Enter an enchanting world of legends and magic, where your destiny was written in blood and whispers of true love.
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Release Date: Feb 25, 2014

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"One of the best titles that Artifex Mundi has to offer. Highly recommneded for HOGs or Artifex universe newcomers for its simplicity and beauty."
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April 17

Mind Snares: Alice’s Journey is coming to Steam!



Get ready for the mature adventure game with elements of the surreal, psychological thriller and horror genres that will send shivers down your spine!

Help Alice to defeat the mysterious Shadow that keeps her trapped in his ominous, psychedelic dream land for unknown reasons.

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March 23

Grim Legends 2: Song of the Dark Swan on Steam!



The second chapter of the legendary series from Artifex Mundi comes to Steam.

Grim Legends 2: Song of the Dark Swan will be available 26 March with 40% off to celebrate the premiere.

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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...

Features

  • 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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.6.8
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.6.8
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 (32/64bit)
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 (32/64bit)
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
35 of 35 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
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:

Animation

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.

Wrinkles

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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17 of 17 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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride is a great Hidden Object adventure game. The game is a mystery plot where the story is driven forwards by object puzzles. Most of the objects are found on the various screens of the worlds, but for others you will need to solve a puzzle or find hidden objects.
The art is high quality and it is accompanied by a relaxing soundtrack. All dialogue is voice acted, and I have no complaints about any of the voice actors.

What makes Grim Legends stand out from other HO games are two things: first, the developer has made it so that every puzzle can be bypassed: either by using the hint/skip button, or by solving a domino slide puzzle instead of the object searching.
Secondly, during the main story you get a cat companion that helps you solve the puzzles. The cat is nearly always present on the toolbar and actually climbs out to enter the game world, which is a fun and pretty unique concept.

Highly recommended to all hidden object game fans.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
Yet another great hidden object adventure game by Artifex Mundi. Here you find yourself going to your sister's wedding where your adventure takes you on a path to save your sister from her cursed demonic fiancee. The graphics are beautiful, the puzzles varied, and the hidden object scenes are typical of this company, detailed, sneaky and perfectly done. There may be times that you might find yourself stuck, I found this to be one of the toughest games thus far from this company, but you won't be disappointed in the story/game. Well worth the time and expense.

For the sake of achievements, know that getting the puzzle and hidden object scene without hints achievement requires you to do both the main game and the bonus game that appears once you beat the main game. Also, this is the same for the domino achievement. In order to get these, you must play both.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
This is easily the best hidden object adventure I've ever played in terms of production quality. The quality of the visuals, music and voice acting are both superb for the genre (I was especially amazed by the smooth, but still painted-looking animations.) The game brings all the features of modern HO games, map, hints, selectable difficulty level, easy puzzles, lots of achievements and collectables and an alternative for HO scenes (in this game it's domino).

The plot is good too for the genre, not too blatantly obvious, though not that surprising either. I liked how it's not about a guy saving a love interest, but a woman trying to save her sister. And I loved the ending a lot! The focus was different than most HO games I've played.

In the first half of the game instead of word-list HO scenes, the player has to combine items based on images. I haven't met with this type of HO scene before, it was refreshing after the endless word-lists of other games.

The only thing I kinda missed is the feature they had in 'SEASON OF MYSTERY: The Cherry Blossom Murders' where if you click on an object in a HO scene, it shows the item's silhouette.

There were some genre-typical ridiculous elements, like having to light up a torch with a ray of focused light in a multi-step puzzle, next to a field of dozens of candles. Also having to be basically a cleptomaniac and steal quite a few things from your innocent neighbours. (I had to steal a candle, a crochet needle, a fan and a teacup from the same windowsill throughout the game + even had to cut off a piece of their curtain ^^;; )

PS: That kitten helper is the cutest thing ever :D
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
Long have I been away from my family and the village of my youth. But the news of my sister's impending marriage speeds my return and fills me with utter joy. The journey home is not without its perils and I find myself tossed, dirty, and disheveled upon my eventual arrival. But no matter, for upon seeing my sister's face brimming with such happiness all else is forgotten.

Would that this joyous reunion had stayed just that! For dark things lurk in the forest and intrude on the happiness of all. Nothing is as it seems and moonlight can play tricks on even the sharpest of eyes. How far will I go to rescue the ones I love? To the very bottom of the Abyss and back if I must!

Artifex Mundi has created yet another outstanding gem for its crown of games. The story is beautifully told through compelling characters, gorgeous artwork, and melodic melodies. Everything about this mystery is well done, flows, and is ultimately satisfying.




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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
A great Point-and-Click adventure with a decent story. A shame games like these are quite rare nowadays.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
I liked this game a lot! The artwork and animations is beautiful and I really like the soundtrack. The story was fun and engaging. The characters voices gave the game a nice touch. And I absolutely loved the little animated kitty!

This game is a Hidden Objects game, based around a story of two sisters. It involves different environments (scenes) where you look for items to help you to the next step of the story. There is a lot of mini games to, like puzzle solving, hidden objects and domino. The kitty I mentioned before is a very useful companion that will help you find/acquire items by leaving its place at the toolbar and climbing in to the game. You can use hints and even skip puzzles if you want to. There is achievements to complete. You can choose from three different difficulty levels.

I recommend this game, it was my first Hidden Objects game that I bought on Steam and I will definitely be buying more games like this one!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
The more Artifex Mundi games I play, the more I like them; I've played hidden object games for years, browser based and for PC and the quality Artifex put into their games really can't be ignored.
Anyway, enough of the developer ♥♥♥♥ licking, onto the pros and cons!

Pros
  • Music: Usually I'll play games like these on silent so I can listen to music/video in the background, but I found with this game I wanted to listen it. The music is beautifully atmospheric and I found myself surprised that a point and click hidden object game had better music than some AAA titles.
  • Graphics: This game looks stunning for what it is. Everything is vividly coloured and the scenes are a pleasure to take in. Yeah, the graphics aren't fantastic, but it's a point and click game, and it makes an extra effort to look pretty.
  • Storyline: The storyline picks up fast and features a short interactive sequence after the first cutscene to get to grips with how everything works, there's no faffing around getting in to the plot. I will also shamelessly admit that a couple of scenes had me getting a bit teary-eyed, so I can't complain a jot about the story-telling (however I'm a hormonal mess at the best of times, so just bare that in mind :D).
  • Difficulty settings: The game features three different difficulty modes with varying downsides, a bonus if you like a bit of punishment in the brain department.
  • Map travel: Like other Artifex Mundi games, you can quick travel using the map, which saves you a hell of a lot of time. On easier difficulty modes you can also see which areas have actions available which is a good help when you've been scouring every inch of every screen for a while!
  • Achievements: The game features a good amount of achievements which are relatively easy to accomplish (most coming from the natural progression of the storyline), making this game a good buy for people who like to 100% things.
  • Extra game: You get access to an extra, short game called The Abyss following the completion of the main story. What it lacks in duration it more than makes up for in content and boasts a couple extra achievements for those interested.

Cons
  • Game interface: The UI can get a bit irritating at times, namely the massive bar that pops up at the top of the screen when you interact with things. When on the hidden object parts, clicking an interactive object before you have the corresponding piece will block off a chunk of the top of the screen. It can also feel a bit cluttered at times because of this. Not a massive issue, though when going for the timed achievements (such as getting x number of hidden objects within x seconds) it can be a bit of a hinderance.
  • Footsteps: This was the single most annoying thing in the entire game for me, which is silly in hindsight because it's such a small issue. Basically, whenever you move from scene to scene, you hear your character's footsteps. When you consider moving from room to room fairly quickly it grates - though this could just be me.
  • Buttons: This is again to do with the UI, but a different issue. There's a few buttons at the bottom of the screen that let you click to see how many bonus hidden objects you've found (in this game it's fairies and out of place items, in a few Artifex Mundi games it's been seahorses and the like), however it's right next to the map button, which means you can accidentally hit the wrong button. Again, this is more of a pet peeve for me, especially when I did it four times in a row (lel).
  • Voice and text: Unfortunately there are a few typos in the game, mainly missed words as opposed to spelling errors. There are some discrepancies between what is written and what the characters say. While it's a small error it's one I feel diminishes just how well made this game is.

Minor issues/mentions
The voice acting can be a bit wonky at times, I remember a couple of scenes where it sounded like the voice actor had never heard a particular word they were saying. However the majority of the game features great voice acting.
Some interactive areas were a little too big, meaning you'd end up clicking the same place again thinking it was somewhere different due to the distance from the object on the screen.
The little kitty follower you get early on is definitely a major highlight of the game, I never tired of seeing it drag it's cute little butt over the UI to help me out.
I also swore blind one of the voice actors was the guy who played Randy in Trailer Park Boys, certainly made those scenes more enjoyable.

Overall I loved this game, it's of a length that you can replay it without taking too much time out of your day. It's easy to get into and even when you've left the game for a while you can easily pick it back up.
I'd recommend it to anyone, especially when you consider the price tag.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
16.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
Best role playing game I EVER played. I'm not really into role playing games. Where you look for things and read ALLL the time. This game gives you a real good challenge. It gets them wheels rolling in your head.

9.5/10
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
Good point and click hidden object. Slightly cheesy though. Get it cheep.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
Grim Legends is very fun and a great HO games I have played .Great story to make you want to play over and over. I was very pleased how well the Art work and game play. It also not all about HO it has other stuff as well too look forward to seeing .. I give this game a 10/10 . It very satisficing to play...and I hope more people enjoy playing it as well...
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
Great hidden object game, one of the good ones. A true fairy tale feeling, lots of animated cut scenes make it a good adventure game as well. Looks amazing and the expert mode was fun, casual play.

Double love for having a cat, got to love a animated companion that purrrs.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
Another Artifex Mundi gem! Game features beatiful visuals, great soundtrack, and well done voice acting.
Gameplay is varied and challenging. You have a story with an objective, which is accomplished via hidden objects, puzzles, and tasks. There are plenty of extras too, such as unlockables, achievements, and a bonus chapter.

Recommended for anyone who enjoys a high quality hidden object/adventure game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
A must have for cat lovers. The kitty is too cute. This is a hidden object game but also a good adventure. It has a good mixture of puzzles, an interesting story and there should be more games with cute cats.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
Not too long, but good for a solid day's fun. Great for fans of classic point-and-click adventure games.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
The artwork is beautiful and the storyline in interesting.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride is a hidden object adventure game by Artifex Mundi. Most of the Artifex Mundi games on Steam are hidden object games, and all of the ones I've played have been of very high quality. But when I started playing The Forsaken Bride, I knew it was something special.

First, lets talk about the gameplay. The hidden object scenes and puzzles are basically the same as any other Artifex Mundi game. Items are collected or created through hidden object scenes, and are also collected through exploration of the world. You explore and interact with the world using items you collect, and some of these items are used in various puzzle games. Many puzzle games are similar to those found in other Artifex Mundi games, but I found the ones in The Forsaken Bride to be more refined, varied and challenging.

I've always found the atmosphere and music to be phenomenal when it comes to Artifex Mundi games, and The Forsaken Bride is no exception. In addition, I found the artwork to be hauntingly beautiful.

What stood out to me most was the story. The execution was nearly flawless, and there was a depth and subtle intricacy that I had not found in previous Artifex Mundi games. That's not to say that the stories in other Artifex Mundi games are bad (they're actually quite good), but the story in The Forsaken Bride is truly a step above the rest.

The Forsaken Bride is the best hidden object game I've yet played, and may very well be the best Artifex Mundi game to date.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
great game
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
A decent game for fans of the genre, so I'll give it a thumbs up, but it lacks the polish of the best Artifex Mundi games. If you haven't already played them, I would recommend getting Enigmatis: The Mists of Ravenwood or Clockwork Tales: Of Glass and Ink before buying Grim Legends. I did enjoy it enough to play all the way through in one sitting, though.
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