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...

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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.6.8
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.6.8
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 (32/64bit)
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • 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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Space Ghost
( 13.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
The first Artifex Mundi game I've played and been hooked since. The art, music, gameplay and story kept my interest and I crave more.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
dogma7911
( 19.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Graphics absolute top, fun to play, not toooo hard - hope some more games will follow ;)
Helpful? Yes No Funny
TheBeastDam
( 6.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
I don't play Hidden object games but this kept me going. Good atmosphere, good story, good artwork and I loved the alternative to hidden object (the domino games). This is the only hidden object game so far that not only I didn't quit in the first 10 minutes but completed in 2 days.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
CrystalBooness
( 10.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
I like these games from Grim Legends. They have the best story lines with some of the better graphics I have seen. I will always keep buying them if they keep producing them.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Taylorgg12
( 13.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
This was my first puzzle with hidden object combo game and it got me hooked on them. It was also my first Artifex Mundi and now I've played almost all of their released games. I loved the art in this game. It was breathtaking and I enjoyed the story. I loved it so much that I bought it on my phone so that I could have two places to play it! xD
It's a blast to play and offers a new kinda gameplay for classic hidden object fans. As well it provids a challenge with some of the puzzles. I really enjoyed it and recommend that others try it out.
The sequel is also on steam.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
ch_spanop
( 9.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 7
I really enjoyed playing this, and I'll be replaying to get the achievements I missed. I'll definitely look into more Artifex Mundi. The art is wonderful and the story was very well executed even if it was a little cliche-ish.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Dreigon
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
Great mix of Puzzles and Story
Helpful? Yes No Funny
tigerelfe
( 15.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride is a really nice HoG! I love playing it. But how could i not? There is a Kitten in there!
It has a vivid Story placed in a great Fantasysetting.
There are enjoyable Mini-Games beneath the HoG-Scenes, the latter can be skipped by playing Domino.
I can really recommend this Game to everyone who likes HoGs!
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Your mum EASY.GL (road to gold)
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 14
Very good graphics I wanted to stop playing to play another game but I just couldn't put it down
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Menace123
( 8.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 9
- This review isn't written by a native speaker, thank you for your understanding -

Rating
Must Play !

- Key features below ---- Review after -----------------------------------------------

Play time needed (perfect)
about 9 hours
Gaming level
Casual
Achievement level
Casual
Game style
Hidden object; Puzzle; Point n' Click (First person view)
Game modes
Story mode, Bonus story mode
Graphics
Very good !
Story
Very good.
Playthrough
Two, refer to (#) at the end.
Voice
Very good.
Music
Very good.
Controls
Mouse only.
Tutorial
Yes.
Unmissable / backtracking content
No, refer to (*) at the end.
Glitches / bugs
None.
Worth price
Full price if you accept the (#) and (*) point at the end.

- Review below ----------------------------------------------------------------------

Artifex Mundi sp. z o.o. is one of the best Puzzle/Hidden Objects developper I've found so far !

The story is very good and graphics are awesome. The puzzles and hidden objects scenes are equally reparted.

The game features an inventory where you can store items to combine with the environment to go deeper in the story. Earlier in the game you also find a very useful fellow who will help you many times through your adventure.

The game have several difficulties and have a guest feature : all the family can play the game and resume it where they left. There is also a map which is useful to fast travel through the different places and that can have some hints if you play in a easier mode. Also you can use the Hint/Skip hourglass whenever you want and wait until its refill to use it again. But be warned that you may not skip or use a hint in any puzzle or hidden objects scene if you wish to have some achievements.

There is a wide choice of puzzles and there are two kind of Hidden objects scenes. The first Hidden objects scene features the name of the objects to find some are found easily (normal one) and some others need you to interact with the enviroment or to combine two items to found them. The second Hidden objects scene let you find the shape of the objects in the scene and sometimes ask you to use them in order to obtain the others.

(*) :
The game has some achievements that can be missed even some story related achievements and also some challenging achievements including finishing the game on hardmode. There is a guide on steam that will help you to not miss any of these achievements. The challenging achievements require you to finish a puzzle or an hidden objects scene or a domino game under a minute. And two achievements require you to find 3 objects in 3 seconds or find all objects without any misclick in the hidden object scenes.

(#):
As I said in the key features, you need two playthrough to finish the game. One to finish the game with all the puzzles and hidden objects scenes perfected and another one playing the domino game instead of the hidden objects scenes. The good thing is you can skip all the cutscenes and puzzles in your second playthrough if you succeeded your first one. The domino game consist in placing domino tiles on every bear tiles of the level, there are one joker the blank icon that allow you to place any icon next to it.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
♔indominus rex♔ Film directi
( 34.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 8
I love the music so much and the storyline is very well done.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Waldemortti
( 8.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 7
Was browsing through my steam library and found this game, decided to try it out and I loved it.

I've always been a fan of point and click games but I've mostly played the flash ones which aren't nearly as good. The game has a really good story and amazing art style and soundtrack.

A lot of point and click games get a bit frustrating because you get stuck and you have to click everything and it takes forever to advance but this game has a hint system that stops that from happening.

Definitely worth playing, now I'll have to play through the rest because I'm hooked.

Also as a bonus I think these games could also be really good for parents and other people who aren't into gaming, I'm definitely going to show my parents these games whenever I get a chance, especially my mom because she really likes puzzles.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
wyldrose
( 14.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 4
Solid HOG, with only the inevitables counted against it (uncanny valley, mediocre voice acting). Kitten helper is adorable.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Meluna
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 29
Another great game from Artifex Mundi. Lovely artwork, scenic music and very decent voice work. As usual the great reveal is nothing surprising, but the story is still enough of a pleasant fairy tale to enjoy. The HOGs and minigames are varied and interesting.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Chateau Le Finest
( 7.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 19
The art on this game alone is worth the purchase. The play through is fun and has a good pace. Mini games here wont make your head explode and probably less than some poin and click games. There seems to be more problem-solution scenarios as in, find the missing key to open the chest. The pace between he story and obstacles is set at a pace that keeps this game entertaining and relaxing.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Zibi17k
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 15
nice game
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Kilaker
( 7.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 12
I have played many hidden object games but never any from Artifex Mundi, but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. Not only is the artwork beautiful, but the sound, ambiance music really sets a mood. The most important thing is of course the puzzles, which offers a good variety, Personally, this is more of a Adventure/Puzzle game than a hidden object game. If you're looking for a "real" hidden object game, like the early Big Fish titles, then you might be dissapointed, because this offers a lot more than that. For me though, it was a delight with variety. The story was ok, even if the voice cast was... not so great. But it doesn't matter for me, I played it for the puzzles and I was not dissapointed. The whole map system is great, in which you can travel back to previous scenes. They even mark then map with a "!" if there is anything interacive to do in a specific location, which eliminates one of the more frustrating moment these game usually have, running around to look if there is something to do. I really enjoyed this and look forward to trying more from Artifex Mundi. 8.1/10
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mincholic
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 7
By far, one of the best Artifex Mundi game, simply because of the intriguing storyline. It got me really hooked. I have always considered myself to be more of an RPG kind of person, but Artifex Mundi got me so hooked on their puzzle-with-a-story kind of game that I ended up buying most of their games.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Faudraline
( 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. An 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 me 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!

Please also check out Lady Storyteller's Curator page here - follow for regular updates on reviews for other games!
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Not-So-Serious Sam
( 10.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 1
An excellent hidden-object game with gorgeous graphics and a fairly engaging storyline. I played it on "Expert" mode and finished it in about 6-8 hours. It's not terribly difficult, but there were a few parts where I got stuck for a while -- all of which were due to my own lack of observational powers, and not because of bad design.

The storyline involves witchcraft and evil spirits, but I don't think it would unduly frighten small children. Adults who enjoy hidden-object games will also have a good time with it. (What is it about HOGs that are just so relaxing and satisfying to play?)

Finishing the base game unlocks a bonus chapter that lasts about an hour. The base game also has a couple of extra "meta" quests within it, which require you to look for hidden fairies and incongruous objects buried throughout the game. This is entirely optional and doesn't affect the plot (other than revealing some backstory), but it does add another layer of challenge and replay-ability to the game.

In short, it's a high-quality HOG that I would recommend to all fans of the genre.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
37 of 38 people (97%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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. An 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 me 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!

Please also check out Lady Storyteller's Curator page here - follow for regular updates on reviews for other games!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
- This review isn't written by a native speaker, thank you for your understanding -

Rating
Must Play !

- Key features below ---- Review after -----------------------------------------------

Play time needed (perfect)
about 9 hours
Gaming level
Casual
Achievement level
Casual
Game style
Hidden object; Puzzle; Point n' Click (First person view)
Game modes
Story mode, Bonus story mode
Graphics
Very good !
Story
Very good.
Playthrough
Two, refer to (#) at the end.
Voice
Very good.
Music
Very good.
Controls
Mouse only.
Tutorial
Yes.
Unmissable / backtracking content
No, refer to (*) at the end.
Glitches / bugs
None.
Worth price
Full price if you accept the (#) and (*) point at the end.

- Review below ----------------------------------------------------------------------

Artifex Mundi sp. z o.o. is one of the best Puzzle/Hidden Objects developper I've found so far !

The story is very good and graphics are awesome. The puzzles and hidden objects scenes are equally reparted.

The game features an inventory where you can store items to combine with the environment to go deeper in the story. Earlier in the game you also find a very useful fellow who will help you many times through your adventure.

The game have several difficulties and have a guest feature : all the family can play the game and resume it where they left. There is also a map which is useful to fast travel through the different places and that can have some hints if you play in a easier mode. Also you can use the Hint/Skip hourglass whenever you want and wait until its refill to use it again. But be warned that you may not skip or use a hint in any puzzle or hidden objects scene if you wish to have some achievements.

There is a wide choice of puzzles and there are two kind of Hidden objects scenes. The first Hidden objects scene features the name of the objects to find some are found easily (normal one) and some others need you to interact with the enviroment or to combine two items to found them. The second Hidden objects scene let you find the shape of the objects in the scene and sometimes ask you to use them in order to obtain the others.

(*) :
The game has some achievements that can be missed even some story related achievements and also some challenging achievements including finishing the game on hardmode. There is a guide on steam that will help you to not miss any of these achievements. The challenging achievements require you to finish a puzzle or an hidden objects scene or a domino game under a minute. And two achievements require you to find 3 objects in 3 seconds or find all objects without any misclick in the hidden object scenes.

(#):
As I said in the key features, you need two playthrough to finish the game. One to finish the game with all the puzzles and hidden objects scenes perfected and another one playing the domino game instead of the hidden objects scenes. The good thing is you can skip all the cutscenes and puzzles in your second playthrough if you succeeded your first one. The domino game consist in placing domino tiles on every bear tiles of the level, there are one joker the blank icon that allow you to place any icon next to it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
34.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
I love the music so much and the storyline is very well done.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
An excellent hidden-object game with gorgeous graphics and a fairly engaging storyline. I played it on "Expert" mode and finished it in about 6-8 hours. It's not terribly difficult, but there were a few parts where I got stuck for a while -- all of which were due to my own lack of observational powers, and not because of bad design.

The storyline involves witchcraft and evil spirits, but I don't think it would unduly frighten small children. Adults who enjoy hidden-object games will also have a good time with it. (What is it about HOGs that are just so relaxing and satisfying to play?)

Finishing the base game unlocks a bonus chapter that lasts about an hour. The base game also has a couple of extra "meta" quests within it, which require you to look for hidden fairies and incongruous objects buried throughout the game. This is entirely optional and doesn't affect the plot (other than revealing some backstory), but it does add another layer of challenge and replay-ability to the game.

In short, it's a high-quality HOG that I would recommend to all fans of the genre.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 19
The art on this game alone is worth the purchase. The play through is fun and has a good pace. Mini games here wont make your head explode and probably less than some poin and click games. There seems to be more problem-solution scenarios as in, find the missing key to open the chest. The pace between he story and obstacles is set at a pace that keeps this game entertaining and relaxing.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride is a really nice HoG! I love playing it. But how could i not? There is a Kitten in there!
It has a vivid Story placed in a great Fantasysetting.
There are enjoyable Mini-Games beneath the HoG-Scenes, the latter can be skipped by playing Domino.
I can really recommend this Game to everyone who likes HoGs!
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2015
Coming back to your hometown for the wedding of your twin sister, a terrifying bear kidnapped her. Helped by her fiancé, you're going to save her... But who is really saving who? And who is really your family?

Artifex Mundi is trying to deliver a sad and creepy fairy tale, though creepy isn't really the right word for it. The plot is well-written and full of twists. As usual, they managed to get you captived. And you really want to know the last word of the story.

The gameplay is not innovative as it's always find items, clear hidden objects scenes, solve puzzles, find beyond objects BUT everything is well polished. Everything is well polished. The puzzles are quite easy and the hidden objects scenes are clear. There is also the hunt for the spirits (fairies) and beyond objects (changing appearances), which is adding some spice to the game.

The reason why Grim Legends is one of my favorite series from AM are the graphics and the soundtrack. Indeed, given the fact that they're mastering the mysterious and dark side, Grim Legends is at the same time colorful and surrounded by an aura of lurking evil, as you're playing mainly during the night, that you're also visiting places tied to that kind of ambiance (forest, witch's cabin, castle, etc.). What is nice too is also the fact that you're discovering the tale as a bonus too. The soundtrack is as usual well fit.

Besides, I've noticed something: I've rarely saw the main protagonist as being male. For the games released on Steam, you're always a woman, that has brains and can survive by herself despite the era or the world. I mean by that that here, in Grim Legends, you're not the damsel in distress even if it's another woman - though your twin sister is as strong as you.

Anyway, if anything, Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride is one of the HO you must have and you must try. Really. Well done, Artifex Mundi!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
Very good game, I'm not a hardcore hidden objects player but I found this game to be well done.

*Interesting story
*Nice graphics
*Decent Voice Acting
*Well done puzzles
*Vivid colors, very eye pleasing

Overall a great package, makes me want to play more from this company. Worth the buy especially on sale.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
21.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2015
finished it 3 time and still cant get enough , nice and cashy story with smouth gameplay good puzzles and good soundtracks no bugs or glitches whats so ever , easy acheivments
9/10
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
If you have played other Artifex Mundi games, you know already what to expect. Nice story, not-so-hard HOB, beautiful graphics and a cat!
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride is a game that I recommend because:
- is a method to banish boredom
- is casual
- have adventure
- is point & click
- it has trading cards

Enjoy!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2015
Fairly easy, good long length, casual Hidden Object game.

Story is interesting and well spread throughout the game. The graphics and sound fit and are ageing well. While it is a little dark and grim in places, it's more light spook than horror. Some cute little touches with the companion. I liked this game well enough.
The Hidden Object puzzles are nicely presented scenes, lots to find, not glitchy - there is only a little repetition. They each come with a counterpart domino game, again nicely done.
Nearly all the logic puzzles have the answer provided in clues found nearby and most are easy, some a little more challenging on the first go.
There is a map with teleport, but the areas are close together so backtracking is not too bad.
Achievements are mostly story driven and all easy, requires second play through to 100%.

This is game is suitable for crayon-eaters who have graduated to sucking felt tips.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2015
I really like games like this. Sometimes it is nice to move away from all the violence, fast paced war whcih of course, we all enjoy so much, and come back down to earth with a somewhat slower, more simple game that still has an intresting story, but doesn't require too much effort.

This game is really nice, i will not give any of the story line away, but it is very magical, much like most games mae by this company. The game is well made, and though relatively shrot i do not regret buying it. I am satisfied with the story, and i really anjoyed playing through it. There is enough to do inside the game so that you don't feel like you are lost for activity's, though i must confess i do get tired of the Hidden Object scenes sometimes. Other than that, the graphics are nice in this game, and i really like the setting and the story.

I can't really fault it, it is short and sweet, and on sale i would reccomend it to anyone that is up for it. It is a suitable game for most audiences, with different difficulty settings and such. Maybe full price, 6 British Pounds, is a bit too much for some, but i don't begrudge it. Nonetheless, for the time you get out of it, a sale price is more suitable.

All in all 10/10 i really like this game, and i hope you will too, if you have not yet played it.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
This game was so relaxing and so fun. I played on the lowest setting, and I find myself eager to play the next difficulty. This was a charming tale, and definitely worth it. The story, although short, left me with 5 hours of gameplay at a relaxed pace. And I found that I didn't mind the story, I actually was quite captivated by it and was urging myself forward to get to the end. Definitely, for a point and click game? I give it a solid 8/10. Stunning. Look forward to playing more by the creators of this game.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
This is a top-notch HOG that loosely invokes some elements of the Brothers Grimm's tale "Bearskin." It is of somewhat greater than average length. The cutscenes and voice acting are quite good. HO scenes are sometimes repeated once, but without respawning items, so the revisit is usually a cakewalk.

As is common with Artifex Mundi games, The Forsaken Bride is rather easy by genre standards, so anyone who has played a few of these before should have no fear of the "Expert" difficulty setting. The main storyline is a quite respectable length by itself, and there's also a short bonus chapter.
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74 of 75 people (99%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
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:

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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31 of 32 people (97%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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23 of 23 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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.

You can read more of my writing on Kritiqal.
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24 of 25 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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.

Conclusion

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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31 of 37 people (84%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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