the ethereal butterflies were a nice addition. The number of achievements available were great. I didn't have to stress so much over skipping or using the hint button if needed. The plot was alittle predictable, but not so much that it ruined the game. Would recommend.
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Luke 10:17-20
( 14.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 4
We all know Artifex Mundi produces the best hidden object games around. I'm here to tell you the Enigmatis series is the cream of the crop of their HO games, and this one--part 2--imho, is the best one yet.
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garnetofeden
( 21.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 3
Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood is a fantastic example of why Artifex Mundi is the top developer for hidden object puzzle adventure games.

The graphics and art are beautiful, and the music is fantastic as always. I like that you actually get achievements for collecting the illusive objects and ethereal butterflies, and that you don't have to play the mini-game for achievements. Just as in the first game, I love love love the Evidence feature since it allows the player to have a more active role in the investigation. The one thing I wish was different would be the map. Although there is a fast map, it has area clusters as opposed to each individual area. I much prefer when the map shows all the areas, but this isn't enough to spoil the game.

Even though I called most of the big plot reveals long before the detective figured them out, I still thoroughly enjoyed the story and eagerly await the next installment in the Enigmatis series. Seriously, it needs to come out already.
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alvilda
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 3
Graphics and voice acting is a bit clunky. If you're over 15 years old, the puzzles are too easy and the 'scary' parts are kind of camp ('oh no! a skeleton hand fell out!'). Story is alright, it's what made me play the 1,5 hours that I did.
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The King of Evil
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Product received for free
Nothing but good to say about this game, i was already hyped to play a point and click game witch reminded me about once i played in my childhood. Great story and way in which the story is told. Entertaining puzzels and somewhat familiar and cozzy sounds/music. just an overall a great choice if you want to play point and click adventure game.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
We all know Artifex Mundi produces the best hidden object games around. I'm here to tell you the Enigmatis series is the cream of the crop of their HO games, and this one--part 2--imho, is the best one yet.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
Absolutely love this game,Excellent Graphic,very realistic,5/5
Awesome-gripping story-line which is very much in sync with Engmtis 1: maple of creek. i love how each and every story part, character are connected. 5/5
Mini games are also very interesting , i loved investigation board and back story of evil.
This is definately best detective game series,In my TOP 3 fav game.
I hope we get part 3,4 and more in this game series.

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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
- This review isn't written by a native speaker, thank you for your understanding –
- If you haven't found this review helpful or if you have found a mistake please leave a comment below -
- Note1 : I think I got this game in a bundle on DailyIndieGame, the game alone should be at $0.60 -

Family Rating
Teen
Rating
Must Play

- Key features below ---- Review after -----------------------------------------------

Play time needed (perfect)
About 4 hours
Gaming level
Casual
Achievement level
Casual
Game style
Point N’ Click (First person), Hidden Objects (HO), Puzzle
Game modes
Story mode, Bonus Story mode
Graphics
Very good.
Story
Very good.
Playthrough
Two (1 HO and 1 Memories)
Voice
Good!
Music
Good!
Controls
Mouse only.
Tutorial
Yes?
Unmissable / backtracking content
No. Refer to the (*) point at the end.
Glitches / bugs
None.
Size
About 900 Mo
Worth price
The game should deserves its full price if you accept the (*) point at the end and its length.

- Review below ----------------------------------------------------------------------

Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood is the sequel of Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek. And according to me Enigmatis is one of the best saga of Artifex Mundi.

As a female detective (FBI or something) you’re on the track of the demonic preacher of Maple Creek who has gone missing since your last investigation. The trail end at the entrance of a very old and abandoned park where a lot of people have gone missing. You’ll soon discover that the Ravenwood park is not what it seems to be and that something evil lurks beyond. The bonus story let you play the origins of Ravenwood park, years before the detective arrival.

As every Artifex Mundi game you can move freely in different area (of Ravenwood park) and need to solve some puzzles and find all objects in hidden objects scenes. The game has (2 or more difficulties?) a guest feature: every one of the family can play an independent save and resume the game where they left it. When you first play the game you’ll have a notebook where you have all your objectives as well as all your notes. Adding to that you’ll have a hint button that will help you in many ways but be warned that you may not use it in any puzzle or hidden object scene (HOS)or investigation scene (IS). Hints can be used to know where you need to go, where is the next interaction or to show an object or clue in an HOS or IS or to skip a puzzle. To conclude this part, you’ll also have an inventory to store useful items through your journey.

As some Artifex Mundi game, you’ll have some collectibles to find hidden through the sceneries: some grey butterflies (30) as well as some elusive objects. (about 20 or more) Elusive objects are illusion objects: because Ravenwood in set in a very wide illusion some objects tend to switch between the real and unreal world.

One of the very good thing of this game is that there are 2 unique features you won’t find in any other Artifex Mundi game:
• You’ll have a separate inventory for your evidence. You then need to match evidence with the right deduction in order to go further in your investigation.
• You’ll be able to play a unique memory game whenever you want to skip an hidden objects scene.

The memory is a mix between the game of the same name and the mahjong. Every tiles are shown on their hidden sides and you can only turn 2 tiles at a time which are above the others. To finish the game you must match every joker tiles (with a star on it) in order to skip every object of the hidden object scene. To match tiles you need to have the right cause – consequence or container – content set: like you need to match a pan with a notepad or a bloody knife with a murder.

(*) :
In addition to no skip or use any hint while playing every puzzles and Hidden objects scenes, there are more missable achievements. Three of them requires you to complete a puzzle and a hidden objects scene under one minute and the other a matching game within 3 minutes. And 2 others hidden objects achievements ask you to find 3 objects within 3 seconds or to finish a scene with less than 4 misclicks.
There are also 2 specific achievements: one requires you to watch every cut scene during the first hour of your playthrough and the other one to perform 3 evidence deductions without making a mistake.

The game requires you to find every butterfly and elusive object through the game, so I strongly suggest you to follow the steam guide in order to not miss any one.
Finally if you missed anything while finishing your first playthrough, you’ll need to play the game again with the same profile I guess. (achievements are linked to the profile: you may be able track your achievement in-game I believe) The good thing is you only need to succeed where you failed to get the achievements left.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
The Mists of Ravenwood is the 2nd part of the Enigmatis story line. The main game is a point & click adventure, but combined with 3 types of sub-games. First there are puzzles, which are usually not too difficult to solve. Second there are the hidden object games, where you need to find a list of objects in a single scene. And third, a simple pairing game if you don't like to find the hidden objects.
This is one of the best HOPA (hidden object puzzle adventure) out there on Steam! If you're new to this game genre, give this a try. I found the game addictive as you quickly pass puzzle by puzzle and the story line opens up. Not a must-play game, but quite entertaining. The voice acting can be cheesy at times, but hey, this is casual gaming!
Looking forward to playing the final part of the Enigmatis trilogy!

Score: 8/10

Pro:
+ nice graphics
+ steady game progress
+ thrilling story
+ additional bonus story

Contra:
- none
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49 of 50 people (98%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 16, 2014
„Enigmatis: The Mists of Ravenwood“ is a POINT'N'CLICK game with more than only one „Wow-effect“.

You play as a woman who is on her way to the Westcoast. On the way she finds a pretty bad damaged camper but it does not look like an accident. You watch for survivors and you find a little girl who is talking about a „monster“ and that she misses her mom. Shortly after a big crow is attacking you and takes the girl with her. Shocked and confused you decided to save her and her parents and you start your journey through the mysterious Ravenwood Park next to the camper.

Like a detective you have to find hints and to solve puzzles. You have to find your way through 55 beautiful and spooky locations. You can collect your hints on a blackboard (which is really well drawn with handwritten notes). Besides there are also other small objects you have to find for some achievements. Oh yeah there are 36 achievements and they are not that hard to get. So it’s a good game for achievement hunters! :p If the puzzles are too easy for you, of course you can choose a higher level of difficulty.

Really the story is so exciting that I found myself actually wanting to solve the mystery and I couldn’t stop playing it! The graphic is really good and I enjoyed watching the cutscenes + scenaries. Also the music is well chosen for the locations and gives always the right feeling.

So all in all the game is totally worth the money and I highly recommend this game for everyone who enjoys spooky games, good animations and who is interessted in an exciting story!
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45 of 50 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 5, 2014
I don't usually play these point and click adventrures but the story in the trailer had me very intrested, I'll have to say I wasn't dissapointed either. Once I started the game I had no intention of sitting there for the 4 hours that I did. I found it kinda relaxing and the story was actually decent. I found myself actually wanting to solve the mystery and paying attention to the story. The puzzles aren't extremely hard and there is a casual mode if you are having trouble. The graphics were decent in the cutscenes and sceneries and the voice acting was even played out pretty well. All in all I enjoyed it and am getting ready to play the new part I just unlocked. I think its worth the money, especially with the current 30% off.

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25 of 29 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 6, 2014
I'm not much into these "point n' click" games, I can count the ones I played on a single hand.
The trailer of this game howewer made me interested and I can honestly say that I didn't regret buying it.
Even I, someone who has absolutely no experience with this genre, found this game entertaining, addictive and enchanting. The puzzles are not THAT hard to figure out, so there's no frustation (also multiple difficulty levels for the more experienced players - needless to say, I played on Casual xD) plus the story itself is well paced and interesting as well.

An awesome experience and a good example of true quality work.
Count me in for the first episode's (re-)release!
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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
It was very good, started even better than prequel!
But it ended on "just good" state.

Gameplay: 8 / 10 - I wanted to give a 5 star here, because of the achievement (see below), but overall - the GUI seems better (even if I prefer the prequel one notebook :> ) , the game itself was simplier to play, finally I was could "teleport" via the map. I could also lock the inventory. Naaah - changed from 7 to 8! :)

Story: 8 / 10 - slighty less interesting than the Maple Creek story (begging was amazing, the mid game poor and end game - very good)

Music: 10 / 10 - this time it was pure perfection

HOG: 4 / 10 - ... yea... One thing I could skip all HOGs and play some memory instead and the second - it was SUPER easy when I wanted to have a harder ones... This is a wrong direction :(

Puzzles: 3 / 10 - I wish I could make it higher than before (4) because there were muuuuuchh more of them. Unfortunatelly - they were SUPER easy, instead of 2 maybe 3 of them which was average. Sum: +2 for amount, -3 for much easier tasks

Using items puzzles: 6 / 10 - again! I wanted to give more because there was much the puzzles of that kind and I felt much more joyfull solving them... But unfortunatelly - there were TOO many situations, where I had few items for prize / prise (~?) something (crowbars, knifes, sticks, brenches, etc.) but NOPE - YOU MUST DO IT WITH ANOTHER ITEM :I

Locations: 5 / 10 - It started really good, oh man! Really really good! But more and more time I played it, it wasn't interesting, shocking or atmospheric for me. And most of the times - I didn't need to go back... :/ It was just move forward and forward...

Ending: 10 / 10 - Shhh... It's a secret :) I can only tell this is a GOOD direction! :))

Protagonist: 8 / 10 - YES! I demanded and I got it! In Ravenwood there is so many of our hero, so we can finally get to know here a little bit more! We could be her!

Logic: 7 / 10 - it was ten minus two, for YOU MUST PRISE IT WITH ANOTHER KIND OF CROWBAR! and minus one for few little amuzing situations

Duration: 8

DLC: 4 / 10 - boring, boring and again - boring. Again it was short and had many HOGs inside, but I finished it just for sake of 100% completion and for ending expansion.

Achievements: 5 - It was really hard to rate this detail. Collection illusions and butterflies was a challenging task.
I don't know about butterflies, but illusions collection had at least one situation, where you could gather it only once per gameplay. Guess what - I missed one of them...
There were also a bad achievements. Like - complete the game second time to get them - I did the HOG ones first time so the second (and unwanted) playthrought was pointed towards memory-game cheevos. And my sad one illussion.

Imagine my frustration when I missed the one illusion at the begging, where there is no way to go back to that state.
THE DUCK!!
I tried to start the story again - ... but I COULDN'T!!
So I created the another detective account~ and finish the game... second time... and hurray - I am still missing the one achievement - "collect all acheivement" one.
DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCCCCKKKKKKKKKK!!!!

Fortunatelly - within my THIRD gameplay - I only needed to get memory (again..) and the one illusion I missed durning first playthrought.

In summarize of this damn achievements: I give it 10 and I give it 1. So let's say it is on 5.

Overall: 86 / 130 (66%)

Personally I would give this game 60% too.
It would worth for me 70-75% in ratings, but because of my 100% completion addiction - I need to finish it 2 times (3 times... ) which was super frustrating...
Anyway - I DO recommend it :)
And I still can't wait for part 3 of the series! :>
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24 of 30 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 5, 2014
For a "simple" game, I can easily recommend Ravenwood--the atmospheres are great, the visuals are nice, and the story is fine. For a puzzle game, I did not find it very challenging or frustrating, but that can be taken as a good thing for some. Overall it was a nice experience.

However, on the note of the "horror" aspects of the game, I would say it's more along the lines of a "spooky" game rather than a "horror" game. Does that take anything away from the game? Not at all! I still found myself enjoying every minute of the creepy areas and little spooks that popped-up through my playthrough.

My only negative remarks are for the voice-acting and the facial animations. I feel like this could have done better with simple text and expressions rather than the acting and psuedo-animation. But I never felt drawn-out of the adventure because of them, so they should not be considered a deal-breaker.

Overall an enjoyable game that I can easily recommend.
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 25, 2015
Ah yes, another lovely HOG from the desks of Artifex Mundi, of who are quickly becoming my favorite producers for this kind of game. Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood is quite the treat, vastly improving in many areas from the first game in this series, and adding even more goodies to give a unique flavor to this game.

=Complete Review=


=The Story: 4/5=
Once again, I can't say too much about it so as to not spoil it. However, what I can say is that it certainly expands greatly upon the story and background of the first game. Giving you insight in to what the purpose of the murders are. You start off two years after the first game, hunting down a lead for the culprit from the last case, only to find yourself attacked by a monstrous raven made of shadow and mist.

This time, unlike the last one where you had almost solved the mystery before you began, you start on square one in the thick of a supernatural mystery to be solved. With a mission to save the family of a little girl you witnessed being taken by the beast, you must use your wits, and your perception to find clues so as to find who's the culprit behind it all... And how to stop them before it's too late for the family.

And, once again, like the last one, you get a bonus after you beat the first game, to get a glimpse in to the past of the life of a surviving victim of the tradgedy. I've yet to play this part myself, but if it's anything like the last game, it's definitely going to be a moving part of the story.

=The User Interface: 4/5=
Now, when I played the first game, I was left very impressed with the user interface. But, that's not to say that there wasn't flaws with the interface. However, in the sequel, it seems that those flaws have been taken care of. Not only that, but with the inclusion of new goodies to play with. The map is now separate from the journal, meaning you don't have to go through the journal to reach your map anymore, which did get annoying in the original.

Not only that, the investigations board has definitely been improved, as you now have a mysterious friend to bounce ideas off of, and to discuss conclusions and thoughts to. Which also allows you to reach your friend easier to turn in pieces of a much bigger puzzle, to learn even more about the story.

=The Gameplay: 4/5=
The hidden object puzzles are a bit more interesting this time around, so to speak. With more involvement in putting things together to collect them, and putting things together to unlock other things you need. Which, it does give more gameplay for those who want more out of their HOG experience. Sadly, the hidden object scenes are a lot more scattered than the first. But there's a lot more puzzles and plot to make up for it.

However, for those who are not exactly good at finding the objects, or get stuck, there's the option to play a pair-matching game instead to collect the items. Which does make things a bit easier if you have an item you just can't find, and you don't want to, or can't use a hint.

There are achievements for fully playing the game one way or the other, so if you're like me, and you like getting all the achievements in a game, you're gonna need to replay this one a couple times to get all the achievements, unlike in the first where I was able to get all the achievements in one solid run. Which, can be a good or bad thing, depending on your view.

The puzzles in this one are very nice, and there are maybe one or two that are sort of recycled from the first game, but it's done so in a way that makes sense for the game. The puzzles in here are pretty plentiful, and well done in my opinion. There are some that are definitely difficult as well, so be prepared to put your grey matter to use.

=The Graphics: 4/5=
Keeping in with the last game, the items are properly fixed on to the scene, looking like they actually belong in the same setting as the background. But, this time around, the graphic quality of the characters and cutscenes have improved a lot since the first game. Characters don't look quite as awkward when they are speaking, and characters actually move their head when they talk.

There are a couple problems though. Rarely, the characters mouth tends to look weird, and drop in quality when they are speaking, not as much as the first game though. Also a bit of a problem regarding the little girl's expression not always matching the situation at hand: Looking neutral/happy when she sounds worried, or is scared, so on and so forth. It's not a major issue, but it is something that could use a little polishing.

=The Music: 2/5=
Sadly, this is where I have to give a bad score. This is not because the music is bad, no. But because from what I can hear, most of it is recycled from the first game. There are some original scores in there, but the main themes are the recycled ones. But, it's not overly bad of a offense, considering that the music score of the original did well on setting the ambience of the game. Still enough that I'm gonna have to give a 2 for instead of a 3.

=The Atmosphere: 4/5=
The first one's atmosphere was amazing, and this one? It may not have the darker, doom and gloom look to start, but it definitely does a good job on making something feel 'wrong' with Ravenwood park. Don't take the first little segment of the park as the real deal, as things definitely get darker. Which matches the storyline pretty well in my opinion. Things do get quite a bit more creepy and gross in thisgame, and it has more jumpscares than the last, so it's definitely not for the ones who are for more lighthearted HOGs.

=TL;DR/Pros & Cons=


Pros
- Richer plot than the sequel.
- Improved mechanics from the sequel.
- More puzzles!
- A new way to deal with Hidden Object Scenes.
- More achievements!
- Better graphics and cutscenes.

Neutral
- Achievements will require you to play at least twice through the whole game.
- A different atmosphere that doesn't make it a 'cut and paste' of the sequel's style. Good or bad, depending on if you preferred the feel of the original.

Cons
- New pair matching minigame takes away from the HOG concept.
- Reused music from the first game.
- A few errors with how the mouth looks when characters are talking.
- A bit of overuse with some of the jumpscares.

=The Conclusion: 8.5/10=
The game is a great installment for it's genre, and is a lot more story-driven than the first game. I definitely would suggest this series, and this developer for those who like games of this genre! And I eagerly await the sequel to this game to know what happens next.

Thank you for your time, and for reading my review.
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