Help the Princess save her friends and family!
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Release Date: Apr 15, 2014

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Princess Isabella is all set to marry the love of her dreams, Prince Adam. After returning home from a trip, however, she finds that an evil curse has been placed on her castle by a mysterious witch. The curse has placed evil in every room, and turned everyone inside the castle into mirrors! Follow a fairy friend as you piece together the clues and save your friends and family in Princess Isabella: A Witch`s Curse, a gorgeous Hidden Object Adventure game!

135 Scenes
20+ Puzzles
15 Minigames
Evolving Gameplay
20+ Hidden object rounds
Unique gameplay
Tricky puzzles

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP/Vista
    • Processor: 800 Mhz
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 8.1
    • Storage: 120 MB available space
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72 of 85 people (85%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 15, 2014
When I first started up this game, it felt surprisingly old. Well, that's probably because it's from 2009, not 2014 as the steam page incorrectly says. But okay, it's not like hidden object games have made a lot of progress recently.

So with that out of the way... I still wouldn't have liked this game 5 years ago. It seems to be aimed at girls age 5-7 or something like that. Most of the puzzles are overly simple, and some are even more illogical than you'd expect from this type of game, like "let's make a potion to cure this room!". Erm, no thanks. Also, I completed it in less than 2 hours despite getting stuck for a good while because I missed a room and couldn't figure out how to move on as only rooms you've been in are marked on the map.

The one good thing this game does is marking a room as clear once you've found everything in it. Unless you enjoy searching for pixels everywhere when you get stuck, I suppose.

But yeah, there's so many better hidden object games for a similar price. I see no reason to get this one.
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36 of 37 people (97%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
Princess Isabella: A Witch's Curse - as being the first game in the titular series - is one of the early examples of the dynamic change in HOGs, presenting a nonlinear environment and a decent story. The game was developed by Gogii Games in 2009, and its age does little to worn out the naive beauty of the setting and the unconventional gameplay. It still is a very good purchase.

Crown princess Isabella returns to Castle Greystone for his marriage to Prince Adam, only to find the castle in ruins, all rooms cursed and the royal family trapped in mirrors! She is quickly joined by her fairy companion to investigate the matter, while collecting pieces of mirrors to save royal family and undo the curse if possible. All witnesses speak of a vile witch visiting the castle and putting a curse over the land, yet torn pages from our mother's diary indicate another forgotten secret to be uncovered. As being a trained magician herself, Isabella travels within the castle, solving puzzles, collecting mirror fragments and lifting curses over rooms. Will you be able to face the witch and save your family in the end?

Plot explanation aside, this game is a classic for the HOG genre. Art works and character designs are a beauty, even though they've been aged in the digital era. Voice acting is more than decent, bringing a vivid side to the whole setting. The storyline is actually curious, with a nice plot twist by the end. Sadly, the Steam overlay doesn't work, and the game has no achievements or such due to its age.

Gameplay is basic HOG; collecting items and solving puzzles. Neither HOG scenes nor puzzles are actually challenging, but there is a logic presented in all HOG scenes - which was new at the time. We use most of the items we collect through HOG scenes, either for puzzles, or concocting potions to lift curses. The ending scene is unique in the HOG genre, by presenting a boss battle - a timed HOG challenge between you and the AI - which was never used in any other game aside the series in the genre. Map has a teleport function and you are declared when you complete all there is to do in a room, marking it as cleared. By the end, the game presents you 2-3 hours of clean cut fun.

Princess Isabella - aside being a bit fluffy on the tone - is a good purchase for all casual gamers and a must have for all HOG lovers. The last game of the series, Princess Isabella: The Rise of an Heir has just been remastered by Artifex Mundi, possibly upping the quality of gameplay a couple notches. I strongly recommend the series as a whole.

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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2015
Short version: 87%
Despite its age, Princess Isabella is still one of the most enjoyable hidden object games, memorable for the quality of its voice acting, and the rather easy, but still fun mechanics.

Long version:
Princess Isabella: A Witch’s Curse, with its original 2009 release date, was one of the earliest hidden object games that left behind the old timed scavenger hunt mechanics to turn this genre into the lightweight point ‘n’ click adventure format we know it as now.

For an early pioneer, it aged remarkably well. Many of its features like the map system are still used with almost no change in the original formula. If it ever received an update on the old low-resolution graphics and the photo cut-out hidden object items, it could be a fresh new hit even with today’s saturated HOG market.

The storyline too is in line with most HOGs: we play as the titular princess, who arrives home to a desolate castle, where she has to solve a series of puzzles and challenges to lift a curse and save the residents. She has a fairy helper to act as a hint system and to keep company: her presence is a welcomed addition, as she is far from annoying, and she adds some life to the otherwise empty castle rooms.
There is even a boss battle, believe it or not: the last challenge is a hidden object duel against the computer– a fun minigame that surprisingly no other HOGs (except the sequels) copied.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 6, 2015
Princess Isabella tells the tale of a princess named Isabella in case it wasn't explicit enough. Engaged to Prince Adam, she is ready to marry him but upon returning to her castle, she discovered it cursed. It's up to her to find who did that and why. And save the prince in distress.

It's a nice litte HOG: visuals are good, soundtrack is good and the idea to dispel the curse of each room in different ways is also nice. The little faery that escaped the evil fate helps you and can gain abilities that will be needed for going forward and the fact that you need to rebuild mirrors to free people is also a nice addition. While the puzzles aren't hard, the HO scenes are a little hard: indeed, you don't always see what you need as it's really well hidden in the screen.

It's a good promise for the rest of the series. Buy it, it's really a polished HOG!
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 27, 2014
This is a faiirly easy puzzle/hidden object story driven adventure. The voice acting was excellent as was the rest of the sound track. It reminded me of a Disney type adventure. It is definitely geared towards young girls, but could be enjoyed by anyone looking for an easy way to spend some clicky time. I played this with my daughter and we had a blast solving the puzzles and going through the story. We finished it in one sitting. The hidden object parts were VERY easy, so keep in mind there will be little challenge for an adult playing this. The other puzzles got to be a bit much for my daughter so I had to step in now and then and click thorugh a puzzle here and there. Overall an enjoyable experience.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 16, 2014
Princess Isabella is a casual hidden object puzzle adventure game that took me about 3 hours to complete.

What struck me most about this game is the excellent voice work. The rest of the game is ok, even if the resolution seems a little low/scaled up in places.

The game uses block letters (caps) throughout, is mildly scary, and looks to be suitable for any age. Because it teaches the clock and musical notation, it could even be considered education; hidden object games exercise the ability to concentrate, and there are some logic puzzles as well.
The game encourages the player to smash vases and other vessels in search of treasure, and it considers snakes and insects evil.

The game delivers what you expect - nothing less, nothing more.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 8, 2015
Cute Disney-princess-like puzzle/hidden object game. Probably best suited for kids as the puzzles are easy and the fairy helper easily hints/solves the puzzles if you're stuck.

The player controls princess Isabella after she came home to her castle, which was cursed in her absence. Move from room to room and remove the curse in each room. There is some backtracking, but as the map lets you jump to rooms, this is not a problem. Your fairy companion gains abilities as you progress through the castle.

I encountered one bug only and it was getting 2 of the same item as I clicked too fast to pick it up. It did not change the game in any way other than having that extra item in my inventory.

There is some seriously flawed logic in this game; of course the normal magic/fairy, but also "lighting this fire will remove the curse from the room because warm = not evil" while in another room"putting out this fire will remove the curse from the room". wut. There is no punishment for missclicking in the hidden object games other than not being able to click for a few seconds. The fairy will help you complete if you're stuck.

Decent graphics, music and voice acting. Very Disney-like in sound effects. I had to turn down the music and sounds as there are too loud compared to the voices on default. A lot of small cutscenes, but all are skippable by mouse-clicking.

Recommended for younger players, really cute game.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 19, 2014
Updated review.
Qualified recommendation:
Long enough
Can be had for little money if you get it on sale
Part of a series

This hidden object game is a bit saccharine, but would be fine (although simple) except for one major glitch. The game won't shut down. It continues to run. It does not show in the task manager, so you can't shut it off that way. Because it is still running, you can't shut down steam without a hard reboot of your PC.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 22, 2015
I was still relatively new to hidden object games when I jumped on Princess Isabella, but this title felt like a good way to ease into the genre. You play a magical princess whose castle was cursed by an evil witch. To lift the curse, you have to click on lots and lots and lots of things to make potions, scare off ghosts, and reassemble all the locks and clocks and musical instruments that people hide ♥♥♥♥ing keys in for some ♥♥♥♥ing reason. Let me say up front that this is a perfectly serviceable 2-hour game, with lots of stuff to find, lots of simple puzzles, and some lovingly pre-rendered backgrounds. I get the impression that this is aimed at younger players, because none of the puzzles are very challenging at all, even the ones I am traditionally horrible at like sliding blocks and solo noble. Technically it is less than impressive, seeing as how the resolution only goes up to 800x600 and the Steam overlay is busted, so don't expect to post lots of goofy screenshots for your friends.

There's a weird, childish naivete to these games that I really like, and this game has it in abundance. In this one you get a fairy sidekick who gains powers like fire and wind to help you interact with things. The first power you get is a rock, which you use to smash fine china and vases to find trinkets within. Your companion signals these with a very excited "This could break!" before smashing the hell out of them. Many of the rooms are cursed with some kind of "evil", which often takes the form of skulls, snakes, and menacing garden statues to click. Some ghosts you feed ghost food or drive off with dance music, others you set on fire or shoot with a crossbow (worth mentioning that I am 3/4 for "crossbows essential to hidden object game"). Near the end your fairy friend cheerfully encourages you to capture a bunch of fireflies and then burn them alive in a jar to "release their evil". It's like someone asked a 5-year-old to tell them a story about a princess battling evil and then made a game out of their 40-minute rambling.

My favorite part is the "plot twist" about the witch, which I won't spoil here. Instead, I'll mention that this game has a very unique feature for hidden object games, that being a boss battle! The final room is an INCREDIBLY dense hidden object scene, and you're racing to find spell components on your list before the witch finds the ones on hers. She even has an AI pointer so you can see where she's looking! It was a super cool feature and I'd love to see a hidden object game that did more with it. Overall a fine, low-key clicking experience with enough charm to make up for looking like something made by an edutainment company in the early 00's.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 20, 2015
A fun little HOG, its not going to set the world alight. But it was a standard affair for the genre.
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2.9 hrs
Posted: October 11
Princess Isabella is a well done HOG with surprisingly decent voice acting, music and art. You play as Isabella trying to restore the castle by clearing rooms of curses. To do this you’ll have to solve simple puzzles, find shattered mirror pieces and collect items to solve puzzles you may have seen earlier. This also has the classic HO static screens where you need to find various items.

You’ll fly through the game quickly as it’s very easy. My completion time was a little over 2 hours. The puzzles are easy and the game shows you where the mirror shards are at. Due to the low resolution, I’m almost glad it showed the mirror shards as some of them I just couldn’t make out.

There is a great progress tracking system in this game. It will tell you when a room is clear, your mirror shard progress and an overview of the mansion (which also lets you fast travel to any room). Even further, after you collect all the shards for one person, it asks you if you want to travel right back to the hall with the mirrors. It’s a nice touch and was unexpected.

One odd negative about this game. Not sure if it's Steam or the game, but Steam doesn't detect when you exit the game. It will remain "running" until you kill Steam via the task manager.

+Good, simple story
+Classic HOG screens
+Fast travel
+Great progress tracking
+Music and art are well done

+Must kill Steam process or else it's always "running"
+Short! (2 hours)
+Too easy
+Low resolution can hinder finding mirror shards and hidden objects

6/10 Above average
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1.4 hrs
Posted: September 13
I really hate the yes/no recommendation choices, when my feelings for this game are really somewhere in-between. I clicked "yes" but it's with reservations. This game feels like it was really geared towards children. The plot is very simple and the puzzles are incredibly easy. I played through this is a little over an hour, and if I had paid more than the $1.99 sale price, I would have been pretty unhappy.

I was also very annoyed with several of the minigames where you had to find all the "evil" in order to progress. "Evil" in this case were things like bats, spiders, snakes (so many snakes), skulls -- things that were not evil inherently. As young girls are the target audience for this game, I was irritated at this reinforcement of the idea that those things are bad and icky, instead of fascinating cool things that could be studied.
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4.3 hrs
Posted: August 13
Good game to begin the Hidden Object style games.
But it's not as easy as it seems at first sight!
Technically it's ok, the only problem comes from the age of the game: it's not designed for big or 16/9 monitors so the display is not at the top :-(.
Anyway it's ok.
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10.1 hrs
Posted: July 24
Wish i could leave a neutral review. had issues with 'screen not supported' from the get go, (tried several things plus a couple of suggestions from others) Supposedly it works at 600x800 res but every time i change it for the game it seems to 'reject' it and put my screen back to what i had it before. on the one time i managed to play it on fullscreen (dont ask me how, because i think it was a fluke) I found the little fairy helper a bit annoying. the art was nice, and the puzzles and HO scenes typical for a game of this type. Did not finish the game so i don't know how much play value there is.

Probably okay game if you dont have the screen issues. I recommend getting it on sale if you want to give it a chance.

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3.0 hrs
Posted: July 4
Interesting concept. It leads well into the second one.
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3.2 hrs
Posted: May 7
Cute little HOG. Perfect for perhaps playing with kids. Some of the puzzles are surprisingly difficult considering the age of the market that the game seems to be aimed at and younger players will need assistance in places.
Overall, the game is nicely presented with strong voiceovers, sound effects and music. The graphics fit the setting and my one gripe is that the HO scenes seem to be lower definition that the rest of the game, making finding some objects more difficult than need be, due to low detailing.
Having said that, if you can deal with the "Disney Princess" theme and story, it's a solid HOG, even for more experienced players.
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Emblem Parade
3.0 hrs
Posted: April 16
A hidden-object classic, with lush, gorgeous graphics, excellent hidden object scenes, and fun puzzles. The story is a derivative cliché, but it's lovingly presented, with delightful voice acting and animations.

The only problem is that the low resolution makes it hard, sometimes, to identify objects sometimes in hidden-object scenes. Also, it's rather short. But that's petty criticism: fans of hidden-object games would love this one!
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5.5 hrs
Posted: April 15
A mindless way to relax for a few hours. Get it on sale and the cost-value makes it an apparent worthy choice if you like hidden-object puzzle games. The hidden-object elements and the puzzles are not overly complicated, and both in terms of interface and theme/plot I would rate it as a children's game. Still, even for adults it is what you might call a "cute diversion."

The audio effects are acceptable if sometimes arcade-ish, and the music score is decent if not great. The interface is simple yet functional. The graphics are about on-par with my experiences with other hidden-object games - not mindblowing, but not ugly. Functional system all around. There is a (mostly, see below) unlimited help/hint system, and the game has the feature of a map that lets you move to any area without having to transition through the various screens normally associated with travel in adventure games. Neat feature.

There is one puzzle toward the end of the game that is "real-time" action-oriented and basically an arcade-style click-fest - not my idea of fun or something I think belongs in an otherwise relaxing adventure game - but people from the console generation might not notice as out of place. I could not finish the game because of it, but as I picked this up for a dollar and for that it was a few hours of mindless entertainment, I cannot rate is as "unrecommended" because of that flaw.
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2.3 hrs
Posted: March 27
Well, this was unexpectedly and remarkably good and enjoyable. The features listed under About This Game are actually true. The mechanics are good and the gameplay is great.
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