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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…


  • 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

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SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: 10.6.8
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: 10.6.8
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 (32/64bit)
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 (32/64bit)
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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53 of 55 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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54 of 63 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people 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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39 of 42 people (93%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 6, 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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30 of 33 people (91%) 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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23 of 23 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
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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33 of 41 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 21, 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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26 of 33 people (79%) 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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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 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 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 25, 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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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 26, 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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8.7 hrs
Posted: October 14
Good game
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4.3 hrs
Posted: October 11
One of the best titles of Artifex! I loved this HOG so much, the story was interesting and the puzzles/HO scenes were fantastic. They should really make a second game, it would be awesome.

10/10, I just wished the game story was longer!
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Serenity (anikototh87)
3.1 hrs
Posted: October 9
+ pretty graphics,
+ interesting story,
+ normal playtime for a HOG (main+bonus story takes ~3 hours to complete on expert),
+ lots of achievements

- some puzzles are way too easy
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4.8 hrs
Posted: September 30
19/19 easy achievements in 4-5 hours? Sure!

It's quite easy, but fun while it lasts. Doesn't last long though.
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6.5 hrs
Posted: September 14
"Clockwork Tales: Of Glass and Ink" is a fun, relaxing game that doesn't demand too much concentration. These kinds of Hidden Object games are not normally my cup of tea, but I found myself enjoying the beautifully illustrated environments and the puzzles. The most of the puzzles were pretty simple, but still held my attention. The plot was fairly interesting, but I would have enjoyed a bit more character interactions.
Be aware that this game was really short, so I would recommend buying it when it goes on sale (like I did).
Overall, playing "Clockwork Tales" was a pleasant experience, and I'd be willing to try another game in the series.
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14.0 hrs
Posted: September 12
Very nice steampunk universe & a touch of Hayao Miyazaki.
Story + technically: very cool.
The difficulty is well balanced in all the in-games.
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5.8 hrs
Posted: September 7
Excellent art work
nice story full of mysteries ,, the type I Like
sound and music fit the scenes

GO AND BUY IT if you like HO games

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10.2 hrs
Posted: September 5
The game is okay, but the developers have not the slightest idea of engineering and that's bad for a game whose topic is the above-mentioned.

Logic: 1/10
Graphics: 6/10
Drawings: 6/10
Topic: 8/10
Story: 5/10
Playtime vs. price: 10/10
Sound: 5/10
Difficulty of wimmelpictures too low: 7/10
Difficulty of puzzles ridiculously low: 3/10

Overall: 6/10

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5.7 hrs
Posted: August 31
Product received for free
This was truly a great experience. The art is easy on the eyes, the puzzles are generally challenging and require thought and strategy, the hidden object scenes often featured small interactive bits (moving things or combining objects to find certain objects) and there's a lot of content for a hidden object game. Some of the animations were laughably ridiculous, and some of the voice acting was atrocious, but the main characters' voices were decent, and that's all that really counts in a game like this. I had a lot of fun with this one, I'll revisit it to get the three achievements I'm missing. PS I played my first playthrough on advanced setting, and it felt like a normal difficulty, which makes me curious how expert mode will be.
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1.3 hrs
Posted: August 30
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