Anna wakes up in a vast and mysterious undersea temple with amnesia. By unlocking the enchanted Imperial Relics she must rediscover her own lost identity and the forbidden secrets of Dark Empress before it’s too late.
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Release Date: Feb 21, 2010

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A beautiful young woman wakes up in a vast and mysterious undersea temple complex, not knowing who or where she is. She soon learns that she has been frozen in a death-like slumber in a secret crypt for over a century. Now she must escape the crypt and explore the ancient underwater chambers to unravel the mystery. Use your Hidden Object and puzzle-solving skills to help Anna unlock the enchanted Royal Relics, reveal the terrible secrets of the Dark Empress, and piece together her own shocking identity … before its too late! Along the way she encounters strange and mysterious characters. But who truly wants to help her? And who wants her dead? The fate of humanity lies in her hands.

Features :

• Over 140 breathtaking scenes in a vast undersea temple and cloud city.
• Immersive locations, fantastic story and unique object hunting and mini-games.
• Meet mysterious characters to gain vital clues. Who can you trust? Who will deceive?
• Stop the Evil Empress from destroying the underwater world.
• Escape to the utopian city in the clouds.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX compatible video card
    • DirectX: Version 8.1
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
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33 of 39 people (85%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2015
A couple of HOG gamers persistently suggested Empress of the Deep series and I sincerely tried to like this one. For that purpose only, this is my third playthrough of the game, in hopes of catching a glimpse of what I might have missed before. I know that it takes a maximum of 2 hours to finish the game, so it's not a labor, but the spark simply is not there.

Meet our protagonist: Anna. We watch her drifting into the depths of an ocean in the opening cinematic, and then, she opens her eyes in an odd sarcophagus, remembering nothing of her past. She - who is a bit dim witted, may I say - is told that she just woke up from a century old slumber. She is in a mysterious underwater civilization and two unseen companions welcome her: an old man named Jacob who asks for her to try and gather three royal relics to uncover her own destiny, and a nameless young girl who we can only communicate as a fleeting, creepy voice in our head. One asks for our aid to help the sinking civilization by overthrowing the evil empress and the other asks us to activate 10 uncanny orbs to see something cool. Guess who is actually trustworthy?

The setting - besides being a shameless imitation of Bioshock series - is beautiful, and I'd like to congratulate the visual artist on that manner. It looks old - as if taken from an old Myst game, but pretty enough. Is there anything else remotely interesting or exceptional about this game? No. Sadly, the whole game doesn't go even one step further than being a collection of pretty environment design. Voice acting is tedious. Characters speak as they are about to fall asleep half the time. And other times, you can swear that Bollywood has seen better acting performances, with more feeling. Animations are actually old stop-motion presentations, and they look a bit eerie in play, which is not the intended atmosphere, I think.

HOG scenes are horrendously bad, consisting of cut out stock photographs thrown around in blending colored backgrounds. It is nearly impossible to even recognize whatever you are clicking on half the time, so no one should expect for you to actually search for an item that you cannot identify! You'll quickly find yourself abusing the hint button just to get done with the scene. About puzzles; yes, there are some imaginative logic puzzles. But there is no skip option, so either you complete it, or get stuck on the present point until you manage to solve the puzzle. This becomes disengaging pretty quickly. Gameplay? There is a horrible amount of backtracking for a game this short in playing hours, and there is no usable map option for quick transport either.

Still, my major complaint is about the story itself. At the beginning of my blabbering, I mentioned Anna being a bit dim witted. Well, I underestimated. She is downright stupid. I mean, she keeps seeing her own face on a family portrait, side by side with the same girl, and she doesn't get even slightly suspicious of the mischievous little girl voice, who speaks in a tone fitting for Disney villains! We practically see a portrait of the evil empress, carrying those purple orbs all around her, and we still keep activating them! I mean, there should be a limit to how stupid a character can be! In this situation, she was stupid enough to let a maniac blow up the archive of all civilization...

Hailing from Gogii games, I'm not surprised to see a below mediocre game. Their games tend to be either brilliant, or horrible anyhow. What I was surprised is that there is a considerable amount of gamers who are in favor of the series. I didn't play the rest of the series yet, so I'm still hopeful that this shoddy little game doesn't represent all that there is for me to discover in Empress' world. I'll see for myself, and inform you accordingly.

Update: Please bear with this game, 'cause with the following instalments this makes one great trilogy! I'm still annoyed when I think about this one, but I promise you, losing 2 hours with this game worths it when you experience the rest of the series!

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41 of 53 people (77%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 10, 2015
Despite the lack of any animation, fuzzy hidden object pictures, cringe-worthy voice acting, no fast travel and backwards-walking that makes up half the game... uhhh... and unskippable credits along with a storyline that didn't even make sense, hmmm.

Oh.. I guess that's it.

If you're a fan of hidden object adventures, I'd probably steer clear of this one. Even on sale.
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34 of 45 people (76%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 26, 2014
It's not uncommon to see hidden object games (hence referred to as HOGs) riffing off other games for their source material in order to continue to the ever constant stream of releases with little in the way of originality. In terms of Empress of the Deep that comes in the form of an unapologetic retelling of Bioshock, as told through the eyes of someone who skimmed a synopsis of its plot and then asked a fifth grader to rewrite it based off the most prominent themes and moments.

A mysterious voice on the radio, a creepy girl asking for help, all taking place in an underwater city meant to be the last bastion of humanity. I'm not entirely opposed to casual games trying to do their own version of something I've already seen, and in some cases find it hilarious the way the developers get around the fact they are making a game on a much smaller scale and budget, but EotD is so painfully written and voiced that it just feels insulting. The plot is contrived to the very last moment, with boneheaded characters that constantly feel the need to reexplain the simplistic plot to you through painfully voiced dialog. The voice actors sound incredibly bored the entire time, and almost seem to be missing the correct tone on purpose as never once does a characters reflection actually fit with what they say. It's hamfisted and forgettable, making it even more obvious that little attention was payed to writing anything half decent for what was likely seen as casual shovelware by the publisher.

I'd be able to forgive the horrendous narrative if the object finding was itself enjoyable, but it's hard to have fun when you're locked at a resolution so low that it's near impossible to make anything out from the background. More often than not I was simply guessing at what I was clicking on, as objects are blurry to the point of being invisible, which really kills the entire point of this sort of game. The handful of logic puzzles inserted among the traditional HOG gameplay are a nice touch, but are so easy they feel like throwaway additions.

I might seem rather down on Empress of the Deep, but it's not that it's especially bad for what a lot of people consider a HOG to be; it's that with an influx of excellent ones like Angelica Weaver and The Twin Vaccines, this sort of halfbaked mediocrity is no longer what we should expect from the genre. It deserves better, and that quality is out there hidden among all the fluff. If you've already devoured the other HOGs in your near vicinity you could do a lot worse, but that doesn't change Empress of the Deep from being a wholly lackluster experience that's better left forgotten (and perhaps chucked into the ocean for irony's sake).
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2014
This hidden object game is a slightly different flavor than the normal variety. It is very puzzle oriented and the puzzles come with no directions. However, if you're familiar with these types of games, you should be able to figure everything out. The story is very cryptic but that actually helps the whole feel of the game, which I liked very much. For an older game, the graphics are quite nice. The hidden object areas are a bit blurry but not bad enough to stump me for long. Even though the game is dated, it DOES have voice acting - sometimes good, sometimes not so much, but always interesting. One thing I absolutely love about Empress of the Deep is that once you've finished everything there is to do in an area, an "Area Cleared" Star appears. You never have to worry about coming back to that area to find or do something else. And it gives a nice sense of accomplishment. I wish more hidden object/puzzle games incorporated that feature. The whole game has a very surreal feel to it. It's not a long game but I enjoyed every minute of it. There are also two sequels to this game that continue the story, if you're curious about what happens next. Because of the length of the games, I'd recommend trying to find them on sale. But they're good enough that I'm currently replaying them all. If you like a game with an intriguing atmosphere and plenty of puzzles, check this out!
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 14, 2014
Surprising little gem of a casual game. It's an adventure/hidden object mix, which has become quite common, but leans more on its adventure side than hidden object, and instead of heaping in hidden object scenes every few steps, includes a selection of different kinds of puzzles, some of which were fairly unique. The hidden object portion is the standard fare you'd expect, perhaps even a slight bit sub-par with the amount of objects I felt I was squinting to make out (even with a hint, some were still unrecognizable in my opinion).

The adventure portion, however, more than made up for it. It won't shine in the way a full-fledged adventure game would, but as a casual title, it can be clever with the sorts of puzzles it throws at the player and gives a decent number of rooms to explore. This, though, leads to some backtracking, some of which is particularly unnecessary. Without spoiling anything, the ending makes you revisit nearly every screen to click a single object on each, which was a rather bland way of padding the already short game length.

The narrative is decent, but nothing groundbreaking. You'll see any major plot points coming a mile away, but it still gets the job done and gives you a reason to wander the game world. It's also fully voiced, and the actors do well enough a majority of the time.

One thing to point out is it ends with a "To be continued." It does complete its own self-contained story at least, and the next part is available on Steam.

Lastly, it clocks in at a measly two hours. It's worth the ride for fans of the genre, but only on sale. (As of writing this, it's 50 cents, and that's a steal :) ).
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
Nice graphics, standard story. Took me 3 hours to complete. If you can grab this game for $2 or less, go for it.

The strongest word used is "damnable", so I consider it suitable for ages 8+. The hidden objects comprise 50% of the gameplay and aren't particularily challenging, and there's no penalty for using the hint button. The puzzles comprise the other 50% and are based on classic concepts like "tower of Hanoi", which makes solutions easy to find online if you get stuck. This is NOT a challenging game and I suspect the intended audience is tweens through teens.

I appreciate the fact that I wasn't forced to replay any of the hidden object scenes: once I completed a hidden object area, it was done. I was glad to see the game using female voice acting and programmers/designers. Show your tweens that women can be a part of the computer gaming industry.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 14, 2014
Got the game for 50 cents and brought me 2 hours of playtime. Game got full voice acting,interesting and fun puzzles(though some of them are hard to understand what you need to do),and mediocre story. Also there is a marker to tell you if you completed an area or not(completing means you completed the puzzle in there or found a " hidden" item). Puzzle varies with mostly hidden objects but also there are complete a picture,find the difference,find X amount of Y,light an object and such so you gonna have some fun. But also game got some stuff that really annoyed me at the end like misplaced sound effects,annoying movement(to pass through every area till you get to the desirable one) and some puzzles were designed really well and could make you rage a bit.
Overall if you get this cheap - $0.5-1 it will be worth it.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
I play a lot of HO games and this game can't really be recommended. I finished the game in 100min which isn't a lot, not even for HO games. The story is very linear and while this is maybe not the most important part of an HO game, it really stands out.
Most importantly the HO mini games are no fun. This is mainly caused by the lack of high-resolution textures. The game only runs in 800x600 windowed or the same resolution stretched. The artwork quality is pretty average too. It's rendered with a grainy look and isn't hand-drawn. Together this makes objects harder to find than necessary. Add to this the bad font choice where you can't tell h from b, hat or bat? Animations are not fluid. Overall it's hard to believe that this game is from 2010. It looks and feels like a game from the 90s, when PCs had 800x600 resolution.
Other puzzles aren't that interesting. But then, I can't be bothered with the 8-queens-on-chessboard-problem. I prefer fresh types of puzzles.

Bottomline: Unless you're really into HO games, avoid. There are many better ones. If you want it, wait for bundles or get it cheap under 1 <<currency>>.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 12, 2015
Empress of the Deep is a quick dip into a still, ancient, underwater world. It's a little like Amerzone with more water and hidden objects, which makes it a happy light entertainment for, say, downtime at work, which is where I played it in 15- and 20-minute slices. My 3.7 hours in the game involved reminding myself where I was and what I was doing since I wasn't playing straight through, and I reckon an average player would complete it in three hours or less.

The game is a pretty slide-show exploration adventure set in a deserted underwater habitat called the Ark, where you are awakened at the beginning with little memory to explain why you're there and, of course, with a destiny to discover. This is pretty much par for the course, but happily the voice acting is fairly subdued and the plot is delivered calmly, so the routine nature of the story doesn't compete against the pretty scenery.

You're met early on by Jacob, a disembodied voice that will come to you from time to time over your little handheld device thingy (map, clues, notes, and collections) with encouragement and vague instructions. He tells you to find the three parts of a family artifact, and you're off through a trio of silent, giant pavilions. A furtive little-girl voice will join in later, and she and Jacob push and pull for your trust until the end.

The art is beautiful, and not especially detailed. It's pleasant to push through and ultimately feels like an inert high-fantasy world of science, though without the splashy excesses of, say, Rapture. There isn't much to explore - the eye captures each screen quickly unless there are puzzles present - but I thought from the bones of the design that the game idly aspired to Myst as an influence, rather than entirely embracing its hidden-object heritage.

Still, it is absolutely a casual game, with none of the crazy-making that kind of ruined Myst for me back in the day. You'll push a button in one scene, activate an orb in another, collect a few stray inventory items here and there, and move similarly through the peaceful scenery at a good clip. The game introduces an "Area Finished" star icon that displays in the upper left of each screen when all actions there have been completed, and it's a great convenience. Less usefully, it awards you flowers when you finish puzzle segments, and you're meant to collect them all, but since they arrive automatically as you progress through the story and don't do anything but sit on their collection page, it's easy to forget that they are there.

A flurry of action at the end contains a satisfactory reveal, as well as putting the player into position for part two.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 17, 2014
Empress of the Deep probably was a good HOG at some point, but it didn't age well. If you really like the genre, you may give this a try. If not, look elsewhere.
I was torn whether to recommend it or not, but I feel it's just about good enough if you get it very cheap (i.e. at a huge discount).

The game in detail:

# It has only one game mode. It's fairly easy, and the hint button recharges quickly. There's a random clicking penalty, that doesn't really do much (your cursor moves around wildly for a bit).

# The graphics aren't good. The HO scenes are blurry, and sometimes, the objects are very difficult to be spotted. Awkwardly, most screens have only one item lying around (usually in plain sight), and once you pick it up, the screen is finished. It felt like a great waste of potential to me.

# There are a few mini-games but nothing extraordinary.

# You'll spend a good deal of time backtracking. There's a map, but it's pretty useless. You can't use it to "teleport", and it doesn't indicate the unfinished screens. Thus, the backtracking gets pretty annoying.

# It's quite short. It took me just 1.5 hours to finish it, and I read all the dialogues, watched all the cutscenes, and played all minigames.

# The game doesn't have achievements, but for some reason, you collect flowers. They seemed very out of place to me, didn't do anything, and were impossible to miss.

# The story is somewhat decent, but you can tell the big twist right from when the characters are introduced.

# The voice overs and music are all right.
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3.7 hrs
Posted: August 19
Short game. Roughly 2 hours. Pretty fun. good casual playing game. 7/10
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3.4 hrs
Posted: August 13
Cool Game! Interesting story and good puzzles!
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2.3 hrs
Posted: July 4
This is a good game, even though it's quite short, the second game that follows after this one has more of a mnph to it and is more detailed and twisted! :D
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5.5 hrs
Posted: May 17
I highly enjoyed this game and the visuals. The graphics were good with good games. The story was pretty good.
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2.2 hrs
Posted: April 20
Mediocre hidden object puzzle with stupid plot and sub-par voice acting.

If you want to buy it, wait for a sale.
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2.3 hrs
Posted: March 20
It just isn't an enjoyable game. The frail plotline does nothing to excite-I can hardly remember it through the haze of I Spy puzzles. That's really all this is, a low-quality string of I Spy puzzles. If you're really so into that you'll pay money for it, I suggest purchasing the original CD-ROM I Spy games. Or the books. This is not an enjoyable game in any sense. The worst part is that the puzzles don't connect with the story or the game. You have to find so many hidden objects to advancec to the next room. Why? No reason, it's just the solitary gameplay feature. Not worth five dollars. Maybe worth 1.
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2.1 hrs
Posted: February 28
Not too bad of a HOG in general. Graphics and resolution are a bit blurry in general. Story and voice acting aren't amazing, but at the same time still decent. Overall I would say it's worth a sale buy for sure. Very short, and the puzzles aren't very hard but as a total package pretty good. I would play the next one if they managed to make it.
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0.8 hrs
Posted: January 21
Empress of the Deep is a hidden object game that follows a young girl called Anna, who finds herself awoken in a tomb underneath the sea.

There isn't really much to say about the game, which speaks volumes about the game itself.

Nice art
Interesting story line

Voice acting that sometimes disables you from becoming fully immersed in the story

Something I wish to go indepth with with a con, is the fact that a lot of the items you were asked to find weren't what I thought they would be. I would be looking for one item when in fact it was another item that I needed, but because of what could only be considered a lanuage barrier between different english speaking countries, it did make it difficult at times.

Would I recommend this game? All in all I did have fun with the game, and did find a lot of the puzzles fun to solve.
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4.0 hrs
Posted: January 10
I love these types of games and this one is awesome. Good mystery story and a little eerie. A quick enough game but with a story. Quick play but the story is great.
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Barbarella Psychadella
3.4 hrs
Posted: November 21, 2015
It was fun for a while, and by fun I mean casual fun. Nothing exciting about this game. It's a good way to kill time, but that's about it. The story had a lot of obvious foreshadowing. Do I recommend this game? I wouldn't go telling my sister to play it so I would say, no.
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