Enter an enchanting world of legends and magic, where your destiny was written in blood and whispers of true love.
User reviews: Very Positive (91 reviews)
Release Date: Feb 25, 2014
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"Artifex Mundi's most well-rounded and polished game to date."

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
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
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 ]
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
21.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
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!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
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.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
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.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
This game has a kitten helper, so if you don't get this game I don't know what to tell you, SATAN.

Oh it also has a high speed bear chase at the beginning. (And the gameplay is good too, I guess. Except for one crappy 'follow the chain link' puzzle which I just straight-up skipped because it was crap).

Also, you can do your makeup, a first for hidden object games. :D
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
This is a beautiful game with stellar voice acting and an interesting story. I would recommend this game to anyone who enjoys a well-rounded hidden object game.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Very awesome little adventure game. Casually going through took around 5 hours.
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9.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Short version: 86%
Grim Legends features a quite long and well-written storyline with beautiful, lush graphics. The puzzles don’t exactly offer the same quality, but they still won’t leave anyone disappointed. A recommended title for hidden object enthusiasts.

Long version:
Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride is the most story-oriented hidden object puzzle game I have seen in a while… even compared to other Artifex Mundi titles. Although the plot still boils down to the usual ‘stop mysterious magical evil’ formula, the characters are quite realistic in their actions and motivations. A rare sight in this genre.

This high focus on the story had an adverse effect on the puzzles themselves, as they tend to be quite repetitive. The item interaction part is almost point ‘n’ click adventure level complicated. The hidden object scenes feature the usual quality, although I have to mention that a surprisingly large number of them fall into the ‘construct a useful item’ category. Also, there is a huge amount of backtracking, so using the map feature is almost mandatory.

Despite these setbacks this is one of the strongest titles in Artifex Mundi’s portfolio. The well-crafted story and the better than average puzzles create a powerful combination that won’t let down the fans of this genre.
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40.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
You can play over hours with your child. Also you will like. i play over and over for my 3 years old son.( i skipped some sinematics. ) Music, drawings and story is very well. i recommend high.
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9.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
i like everything about this game the story the puzzles the graphics . everything :)
10/10
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6.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Beautiful game, I enjoyed all of the puzzles except one in the Abyss Bonus level with the cubes. That was not bueno. Nor queso. I had a kitten do crazy ♥♥♥♥ for me, fought a bear, that bear turned out to be my father, and my mum is a witch, and my sister is a sissy because I had to do all the work. EVERYONE was useless, except this kitten. This kitten pulled all the weight in this game and singlehandily saved my sister's life.
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12.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
Aftre playing this one, I went and bought 5 more from this developer. A most excellent experince and totally worth it. It wasn't flaky about how the hidden objects played to the adventure, and the puzzles were refreshing. Will def paly again.
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23 of 24 people (96%) found this review helpful
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
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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29 of 35 people (83%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
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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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
23.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
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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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
This was a wonderful game, I usually do not play the hidden object games a lot but this one had a great story and the puzzles were very challenging. Once I started playing I couldn't stop until I had heard the whole story and completed the game. I also loved the fact that there was bonus content and lots of collectables. If you love a good story and like hidden object games with challenging puzzles than this is a great game for you.

One of the features I truley enjoyed was having the option to either play dominos or do the hidden object part in the game, since i love dominos I used that option more often to solve the puzzles.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
I really enjoyed this game, I think its my favourite from Artifex Mundi so far. The game has beautiful graphics and manages to create an interesting fantasy-like atmosphere. The puzzles make you think but aren't truly difficult, which means that you won't really get stuck, especially on the lower difficulty settings. If you don't like hidden object scenes, there is also the option to play a game of dominoes instead. As for the story: if you pay attention you can see some of the plot twists coming, but the tale is interesting enough to keep you hooked. On the whole, I'd definitely recommend this game.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Another good Puzzle Hidden Object game from Artifex Mundi !! If you love Puzzle and Hidden Object games look up all of Artifex Mundi's games they are all good even this one to boot !! Good art and storytelling, good voice acting and good puzzles :) So if Hiddin Object and Puzzles are you kind of games ?? GET THIS GAME NOW and any game by Artifex Mundi !!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
Great mixture of puzzles, graphics, story, and even a helpful kitty!

All of which make the game well worth your time, and a great way to spend a rainy day :)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
Wonderful game and with so much love in details. Beautiful story, awesome scenery and flawless characterizing theres nothing to complain about. *thumbs up*
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