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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"Artifex Mundi's most well-rounded and polished game to date."

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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
11 of 11 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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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
Another good Puzzle Hidden Object game from Artifex Mundi !! If you love Puzzle and Hidden Object games look up all of Artifex Mundi's games they are all good even this one to boot !! Good art and storytelling, good voice acting and good puzzles :) So if Hiddin Object and Puzzles are you kind of games ?? GET THIS GAME NOW and any game by Artifex Mundi !!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
Par for the excellent course set by Artifex Mundi's impressive cadre of similar titles. The art is on the high end of the scale, even for AM, the game plays for a fairly long time, and the storyline gets pretty good at the end. The travel between scenes is not too frequent as to be annoying, although the directions and scenes are not terribly distinct, but the overall ability to navigate the environ is fair. The drawbacks are focused primarily on the weak puzzles in the game; not only weak, but frequently exceptionally trivial, arbirtrary, or simplistic. It also kind of ends abruptly, without any satifying closure to the story. There is a bonus content that unlocks at the end of the game, so I presume that contains prologue. Anyhow, I recommend this game without reservation. [ 8 / 10 ]
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
Best role playing game I EVER played. I'm not really into roel 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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
21.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
Very good game. There was different things to do and not just looking for hidden objects. I was surprised that there was a great story and I was really involved in it!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
I'm not usually a big fan of seek and find games but I really enjoyed this one. The story line is engaging and the puzzles are just difficult enough to be fun.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
An OK hidden-object game.

The story is very, very cliché, so much so that the whole world becomes exceedingly boring. Even the extra-colorful graphics won't save you from a trip down the most boring fairy tale ever.

But, I'm in love with the cat. It's a cute mechanic that's done with so much charm that it makes up for the humdrum of the rest.

Otherwise, the hidden-object scenes are quite solid and the puzzles offer casual fun.

I would also like to thank the developer for supporting Linux.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
This is a respectable HOG/adventure hybrid game that will give you several hours of casual fun. Compared to other Artifex Mundi titles, I would rate it on par with "Nightmares of the Deep: The Cursed Heart."

The artwork for both the backgrounds and the puzzles is beautiful, as is expected for an AM game, but some of the character designs and cutscenes were a bit of a letdown. ("I'm going to go change into my wedding dress, that looks just like my normal dress, that looks exactly the same as a third dress hanging in my room...")

The gameplay combines several types of puzzles including:
1. Traditional hidden object screens (clearly denoted by shiny sparkles in casual mode).
2. "I Spy"-style fairy finding. These special sprites appear on almost every close-up location detail screen.
3. Elusive disappearing-reappearing images. These objects blend into the larger location backgrounds and slowly fade in and out of view. Collecting them gives you additional plot background, but they can be tricksome to locate.
4. Classic adventure gaming puzzles. (i.e. Find objects, use/combine with other objects, backtrack everywhere)
5. Recipes. AM loves their crafting worktables.
6. Mini-games. Incredibly easy time-wasters and brainteasers such as interlocking puzzles, tile-swapping, rotating pieces, matching symbols, and general pattern recognition.

They also threw in a cat companion who counts as a special use item, which I found to be a fun little gimmick.

I started on Expert mode, and only got stuck twice (figuring out what to do with the ladder, and figuring out how to light the torch.) Everything else was pretty straightforward. If you are a veteran of the genre, you will most likely be playing on auto-pilot.

My biggest complaint was actually the pacing. They tried to build in a learning curve for new players, but it just makes the start of the game feel very slow and tedious, and the end of the game feel like a flash-round, mini-game gauntlet. This becomes an added issue when some of the achievements are not only time-challenges (like 1-minute dominoes), but can only be earned in story mode. If you miss those achievements on the first playthrough, have fun slogging through tutorial mode all over again, or replaying the bonus level ad nauseum, just to get to an applicable puzzle. (It doesn't help that you are already required to fully play through the game twice over if you want to earn all of the achievements.)

I will say that for once with an AM game, I found the bonus level gameplay more enjoyable than the main story. It's no wonder they directly reused some of the level's puzzle content for "Cursed Heart."

Overall, I would give this game a 7/10.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2014
The story of The Forsaken Bride has a bit of a fairy tale feel to it, which was actually quite enjoyable, and features well-done animated cut scenes whenever you advance the story.

This game features witchcraft, potion making, and more. But the best part, for me, had to be the kitten you get early in the game. You can actually tell the kitten to go fetch certain things that you cannot reach yourself. Quite handy and he's oh so cute!

Puzzles vary in difficulty and some can be quite tricky. Beside Hidden Object games there's also "construct a useful item" which is a nice variation of he standard HO games. There are also hidden fairies to find and "elusive objects" which fade in and out somewhere on the screen for about 5 seconds.

One of the best Hidden Object games I've played thus far.

Encountered no bugs or broken achievements.
A second run-through is required to get 100%.
One of which needs to be in expert mode.

9/10
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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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 22, 2014
Wonderful game and with so much love in details. Beautiful story, awesome scenery and flawless characterizing theres nothing to complain about. *thumbs up*
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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
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 2, 2014
Very addictive game. The Forsaken Bride uses a gripping story combined with compelling adventure game play and interesting puzzle mini-games to keep you in your seat from start to finish.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
Colorful and fun, with a good story by the standards of the genre. Jump map, little backtracking, adjustable difficulty. On casual difficulty, hints recharge very quickly.

Hidden object scenes are very seldom straightforward. Usually there's a fun twist or two to them, but if you find them tiresome or frustrating, you can choose to play dominos instead.

Puzzles are varied and as far as I can remember never repeated. (If any WERE repeated, this was so inoffensive that it didn't stick in my memory.)

Art, cut scenes and animations are of high quality for this genre and release year. Voice acting is appropriate and never sounds amateurish (a common pitfall in these games). Cute animal companion is present and accounted for (a kitten), but thankfully not over-used.

Extras include soundtrack (that you can save to your Documents folder with a click), wallpapers, replayable hidden object scenes and the traditional extra chapter. During the main game, there are 30 colllectable fairies ('spirits') and 28 morphing objects to find as optional objectives.

Easily worth full price ($7.99 CDN at time of writing). A quality evening's entertainment.
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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
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
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
This game was pretty good. I like how there were different level that you can chose from. I liked it and I finished it in one day! :D If you want a hard but layed back game this is the game for you :)
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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
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
Its like 9 Clues The secret of Serpent Creek
but please make guides... i see 0 guides... i need the guide how to find elusive objects and spirits
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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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