Enter an enchanting world of legends and magic, where your destiny was written in blood and whispers of true love.
User reviews: Very Positive (217 reviews)
Release Date: Feb 25, 2014

Sign in to add this item to your wishlist, follow it, or mark it as not interested

Buy Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride

 

Recommended By Curators

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

Recent updates View all (4)

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.

Are you up for the challenge? The fate of Alice lies in your hands!

Mind Snares will launch on 23 April with 40% off to mark the occasion.

http://store.steampowered.com//app/363330
The offer is time limited.

2 comments Read more

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.

The promotion will last one week.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/279800/

1 comments Read more

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
33 of 33 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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
16 of 16 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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
5 of 5 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 ]
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride is another incredible Hidden Object Game from the phoenominal Artifex Mundi. This is the first game in a trilogy of tales based in the fashion of the Brothers Grimm. With this particular Artifex Mundi game, you cannot go wrong. It's a game that all ages can enjoy for its puzzles and hidden-object mini-games, but also one that holds a strong storyline which would interest all age groups. Grim Legends is like playing a fairy tale as if they were reading a book.

Story
Grim Legends focuses around a woman who's sister is kidnapped on the day of her wedding by a strange bear. There's definately something strange about the bear and the whole situation. The protagonist decides to go off on her own and rescue her sister. In the process of recovering her, the player stumbles upon a long forgotten curse that only a mysterious old hermi women knows of.

Classic Artifex Engine and Style
Artifex Mundi always combines their beautiful artwork with puzzles and hidden object games to pull together a great story. This creates a great formula which leaves you wanting more. This particular game is the first, and one of the best Artifex games that I've played to date.

If you're new to the Artifex universe, I highly recommend that this be the first AM game you play.

Pros:
- Grim Legends holds AM's best artwork. The locations you will visit are enchanting.
- Fantastic storyline that drives the player to play more
- Great for kids and adults alike
- Various difficulties (as in all AM games)
- Various styles of hint systems with adjusting difficulty
- Just an all around solid, great game

Cons:
- A Short game, even combined with the Bonus content. If you like Artifex Mundi games, you already know that many of them are short games. AM is changing this with their newer releases such as Grim Legends 2 or Nightmares of the Deep 3.
- Some of the voice work, while nice and clear, are a bit overplayed or cheesy, but it doesn't get in the way of enjoying the game or the story line. This is also a feature that is currently being vastly improved with newer Artifex games.

Verdict? - 8/10
Grim Legends is probably one of Artifex's best titles. It is family friendly and is fun for all ages. This is just a fantastic game for anyone who enjoys hidden object games, puzzles, or just great adventure/fairy tale stories. I can very confidently say that I am ecstatic that I found this game, otherwise I would not have found Artifex Mundi. A high recommendation.

If you're curious about any other Artifex Mundi games, I have and will continue to do many reviews on their great titles. If you liked the Grim Legends title, Grim Legends 2 is currently available on Steam as well. Please read my review for it if you are interested.


If you liked this review or want to see more recommended games, be sure to follow our curator group: Follow Original Curator Group

Check out the Original Network Groups. Win free games, make new friends on Steam, & more! Original Curators Group, Original Traders Group, & Original Giveaways Group
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
3 of 3 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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
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!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
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.




Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
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
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
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!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
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
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
great game
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
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 :)
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny