Enter an enchanting world of legends and magic, where your destiny was written in blood and whispers of true love.
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Release Date: Feb 25, 2014

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July 13

Demon Hunter returns!



Defeat the Evil as the last remaining Demon Hunter!

Twenty years ago, in a frightening battle Dawn Harlock stopped the Archdemon Ragnar from descending upon the world. Dawn’s foster father professor Ashmore died when trying to prevent the demon from breaking into this world. She realized than that she is the last remaining member of the mysterious ancient order of demon hunters and the last one standing in the fight against evil threatening to unravel this world. Her biggest concern was always to prepare for Ragnar’s return as it was already foretold. But Dawn kept herself busy as a detective, solving paranormal cases around the world and visiting mysterious places where the dark forces are hiding. One day she receives a call from a mysterious doctor Stuart Williams, who claims to be Dawns foster father’s long-time friend. He promises valuable information about Dawns biological parents that may shed some light on her own past. She will embark on a mystery adventure that will change everything forever.

Demon Hunter 2: New Chapter will be available with a 40% discount in a time limited promotion.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/465720

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July 7

Crimson Lilly blooms best in the snow!



Crime Secrets: Crimson Lily is a mature crime story inspired by the films and shows of the 90s that takes place within a small snowy holiday resort town. When a grim murder interrupts a private detective’s vacation at the very gate to the hotel at which she was going to stay, she puts her plans for R&R on hold and sets out to do what she does best: solve violent crimes. All she has to go on is a single clue: a mysterious paper lily attached to the victim’s frozen body. Could it be the killer’s calling card? Cut off by a blizzard the protagonist will need to follow a trail that leads her deep into the dirty dealings of a small town filled with big fish. Was the tragic death of the young journalist, Lilly, a few years back only an accident, or was it somehow connected to the mysterious new murder? As it turns out, there’s more to the grim story than meets the eye, and not everyone at the hotel is who they appear to be.

The game will be available with a 40% discount for a limited time.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/465170/

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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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Meganomic
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
10/10 would uninstall
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Mecha King Kong
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
Artifex Mundi games are always good. This is one of the best.
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FinnLassie
( 7.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
Product received for free
I am absolutely addicted to this game. I haven't played HOG games in almost 10 years so it was a little bit to get used to, but. Gotta admit that I wasn't expecting much since back in the day I only played those online free to play ones, but the game is still better than I would've ever thought. What mostly draws me to this game is probably the story even if it can be a little cheesy here and there. The gameplay is challenging enough at least for myself and I bet I would've enjoyed this a lot back when I was 13-15; even more than I do now.

And those bloody fairies. Others are catchin' creatures on Pokemon Go, I'm trying to catch all of 'em fairies. Elusive objects I find a bit too hard to find, but then again my attention span is rather low.

I would definitely play the game again, but maybe after 6 months or so after finishing my first go. Achievement hunter mode activate...
(many thanks to my friend for giving me the key :)
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Ralv D. Vapkowski
( 8.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
EN: My first HOG and I really liked it. Of course the story is a bit obvious but the graphics are nicely done and the puzzles are okay. There are 1 or 2 a bit harder ones but they are doable too. Got it in the summersale with part 2 and 3 for 12€ and I think this is a fair price.
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DE: Mein erstes WBS und ich mochte es. Natürlich ist die Handlung (etwa) vorhersehbar aber die Grafik ist wirklich nett gemacht und die Rätsel sind gut. Es sind 1 bis 2 etwas härtere Rätsel dabei, aber keine unlösbaren. Ich habe mir das Spiel zusammen im Paket mit Teil 2 und 3 für 12€ geholt was wirklich ein fairer Preis ist.
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Lilly
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 12
Its cool
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Sir Faulty
( 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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Vetyt
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 7
It was OK, I guess. I liked the plot and setting.
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Nightly_
( 10.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 7
Most beautiful HOG I have played to date, with an amazing story and plenty of extras. If you could only buy one HOG, let this be it.
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GamerG
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 4
A really well done hidden puzzle game. Takes about 5-6 hours to solve probably less but I was off and on cooking between :)
Pros:
Great story
Good Artwork
Good Music
Fun Puzzles
Relaxing
Extra things to find within the game mode

Cons:
I honestly don't have any I didn't mind that it's beatable in a night - because I paid as much as I would for a movie and got about two the three times of playtime/killing time what the movie would have taken up.

Anyhow - picked this up on the Steam Summer Sale and enjoyed it - Hope you do too.
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Izabela Malan
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 3
Extremely easy, boring puzzles.
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28 of 34 people (82%) 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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Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
Artifex Mundi games are always good. This is one of the best.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride was my first Artifex Mundi game and my first encounter with a hidden object puzzle game. I would say it was a success considering it inspired me to do an Artifex Mundi Steam marathon, and I've been an avid Artifex Mundi fan ever since. Although I've now become a fan of hidden object puzzle games in general, Artifex Mundi is definitely one of the top developers in the genre, and Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride is definitely one of their top games in terms of polish and quality. It's one of my favorite games to go to for a good fantasy story and intellectually stimulating relaxation. The art and music are beautiful, and the cat sidekick adds an additional element to the gameplay. I would like if there were achievements for the fairy spirits and elusive objects though.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
If you're into point and click games, enjoy taking your time to search for hidden objects and have some spare change in your wallet during a massive sale, then this title is not to be missed.

+ Fairly decent story
+ Diverse puzzles & well hidden collectables
+ Gorgeous and detailed artwork
+ Enjoyable soundtrack
+ Several difficulties
+ Bonus ending story

Out of currently 3 Grim Legends titles, The Forsaken Bride is udoubtedly the best pick. Also an orange tabby cat helps you along the way and it's just too adorable. ♥

7/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
Product received for free
I am absolutely addicted to this game. I haven't played HOG games in almost 10 years so it was a little bit to get used to, but. Gotta admit that I wasn't expecting much since back in the day I only played those online free to play ones, but the game is still better than I would've ever thought. What mostly draws me to this game is probably the story even if it can be a little cheesy here and there. The gameplay is challenging enough at least for myself and I bet I would've enjoyed this a lot back when I was 13-15; even more than I do now.

And those bloody fairies. Others are catchin' creatures on Pokemon Go, I'm trying to catch all of 'em fairies. Elusive objects I find a bit too hard to find, but then again my attention span is rather low.

I would definitely play the game again, but maybe after 6 months or so after finishing my first go. Achievement hunter mode activate...
(many thanks to my friend for giving me the key :)
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
10/10 would uninstall
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
Extremely easy, boring puzzles.
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78 of 80 people (98%) 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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39 of 41 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. 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!

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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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