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Release Date: Aug 8, 2013

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"Very casual point and click with cool Steampunk setting and decent story. Not too challenging. Nice graphics. Fair voice acting. 50's sci-fi esque"
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About This Game

Clockwork Tales: Of Glass and Ink is an adventure game in the steampunk genre. It is a detective drama featuring action elements such espionage, monster battles and even hang-gliding!
A continuing string of strange earthquakes are causing the world’s cities to crumble to ruin. Dr. Ambrose Ink—one of the foremost minds of the technological revolution—hopes to expose the underlying cause of this supernatural phenomenon.
His research leads him to Hochwald, a town nestled high in the mountains near the mysterious Barber family castle. Yet, shortly after arriving at the estate, Dr. Ink disappears.
It’s up to Dr. Ink’s longtime friend and confidante, Agent Evangeline Glass to save Dr. Ink and reveal what is causing the earthquakes. With only a mechanical raven to guide her, she must storm the well-secured castle and face the General Engineer of Gottland.
Agent Glass soon realizes that humans are not the only threat during these strange, revolutionary times…

Features

  • Sneak into Hochwald Castle as Dr. Ink, alongside his faithful companion Matthew
  • Rich, unique steampunk setting
  • Mechanical crow Matthew is player’s sidekick
  • 31 (38 in CE ) beautiful, hand-drawn locations
  • Thrilling detective story with action elements
  • Diverse adventure gameplay: flying on glider, impersonating a soldier, defeating mechanical creatures
  • 30+ hidden steambugs to find
  • 9 achievements to unlock
  • Additional materials: concept art, wallpapers and a stunning soundtrack
  • Bonus adventure (“Ink’s Story”) is a prequel to the main one

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
7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
This is another of a multitude of games that has become fairly standard bundle fare. That said, this one was still pretty good. It was on the very easy side as far as point and click adventures go, with only two puzzles that I can think of that really provided any challenge at all. That said, I think this was meant to be a more casual game, and so it succeeds in that regard. It's not a game that anybody is really going to get stumped with. It looked nice. The graphics were pretty and well done for the most part. The voice acting was not notable (neither good nor bad), and the story was decent. The Steampunk setting was pretty cool overall.

Overall, I give this game about 6.5 out of 10. not a must play, but the 4 hours or so it will take you to complete it wont be something you regret either.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
Ok..I really don't bother with doing a review with most games..Kind of like "If you have nothing good to say, don't say anything at all" which was the way I was raised..But anyways......This game is so worth my time to give you feed back..It's one of my fav's far as HOG's go...Which by the way saves me, cuz I play alot of strategy games which can sort of melt your mind in higher levels, so it's nice to have the laid back feel of a HOG!...This has a pretty good story..but where this shines is the voice acting and puzzles, add this to very nice graphic's and you got a winner!..So from one HOG lover to another, this is not a let down (even if you pay full price)..Hope you enjoy it as much as I have, CHEERS ;-)
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
A good hidden object adventure game mixed with some good puzzles to solve. There's nothing extremely difficult about this game or its puzzles, it's a casual game through and through. However, the storyline is interesting and is fun to follow. The puzzles are also well embedded to compliment the storyline rather than taking you away from the reality that the story creates. Fun game.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
Clockwork Tales is another great Artifex Mundi title. This game is great for those who love Clockpunk or Steampunk themed games. The atmosphere and graphical content is pretty incredible for such a short game. Clockwork Tales is one of Artifex's shorter titles, but the gameplay is core. While the story is short, the puzzles tend to be more challenging than many other Artifex Mundi games.

All in all this is a fun game all around, and if you're familiar with the Artifex Mundi engine, then you'll know your way around just fine. Althought it is a short story, the content is rich and the environment is beautiful.

6.5/10 - Recommend to Artifex Mundi lovers, Clockpunk + Steampunk fans, and HOGers.
(On a conservative scale)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
A really good HOG game, good artwork and voice acting and a story that grows on you. Artifex Mundi once again prove that they have this style of gameplay mastered. If you are at all interested in this style of game then get this title. If nothing else it might encourage the devs to do second game set in this world. And trust me, we want that.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
(Copy and paste is your way to get the Doctor)

It is Artifex Mundi. "If you played one, than you know them all." which in this case is one of the few times in gaming where it comes to be the most positive thing about a point&click "slash" hidden object you might ever hear.

10/10 Artifex - You make me droll - Mundi
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
Very interesting game, you can click around and do different stuff.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
Lots of fun, good for a day. The steampunk setting works well, and there are plenty of good puzzles.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
I thought that this P&C/Hidden Object game was one of the better I have played. It is a little on the easy side so playing on the highest difficulty is best. The story is fine, but it is the polish that really worked for me. The music and graphics are solid and the hidden object puzzles are actually scenes that make sense instead of a random assortment of meaningless objects. That attention to detail is rare.

In addition, the bonus content for the game is really added playtime. It is not just a rehash of the places and puzzles you have done before.

Overall, a really good game in this genre.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
A really good Artifex Mundi game. However, I noticed that it was a bit shorter than the other ones. I finished it in approx. 4hrs but it it was really fun! Good graphics, story and original puzzles.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
I had a blast playing this game. Couldn't drop it until the end. It is both a hidden object and a point and click adventure game with beautiful graphics and storyline. I loved the music and the atmosphere, and I recommend it for all ages.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
Amazing game with excellent graphics and very good story. Highly recommending.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
A very good HOA game, interesting storyline, challenging puzzles with all the steam punk clockworks you could ask for. When I say challenging puzzles I mean challenging enough not to bore me to death but without making me run to a guide in desperation. Graphics are well done and atmospheric and the music is complementary and non-intrusive. If you liked this game you should try The Clockwork Man and vice versa.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
Simply put : Very fun story line, nice graphics. Fun puzzles and bonus game. Also fun achievements to get.
I recommend for all type of players, whether you like easy or hard play mode.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
I truly enjoyed this game. There is a cat in Ink's Story (the bonus episode). You give him catnip.

This game is exactly what you'd expect from Artifex Mundi- an entertaining story, fun puzzles, some funny references, and some cute animals throughout! (Wish there had been more of the latter, alas) I enjoyed this game- and there were bugs (hence the achievement "Too Many Legs", but they were all mechanical, so I will not complain). Matthew, you're mechanical bird helper, is adorable, and helps out in some silly, but altogether needed ways.

The game is overall easy, and doesn't take long to complete, which may be a selling point to some. It has a fun story, and interesting characters- one of which sings "Soft Kitty" from The Big Bang Theory- huh? All in all, I definately recommend this game! My only gripe (and again, this is a game with robot creepy crawlies) is that at one point I had to throw a snowball at an innocent, bystanding owl. Not cool, Artifex, not cool. Other than that devastating act of wildlife abuse, I was delighted in the overall gameplay.

Just another reason I will always trust in Artifex Mundi! (Just remember AM, there's no such thing as too many cute animal friends)
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
A straightforward Steampunk puzzler, focusing more on puzzles than on hidden-objects games. While the story is simple, both the voice acting and artwork are top-notch. Unlike other Artifex Mundi games, the story only took about 2½ hrs to complete. Certainly worth buying while on sale if you are looking for a relaxing and modest puzzler.
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52 of 54 people (96%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
If you like the Artifex Mundi style, then you'll probably like Clockwork Tales: Of Glass and Ink. I have to admit, this developer has changed my opinion on hidden object games in general because their titles consistently manage to combine an engaging story with puzzles that are challenging but not taxing or tedious, quality artwork, and music and voice acting that suit the story well. Clockwork Tales delivers, and is probably one of my favorites in this genre.

I really like the Steampunk aesthetic, personally, so I thought it worked nicely into the format of a hidden object game. The bad guys here are militaristic fanatics with suspiciously German-sounding accents, so it's pretty obvious what imagery they were trying to evoke, but (pseudo-)Nazis blend well with the Steampunk style. I was amused by the effort to include a bit of a science/geology theme in some of the puzzles and in the story, and I also appreciated that (like several of the other AM games I have played) the protagonist of the story was female.

Clockwork Tales is not terribly difficult or long, and the game probably lacks much replay value, It's still pretty entertaining and I enjoyed the few hours I spent playing. The achievements can be won in just a few hours of casual gameplay, so if that's your thing, then this is your game. It's also a family-friendly game as most of the puzzles aren't too difficult and the theme isn't very scary.

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46 of 53 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 28, 2014
I've played a handful of Artifex Mundi's hidden object games, and I think this may be my favorite one yet. Based on a popular series of Polish children's books, Clockwork Tales is an imaginative, fun, curious and enjoyable title who's emphasis is more on casual adventure than hidden objects. Set in a steampunk version of the 1700's, you play Evangeline Glass, an intelligent young protégé to the brilliant Dr. Ink. With the help of Ink's clockwork companion, Matthew the bird, you must save Hochwald and the doctor from the machinations of the evil Grand Engineer Barber.

One of the things I enjoy most about hidden object games is the beautiful and imaginative artwork many have, and this game is no exception. Everything, including the characters, have a hand-painted look which gives it a storybook-like quality. Even the characters share the art style, which looks so much better than the oddly rendered/animated 3D models in other games.

The game play is your standard IHOG/HOPA, adventure game lite with hidden object scenes mixed in. I always play on Expert to give me a bit of challenge and lengthen my game play, but I found Clockwork Tales to be quite easy, even more so than most games in the genre. This isn't a horrible thing, but considering how much I enjoyed the world that was created, I wanted to spend a lot more time there than a mere 3 hours on the hardest difficulty. Even so, the adventure aspect was very fun with nothing jumping out as being crazy illogical, and the many puzzles were moderately challenging despite most being reused from previous games. One nice touch was being able to utilize Matthew to collect out of reach items and perform certain tasks. Most of these aren't too hard to figure out, but it's a nice bit of flavor added to a genre that is very "cut and paste" in most gameplay aspects.

The hidden object scenes are very well done, nicely drawn items without too much clutter, and have a nice range of difficulty, but none of the items were what I would consider unfairly hidden. Mixed in amongst your standard HOS's are a few FROGs (fragmented object scenes), adding a bit of variety to the gameplay. I noticed, however, that the regular HOS's tend to get more plentiful the further you progress through the game. This wasn't an issue for me as I really like them, but not everyone shares that sentiment. For those who do not, the number of these scenes are quite low overall compared to other games.

While the setting is one of the best parts of the game, the story in the beginning feels a little rushed and can be a bit confusing. But once things get going and you move out of the village into the castle, the storytelling smooths out quite a bit. There are no dark, disturbing themes here (unlike so many others in the genre), and the story isn't deep by any means, but that doesn't detract from it's enjoyability. This is a game that can be enjoyed by anyone but makes a particularly good family game, especially for parents who are looking for less macabre fair to share with their kids.

One of my biggest issues in previous games from this developer has been the voice acting, but Clockwork Tales is a vast improvement overall, especially with the main characters. Now I'm not saying these are award winning performances, but they're not jarring nor do they sound out of place given the material, and they don't pull me out of the experience as they would in other games. Funny enough, the one game in which I find the voice work to be pleasant enough is the one in which we get a toggle for the voiceovers. The option is still appreciated and I hope we continue seeing it in the future.

This is the Collector's Edition of the game and comes with the bonus chapter (a short prequel to the main story), replayable puzzles and hidden object scenes, wallpapers, soundtrack and collectible "steambugs" that are sprinkled throughout the game. I'm usually not big on having to find additional hidden items in these types of games, but the steambugs were a treat. Aside from their imaginative and adorable designs, they're generally not too hard to spot, although it may take you a couple of play throughs to find a few you missed.

All in all, I enjoyed Clockwork Tales immensely and am only disappointed in it's short length. But the little time that I spent in the game world was time I completely enjoyed. I will definitely come back to this one again and again.
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25 of 26 people (96%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
- Excellent art work.
- Great story line.
- Clever, unique puzzles.
- Very helpful walkthrough.
- Fast click through dialogue.
- 3 modes.
- Collectables.

I recommend this game!
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25 of 30 people (83%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 14, 2014
Right first things first,yes this is a hidden object game and yes there are loads of them,but this ones actually really good.
The graphics in game are good and mostly of the static variety (like most of these games are) but sometimes this shifts to moving scenes which are handle'd with a real flair and the art work is top notch.The sound is really good in game and really helps set the "STEAM PUNK" astmosphere that this game goes for and the characters are all well writen and the script also gets top marks for real effort and is both entertaining and also interesting to watch and listen to as the story progresses and never gets boring or out stays its welcome right up until the game nears its inevitable conclusion.
The hidden object scenes are never to trick'y and the puzzles sometimes cause you to sit there and scratch your head (but not very often and only a little bit),but this doesnt matter as whats there is really enjoyable to play through and pushes you on to yet another puzzle or hidden object scene that you will enjoy (if you like these sort of games that is).
You play as Agent Evangeline Glass who is set on her mission to save Dr. Ink and stop a crafty mechanical genius who always seems to be one step ahead of you (but you know that eventually you will and must stop him-wouldent be much of a game if we didnt have to).You have to stop the earthquakes and rescue the Dr before all hell breaks lose and more cities fall (seems rather dramatic but that's the gist of what you have to do in the story-solving puzzles as you go).
As you play you will meet various other NPC's but the most interesting of these and the most fun is the mechanical crow Matthew,he comes into his own at times and without him you would both be stuck and at times lost in the world around you (he really does remind me of BUBO though from the old "CLASH OF THE TITANS" movie).
You see at certain points there are objects you just cant reach or places you just cant get to that Matthew can fly upto and either grab that item or help you solve that puzzle thats been getting on your nerves for the last 30 minutes AARRGGHHHHHH,and most of the time you will say "OF COURSE I NEEDED MATTHEW TO SOLVE THAT LAST BIT DUH" but thats all part of his charm as your companion.
All in all one of the better hidden object games its been my privalige to play and i hope that we get to see MATTEW again as that little crow really has taken a place in my subconscious and he refuses to leave "SHOO crow of with you"...........................see hes not listening".
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