The fate of the magical world is in your hands – free it from evil! As Jane and Fey explore new locations, they help the villagers survive the freeze, while once again saving Nearwood from the clutches of impending doom!
User reviews: Very Positive (72 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 16, 2014
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January 5

Nearwood Collectors Edition - Widescreen option fix

Dear Fans,

We would like to bring to your attention that a forum poster has found a work around for the widescreen option not appearing in the option menu.

Please see the following posting for more information and the workaround :

http://steamcommunity.com/app/286540/discussions/0/613941122647351838/

I have confirmed this to 100% work and we are in the process of adding this work around to the knowledge base on the Encore support website.

Thank you for helping out your fellow users and thank you for your support of Viva Media / Encore

Jason Carver
Community Support at Encore Software

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Reviews

“It’s hard to find an honest fault in Nearwood. The graphics are amazing, the puzzles are tightly constructed and logical, mini-games are creative and challenging, and there are enough extras to keep you entertained for hours.”
5/5 – Gamezebo

About This Game

The fate of the magical world is in your hands – free it from evil!

There is a new threat looming over Nearwood: all of a sudden, winter has come down upon the land. The once green and lush landscape is now locked in ice and covered with snow, driving away the gnomes from a quiet village on the outskirts of the kingdom. Fey the Advisor again calls upon Jane for help, and together they inch their way towards the source of the cold – which turns out to be more than a mere fluke of weather. An ancient evil has awakened to take hold of Nearwood: the powerful Killiman is back for revenge after thousands of years spent in captivity between the two worlds.

As Jane and Fey explore new locations, they help the villagers survive the freeze, while once again saving Nearwood from the clutches of impending doom!

Collector's Edition Features:


  • Beautiful desktop wallpapers
  • Soundtrack and concept art
  • Bonus activity: finding cute little creatures (Snoop-Sees) hiding in each scene
  • The ‘Snoopedia'
  • Plus, an exciting bonus chapter!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, Windows® 7, Windows® 8
    • Processor: Pentium processor (or equivalent AMD® processor) 2.0 GHz or faster
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX® compatible video card
    • Hard Drive: 1106 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX® compatible sound card
Helpful customer reviews
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
I just spent the last six hours in Nearwood. The graphics were fantastic especially on my flat screen tv.

I really liked the opening flyby! Twas kinda freaky going up a waterfall and then going down a waterfall on the other side of the mountain ... got me wondering about how the water changed direction lol. I like it so much I watched it several times ... the dinosaur skeletons were a great touch. As for the game itself the graphics were great and the music fantastic.

As for the storyline I found it interesing and liked the different creatures. I've played a multitude of this type of game and have to say some of the puzzles were quite unique. It's not the best of the genre that I've played but I'd still give it a high 4++/5 ... would like to see more from the creators of Nearwood .. perhaps even a sequel (smile)
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
If you are looking for a true hidden object game keep looking. Yes there are hidden objects to find but you are finding shapes not really items. And what hidden object puzzles there are, are few and far between. (sorry for the cliche). On the postive side what H.O,s there are, are fair. They use no tricks like turning off the lights or giving you a time clock. And the object are usually well placed and not obscured. I played on HO game where the object was 75% covered by anohter object.

However, this is a beautiful game to look at and play. The music is good. The voice acting is better than normal and they have some nice NON-hidden object puzzles thrown into the game. In particular the last puzzle in the bonus game has, believe it or not, a boss fight. Of the puzzle variety. The main game's story is okay as long as you don't ponder its ramifications.

Bottom line, a great game to play between or during your hardcore games.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
Adventure/Hidden Object game.

+ The art looks really good
* The story is pretty standard HOG stuff
* The HO scenes are not the standard "here's a lit of items to find" but instead you're looking for pieces of one item. I'd prefer the former but whatever.
- Artifex probably spoiled me, but the quick travel having to recharge after each use was frustrating. But hey, at least it does have a quick travel.

Rating: 4 silver sloths
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
I play a lot of these hidden puzzle games. I feel like this one was one of the most unique when it comes to how its hidden puzzles and the story are presented. The colors are vibrant, it's a fantasy tale, and I encountered no bugs.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
If you like the HOG genre, you'll enjoy this game - if you also love heavy fantasy and dreamlike visuals, you will LOVE this game.

Nearwood is definitely a cut above the average on many levels with it's excellent voice acting (voice acting alone can be uncommon), stunning graphics, pleasant music, and well-designed map/hint system. The HOGs had a really nice amount of variety, themed goals, and beautiful art. No cut-and-clip photos here! The other puzzles ran a nice gamut of difficulties, and this game went for the gusto with having actual 'boss battle' puzzles!

If I was to have any complaint, it would be on how they animated faces for this. It worked overall, but there'd be moments when characters would look downright uncanny or unintentionally creepy. I think it would have worked better if instead of mapping a whole face over a 3d model, they had 'layered' the portions of the face to come up with a more woodcut or conventional sort of animation. As it is the faces do distort weirdly a time or two.

But that's just one nitpick about an otherwise utterly gorgeous game. This is well worth the cost - happy hunting!
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