Enter an enchanting world of legends and magic, where your destiny was written in blood and whispers of true love.
User reviews: Very Positive (311 reviews)
Release Date: Feb 25, 2014

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"One of the best titles that Artifex Mundi has to offer. Highly recommneded for HOGs or Artifex universe newcomers for its simplicity and beauty."
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September 3

Queen's Quest on Steam!



Prepare for an exciting adventure game inspired by one of the Grimms' Fairy Tales, taking place in a faraway realm full of magic, wonders and otherworldly creatures.

The idyllic life of the royal heiress and her husband is shattered when a demonic sorcerer arrives at their palace to kidnap their newborn daughter.To save her family, our heroine will have to prove her mettle and act like a true queen!

Will she succeed? Find out!

The game will be available on 10 September with 40% premiere discount.

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July 16

Welcome to the Island of Madness!



Respond to a distress call from a secluded island housing an insane asylum in the second installment in 9 Clues series!

Investigate the death of Doctor Crow and find out what secrets lie buried in the eerie, crooked halls of Mnemosyne Asylum.

9 Clues 2: The Ward will launch with 40% off to celebrate the premiere on Steam.

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About This Game

Enter an enchanting world of legends and magic, filled with gloomy forests, forbidden temples, and abandoned castles; a realm of dark secrets, where your destiny was written long before your birth...

Within the shadow of an ancient forest, on the bottom of a foggy valley, stands the lonely village of Ravenbrook. The folk there are cheerful and diligent, yet warily superstitious. They surround the village with countless charms to keep the evil spirits at bay, for on the other side of the forest, there lies a seemingly bottomless pit, known as the Abyss. It is the place the villagers of Ravenbrook fear most...

On this night, a young woman is returning home for her twin sister’s wedding. The sisters haven’t seen each other in years. Yet the invitation was strange, almost as if someone else wrote it, other than her twin. But still she comes, ignorant of the danger that awaits...

For just before the wedding, amidst the happiness and reverie, a stranger arrived in Ravenbrook...

Features

  • Thrilling story, full of intrigue and adventure
  • Fuzzy sidekick – the cutest kitty helper you’ve ever met
  • 24 versatile mini-games and 14 hidden object scenes
  • 38 beautiful, hand-painted locations
  • 11 intriguing characters with different passions and dark secrets
  • The Book of Elusive Objects tells the story of local legend
  • Collect 30 Spirits of the Forest for your Faerie Meadow
  • Additional, intriguing story
  • 24 achievements to unlock

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.6.8
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.6.8
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 (32/64bit)
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 (32/64bit)
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
71 of 72 people (99%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
I don't normally bother reviewing every HOG I play, as they are pretty similar and existing reviews tend to hit the points people tend to want to know.

But I realized that I hadn't reviewed an Artifex Mundi title before, so now is as good a time as any to correct that.

Artifex Mundi is, at least on Steam, basically the state of the art of the HOG.

What's a HOG? Basically a "light" "point and click" adventure game characterized by hidden object scenes where you must find objects from a list.

Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride, the newest title of theirs I've played so far, represents striking production values.

Forsaken Bride hits upon all the key points that HOG players look for - pleasing art, a reasonably engaging story, astutely placed items in hidden item scenes, a mix of not too difficult puzzles, ample handholding for those that need it - and takes it even further:

Animation

This title is highly animated compared to typical HOGs. Most scenes have moving/wiggling elements - people, vegetation, weather, etc. This makes the game feel much more "alive", rather than just a slideshow.

The numerous cutscenes are also quite well made.

Little Helper

In addition to using items from your inventory to solve puzzles and progress, sometimes you need assistance from... a kitten.

Yep, that's right. A kitten.

Really, it's quite a cheap trick to put a cute kitten into the game, but, of course, it works. Who can argue with a kitten?

Most of the time, the kitten sits quietly in the corner of your interface, but, sometimes, you can "use" the kitten like an inventory object to solve a particular situation. Sometimes the kitten starts meowing as a hint that he can be of assistance.

Every time this happens, you are treated to an animation of the kitten interacting with the scene.

Elusive Objects

This title has a feature I hadn't seen before. In addition to the more common trope of looking for a type of object (in this case, faeries) across all scenes (in this case, "regular", not HO scenes), you can also optionally find "elusive objects".

Elusive objects are basically objects that... do not quite belong. They also are not constantly present, instead appearing and disappearing at intervals.

This makes for a welcome change from the typical kind of object hunting. The visual challenge here is distinct - look for something that does not belong/was not there before.

This proves a quite difficult challenge, but the game helps you by indicating when a scene contains an elusive object.

These elusive objects, when found, fit into the illustrations of pages of an optional storybook. When you find all 3 objects on a page, you are treated with a small cutscene.

These pages also serve as another hint for what you are looking for - you can see the outline of the object in the illustration.

Wrinkles

In an effort to be balanced, I'll mention a few things that were perhaps not as good as they could be:

* The character art is at times a bit awkward (but the voice acting is quite good). Faces especially sometimes come off as unintentionally "creepy".
* A few puzzles are unintuitive and not as well indicated as they could be (e.g. having to construct a water sprayer to put out a lantern), but this is not unusual for games of this type and is a very minor complaint.

Artifex Mundi

Artifex Mundi develops and publishes high quality HOGs. I've yet to be disappointed by one of their titles, so this recommendation can basically be taken to extend to the rest of their titles - I won't bother writing a review for each one.

For achievement hunters, these titles tend to take about 10-15 hours to 100% without a walkthrough, usually(?) requiring two playthroughs.
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
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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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride is a great Hidden Object adventure game. The game is a mystery plot where the story is driven forwards by object puzzles. Most of the objects are found on the various screens of the worlds, but for others you will need to solve a puzzle or find hidden objects.
The art is high quality and it is accompanied by a relaxing soundtrack. All dialogue is voice acted, and I have no complaints about any of the voice actors.

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

Highly recommended to all hidden object game fans.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
Yet another great hidden object adventure game by Artifex Mundi. Here you find yourself going to your sister's wedding where your adventure takes you on a path to save your sister from her cursed demonic fiancee. The graphics are beautiful, the puzzles varied, and the hidden object scenes are typical of this company, detailed, sneaky and perfectly done. There may be times that you might find yourself stuck, I found this to be one of the toughest games thus far from this company, but you won't be disappointed in the story/game. Well worth the time and expense.

For the sake of achievements, know that getting the puzzle and hidden object scene without hints achievement requires you to do both the main game and the bonus game that appears once you beat the main game. Also, this is the same for the domino achievement. In order to get these, you must play both.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
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 greatful 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 relaxing, challenging 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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