Defeat the witch for the last time with the help of your trusty Fairy sidekick and a new friend you met along the way!
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Positive (29 reviews) - 82% of the 29 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 15, 2014

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A year later everyone thought they had seen the last of the witch but she’s back. And this time she’s captured Princess Isabella’s child and cast a spell over the whole kingdom in the process. Save the kingdom and follow the witch’s evil path back to her lair. Defeat her for the last time with the help of your trusty Fairy sidekick and a new friend you met along the way!

• 130+ Haunting Scenes to Navigate.
• 6+ hours of Gameplay.
• Save your baby and numerous friends and townsfolk.
• Travel to the Witches Lair.
• Meet new Helpers, with new Abilities.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7, Vista, XP
    • Processor: 1.8 Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 8.1
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
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42 of 42 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
Princess Isabella - Return of the Curse is the second game of the Princess Isabella series and also its peak probably. Coming out from Gogii games as its predecessor, the game narrates another chapter in the titular princess' life and her lifelong enmity with a witch.

Years after princess' adventure and commotion with the witch, the curse returns to her land. It's been several years now that she's been happily living with her husband, and baby daughter Bella; but dark shadows summoned by the witch infiltrate the castle and abduct Bella. They had an unfinished business after all. Isabella takes on a journey throughout her kingdom this time, facing witch's forces, aiding townsfolk cursed by the said witch and searching for her beloved daughter. Will she prevail and return Bella to safety?

The game is a loveable continuation to the series, with beautiful background art, hand drawn characters and fairytale design. Game being old, you shouldn't expect a miracle about resolutions though. In tone, it is somewhat childish and carries the nativity of the first game. This time, we are also capable of observing the realm of Isabella a bit more closely, weaved from countless European fairytale references. Our fairy companion - who is also happened to be Bella's godmother - is also present to accompany our quest just like old days, alongside a dragon hatchling named Nessie who joins us just recently. They both have different abilities and interaction options to aid you in your quest.

HOG scenes are quite basic and items are distinguishable despite the age of our graphics. Puzzles are various and a bit more of a challenge compared to the previous game, but item collection is all over the place. Due to your companions' various abilities getting unlocked in a timely manner, you'll keep revisiting different locations over and over again to harvest previously unreachable items. The HOG show down with the AI is still our preferred end game boss battle. Oh, and the ending isn't your usually happily ever after; rather a plot hook for the third game to come.

In the end, I'd recommend the game if you've played the first one and curious about what is to happen to Isabella. It's not a marvelous HOG, but a pretty little casual adventure game with an enjoyable story outline that would present you 2 hours of game time. Enjoy!

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29 of 30 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 21, 2014
This is another ported game from the "Big Fish collection" and an old one at that. This is a standard version not the extended one, which contains longer story line. The ending for the standard version is abrupt and feels very rushed. This is another proof how some companies are trying to generate more cash creating different versions of the same game. Why? Wouldn't be better to have a full story and create a bonus material not relevant to the story? Anyway, when porting old games to the Steam use CE versions instead to attract new players.
The game mechanics is similar to any other HO game, it has good interactive map, which helps a lot when the game becomes repetitive. Some voice acting is very annoying especially those of the helpers. And they go on and on, and you can't skip them. Some of the puzzles are too easy some are pretty illogical.
In short I would skip playing these games on Steam but would rather got the web site like Big Fish where these games are coming from. You might even get a better deal there.
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28 of 31 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
Although the game is fun and very casual. I wanted to make my point out there by giving negative review.

Firstly, there is NO support from the devs at all. I encountered so many bugs and I couldn't get them fixed.
Secondly, there is A LOT of bugs that prevent you from progressing or crashes your system.
Thirdly, I could not figure out the story and reasons for why something occured, I had to google it and found out that this game is missing HALF of the content that explains things clearly and has more game play.

Other than these reasons, this game is very fun and I enjoyed it a lot.
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25 of 31 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 1, 2014
Unless you've played the first one and want to continue the story, I don't recommend this game.

Why? Because it's not the complete version. The game is fun and has a good story but there was more to do and a little more story added in the Collector's Edition. In this version the ending is rather cut short with no explination for the prince's actions, though that part is easy to figure out on your own anyway.

Overall I enjoyed this game and if you have the first one then yes, grab this (on sale) and play it. But if not then find another hidden object game to pass the time.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 21, 2014
This game is a pretty fun addition to the genre. It has some neat mechanics with the helpers' abilities that you can use to locate hidden items. However, this mechanic can also be a bit of a pain, because you have to scan the whole screen for spots to use these powers, which can turn into a pixel hunting adventure. This may only apply to the harder difficulty, I'm not sure, as that's the only one I played.

The ending isn't really satisfying, as I guess they are looking to make a follow up. In addition, they claim it has 6+ hours of gameplay, but I beat the game in 3 hours without the use of a walkthrough and did all the puzzles.

I'd recommend it if you like playing Hidden Object Games, but the fact that it can be beaten in half the time claimed was pretty frustrating.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2015
Short version: 73%
Princess Isabella 2 is a good fantasy-themed hidden object game… and that’s about it. It does nothing to make itself as memorable as the first episode; it’s just a generic HOG with a lot of running back and forth.

Long version:
Like with most hidden object sequels made years after the original, Princess Isabella 2: Return of the Curse has little to do with the original: it’s just a dime-a-dozen fantasy HOG with stock setups, stock settings, and stock plot.

The only thing that really ties this game to ‘A Witch’s Curse’ is that we play again as the titular princess, who this time has to rescue her kidnapped infant daughter. This task requires solving a lot of generic puzzles and generic hidden object scenes in order to travel through a generic cursed forest and fairy tale town. The settings look great, but the constant backtracking quickly wears out their charm.

Of course this doesn’t mean that Princess Isabella 2 is bad, but one wonders why it was released as a sequel instead of a new (copycat) franchise– the return of the hidden object duel minigame at the end hardly justified this decision.
Oh, also, this is the standard edition, lacking the bonus chapter that explains quite some about the plot.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 7, 2015
Princess Isabella: Return of the Curse is the sequel to Princess Isabelle, in which you defeated a witch. That opponent returned and kidnapped your baby girl, named Bella. It's up to you to uncurse your lands, as now, darkness spread out of the castle.

And that sequel was really well done in terms of story, because I never expected that twist in the end. Now, we're introduced to more creatures: while the fairy is still your helper, you meet villagers, dwarves and even a dragon that will you replace the fairy for a moment!

The game mechanics are still the same from the previous games: you uncurse the scenes, you free people from their jails or their sleep, you play some puzzles, some HO, you use the dragon or the faery's powers, etc..

The settings are still wonderful and the soundtrack is still good. I experienced one crash though.

Go for it. Because I wanna know what will happen to Bella and Isabella. And I wanna see the dragon a little more because the voice acting behind it is fantastic.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2015
About 5 hours long to play through. Well written. Casual/Hidden Object game with some mini games. There's no counter-intuitive backtracking, no objects appearing in a scene after you've already cleared the area - none of that nonsense which is common in the poorly designed HOB games. Delivers exactly what you'd expect. Not worth full price, but definitely worth playing.

I read some reviews which said the game was buggy - I did not encounter any stability issues whatsoever.

My biggest complaint would be the Hint mechanism - even though the game isn't overly complex you can miss things and get stuck and in some instances the item missed is many scenes back - clicking hint is almost always useless, so you have to have a degree of patience to play it through, backtrack and revisit incomplete scenes.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
A worthy sequel to the original classic hidden-object game, this keeps pretty much the same formula, just with "more": higher resolution graphics, more adorable helpers, more and better puzzles, and a bit longer.

The first game still has a special charm that this sequel can't quite replicate, but it's still a very fun and well-designed game.

If you're a hidden-object fan, this series has to be in your collection.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 23, 2014
When this game first came out, I just could not make myself play it, as I found the faery annoying. Saw it on sale here
on Steam, and thought, "Why Not?" Especially since I had played the first and third in this series.
The faery and the dragon didn't annoy me as much as I thought they would.
Despite what another reviewer wrote, you can click on them while they are speaking just to shut them up.
Especially when the dragon is repeating what someone just told you.
I actually did enjoy it, except for some of the HO's being difficult to find.
I like the fact that it has a jump map and you are notified when you are done in an area,
so you can just move on.
It was at times challenging, but not overly so. Puzzles are solvable without being to simple.
If your not sure what to do, there is a hint helper on top you can click on that will let you know what
to do. Otherwise, it stays out of site, for those who do not want hints.
There is a WT on the Big Fish site for when you get really stuck.
Not sure what the CE would have, as seeing I played #3 I knew how the story would end.
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5.6 hrs
Posted: October 21
Lack of object helping, the searching screen is too grey......
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3.2 hrs
Posted: August 18
As some other reviewers wrote, this is not the collector's edition.
So the end is a little "whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat"???
So if you can catch the collector's edition go for it or you are going to be a little disappointed.
Anyway the game is good & some puzzles are quite original.
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0.9 hrs
Posted: July 4
Another good Princess Isabella HOG game. Really enjoyed.
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5.2 hrs
Posted: June 27
A quick little HO game. I really enjoyed this one for the different puzzles, artwork was beautiful.
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3.0 hrs
Posted: June 4
Product received for free
Voices are a bit annoying and the game is short but it was entertaining.
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3.8 hrs
Posted: June 3
This second chapter of the series about Princess Isabella's adventures is much better than the first, slightly less childish, lots of HO scenes, nice graphics (not the best, but enjoyable) and several locations to explore. No backtracking since there's a handy map, 2 difficulty settings. Sadly there aren't achievements and some of the interactive zones can be difficult to spot because of their strange locations and the hints aren't always helpful. The story ends with an interesting cliffhanger.
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2.8 hrs
Posted: May 11
Classic HOG with no surprises. Easier than it's prequel due to simpler puzzles and like it's prequel, could be played with youngsters. As a game for adults, it will safisfy your HOG craving, if you can get around the Disney Princess theme.
My only complaint is that the game claims to have 6 hours of gameplay, but was beatable in just over 2 hours without having to use the hint option.
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