Enter an enchanting world of legends and magic, where your destiny was written in blood and whispers of true love.
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May 27

The Dark City opens its gates!



Step into the shoes of the Monster Hunter and save the city of Lichtenheim in the third chapter of Grim Legends series!

Sylvia, the acolyte of the monster hunting Order, loses her memory. One year later the Incarceri Stone – a powerful artifact that binds Koshmaar, a horrifying creature from another world – is stolen! Sylvia and her master, Solomon, embark on a quest that will lead them into the city of Lichtenheim, where they will face the thief whose identity will come as no less a shock than the actual disappearance of the artifact.

The heroin and her mentor will need to face not only the evil forces within the gothic walls of the grim city, but also the dark secrets from the past.

Will Silvia succeed in recovering the Incarceri and prevent the Koshmaar from breaking free?

Grim Legends 3: The Dark City will be available at a 40% discount to celebrate the premiere.

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May 6

The Return of the Queen



Princess Isabella: The Rise of an Heir tells the story in which the heiress Bella and her magical friends must face a power-hungry witch whose agenda is shrouded in mystery.

All begins with an evil spell turning the protagonist's mother into stone. Our young princess, who is the only legitimate heiress to the throne, narrowly escapes the same scary fate! Bella will embark on a scary adventure in order to free the kingdom from the clutches of the evil witch.

Her journey will take her through many beautiful hand drawn locations, where countless mysteries, mini games, puzzles, and hidden object challenges wait to be solved!

Will Bella succeed? Will the reigns return to the hands of the rightful ruler?

Princess Isabella launches with 40% discount to celebrate the release.

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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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garnetofeden
( 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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EllyTheDreamer
( 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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MakeItSo
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
This is an entertaining puzzle-point-and-click adventure game. While the animations for the cut scenes leave something to be desired, the majority of the game play is beautifuly animated. If you're into fairy tales and pretty story book art, this game is for you. The background music is nice too. I bought it on sale, and it's worth the sale price. Not sure if I'd pay the full cost for it though.
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Usagi
( 15.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
Product received for free
Two sisters reunite for a splendid wedding, a day of love and joy. However, evil lurks around the corner as the bride to be, Lilly, is kidnapped. It’s up to her twin sister to set things right but she soon uncovers a world of corruption and evil magic. Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride is a shining example of what a hidden item game should be, it has an engaging story with interesting characters as well as very good gameplay. One of the earlier games of this genre that I played, I found it very enjoyable and happily played it two more times for the sake of this review.

One of the good parts of this title is the story, the game wastes no time thrusting you into the action as Lilly is kidnapped by a wild bear very earlier on. The first half of the game is spent trying to find her and meeting new characters. Things soon begin to change when you get closer to finding Lilly who has been taken to an abandoned castle. Pieces of the puzzle come together but before the mystery can be solved you become the enemy as dark magic works to keep you away from your sister. The story is told mostly in present day, however there also flashbacks to twenty-five years ago when things started and the dark magic of the Abyss began to control the chess pieces. There is also a beautiful yet tragic love story woven into everything as well as the heart warming tale of sisterly love.

The game is a traditional point and click adventure with the main focus being on hidden object scenes and puzzles. Everything is completely mouse-controlled as you interact with people and objects, you also have an inventory system to collect useful tools. The hidden object scenes are a mix of the traditional list type where you’re given a written list of items to find in the scene as well ones where the list of items are represented in pictures. I enjoyed the variety this added to the gameplay as it kept each scene fresh since you had to visit some more than once. The game also offers a mahjong mini game that you play as an alternative to the hidden object scenes. I didn’t like this feature since it sort of defeats the purpose of the game and also it forces you to play the game twice if you want to collect all of the achievements since two are connected to playing mahjong. The puzzles are not too difficult but they offer a good challenge. One of my favorites involved having to match your makeup to Lilly’s, it was a bit of silly fun and a nice break from the usual puzzles.

The game graphics are very high quality. All of the scenes are beautifully done and most objects are not too hard to see if you have bad vision. The characters move smoothly when there is animation as well and their models were very well done. The game has full voice acting and it’s very good quality helping players to stay immersed in the game. The music and sound effects are top notch, I can’t think of any complaints at all.

Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride is a must-play for fans of hidden object games new and old. This game helped me get into this genre and it is still a great play through to this day; you also are given a cute kitten sidekick to help so that was instant plus for me. The title offers Steam achievements as well as trading cards, there also collectables in the game to find. You’re also given a bonus chapter complete that ties up the story well. It’s well worth the asking price but is often bundled or on sale so if you’re hesitating don’t miss your chance to add this to your library, you won’t be disappointed.

Lunar Productions
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RadientLoop
( 8.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
Your Standard Hidden Object Game

If there is a scale for measuring all hidden-object-point-and-click games ranging from 1 to 10, with 1 being excruciatingly boring and 10 being the most amazing game there is, this game would fall exactly onto a 5: Its the perfect blend of story and gameplay that’s interesting enough to keep you going until you finish, but also blend enough that at times you might get bored while playing and quit and go do something else for a while.

This game has all the issues you would usually associate with hidden-object games; examples include weak or no protagonist development and a predictable and unexciting storyline. But if its really story or interesting character you are looking for, then hidden-object games are probably not the best place to look for them anyways.

However, if you look past all those problems, as a hidden object game this game is actually quite enjoyable. The puzzles were nice and fun (I thoroughly enjoyed some of them and one of them actually took me a while to crack), the artwork is aesthetically pleasing, and the animation is fluid enough to connect scenes together.

So if you like puzzles, don’t really mind playing hidden-object games over and over again and is content with a predictable story, then this game is good enough to worth buying it and playing it.


Oh also a final note on the game, if you do end up playing it, play it on expert mode, its not difficult at all and I have always found that the simple mode gives wayyyy too much hints and pretty much ruins all the fun.




p.s There are so many plot holes in the story that it’s almost comical if you actually stop and really think about it.

For example, if the evil sprite has to marry one of the daughters then why is he so fixated on marrying the sister? There are all those times he could have just knocked the protagonist out and put a ring on her instead. Also, if the father crushed the wedding to protect her daughter from marrying the evil sprite, where was he when the evil sprite and his daughter dated? (presumably they would have dated as who marries a stranger). On that point also the sprite was happy to play the kind loving fiancée for all those time while wooing Lily but when the protagonist shows up he instantly reveals his true evil nature and his eyes flash red? Seriously? Oh, and finally, how awkward must it be for the protagonist’s foster dad that the protagonist’s family is now reunited, i truly feel sorry for the guy.
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Hanusiak
( 19.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 16
Enjoyable game :)
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Sarkoth
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15
Very good hidden object game, one of the best.
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Gilgamesh
( 8.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 11
If you like to play point and click games combined with mini-games/ puzzles, blended into a fairy tale like story you'll love this game!
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Wolfhowl
( 6.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 7
Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride is a nice and cute point and click adventure game. It isn't really one of my favorite games, and I probably won't replay it, but there is nothing directly bad about it, and it certainly isn’t among any of the games I dislike. It is worth the money, and I don’t regret buying or playing it. I will recommend it for anyone that likes the old kinds of tales (fairy tales, sagas, legends, moral stories), as it gave me that kind of vibe.

I don't understand the choice of making the game in first person. The character has a backstory, voice actor, and no dialogue options. And through the game we see what she looks like. Personally I would have preferred the game in third person, but then again I almost always prefer third person. Doesn't really affect my recommendation of the game, as first or third person is more of a preference. But while I can see the appeal for shooters and games where your character is a blank slate, I don’t think it matches for an adventure game.

The story is nice and very easy to follow, but still manages to have some twists along the way, that I didn’t see coming from the start. That being said… I felt it was a bit too dramatic at times for the gameplay and puzzle solving. Being point and click and relying on puzzle solving invites for a more thoughtful and calculating approach, which doesn’t really match well with a story that presents characters with immediate danger and side characters trying to make you hurry. But most of the puzzles were fun.

As for the characters themselves. Like I said it felt very much like the old kinds of tales, so the characters aren’t really all that deep or interesting to me, BUT I don’t feel they are meant to be. The way I see it, it is a type of story where the characters are meant to be quickly identifiable, keeping the focus on the events and enchanting tale rather than the characters experiencing them.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
Product received for free
Two sisters reunite for a splendid wedding, a day of love and joy. However, evil lurks around the corner as the bride to be, Lilly, is kidnapped. It’s up to her twin sister to set things right but she soon uncovers a world of corruption and evil magic. Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride is a shining example of what a hidden item game should be, it has an engaging story with interesting characters as well as very good gameplay. One of the earlier games of this genre that I played, I found it very enjoyable and happily played it two more times for the sake of this review.

One of the good parts of this title is the story, the game wastes no time thrusting you into the action as Lilly is kidnapped by a wild bear very earlier on. The first half of the game is spent trying to find her and meeting new characters. Things soon begin to change when you get closer to finding Lilly who has been taken to an abandoned castle. Pieces of the puzzle come together but before the mystery can be solved you become the enemy as dark magic works to keep you away from your sister. The story is told mostly in present day, however there also flashbacks to twenty-five years ago when things started and the dark magic of the Abyss began to control the chess pieces. There is also a beautiful yet tragic love story woven into everything as well as the heart warming tale of sisterly love.

The game is a traditional point and click adventure with the main focus being on hidden object scenes and puzzles. Everything is completely mouse-controlled as you interact with people and objects, you also have an inventory system to collect useful tools. The hidden object scenes are a mix of the traditional list type where you’re given a written list of items to find in the scene as well ones where the list of items are represented in pictures. I enjoyed the variety this added to the gameplay as it kept each scene fresh since you had to visit some more than once. The game also offers a mahjong mini game that you play as an alternative to the hidden object scenes. I didn’t like this feature since it sort of defeats the purpose of the game and also it forces you to play the game twice if you want to collect all of the achievements since two are connected to playing mahjong. The puzzles are not too difficult but they offer a good challenge. One of my favorites involved having to match your makeup to Lilly’s, it was a bit of silly fun and a nice break from the usual puzzles.

The game graphics are very high quality. All of the scenes are beautifully done and most objects are not too hard to see if you have bad vision. The characters move smoothly when there is animation as well and their models were very well done. The game has full voice acting and it’s very good quality helping players to stay immersed in the game. The music and sound effects are top notch, I can’t think of any complaints at all.

Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride is a must-play for fans of hidden object games new and old. This game helped me get into this genre and it is still a great play through to this day; you also are given a cute kitten sidekick to help so that was instant plus for me. The title offers Steam achievements as well as trading cards, there also collectables in the game to find. You’re also given a bonus chapter complete that ties up the story well. It’s well worth the asking price but is often bundled or on sale so if you’re hesitating don’t miss your chance to add this to your library, you won’t be disappointed.

Lunar Productions
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride is a nice and cute point and click adventure game. It isn't really one of my favorite games, and I probably won't replay it, but there is nothing directly bad about it, and it certainly isn’t among any of the games I dislike. It is worth the money, and I don’t regret buying or playing it. I will recommend it for anyone that likes the old kinds of tales (fairy tales, sagas, legends, moral stories), as it gave me that kind of vibe.

I don't understand the choice of making the game in first person. The character has a backstory, voice actor, and no dialogue options. And through the game we see what she looks like. Personally I would have preferred the game in third person, but then again I almost always prefer third person. Doesn't really affect my recommendation of the game, as first or third person is more of a preference. But while I can see the appeal for shooters and games where your character is a blank slate, I don’t think it matches for an adventure game.

The story is nice and very easy to follow, but still manages to have some twists along the way, that I didn’t see coming from the start. That being said… I felt it was a bit too dramatic at times for the gameplay and puzzle solving. Being point and click and relying on puzzle solving invites for a more thoughtful and calculating approach, which doesn’t really match well with a story that presents characters with immediate danger and side characters trying to make you hurry. But most of the puzzles were fun.

As for the characters themselves. Like I said it felt very much like the old kinds of tales, so the characters aren’t really all that deep or interesting to me, BUT I don’t feel they are meant to be. The way I see it, it is a type of story where the characters are meant to be quickly identifiable, keeping the focus on the events and enchanting tale rather than the characters experiencing them.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
I love hidden objects immensely. I liked playing them on my tablet, but grew frustrated with endless microtransactions so I switched over to paid titles.

This game is a pleasant member of it's genre. It has well designed puzzles and beautiful backgrounds and the hints ensure you don't get frustrated or stuck (of course, you don't have to use them if you are looking for a more "hardcore" experience). The story is a fairytale so it's not exactly filled with unexpected twists (at least if you are familiar with similar stories) but it's ok.

Also, for most of the game you are accompanied by an adorable orange kitten. What more do you want in a game.

(be advised that the actual playtrough takes four hours at most, and the game has very little replayability unless you are going for all the achievments like I am)
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
Relaxing puzzles and seek n finds. Robust hint system built in so unlikely you\'ll get stuck. Over-arching story and animation are a little weak, but the puzzles and seek n finds are really nice and soothing.
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1 of 1 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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
This is the 4th Artifex Mundi game that I played in a row and they deliver the same consistency when it comes to quality. The storyline is interesting and even a couple twists and turns, though probably nothing too surprising. Puzzles are nice and the hidden object games can be challenging. I also liked the addition of an expansion of the setting's mythology with the Elusive Objects and the Spirits.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
In this HOG u will arrive in a village to see ur sister get married. Before that happens a bear attacks the village and takes the bride Lily. Of course u the sister will have to find and rescue her!!! This HOG u will be dealing with the magic which is always cool. I also liked the spirit and elusive objects that u collect in the game. The way the pieces are used are very cool. collecting all elusive pieces tells a story. The spirit objects I won't say what they are, but the pictures of the spirits are very pretty:)

Also a very cute orange cat will join u on ur adventures:) It was really cute whenever the cat alerted me into sending thre cat out to help me. The only time I remember something joining u was in The Emerald Maiden: Symphony Of Dreams. I really wish more HOG a partner tags along on ur journey,

I loved this HOG a lot. Everything was very nice. The art, BG, music, and VA was very beautiful.

Highly recommend getting this HOG. Also this HOG is the first of the Grim Legends series. Third one came out just a few days ago. I cannot wait to play the second and third ones:)
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76 of 78 people (97%) 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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