Unburied secrets burn like wild steam – nothing is what it appears!
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Datum vydání: 8. srp. 2013

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13. července

Demon Hunter returns!



Defeat the Evil as the last remaining Demon Hunter!

Twenty years ago, in a frightening battle Dawn Harlock stopped the Archdemon Ragnar from descending upon the world. Dawn’s foster father professor Ashmore died when trying to prevent the demon from breaking into this world. She realized than that she is the last remaining member of the mysterious ancient order of demon hunters and the last one standing in the fight against evil threatening to unravel this world. Her biggest concern was always to prepare for Ragnar’s return as it was already foretold. But Dawn kept herself busy as a detective, solving paranormal cases around the world and visiting mysterious places where the dark forces are hiding. One day she receives a call from a mysterious doctor Stuart Williams, who claims to be Dawns foster father’s long-time friend. He promises valuable information about Dawns biological parents that may shed some light on her own past. She will embark on a mystery adventure that will change everything forever.

Demon Hunter 2: New Chapter will be available with a 40% discount in a time limited promotion.

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7. července

Crimson Lilly blooms best in the snow!



Crime Secrets: Crimson Lily is a mature crime story inspired by the films and shows of the 90s that takes place within a small snowy holiday resort town. When a grim murder interrupts a private detective’s vacation at the very gate to the hotel at which she was going to stay, she puts her plans for R&R on hold and sets out to do what she does best: solve violent crimes. All she has to go on is a single clue: a mysterious paper lily attached to the victim’s frozen body. Could it be the killer’s calling card? Cut off by a blizzard the protagonist will need to follow a trail that leads her deep into the dirty dealings of a small town filled with big fish. Was the tragic death of the young journalist, Lilly, a few years back only an accident, or was it somehow connected to the mysterious new murder? As it turns out, there’s more to the grim story than meets the eye, and not everyone at the hotel is who they appear to be.

The game will be available with a 40% discount for a limited time.

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Informace o hře

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

Systémové požadavky

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimální:
    • Operační systém: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Procesor: 1.5 GHz
    • Paměť: 512 MB RAM
    • Grafická karta: 128 MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Verze 9.0
    • Pevný disk: 1 GB volného místa
    Doporučené:
    • Operační systém: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Procesor: 2 GHz
    • Paměť: 1 GB RAM
    • Grafická karta: 256 MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Verze 9.0
    • Pevný disk: 1 GB volného místa
    Minimální:
    • Operační systém: 10.6.8
    • Procesor: 1.5 GHz
    • Paměť: 512 MB RAM
    • Grafická karta: 128 MB VRAM
    • Pevný disk: 1 GB volného místa
    Doporučené:
    • Operační systém: 10.6.8
    • Procesor: 2 GHz
    • Paměť: 1 GB RAM
    • Grafická karta: 256 MB VRAM
    • Pevný disk: 1 GB volného místa
    Minimální:
    • Operační systém: Ubuntu 12.04 (32/64bit)
    • Procesor: 1.5 GHz
    • Paměť: 512 MB RAM
    • Grafická karta: 128 MB VRAM
    • Pevný disk: 1 GB volného místa
    Doporučené:
    • Operační systém: Ubuntu 12.04 (32/64bit)
    • Procesor: 2 GHz
    • Paměť: 1 GB RAM
    • Grafická karta: 256 MB VRAM
    • Pevný disk: 1 GB volného místa
Uživatelské recenze
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Nedávné:
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Souhrn:
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Nedávno odeslané
Menace123
( 3.3 hodin celkem )
Přidáno: 5. července
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Rating
Must Play

Family rating
Everyone

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

Play time needed (perfect)
about 3-4 hours
Gaming level
Casual
Achievement level
Casual
Game style
Point n' click (First person), Puzzle, Hidden Objects Scenes (HoS)
Game modes
Story mode, Bonus Story mode
Graphics
Very good.
Story
Good.
Playthrough
1
Voice
Yes, good.
Music
(Very) Good.
Controls
Mouse only
Tutorial
Depends (difficulty)
Unmissable / backtracking content
Some missable. Refer to (#) at the end.
Download contents DLC
None.
Glitches / bugs
None.
Worth price
It deserve almost its full price if you accept the (#) point below and its lenght.

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

This is one of my favorite Artifex Mundi game even that one is shorter than some I've played before.

Clockwork Tales: Of Glass and Ink takes place in a steam(punk) world where a continuing string of strange earthquakes are causing the world’s cities to crumble to ruin. You play as Evangeline a friend and confident of Dr. Ambrose Ink. The latter asked Evangeline to come to Hochwald and help him out in order to stop the General Engineer of Gottland evil plans and the tremors for good. The bonus story let you play as Dr Ambrose Ink before the Agent Evangeline visit him.

The story and voices are good and graphics as well as music are very good. Puzzles and hidden objects scenes are fairly shared.

The game features an inventory where you can store items to combine with the environment to go deeper in the story as well as a showcase for steam bugs found in each area. In that game you'll have a steam bird as a fellow which will help you to reach things you can't.

The game have several difficulties and have a guest feature : all the family can play the game and resume it where they left. There is also a map which is useful when you're lost and that may have some hints if you play in a easier mode. Also you can use the Hint/Skip hourglass whenever you want and wait until its refill to use it again. But be warned that you may not skip or use a hint in any puzzle or hidden objects scene if you wish to have some achievements.

There is a good choice of puzzles and there are two kind of Hidden objects scenes. The first Hidden objects scene features the name of the objects to find some are found easily (normal one) and some others need you to interact with the environment or to combine two items to found them. The second Hidden objects scene let you find the shape of the objects in the scene and sometimes ask you to combine them with the environment.

(#) :
The game has some achievements that can be missed which are challenging achievements and a difficulty related one. The difficulty achievement asks you to play the game in Expert mode. Challenging achievements require you to finish a puzzle or a hidden objects scene under one minute. You also need to solve every puzzle and hidden objects scene without skipping or using hints. Another achievement requires you to find 3 objects in 3 seconds or find all objects with only 5 or fewer misclicks in the hidden object scenes. Also the steam bugs can be missed if you moved to earlier in a new area but you can still follow a guide on steam to make sure it never happens even if you'll most likely find them easily on your own. Another easy but missable achievement is "People Person" which requires you to talk to everyone before and after Dr vanished. Finally another achievement requires you to complete the bonus story.
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MarilynM
( 3.9 hodin celkem )
Přidáno: 27. června
Interesting game...but the puzzles are too easy for my taste !
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TheCloser17
( 15.1 hodin celkem )
Přidáno: 26. června
Clockwork Tales: Of Glass and Ink is a steampunk style HOG along with some puzzles that is a nice uncomplicated diversion. The puzzles in the game are mostly easy to medium even with the difficulty set to hard. Two of the puzzles I would consider to be hard.

The graphics of the game really set the stage for the steampunk style. They are well done and were one of the main reasons I actually bought the game. The voice-overs and cutscenes are also very good. I found no problems at all with the interface.

Getting all the achievements are fairly easy to do. And if you are good at these types of games I would estimate 8 hours or less to complete the game. If you are really organized 5 hours might do the job.

Overall I give the game a 7 as it is a decent representation of a HOG with very nice graphics and story.
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girumon.20
( 5.2 hodin celkem )
Přidáno: 26. června
A short hog game, have a mix of puzzle (not much hog scene) like hog scene, hog fragment scene, use-thing puzzle scene, and mini game ^^
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sandeee
( 4.0 hodin celkem )
Přidáno: 25. června
Beautiful graphics and music. Short but enjoyable gameplay.
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Cron ¯\(ツ)/¯
( 4.4 hodin celkem )
Přidáno: 24. června
Good artwork (though the facial movements are a tad strange) and decent plot but the puzzles are far too easy and ultimately makes it rather uninteresting to play.
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LinustheBold
( 4.8 hodin celkem )
Přidáno: 23. června
You can't go wrong with steampunk unless you really try, but then again you can't always go right with it, which I think is the case with Clockwork Tales: Of Glass and Ink. All of the necessary elements are here: sweeping fantasy, maniac evildoers, pipes and leathers and conspicuous gearing, airships and monocles and florid facial hair, evil robots and mechanical tinkery. What's missing is the kind of lucid, engrossing gameplay I like to see from Artifex Mundi. Instead, this game feels forced and vague.

It's not bad. I just like my Artifex games to stand tall over the competition, and this one is more of a shoulder-to-shoulder proposition. I hit all of the achievements here in a single play-through, and didn't find much in the way of detail and nuance. The various mechanical insects to spot and collect are barely concealed at all, the hidden object scenes are pretty but blunt, and the mini-games are on the bland, simple side. The main challenges are pretty much announced as flat tasks - "I need to paint this room blue before I'll be allowed to leave," that sort of thing. "Where have I seen blue paint? Maybe I should make some." I don't necessarily love game-stopping difficulty levels, but slipping too far in the other direction doesn't make for engaging play.

Maybe I'm just burning out on the genre; certainly most HOGs are cast from similar molds, and perhaps I'm just overwhelmed by the constant selection of games right now. Recommended, because it's good - but this is one to play on the way to a better one.
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hackstermatrix
( 4.8 hodin celkem )
Přidáno: 22. června
The puzzles with 1 or 2 exceptions are too easy to give this game any replay value.
Get it on a discount and have a good time.
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Nesbit | PRIVATE BUYING
( 27.3 hodin celkem )
Přidáno: 22. června
Another no!
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thorm81
( 5.0 hodin celkem )
Přidáno: 18. června
I loved it! I hope they make more Clockwork Tales games.
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Doporučuji
15.1 hodin celkem
Přidáno: 26. června
Clockwork Tales: Of Glass and Ink is a steampunk style HOG along with some puzzles that is a nice uncomplicated diversion. The puzzles in the game are mostly easy to medium even with the difficulty set to hard. Two of the puzzles I would consider to be hard.

The graphics of the game really set the stage for the steampunk style. They are well done and were one of the main reasons I actually bought the game. The voice-overs and cutscenes are also very good. I found no problems at all with the interface.

Getting all the achievements are fairly easy to do. And if you are good at these types of games I would estimate 8 hours or less to complete the game. If you are really organized 5 hours might do the job.

Overall I give the game a 7 as it is a decent representation of a HOG with very nice graphics and story.
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1 osoba ohodnotila tuto recenzi jako vtipnou
Doporučuji
3.3 hodin celkem
Přidáno: 5. července
- This review isn't written by a native speaker, thank you for your understanding -

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Rating
Must Play

Family rating
Everyone

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

Play time needed (perfect)
about 3-4 hours
Gaming level
Casual
Achievement level
Casual
Game style
Point n' click (First person), Puzzle, Hidden Objects Scenes (HoS)
Game modes
Story mode, Bonus Story mode
Graphics
Very good.
Story
Good.
Playthrough
1
Voice
Yes, good.
Music
(Very) Good.
Controls
Mouse only
Tutorial
Depends (difficulty)
Unmissable / backtracking content
Some missable. Refer to (#) at the end.
Download contents DLC
None.
Glitches / bugs
None.
Worth price
It deserve almost its full price if you accept the (#) point below and its lenght.

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

This is one of my favorite Artifex Mundi game even that one is shorter than some I've played before.

Clockwork Tales: Of Glass and Ink takes place in a steam(punk) world where a continuing string of strange earthquakes are causing the world’s cities to crumble to ruin. You play as Evangeline a friend and confident of Dr. Ambrose Ink. The latter asked Evangeline to come to Hochwald and help him out in order to stop the General Engineer of Gottland evil plans and the tremors for good. The bonus story let you play as Dr Ambrose Ink before the Agent Evangeline visit him.

The story and voices are good and graphics as well as music are very good. Puzzles and hidden objects scenes are fairly shared.

The game features an inventory where you can store items to combine with the environment to go deeper in the story as well as a showcase for steam bugs found in each area. In that game you'll have a steam bird as a fellow which will help you to reach things you can't.

The game have several difficulties and have a guest feature : all the family can play the game and resume it where they left. There is also a map which is useful when you're lost and that may have some hints if you play in a easier mode. Also you can use the Hint/Skip hourglass whenever you want and wait until its refill to use it again. But be warned that you may not skip or use a hint in any puzzle or hidden objects scene if you wish to have some achievements.

There is a good choice of puzzles and there are two kind of Hidden objects scenes. The first Hidden objects scene features the name of the objects to find some are found easily (normal one) and some others need you to interact with the environment or to combine two items to found them. The second Hidden objects scene let you find the shape of the objects in the scene and sometimes ask you to combine them with the environment.

(#) :
The game has some achievements that can be missed which are challenging achievements and a difficulty related one. The difficulty achievement asks you to play the game in Expert mode. Challenging achievements require you to finish a puzzle or a hidden objects scene under one minute. You also need to solve every puzzle and hidden objects scene without skipping or using hints. Another achievement requires you to find 3 objects in 3 seconds or find all objects with only 5 or fewer misclicks in the hidden object scenes. Also the steam bugs can be missed if you moved to earlier in a new area but you can still follow a guide on steam to make sure it never happens even if you'll most likely find them easily on your own. Another easy but missable achievement is "People Person" which requires you to talk to everyone before and after Dr vanished. Finally another achievement requires you to complete the bonus story.
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Doporučuji
4.8 hodin celkem
Přidáno: 23. června
You can't go wrong with steampunk unless you really try, but then again you can't always go right with it, which I think is the case with Clockwork Tales: Of Glass and Ink. All of the necessary elements are here: sweeping fantasy, maniac evildoers, pipes and leathers and conspicuous gearing, airships and monocles and florid facial hair, evil robots and mechanical tinkery. What's missing is the kind of lucid, engrossing gameplay I like to see from Artifex Mundi. Instead, this game feels forced and vague.

It's not bad. I just like my Artifex games to stand tall over the competition, and this one is more of a shoulder-to-shoulder proposition. I hit all of the achievements here in a single play-through, and didn't find much in the way of detail and nuance. The various mechanical insects to spot and collect are barely concealed at all, the hidden object scenes are pretty but blunt, and the mini-games are on the bland, simple side. The main challenges are pretty much announced as flat tasks - "I need to paint this room blue before I'll be allowed to leave," that sort of thing. "Where have I seen blue paint? Maybe I should make some." I don't necessarily love game-stopping difficulty levels, but slipping too far in the other direction doesn't make for engaging play.

Maybe I'm just burning out on the genre; certainly most HOGs are cast from similar molds, and perhaps I'm just overwhelmed by the constant selection of games right now. Recommended, because it's good - but this is one to play on the way to a better one.
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Nedoporučuji
4.4 hodin celkem
Přidáno: 24. června
Good artwork (though the facial movements are a tad strange) and decent plot but the puzzles are far too easy and ultimately makes it rather uninteresting to play.
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Doporučuji
5.6 hodin celkem
Přidáno: 5. listopadu 2014
★★★★☆ - Hodnocení v rámci žánru Hidden object

Kupoval jsem za 2.59 euro a mohu doporučit. Dohrál jsem na nejlehčí obtížnost bez HINTů a přeskakování miniher za 5 a půl hodiny.

Pěkná steampunková hledačka od Artifex Mundi, normálně bych dal i 5 hvězd, ale jelikož jsem u tohoto vývojářského týmu zvyklý na precizně odvedenou práci, musím tentokrát jednu hvězdu ubrat. Grafika, hratelnost, hudba, dialogy, videosekvence, nové nápady, puzzle, bonusy a další, to je vše opět parádní. Bohužel v tom všem jsem dvě vady na kráse našel.

Kromě psaných skrytých objektů, zde občas hledáš i předměty, které jsou pouze zobrazené v dolní HO liště. na tom by nebylo nic špatného, kdyby zobrazení předmětů nebylo tak malinké a neurčité. Člověk tam pak šilhá jak exot a ani neví, co vlastně hledá. Druhým nedostatkem je naklikávání u některých objektů a puzzlů. Občas je potřeba na něco kliknout víckrát, než to hra akceptuje. To samé se děje i u některých puzzle miniher. Je to matoucí a frustrující. Naštěstí takových situací není ve hře příliš, ale jsou tam.

+ Přiměřená rozsáhlost celé hry
+ Nové nápady
+ Rychlé přesouvání pomocí mapy
+ Grafika
+ Příběh
+ Dialogy
+ 3 stupně obtížnosti
+ Minihry
+ Bonusy po dokončení hry
+ Achievementy
+ Sběratelské karty

- Zobrazení některých předmětů (neurčité a matoucí)
- Akceptace správného kliku (někdy je potřeba kliknou vícekrát na předmět, případně na jiné místo předmětu)
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Doporučuji
3.6 hodin celkem
Přidáno: 21. září 2015
Dalsi povedena a stylova adventura od Artifexu, ktere se snad da vytknout jen jeji kratkost. Max za pet hodin budete mit hotovo vcetne bonusove prequelove kapitoly. Zpracovani se ale neda nic vytknout. Malebne zasnezene prostredi jakesi pseudonemecke visky, do ktere se vratil mistni slechtic s militantnimi plany vyuzit jistou ultimatni zbran na ovladnuti sveta. Aspon tak nejak to chapu z toho, jak je stylizovan do jakehosi "nazi" barona, protoze (to je 2. minus) cile hlavniho padoucha nejsou blize vysvetleny.
Kazdopadne je jasne, ze ho hrac musi zastavit. Pomaha mu v tom (podobne jako opicak v jine hre Artifexu - "Dark Arcana") pomocnik, zde mechanicky havran, ktereho lze vyslat na nedostupna mista. Klasickych hidden object screenu (HOS) s hledanim dle textu je pomerne malo, coz beru jako plus. Doplnuje je skladackove hledani dle ikon a samozrejme hadankove minihry, ktere mozna lehce prevazuji, ale jsou pomerne snadne a zadny zakys jsem nemel.
Vizual je moc pekny, jedna se o steampunk, takze je zde spousta mechanickych pristroju a udelatek. Na stenach muze pozorny hrac najit easter-eggy v podobe obrazku ze hry "Enigmatis". Jedna hadanka v Inkove kapitole je zase kopii puzzlu ze hry "Abyss". Celkem fajn detaily. Hudebni motiv se take velmi povedl. V teto CE edici hrac klasicky dostane wallpapery, OST, zminenou bonusovou kapitolu ci par artworku.
Achievementy jsou tentokrat bezva - zadna nutnost dohravat hru dvakrat, takze hned napoprve je muzete mit vsechny. Dokonce zde nejsou zadne "na cas", jako udelat minihru ci HOS do minuty apod. To je podle me plus. Jsou prevazne pribehove a jen jeden by mohl delat problem - hledani mechanickych brouku rozmistenych ruzne ve hre. Pokud ovsem hrac moc nespecha, ani tento achiev neni problem hned napoprve. Steam karty ma hra taky, jen kdybyste chteli hru v cestine, musite opet stahovat z Alawaru...
Jako celek velmi prijemna kratka adventura, ktera ma jen pomerne mdly zaver. Vizuelne ale pritazliva a oddechova.

70%
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Doporučuji
4.8 hodin celkem
Přidáno: 11. února 2015
Po dlouhe dobe super adventura s opravdu promyslenym ovladanim. Rozhodne doporucuji.
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53 z 55 osob (96%) ohodnotilo tuto recenzi jako užitečnou
Doporučuji
8.3 hodin celkem
Přidáno: 7. listopadu 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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Doporučuji
5.3 hodin celkem
Přidáno: 28. dubna 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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Přidáno: 6. září 2015
I have to admit that Clockwork Tales: Of Glass and Ink went and snatched the first place among my favorite Artifex Mundi games so far. I wonder why I haven't played this earlier. I knew I was getting myself a satisfactory HOG when I bought this, but I had no idea that I'll be having this grand a deal in HOG genre!

In a fictional steampunk version of 1700 Prussia, we take the role of Evangeline Glass; Dr. Ink's protégé and engineer extraordinaire. We hit the road to meet with the good doctor in Hochwald, part of Habsburg Monarchy at the time, on a letter that we receive from him earlier. Dr. Ink has been making a research on the alarmingly raising number of earthquakes that were dominating the area. He claims that he has proof that a corruption in local authority is responsible: General Engineer is abusing a dangerous machine to create these earthquakes and he should be stopped at once!

At this point, we all know what kind of game that we should be expecting from Artifex Mundi: beautiful artwork, genuine animations, charming setting, and a curious story. Above all our common expectations, Clockwork Tales: Of Glass and Ink covers a narration and a period so dark, yet envelops it with fair music and an atmosphere straight out of fables. The marriage of Austrian culture with Enlightenment science gives birth to this amazing game. As a personal favorite, I couldn't avoid to mention the puzzle of Saints during the bonus chapter, which is a direct example of this marriage. Did I mention the artwork? I know I'm trying my chance, but even the achievements interface itself is an artwork, made of stain glass!

Gameplay is ordinary, yet the adventure elements of assembling machines are fairly imaginative. There aren't many HOG scenes, rather FROG - fragmented object game - scenes dominating this particular game. There is little to no backtracking, and a full functioning map. Puzzles are the kind that we are used to by now. As a change, in this particular adventure, we have the luxury of utilizing Matthew, a mechanical crow that we send out to gather items out of our reach, which spices the gameplay a bit up. We are also entitled to enjoy a bonus chapter at the end, to experience Dr. Ink's short adventure before Evangeline's arrival. The game is pretty short, being 5 hours or so with the bonus chapter.

Once I've completed the bonus chapter, I wholeheartedly wished there would be a series of Clockwork Tales games. I usually prefer downright fantasy or at least mythological elements in storylines, but Clockwork Tales: Of Glass and Ink is an elegant exception that I'll let myself be enthusiastic about. As a side note, I'm in love with the steam machine crow named Matthew!

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