Enter an enchanting world of legends and magic, where your destiny was written in blood and whispers of true love.
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About This Game

Enter an enchanting world of legends and magic, filled with gloomy forests, forbidden temples, and abandoned castles; a realm of dark secrets, where your destiny was written long before your birth...

Within the shadow of an ancient forest, on the bottom of a foggy valley, stands the lonely village of Ravenbrook. The folk there are cheerful and diligent, yet warily superstitious. They surround the village with countless charms to keep the evil spirits at bay, for on the other side of the forest, there lies a seemingly bottomless pit, known as the Abyss. It is the place the villagers of Ravenbrook fear most...

On this night, a young woman is returning home for her twin sister’s wedding. The sisters haven’t seen each other in years. Yet the invitation was strange, almost as if someone else wrote it, other than her twin. But still she comes, ignorant of the danger that awaits...

For just before the wedding, amidst the happiness and reverie, a stranger arrived in Ravenbrook...


  • Thrilling story, full of intrigue and adventure
  • Fuzzy sidekick – the cutest kitty helper you’ve ever met
  • 24 versatile mini-games and 14 hidden object scenes
  • 38 beautiful, hand-painted locations
  • 11 intriguing characters with different passions and dark secrets
  • The Book of Elusive Objects tells the story of local legend
  • Collect 30 Spirits of the Forest for your Faerie Meadow
  • Additional, intriguing story
  • 24 achievements to unlock

System Requirements

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    • 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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
I've been getting bored with Hidden Object Games - I'm playing a lot of them lately, thanks to crazy busy work and rehearsal schedules that leave me beat, inattentive, and on strange and jarring hours. The last few have seemed underwhelming: oh, another of these kinds of puzzles, oh, another gate to open in arcane, intricate, and unlikely ways. Find a way to paint this blue, find something to feed the cat. Ho-hum. They've never been my favorite games, but had I reached saturation?

Happy to report that I've just been playing the wrong ones, doing time-idlers rather than the best of the bunch. This fairy-tale HOG is a primo Artifex Mundi mainstay, and it's just terrific: cleverly drawn, carefully built, thoughtfully paced, and overall a great example of the difference a strong spark of creativity makes.

There's nothing wildly different about the game format: you're traveling to your sister's pastoral wedding when your cart is run off the road (oops), and when you make it to the celebration everything goes to blazes when a giant bear races in, kidnaps your sister (bears do that, right?) and sends you off on a rescue mission through forest, swamp, castle, tunnel, town, chasm, and floaty weird dimension.

The quality of storytelling, however, makes all the difference, and this game kept and pleasured my attentions. It isn't wildly difficult or anything, but it all feels good. Even the extras are entertaining: as this is a Collectors' Edition, there are tricky objects and hidden spirit sprites to collect, which means I had to do a second play-through because I'm never tricksy enough the first time.

I left one achievement unclaimed; each hidden-object puzzle lets you play a domino game if you'd prefer, and one achievement is for beating a domino game in under a minute. My domino speed-skills are not so refined. In any case, the HO puzzles are the best kind, with unique assets placed more or less sensibly given the context of the scene and a sense of general fairness (no objects hidden in darkness, and so forth).

Finding all of the sneaky objects completes a narrated backstory volume, and the bonus chapter is not as sharp in focus as the main game but isn't as frivolous as bonus chapters tend to be. Also, there's a cute cat companion who will do a couple of kitten-things that you can't do if you ask it.

Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride is a welcome reminder that when they do their best work, Artifex Mundi aces the competition, and keeps a busy fellow happily entertained for hours.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
+ great graphics,
+ quite long for a HOG,
+ not too easy puzzles

- hilarious CGI characters in cutscenes

It's the first installment of the "Grim Legends" HOG series, would definitely recommend it!
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82 of 86 people (95%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 5, 2015
I don't normally bother reviewing every HOG I play, as they are pretty similar and existing reviews tend to hit the points people tend to want to know.

But I realized that I hadn't reviewed an Artifex Mundi title before, so now is as good a time as any to correct that.

Artifex Mundi is, at least on Steam, basically the state of the art of the HOG.

What's a HOG? Basically a "light" "point and click" adventure game characterized by hidden object scenes where you must find objects from a list.

Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride, the newest title of theirs I've played so far, represents striking production values.

Forsaken Bride hits upon all the key points that HOG players look for - pleasing art, a reasonably engaging story, astutely placed items in hidden item scenes, a mix of not too difficult puzzles, ample handholding for those that need it - and takes it even further:


This title is highly animated compared to typical HOGs. Most scenes have moving/wiggling elements - people, vegetation, weather, etc. This makes the game feel much more "alive", rather than just a slideshow.

The numerous cutscenes are also quite well made.

Little Helper

In addition to using items from your inventory to solve puzzles and progress, sometimes you need assistance from... a kitten.

Yep, that's right. A kitten.

Really, it's quite a cheap trick to put a cute kitten into the game, but, of course, it works. Who can argue with a kitten?

Most of the time, the kitten sits quietly in the corner of your interface, but, sometimes, you can "use" the kitten like an inventory object to solve a particular situation. Sometimes the kitten starts meowing as a hint that he can be of assistance.

Every time this happens, you are treated to an animation of the kitten interacting with the scene.

Elusive Objects

This title has a feature I hadn't seen before. In addition to the more common trope of looking for a type of object (in this case, faeries) across all scenes (in this case, "regular", not HO scenes), you can also optionally find "elusive objects".

Elusive objects are basically objects that... do not quite belong. They also are not constantly present, instead appearing and disappearing at intervals.

This makes for a welcome change from the typical kind of object hunting. The visual challenge here is distinct - look for something that does not belong/was not there before.

This proves a quite difficult challenge, but the game helps you by indicating when a scene contains an elusive object.

These elusive objects, when found, fit into the illustrations of pages of an optional storybook. When you find all 3 objects on a page, you are treated with a small cutscene.

These pages also serve as another hint for what you are looking for - you can see the outline of the object in the illustration.


In an effort to be balanced, I'll mention a few things that were perhaps not as good as they could be:

* The character art is at times a bit awkward (but the voice acting is quite good). Faces especially sometimes come off as unintentionally "creepy".
* A few puzzles are unintuitive and not as well indicated as they could be (e.g. having to construct a water sprayer to put out a lantern), but this is not unusual for games of this type and is a very minor complaint.

Artifex Mundi

Artifex Mundi develops and publishes high quality HOGs. I've yet to be disappointed by one of their titles, so this recommendation can basically be taken to extend to the rest of their titles - I won't bother writing a review for each one.

For achievement hunters, these titles tend to take about 10-15 hours to 100% without a walkthrough, usually(?) requiring two playthroughs.
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42 of 44 people (95%) found this review helpful
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
By each new game that I'm playing from Artifex Mundi, I could swear that I won't be surprised by anything that they'd be throwing my corner anymore. We know what we are getting ourselves into after this point. Amazing artwork, an engaging story and an exceedingly well gameplay for the HOG genre. But here I am, smiling peculiarly, thanks to the fact that Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride embraces my favorite setting and concept to tell a tale ever: folktales.

In a nameless forest of Middle Eastern Europe, a young nameless girl clad in a simple hood runs - alone and frustrated - in a dreary rain. As she runs desperately, she asks out loud, as if expecting a possible answer: "Why did you leave me? How could you do it?" She runs towards a gruesome tree, sitting atop a jagged cliff. She keeps on with her soliloquy as she keeps climbing towards the top, looking over the bottomless chasm: "All your professions of love! All your promises..." As she reaches the top of the tree, she removes a beautiful emerald ring from her slender finger as she sheds one more tear. "They were all lies!"...and she throws the ring to the chasm with all her broken might, as she utters a final damnation for the one who broke her innocent heart: "Curse you and your heartless kin!"

25 years after the fateful event, we take the role of a young woman in a journey towards the village of Haugwitz with her father in a silent evening. Our twin sister Lilly will be marrying to a handsome young man soon, and we are trying to arrive in time for the wedding. As we manage to reach after bit of a trouble and hope for Lilly's smiling face, the warmth of an inn and maybe getting to know the groom a bit better - not necessarily in that order - a dire bear attacks the village and kidnaps our sister before our very eyes! With the young groom who seems eager to play the hero, we venture out into the forest to get out sister back safe and sound. What dreadful business is this? Who is a friend, and who is a foe? More importantly, who is our family?

Okay, I'm not usually in the habit of telling the introduction scene of HOGs this elaborately in my reviews, but for one reason or the other, this story and its opening scene really got me. It is desperate, reckless and dangerous - gothic in a romantic way; and maybe just the right amount of eerie to make out a wondrous folktale! Artifex Mundi goes forward to craft a beautiful game worthy of its reputation: gorgeous artwork, enchanting color palette and authentic cultural anecdotes combined into a wonderful setting for this first instalment of Grim Legends series. Every single scene is wallpaper quality, I tell you! Added decent enough voice acting and sorrowful soundtrack, the game presents high quality atmosphere for a HOG.

Hidden object scenes are various and quite enjoyable with a domino gameplay alternative if you get bored. Puzzles are interesting, yet not really challenging. Interactive map is there, but you won't be needing it a lot since the backtracking is little to none. Gameplay is really story oriented in this one, so you keep moving according the plot anyhow. You'll be needing at least 2 playthroughs to collect all achievements - one for HOG scenes, one for domino completions - and over all, the game presents you 6-8 hours of play time - including a bonus chapter for your enjoyment.

You can grab Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride with peace of mind to experience a beautiful and simple adventure. It's nothing complicated and the ending isn't anything miraculous, but I strongly recommend this one if you enjoy the genre or would like to try just for the sake of beautiful artworks. You are welcome!

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31 of 32 people (97%) found this review helpful
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 22, 2014
Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride is a high quality adventure/hidden object game with a large variety of puzzles, much moreso than many games in the genre. There are also many hidden collectibles and extra features in the Collector's Edition. The artwork is colorful and interesting. The story is solid as well. It takes about 4-5 hours to beat the game, though you would need to beat it twice to collect all of the achievements.
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26 of 26 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 6, 2015
Reviewing hidden object games (henceforth referred to as HOGs for convenience’s sake), especially those by prolific developer Artifex Mundi, has become a bigger and bigger challenge for me the more I play through. It’s a genre that doesn’t really need to differ dramatically from game to game (most people come to HOGs for a very specific sort of game, after all), but due to this similarity it’s hard to know what is really worth talking about as one review can typically serve as a blanket recommendation for a particular developer.

And yet I continue to review Artifex Mundi’s games because time and again I’ve been surprised at how they’ve managed to diversify their portfolio with HOGs which feel distinct from one another. Each of their games has also managed to incrementally build upon the previous one, creating a sense of continual improvement without being required to introduce any radical changes to a formula that is clearly working (if my count is correct this makes my fifth review of an Artifex Mundi game).

With this in mind, Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride is a bit of an odd one out. It’s perhaps the most forgettable Artifex Mundi game I’ve yet played (being barely edged out by the first Nightmares of the Deep), but also one of the most ambitious. The narrative for instance is the most layered and complex of any of Artifex Mundi’s games, taking place over a large timeline and even managing to catch me off guard with a few of its twists. That doesn’t make the plot any good, in fact it has largely fallen apart by the end in through a last-ditch effort to justify some of the symbolism seen throughout the game, but I can still appreciate Artifex Mundi attempting to provide a greater substance to their cliché ridden narratives and perhaps with a few more attempts will get closer to something legitimately compelling.

Grim Legends other notable contribution is your kitten companion you meet early on. Aside from being absolutely adorable she acts as a helper for certain puzzles in the game, which is a nice change from having to jury-rig random items together all the time. I was disappointed however with how rarely my feline friend actually got to do anything, typically being required to sit and be cute in the corner of the screen even when it would make sense for her to help out. I legitimately forgot numerous times she was even usable for puzzle solving because it was so infrequent a solution utilizing her actually worked. Hopefully animal companions (or whatever fits for a specific game) is a returning feature for Artifex Mundi games going forward and will be given a larger part that actually justifies their inclusion.

One of the weirdest things about Grim Legends is how it can look incredible during normal gameplay, but every cutscene is a horrendously compressed mess of muddy textures. Perhaps the difference was just closer before, but I can’t recall any of Artifex Mundi’s previous games having such jarring transitions and they became a continual blight on an otherwise extremely pretty game. On the plus side character models have almost made it out of the uncanny valley, though voice acting is still all over the place, unaided by a few grammatical errors which made it into both the spoken and written script.

I say it every time it seems as if I’m heavily criticizing an Artifex Mundi game, but it’s worth noting again that whatever my disappointment with a specific game may be, I’ve still yet to actually dislike anything they’ve put out. I can certainly point to my favorites, but unless you’re predisposed to dislike HOGs you really can’t go wrong with any of their games, Grim Legends included. I suppose then my reviews or their work is less general buying advice and more a quick rundown of where a particular game fits on the arbitrary leaderboard inside my head. In that sense this isn’t very high on the list, but what it tries and fails to do is encouraging enough to make it a worthwhile stepping stone to better things to come.

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32 of 38 people (84%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 21, 2014
So far so good.

The cut scenes are animated in much better fashion than most games of this genre. So far the story is not as cloyingly sweet as it could be, and the puzzles have been varied. There are 3 difficulty levels to choose from, so you can make it more challenging if you wish. I'd buy it again.
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24 of 25 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 2, 2015
Relaxing and challenging at the same time

Grim legends: the forsaken bride - Review

"Why did you leave me?! How could you do it?! All your professions of love! All your promises...! They were all lies. Curse you and your heartless kin!"

And so goes the dramatic intro scene of Grim legends: the forsaken bride. Not knowing what I was getting myself into, I bought the game at a discounted price after seeing a very good friend play it. I remember looking at the store page and ridiculing it at first, thinking it was a 'stupid, little game'. Well in essence, it actually is that ... But it is so much fun that I told myself to review it right after completing the game. Now that I did, it is time to talk about what this game has to offer.

First, I'd like to mention that this game probably won't be for everyone. Just like certain puzzle and point & click games, this game is played by a fairly limited amount of people. Not because it is bad, but because it is a very specific genre (that not everyone will like) that is targeted at a certain audience. So please keep that in mind.

This game is specified as a HOG (hidden object game) and as its name implies, you play through the game finding hidden objects so that you can advance your adventure. You play through several scenes (or environments) and have to find objects that you can then use for certain actions, puzzles, hidden object scenes ... This pretty much sums up the gameplay and may not sound very exciting, but it's actually very satisfying. Even little and simple actions and puzzles are fun to do and solve.

The great and calm soundtrack that I hear in the background really makes it a very soothing experience. The story kept me motivated to complete the game, even though it may not have been a unique one. I just loved playing this game inbetween my more 'serious' games and I am grateful that I discovered Artifex Mundi, the creater of amazing HOG's.

I like

+ A story that is not really unique, but still very enjoyable
+ Ok voice acting
+ Great, relaxing soundtrack
+ Really satisfying gameplay
+ Difficulty is just about right
+ Attention to detail
+ Decent length
+ Extra little chapter!
+ Overall fun and engaging experience

I don't like

- /
There's nothing I can think of right now. Maybe that's because this is my first HOG, or maybe that's because AM are amazing developers.


I recommend this to all HOG lovers for 100% and 99% to other people who never played a HOG before. You may end up liking it a lot like I did (and let's be honest, this game is pretty cheap, especially on a sale). I'm looking forward to playing other AM games for sure, hoping they are an experience as amazing as this one (or even better)!
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21 of 21 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2014
I consider Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride to be the best game developed by Artifex Mundi and I can easily state that it might be one of the top 5 games of this genre ever released. Everything about this game is magic: the story, the setting, the design and the music.

But what I liked the most about this game was the addition of a very cute companion that follows you throughout story. It is something different from the Hint system, its sole purpose being to help you solve some of the puzzles.

Apart from the hidden object scenes (which you can alternate with a game of dominoes) there are a lot of other hidden collectibles that appear in the point-and-click scenes; collecting all these will unlock new surprises in the end.

I highly recommend this wonderful game, not only to all the HoG fans out there, but also to anyone that wants to spend 4-5 hours chilling with a casual point-and-click adventure.

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21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
29.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 25, 2014
There's not much I can say that the other reviewers haven't already. I've read through them all and I have to agree. In my opinion, this is an amazing game. Great story, good voice acting, fun puzzles, lots to look for (morphing objects and faerie spirits with very neat leaf wings), the cutest ever cat companion, very nice graphics, better than average music (found myself humming along), and more. One of the testaments of a great game is that you actually look forwards to playing it again to grab the rest of the achievements or try out puzzles you missed the first time around. I just beat the game and, after lunch, I'm starting over on expert and I'm going to enjoy the story all over again. Two thumbs up from me!
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Lillyella Director
5.3 hrs
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The™ Baron
4.6 hrs
Posted: October 3
Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride is another well-put together Artfiex Mundi hidden object game. The CG character models can be pretty bad, but that's hardly the focus here.
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12.4 hrs
Posted: September 30
It's a HOG, what can I say? No crazy innovations, but the animations are nice and the puzzles are just challenging enough to where you have to think a little bit, but aren't too hard to where you're stuck and can't progress.
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8.2 hrs
Posted: September 28
I can't imagine this would disappoint fans of the hidden object genre. It has some nice visual ideas and they've done a good job animating it. There's a good deal of traditional inventory based adventure game puzzles, enough that I'd say the game might appeal to tradtional adventure gamers as well, but it never gets very hard. Besides that, there's lots of stuff to find that isn't necessary unless you want to get 100% achievements, and I like that as well.

The story is okay. I think it might have benefitted from having a bad guy with a more distinct personality and more obvious motive than "the abyss".

What I would like to see would be the ability to choose more difficult versions of the logic puzzles. At one point for instance there is one of the puzzles where you must light up all the streets by placing lights such that they can't see one another. Well, for anyone who has done this puzzle before, the one in the game is a particularly easy version of it. And it is possible to make this sort of puzzle quite difficult. Couldn't there be three versions of each logic puzzle, one for each difficulty? It would just change the set up, not the art and so forth. When hidden object games start doing that I will start buying them.
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Mystic Ceridwen
21.8 hrs
Posted: September 18
I really enjoyed this game, loved the graphics and enjoyed the story that went with it, puzzels were good to did make you think and look for the hidden objects.
I would recommend this game to anyone.
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15.4 hrs
Posted: September 17
Product received for free
This game is the longest game among other Artifex Mundi games I've played.
Or is it just my imagination??

It needs at least 2x gameplay to get 100% achievement, and not just main story, it even needs 2x gameplay of bonus game.
Alternative mini game of HO scene in this game is not mahjong (as other Artifex Mundi game does), but domino.
And it is harder to finish a domino in less than 1 minute, but luckily I got it eventually.

I think the game has less puzzle mini games and has more search and craft things.

Overral enjoyment : 8/10
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14.2 hrs
Posted: September 14
I love this point and clicker! The colors and artwork are beautiful. The voice acting is good and the storyline is fun. I love that they have so many different puzzles in this one, and it never gets repetitive. If you like this genre and puzzle games, get it! :D
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