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August 25

Hunt down the powerful artifact to save the world!






Amid the turmoil of war, the Alliance has given Agent Walker a mission of the utmost importance – track down and destroy the mythical Spear of Destiny before a sinister enemy can use its supernatural power to turn the tide of war and conquer the world!

The year is 1942, and the Europe is in flames. In the midst of the grim war, an mystical artifact known as the Spear of Destiny has been discovered, and it's believed to have the power to change the destiny of the war. Some believe the Spear to be nothing more than a larger-than-life myth, but neither side wants to make the mistake of dismissing its paranormal power, so a desperate race to uncover the truth about the relic begins.

To complete her mysterious mission, Agent Walker will have to cross the grim battlegrounds of France while facing death, destruction, and hidden puzzles every step of the way. But with so much at stake, there's no turning back. Agent Walker will put on her detective hat and search for the location of the mysterious relic while solving puzzles and tackling obstacles. Of course, there's a sinister spy among the members of the Alliance who will stop at nothing to thwart the protagonist. Will she succeed, or is mankind already doomed?

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August 4

The Final Showdown with the Preacher!




Enigmatis 3: The Shadow of Karkhala is the finale of the highly acclaimed series developed by the Polish studio that takes the player to Karakorum – full of mystic temples, mysterious caves, picturesque villages, and inaccessible mountains brimming with wildlife.

In the aftermath of the dramatic events in Ravenwood Park, the detectives return to Maple Creek in the hope of finding clues that will help to establish the whereabouts of the demonic Preacher. Thanks to their cunning and relentlessness, they discover the final destination of their nemesis: among inaccessible mountains at the end of the world, in an ancient monastery clinging to the upper reaches of a snow-covered mountain, lies the secret that might help him seize control of the world!

Time is of the essence. Drawn into the struggle between the forces of light and darkness, the detectives will need to double their efforts to unravel the secret of the mysterious Karakorum temple and deal with the Preacher once and for all. What lurks in the ancient monastery? What grim secrets have brought the Preacher there and what is his purpose? Will the protagonists be able to stop him now that he’s more powerful than ever?

Enigmatis 3 will be available on Steam with a 40% discount for a limited time.


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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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Foosiez
4.6 hrs
Posted: August 24
Pretty good game. If you like puzzling with plots, then this is for you.

Neat Things:
* YOU GET A CAT. All else is irrelevant good or bad, you get a KITTEN HELPER AND IT MEOWS AT YOU.
* Like all Artimus Mundi games, the hidden object puzzles were fun (and sensible). And revisiting them doesn't introduce new and random elements into the scene.
* The puzzles were fun
* Loved the soundscaping. Dat music was great. A little over the top 'magical' in some ways, but I dug it.
* THE DOMINOS GAME WAS LEGIT. If you find that you can't complete a hidden object puzzle (either you don't want to or don't want to use the hint), you can play the domino game. And lemme tell you, that game was super fun.

Some Meh Things:
* The side story. It was, well... it was pretty poorly written outside of the straight forward plot.
* The plot was a little forced; I understand the need to keep the story moving but the plot twists fell flat.
* The collectible story pieces just unlocked a deep-voice narrator retelling of a backstory we already get by playing the game. It didn't add anything new or interesting to the existing plot. (The fairies were much cooler)
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𝑽𝒂𝒂𝒏
6.4 hrs
Posted: August 21
Interesting puzzle game!
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Twincross
19.5 hrs
Posted: August 21
Enjoyed the story, puzzles, music and the fantastic assistant.

Heck, I even learned a couple of words from the puzzles!

Probably won't be satisfied with another hidden object game for a while haha.
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BaBuuBaBuu
7.4 hrs
Posted: August 20
An immmersive game
A storyrich game
A nice puzzle game

Thank for your efford.
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forfenix
14.6 hrs
Posted: August 14
Product received for free
+1
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Wuzzerator
8.3 hrs
Posted: August 11
Great story, great mix of mini-games, hidden object and point-and-click. A quality title of the level I'd expect from this publisher.
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76561198059668125
4.1 hrs
Posted: August 9
Id wife her. Worth the risk.
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zetsusbride
7.0 hrs
Posted: August 7
One of the best HOB games I played. I was smitten by the art and the game mechanics where you can switch between finding objects and playing dominoes. The animation of the cat are very cute and my only complaint was that I wanted the cat to have more of a purpose/function in the game because it is so prominent.

The story is a bit obvious, but aren't they all, yet feels magical. There were actually a few surprises in the game I enjoyed. A++
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Drisc
6.9 hrs
Posted: August 6
I really enjoyed this hidden object game. There were a lot of different puzzle types that I hadn't seen before. I did find it quite challenging at times, and I liked how you can jump to the scenes where you need to do something on the map instead of just aimlessly walking back and forth. I did find myself referring to a walkthrough a couple of times cause I was too impatient. I should have walked away and tried again later. I still wouldn't pay full price for it, but out of the hidden object games I bought at the last sale, this one is the best so far.
I am not sure if many guys play this type of game, but this had a lot of female themes. The most of all the ones I have played eg makeup, weddings etc.
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Zainin
8.5 hrs
Posted: August 3
The price is rather high for what you get; I recommend waiting for a discount.

That said, I've played a lot of these casual point and click (HOPA) games lately and this one's actually not half bad. The stories in most Artifex Mundi games are excuse plots and barely there, poorly written where they are, but this one actually wasn't too bad; it had all the trappings of a classic fairy story. The music is very nice as well, unlike in some of their other games.

In their "Dark Arcana" title, you could play a card game instead of doing the hidden object puzzles. I did not know this until I saw that on the acheivement page. In this one, a game of dominoes can substitue and it informs you right away.

I love classic adventure games and have played them since I was a small boy; Uninvited, Shadowgate, King's Quest, Loom, Monkey Island, and others are long time faves of mine, as are old text-only ones like Zork. I don't dislike the casual sort like this, unlike a lot of classic adventure game fans, as they are what they are; however, I do feel something lacking in comparison to them and the casual ones often feel a bit bland. This one has flavour to it, though, that is similar to classic adventure games. I truly hope the sequel is just as nice, and that more of Artifex Mundi's games end up being like this one.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Interesting puzzle game!
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81 of 84 people (96%) 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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40 of 42 people (95%) 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. Amazing artwork, an engaging story and an exceedingly well gameplay for the HOG genre. But here I am, smiling peculiarly, thanks to the fact that Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride embraces my favorite setting and concept to tell a tale ever: folktales.

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

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

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

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

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

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31 of 32 people (97%) found this review helpful
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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24 of 24 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.

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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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21 of 21 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2014
I consider Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride to be the best game developed by Artifex Mundi and I can easily state that it might be one of the top 5 games of this genre ever released. Everything about this game is magic: the story, the setting, the design and the music.

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

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

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

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21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
29.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 25, 2014
There's not much I can say that the other reviewers haven't already. I've read through them all and I have to agree. In my opinion, this is an amazing game. Great story, good voice acting, fun puzzles, lots to look for (morphing objects and faerie spirits with very neat leaf wings), the cutest ever cat companion, very nice graphics, better than average music (found myself humming along), and more. One of the testaments of a great game is that you actually look forwards to playing it again to grab the rest of the achievements or try out puzzles you missed the first time around. I just beat the game and, after lunch, I'm starting over on expert and I'm going to enjoy the story all over again. Two thumbs up from me!
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30 of 39 people (77%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
1) Essential purchase
2) Recommended purchase
3) Recommended purchase during a sale
4) Not recommended unless heavily discounted
5) Not even recommended for Steam game collectors
6) Not rated

A tale really not worth recounting

I generally don't have a hard and fast rule about what I play since I am a firm believer that diversity is the spice of life which can very easily be applied to gaming and still ring true. While I do tend to lock myself occasionally into my favorite type of game (RPG's) I try as much as possible to have other types of games on the go to counter this so that my appeal to gaming in general stays as broad as possible because often is the case I end up enjoying something immensely even if its not something I would traditionally be drawn too.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=713588529
Hidden Object Games (commonly referred to as HOG's by the community) fall into this category although to be fair I had never played one up until I installed Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride so my point of reference was simply a notion I had in my head about the game being purely about static backgrounds with the gamer searching said backgrounds for clues and items. While that notion wasn't entirely right, neither was it entirely wrong.

Over the years of seeing friends on my friends list discuss HOG's from reviews to status posts it has been made abundantly clear that Artifex Mundi seems to produce the best of the bunch so with Artifex Mundi in mind I determined that this would be my starting point since they are widely considered to consistently deliver the gold standard when it comes to these kind of games. I am not entirely sure if it was just my selection (although I think I chose fairly well because the game under review sits with an "overwhelmingly positive" rating by the community) or whether these kind of games are simply not made for me because to be honest I can not fathom from my playthough of Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride why anyone would hold this game in high esteem.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=714645883
The fairy-tale story painted was probably a story the Grimm Brothers tossed on the rubbish heap when they began collecting fables and tales from the surrounding villages. None of the puzzles the games placed before me where remotely interesting to solve with some of them just bordering on the obscene - the kind of obscene that just wastes your time. Thank the Pope in Rome for that skip button. Everything about the production of the game from the cut-scenes to the voice work was all so sub par that I am still confounded as to why anyone would hold The Forsaken Bride anything above tepid and mediocre. I mean I wasn't going in expecting an AAA title but I was certainly expecting better quality from the writing to the puzzles (which I only realized HOG's included after being introduced to my first one in-game) to the voice-acting.

In the games defense it did provide me with some very pretty static backgrounds and the one area of the game (the actual hidden object hunting) was something that I ended up enjoying despite initially thinking I would get no enjoyment out of doing such a thing so in the end I did end up learning one thing from the genre.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=712714036
As fate would have it I have now ended up with a laundry list of HOG's in my library that I will persevere through and play because I am hoping either this one was a bit of a misfire and there actually are some really engaging HOG's out there for me to get my teeth into or the community praising this one to the sun and back are all living off delusional pills. Either that or they couldn't have played very many games. In any event I don't foresee myself purchasing any more until I have cleared the backlog of them and one of them has successfully changed my mind to continue purchasing them in the future but going on this first foray into the world of HOG's I can't say my excitement levels are there to install anymore. Perhaps at the end of the day this genre is simply not for me.

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