Unburied secrets burn like wild steam – nothing is what it appears!
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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

Systeemeisen

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • Besturingssysteem: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Geheugen: 512 MB RAM
    • Grafische kaart: 128 MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Versie 9.0
    • Opslagruimte: 1 GB beschikbare ruimte
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    • Besturingssysteem: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Geheugen: 1 GB RAM
    • Grafische kaart: 256 MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Versie 9.0
    • Opslagruimte: 1 GB beschikbare ruimte
    Minimum:
    • Besturingssysteem: 10.6.8
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Geheugen: 512 MB RAM
    • Grafische kaart: 128 MB VRAM
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    Minimum:
    • Besturingssysteem: Ubuntu 12.04 (32/64bit)
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Geheugen: 512 MB RAM
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Yoodiv-Terraria1.3.1@edf.noip.me
( 7.5 uur in totaal )
Geplaatst: 25 mei
Compared to other Artifex Mundi hidden object games, it's shorter and lower quality, but it's still pretty fun. Don't pay $10 for it.

On the bright side, you can get all the achievements in 1 playthrough :)
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JoeCool
( 3.4 uur in totaal )
Geplaatst: 3 mei
The visuals are great with all the staples of steampunk: clockworks, robots, dirigibles, etc.

The hidden object puzzles are just right: clear but not overly obvious.

The other puzzles are varied, some those we've seen a million times in other games such as this, others a bit more original. I think I only skipped one puzzle near the end to power through the end quickly.

The story is very bland with a Nazi-style commander and his regime trying to take over the world and yelling at you often. I lost interest about 30 minutes from the end, but I still enjoyed this overall as a quick, casual game. My total play time was about 3.5 hours.
Behulpzaam? Ja Nee Grappig
Ryder17z \ Hexile
( 3.6 uur in totaal )
Geplaatst: 23 april
Except for reusing a few puzzles from another game this could have been a good game.

But the story is lacking, the music is boring and loops awkwardly. Sorry but this doesn't cut it...
Behulpzaam? Ja Nee Grappig
Seeviee
( 4.6 uur in totaal )
Geplaatst: 18 april
Very good game with interesting story and also challenging when played for the 1st time
Behulpzaam? Ja Nee Grappig
Lunanai
( 3.0 uur in totaal )
Geplaatst: 17 april
Very short and not challenging. Linear and predictable, was not much fun sadly. I had quite high expectations after seeing the overall score, but it was too easy and to little interesting to me.
Behulpzaam? Ja Nee Grappig
sgbeal
( 3.3 uur in totaal )
Geplaatst: 14 april
- Great voice-overs (well above par for this whole genre, IMO). All of them except for one particular peasant in one particular (and very brief) scene, anyway.

- nice animations, in particular those of people speaking. Nicely done.

- music... i can't remember it, which means it didn't get on my nerves. That counts as a plus.

- i appreciate the "collectibles" (the Steambugs), though i am not OCD enough to lose any sleep if i happen to miss any of them.

- _One_ complaint (again... i feel like a broken record...): ambiguous terms in HO scenes are a real drag. In the kitchen, you've got to find a "pot." There are _four_ of them in the HO scene. Four pots. At least (i stopped counting at four). There's also an ambiguous "ring" in one scene (with 3 rings in it: one keyring and two finger rings). Come on, devs! Use Google Images to double-check!!!

- So far well within a tolerable "what the HELL just happened?" ratio (specifically, the owl and the snowball is the only one which comes to mind). HOPAs with too many of those go in my trash can.

i've gotta thumb-up this one.
Behulpzaam? Ja Nee Grappig
Miss Yaozi
( 4.0 uur in totaal )
Geplaatst: 12 april
Longer than I've expected. Nice steam-punk theme and decent HOS. Another 100% game.
Behulpzaam? Ja Nee Grappig
dragonflylogan
( 3.4 uur in totaal )
Geplaatst: 12 april
Very good game. Great artwork and story line.
Behulpzaam? Ja Nee Grappig
Batprince
( 8.0 uur in totaal )
Geplaatst: 8 april
That's the one. Cool story, Beautiful visuals.
Behulpzaam? Ja Nee Grappig
djangoreinhardt69
( 3.1 uur in totaal )
Geplaatst: 4 april
Fun, but don't expect something new.
Behulpzaam? Ja Nee Grappig
zpgoldman
( 3.3 uur in totaal )
Geplaatst: 2 april
Fun Hidden Object Game, not the best I've played in terms of plot, but still fun.
Behulpzaam? Ja Nee Grappig
MechaKingKong
( 6.4 uur in totaal )
Geplaatst: 2 april
I originally gave this a negative review until I remembered all the other terrible point and click games I've played. By comparison, this one is great. Just a bit boring.
Behulpzaam? Ja Nee Grappig
2KI
( 3.3 uur in totaal )
Geplaatst: 31 maart
An Artifex Mundi hidden-object game.
Interesting short-story, interesting graphics, good mechanics, quite easy difficulty-wise, ok music that never felt repetitive.
I don't think anyone can really not enjoy this relaxing puzzle solving game, totally recommended.
Behulpzaam? Ja Nee Grappig
Kilaker
( 4.3 uur in totaal )
Geplaatst: 24 maart
I have to admit that I was a little sceptical of this game, being one of the older Artifex Mundi releases on Steam. But this game is really good and have an amazing steampunk theme that Artifex Mundi really nails with their beautiful artwork. The story is really good too. It was a little on the short side based on game time. I played this twice and have only about 4.5h of gametime, granted that the second playthrough was really quick since I remembered alot from the first time. But even if the game was a little short, it was still good enough for me to play a second time so I really enjoyed the time that I got from this. I strongly recommend this if you like hidden object/puzzle games and of course if enjoy the steampunk style that they made in this game. 7.4/10
Behulpzaam? Ja Nee Grappig
floating point math is not fun
( 6.2 uur in totaal )
Geplaatst: 20 maart
Very good point and click puzzle game. Production value is among the best I have ever seen for the genre. Every character is voice-acted. Animations are top notch. Puzzles are all varied and fun.

Artifex Mundi has earned a fan.
Behulpzaam? Ja Nee Grappig
urçikolata
( 2.2 uur in totaal )
Geplaatst: 13 februari
just another basic point n click / ho, nothing extraordinary. if only there were more inspiring soundtracks and artwork I would recommend it but as I say there is nothing genuine with this game
Behulpzaam? Ja Nee Grappig
jaffa_geronimo
( 6.3 uur in totaal )
Geplaatst: 7 februari
another nice click and point adventure from this developer.
i like the 'steampunk' setting and the story.
most of the puzzles are quite easy, one or two are a little tricky to solve.
nice, relaxing game.
Behulpzaam? Ja Nee Grappig
Kubko56
( 6.9 uur in totaal )
Geplaatst: 6 februari
One of the best games in the genre for sure!
Behulpzaam? Ja Nee Grappig
Traxadel
( 5.7 uur in totaal )
Geplaatst: 5 februari
Same old puzzlin' and lookin' hidden stuff, never gets old
Behulpzaam? Ja Nee Grappig
The Mighty If
( 6.9 uur in totaal )
Geplaatst: 3 februari
Pretty graphics, reasonably coherent plot, reasonably coherent puzzles. It's a bit easy and a bit short, but I bought it on a steam sale for $3.99 and it provided me a couple of light evenings of entertainment, plus another to finish all the achievements, so that doesn't seem terrible to me. I'd recommend playing it on "Expert" the first time around not only to up the challenge level a little bit but also so you don't have to *replay* it to get all the achievements if thats something you think you might want to do. Overall, I won't remember this game a month from now, but I had fun while it lasted.
Behulpzaam? Ja Nee Grappig
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3.4 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 3 mei
The visuals are great with all the staples of steampunk: clockworks, robots, dirigibles, etc.

The hidden object puzzles are just right: clear but not overly obvious.

The other puzzles are varied, some those we've seen a million times in other games such as this, others a bit more original. I think I only skipped one puzzle near the end to power through the end quickly.

The story is very bland with a Nazi-style commander and his regime trying to take over the world and yelling at you often. I lost interest about 30 minutes from the end, but I still enjoyed this overall as a quick, casual game. My total play time was about 3.5 hours.
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7.5 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 25 mei
Compared to other Artifex Mundi hidden object games, it's shorter and lower quality, but it's still pretty fun. Don't pay $10 for it.

On the bright side, you can get all the achievements in 1 playthrough :)
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4.0 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 12 april
Longer than I've expected. Nice steam-punk theme and decent HOS. Another 100% game.
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4.6 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 18 april
Very good game with interesting story and also challenging when played for the 1st time
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6.6 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 21 december 2015
Evangeline Glass is called by her friend, Dr. Ink, to the city of Hochwald, after a series of earthquakes threatening the region are detected. Unfortunately for her, he disappeared and Evangeline must face an enemy set to conquer the world!

Clockwork Tales is for me perhaps one of the weakest games produced by Artifex Mundi. Yeah, true, the plot is enjoyable and I don't mind the steampunk world, rarely visited in HO. But it doesn't have the same magic that goes with the other titles.

However, the gameplay is still the same: puzzles, hidden objects, etc.. Here, you'll have also a little companion, a mechanical bird, that can find stuff out of your reach. It's a nice addition.

What I loved the most in the game is the soldier's design. I loved the uniform, maybe because it's kinda making me think to Darth Vader or the Combines. But what is also fresh in this game is that the city isn't a big steampunk town but a little village in a snowy mountain. Besides, you'll also visit a castle, so, it's maybe a steampunk world but you're not drowning in it.

Anyway, as any AM's game, this one can be bought eyes closed. Given the number of times it has been in a bundle, I suggest you to wait for one of them if you don't really want to buy it at 8 bucks.
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5.5 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 15 december 2015
Clockwork Tales: Of Glass and Ink, another gem designed by Hidden Object Games (HOG) masters, Artifex Mundi, offers a lot of story at a reasonable enough pace. The game can be completed in under 5 hours, on expert mode, so it's not too demanding where you can't still play it casually. Does that even make sense...?

The story begins in a small town known as Hochwald - presumably somewhere in Germany. While a once peaceful town, you will quickly find that that is the case no more. Agent Evangelie Glass is summoned by her friend and mentor, Dr. Ink, who is on a mission to uncover the mysterious secrets of the Barber family. Hochwald has, ultimately, been plagued by increasingly powerful tremors, and Dr. Ink has landed himself in trouble by attempting to sabotage "master inventor Barber", the latter of whom does not have the town in his best interest. With the help of a little mechanical bird, named Matthew, do you have what it takes to thwart Barber's evil plans?

Pros
+ If you're into them, achievements are very easy to obtain
+ The graphics are easily some of the best that I have seen for a HOG
+ The way the story is laid out is good. It is paced evenly and nothing was rushed
+ Voice acting was done extremely well - one of them did make me go, "really?", however
+ Hopefully you don't find the puzzles too difficult. On average, they probably took me about 3 minutes to do. However... (continued in neutral)
+ Play with the music and sound on - do as they recommend; it is amazing and you can tell that they really put in a lot of effort to create a good audio experience for the player

Neutral
± ... one of the puzzles was giving me trouble and I couldn't get past it for a good 20 minutes. Lack of instructions wasn't too helpful (no kidding), but I eventually got through it

Con
- The game is extremely short. Even after playing the 2nd half of the game - Ink's Story - I still ended up with a completion time of under 4 hours. So I would recommend only getting this game once it's bundled or under $2.00
- I know this is steampunk, but some of the items felt really out of place, especially for the time period. It's like they attempted to fit the 1600s in with some 2010 elements. I can't remember what item I saw (it was during a hidden object scene), but it made me question the time frame; there were actually a few items

While on your mission to save Dr. Ink and the whole town from thheir demise, you will uncover a beautifully told story, wonderful adventures, and stunning graphics. Give it a good go, and Clockwork Tales: Of Glass and Ink will most definitely not disappoint.

Overall:
8/10
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6.6 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 16 december 2015
a casual WWII steampunk game and just like the rest of the games from the same devs good puzzles nice music no glitches or bugs easy achievements and good cards , the only thing that i didnt like compare to the other games from Artifex Mundi it's the story , too short and it feels rushed no much explanations like why the bad guy is a bad guy ?!!! anyway its still a good game give it a try ;)
7/10
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8.3 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 7 november 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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5.3 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 28 april 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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4.9 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 6 september 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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9.8 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 21 april 2015
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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3.0 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 29 november 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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6.0 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 14 mei 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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19 van de 21 mensen (90%) vonden deze recensie nuttig
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6.2 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 16 november 2014
Simply put, this is the best hidden object game I've ever played. Consuming plot that totally sweeps you in. Moderate challenge even on the easy setting. Complete gold of the point an click genre.
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17 van de 19 mensen (89%) vonden deze recensie nuttig
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4.9 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 25 april 2014
An interesting game of finding objects/ adventure (point and click). The puzzles are easy and serve merely as a way to access the story (which is pretty good). The puzzles are mostly fun, though as stated above they are easy, but some of the find missions (especially at one point towards the end) were a little frustrating, as the picture list at the bottom of the screen for what needs to be found is really too small (unless I missed a way to enlarge them). The game is really short, although I have not completed the extra level that comes with the Collector's Edition, the main part lasted a few hours (I have to go back to find one steam-bug, there seems to be one in each illustrated background). One thing I didn't like was the fact that you can not combine items, but rather must use them in the correct order at the right spot. If you are looking for a fun little story in an interesting package you might enjoy this. Also, it has three levels of difficulty (some penalize you for incorrect matches in the find part of the game), and a hint function that I can't comment on since I didn't use it.
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11.2 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 26 april 2014
You defeat an evil German steampunk engineer in this casual hand-drawn hidden-object adventure lasting approximately 4 hours, with the "collector's edition" bonus chapter adding another hour.

The writing and voice-acting is competent if not exciting, the gameplay is linear to the point of having items in the scene disabled whose time has not yet come, there's an extensive help system: on easy, the map is marked where you need to be to progress in the story, and n the scenes there are golden sparkles on the puzzle you need to solve next. There are a few manipulation puzzles and some hidden object puzzles, and they're all fairly small and well integrated into the storyline: for example, with the hidden objects, you are always looking for something (or parts to something) that you'll need to progress in the storyline. I especially liked the dollhouse puzzle: 4 puppets in a dollhouse are looking for pairs of objects, and once you find the objects, you see a small animation where the dolls actually use them - very satisfying.

The storyline has voiceovers, the hints do not: I'd recommend the game for anyone age 6 and up if they can read or have someone who can help them if they get stuck (but with the hint system, that should hardly happen). Also, if you ever wanted your very own steambug collection or find the recipe for the Steam Horse drink ("I'd give up my helmet for a Steam Horse!"), this game might be for you.

The included bonus prequel is about an hour, with the professor in the village using the bits that you could look at, but not use, in the main game.

Some small gripes like light beams colliding instead of passing through each other or minor inaccuracies in the "evil German" grammar (the German subtitles are very well written!) do not detract from an overall experience that is well crafted, even if it doesn't reach the scope or the immersiveness of a "big" adventure like Machinarium.
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11.3 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 3 augustus 2014
Clockwork Tales: Of Glass and Ink is a point-and-click puzzle game which pays homage to deceased Polish author Jan Brzechwa's series of stories surrounding Pan Kleks/Mr. Inkblot. Developed by Artifex Mundi, it was originally released in August of 2013, and put onto Steam in April of 2014, with achievements and trading cards. The game itself follows Evangeline Glass as she tries to help her mentor and friend, Dr. Ambrose Ink, investigate a series of increasingly violent tremors rocking the planet and seemingly originating in the nestled burg of Hochwald. After his abduction early on, it falls entirely to Evangeline to not only solve the mystery surrounding the quakes and save Hochwald, but rescue Ink from his captors.

The premise is interesting, and to its credit, more involved than a lot of hidden object games, but not quite up to snuff for me. The characters are flat and lacking nuance, the plot as a whole is predictable, and while the environment and all the build up hints at a great backstory and lore that could have been explored and exposited, it all remains veiled in mystery. There's no elaboration about the world the characters live in, how its technology works, or even how our main ensemble got to where they are in their lives; everything is left entirely up to our own interpretation. While that can work well when you're at least given breadcrumbs to go off of, we aren't, and I feel the game suffers as a result. I can't really claim that the game is meant to be played with previous knowledge of the Pan Kleks stories, either, seeing as they aren't mentioned anywhere within the game as a source of inspiration — something that I can't dismiss as being a bit of an odd exclusion.

The goal is outlined fairly early on, and doesn't change at any point thereafter. The ending felt incredibly rushed, and didn't leave me satisfied that things had been finished at all. The dénouement as a whole was fairly lackluster — the final cinematic runs is an expository narrative about how things were all wrapped up off camera after doing the final few clicks, clocking in at less than two minutes long to do so. It came off more as a segue to more story than a resolution, or even a cliffhanger for a sequel.

Gameplay is, of course, looking around and clicking things. While primarily presented as a hidden object game, and indeed offering such as its main minigame challenge, the selection of puzzles is surprisingly diverse. Nonograms, jigsaws, sliding blocks, labyrinths, object interactions, trick locks and associated puzzle boxes… More than a few varieties make an appearance, and can pose a decent challenge depending on your familiarity with each. There are, however, skip options for every puzzle, allowing you to bypass them completely by simply idling for a bit.

Finishing the main story will likely only take you a few hours, with the bonus chapter taking much less. Due to the linear progression and lack of variance in how to move forward, the game has fairly little replayability, but the initial experience can be quite fun. Once you finish a mode, you must play through it again entirely if you want to return to a specific point, as each individual zone of the game is walled of from returning to the previous; the downside to this is that having to go through the game again, as in the event that you miss a Steambug, can be more of a chore than anything else. A post-finish stage selection option would have been quite appreciated for this.

Visually, the game has a virtual painterly aesthetic, with fade-between transitions for a majority of background animations. During cut scenes, speaking characters have their facial expressions smudged about to convey emotion and communication, while the rest of the scene remains static or animated using the fade-between method. Although the smudging effect is one of the more high quality examples I have seen, the lack of use on anything other than the characters' primary features can be a bit jarring, primarily at times when their heads should be moving as well. I would have liked to see the effect used on more areas of the game than it was, as it could have added to give the game a bit of individuality.

Musically, the soundtrack is quite enjoyable; I had no complaints. I particularly liked the track that plays during the nonogram puzzles, although it only makes a single appearance toward the end. Unfortunately, the tracks listed in the Extras menu are not the full selection, and checking the installation directory doesn't offer the raw files, forcing one to pursue other venues to listen to everything on the fly.

The voice work varies between decent and hilariously bad, usually landing somewhere in the middle. A few characters sound absolutely ridiculous, while others are very pleasing to the ears. You can disable voice acting entirely in the options menu, should you so desire.

I encountered no sequence breaking opportunities or unwinnable situations while playing, but I didn't attempt to induce them, either. I did experience a rather annoying issue where the Spy Master achievement didn't go through during my initial Expert run, despite having kept the game set to Expert throughout the entire session.

While the difficulty settings speak of some sort of penalty for misclicks in hidden object puzzles, I was still able to click about at random on both Advanced and Expert and not have it affect anything. I'm not entirely sure if I'm unique in that regard, or if it's simply an aspect that was never implemented. If you're hunting for achievements, and with this in mind, I'd set it to Expert right away so you can get the Spy Master achievement on your first playthrough. The game isn't hard enough nor punishing enough to truly make doing so pose much of an issue, especially if you're accustomed to games of this genre or are willing to utilize the skip function.

The store page is a bit deceptive. You have no control over the glider section, it happens entirely as a cut scene; there's no combat action to the game, as “monster battles” and “defeating mechanical creatures” implies (this action is done entirely via puzzle-solving, and only occurs once); and there are 16 achievements both in-game and on Steam, not 9. The game is very much of the go-at-your-leisure variety, with no timed puzzles or direct fighting involved. These are fairly minor discrepancies, but still a bit misleading as to what one can expect.

As a whole, I would recommend the game to fans of the genre, and those looking for an introduction to point-and-clicks without too extreme a difficulty. The standard asking prices in several currencies are $7.99 USD and AUD, 6.49€, 5.99£, R$ 13,99, and 189 RUB. By comparison as of August 2014, the game is cheapest in RUB. As is par for the course with Steam games, I would recommend getting it while on sale or in a bundle, unless you're a diehard fan of games like it.
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6.1 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 5 juni 2015
Game Menu Option: Two section – Volume and Miscellaneous settings. The volume section has the following: Music and Sound. The miscellaneous section has the following: Custom Cursor, Voice Overs, Difficulty Mode and Full Screen. Wide Screen is automatically supported in the game.

Game Difficulty Modes: Three game difficulty modes – Casual, Advanced and Expert.

Cinematic/Dialogues: All cinematic scenes can be skipped if you do not want to watch them. They can be watch over again under the cutscene section the extras. There is an option for skipping the entire dialogue scene without having sit through it.

Voiceovers: Nothing much can be said about the voice overs asides from that they are well done.

Game Music/Sounds: Nothing much can be said about the music/sounds asides from that they fit well with the game.

Game Graphics: Nothing much can be said about the graphics asides from that they are nicely drawn with a painted feel to them.

Inventory Panel: There is a lock option for the inventory panel. Easy access for the items that are collected in the game.

Notebook: Two sections – Map and Objectives.

Map: The map interactive with useful indicators; map icons/markers. The legend on the map explains the function for each of the map icons. The ability to fast travel to another location and back.

Hidden Object Gameplay: Fragmented items, Traditional word lists, Shadow items with some and/or no interaction required. Most of the hidden object scenes can be replayed in the hidden object section in the extras.

Puzzle Gameplay: Most of the puzzles are fairly easy to solve. Some puzzles has extra puzzles in them to solve. There is a skip button if the puzzle(s) becomes too tasking to solve. Most of the puzzles can be replayed in the puzzle section in the extras.

Game Helper: A steampunk mechanical bird helper called Matthew that can carry out certain tasks that the players can’t complete themselves. Like retrieving items that are out of reach.

Game Ending: There is an ending for the main portion of the game. The bonus chapter is the pre-sequel to the main portion of the game.

Game Achievements: In game and Steam. There are total of 19 different achievements to earn throughout the game. Each of the achievements has certain requirements before they’re obtained.

Game Collectables: Steambug collection – 11 Hochwald & Underground; 8 Castle. 30 steambugs in total.

Game Concept Art/Wallpapers: 6 concept art and 12 wallpapers.

Game Soundtrack: 6 soundtracks from the game.

Game Length: There are eight chapters in the main portion of the game. The bonus chapter portion of the game mostly likely to have at least two chapters the most.

Game Trading Card/Badge: This a special feature only available in the Steam’s version of the game. The game drops three different trading cards only once and the rest of the cards: Community Market, Booster Packs and Trading. The game badge can be crafted after having all the card in the inventory then it can be upgraded four more times.
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8 van de 8 mensen (100%) vonden deze recensie nuttig
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9.6 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 13 augustus 2015
The good: Enjoyable ambient sounds, voices, and music. Has a fairly good art style; more light fantasy steampunk for most of the game (as opposed to some of the dark gritty steampunk types you can find). You can turn the visual hints for puzzles on or off depending on the difficulty. Some of the puzzles are challenging, and the hidden objects puzzles are fun (although on the easy side).

The bad: It's rather short (I have 10 hours on record, but most of that is because I walked off to get lunch and stayed away from my computer and forgot to exit out of the game). The game takes certain tools out of your inventory once you use them; I guess it's not uncommon with this type of game, but I find it really annoying when I have to go hunt down another tool to do a job when I just had one that could have worked and it was taken away because reasons.

General info: Gameplay is a linear point-and-click story with logic/hidden object puzzles thrown in every so often. The story is a little cliché, but otherwise ok.

Overall: If you like point-and-click puzzlers or hidden object games, this is a fun little afternoon jaunt; I would recommend it.

System Specs Used: Intel Core i7-3610QM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 670M / 3GB GDDR5, DDRIII 12GB RAM, Windows 7
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9 van de 11 mensen (82%) vonden deze recensie nuttig
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8.9 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 14 december 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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