Enter an enchanting world of legends and magic, where your destiny was written in blood and whispers of true love.
User reviews: Very Positive (257 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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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.

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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/

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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
56 of 57 people (98%) 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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8 of 8 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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5 of 5 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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3 of 3 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!
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3 of 3 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.




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