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.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (49 reviews)
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
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
I originally played this on my iPod touch forever ago and enjoyed it quite a lot, enough that I picked it up again here for another playthrough and plan to pick up the sequels.

That said, there are a few things to take into consideration if you're looking at buying this:

1. This is a combination of puzzles and hidden object scenes, with items to find in the world for clues or to complete puzzles. If you want straight HO, you may not appreciate the puzzle/adventure aspect, and if you're a puzzler that doesn't enjoy HO scenes, you also might want to give it a miss.

2. The graphics are older and while it didn't excessively bother me (I grew up with an old 386 so I get strangely nostalgic for ancient graphics), it does make some of the HO scenes difficult. This isn't because objects are well hidden but simply because the scenes can be dark or grainy.

3. This is not a long game. I took about two hours to playthrough this time on Steam, and it took a little bit longer the first time on my iPod. This was at a leisurely pace, without rushing much, and with a couple of unpaused breaks for various reasons. Actual playtime was probably closer to 90 minutes.

4. The $4.99 price tag is a little steep for what you get. However, I've seen it on sale more than once and I picked it up myself for 75% off; paying $1.24 for it is totally reasonable in my opinion if it's a style of game you like.

TL;DR: Recommended if you can pick it up on sale and if you don't mind some graphically-subpar HO scenes mixed with some decent puzzles.
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26 of 35 people (74%) found this review helpful
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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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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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
7.2 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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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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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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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
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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7 of 10 people (70%) 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
Two hours to complete. Nice little story. The puzzles and find the objects were either VERY easy for VERY hard. If you fiddle with the puzzles long enough you figure them out. For some of the hidden objects I had to use the hint button. The graphics were nice and the voice acting was good as well. It is a suprisingly evil tale. Overall nice little way to waste two hours.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 20, 2014
While some puzzles are pretty decent, the hidden object part is simply horrible. Most of the scenes represent a primordial soup where you have no choice but to blindly poke around hoping to catch something. No fun in that.

You can't really expect much from a budget HOG in terms of narrative, but many developers at least try to spice up the usual boredom in some or another way. Not the case here, unfortunately. You get all the thickness of undiluted tedium you can get, with no real bonuses to cheer up your miserable in-game existence.

I surely will think twice before buying anything else done by Gogii Games in the future, even if it goes only for half a dollar on a sale, and I suggest you do the same.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 11, 2014
I'm recommending this game, but you should remember that honestly it's a less-than-average game, but it's good enough to distract you for an hour or two and hopefully you won't regret spending that time. The gameplay is pretty much exactly would you find in pretty much every other hidden object game. It's very linear, so you don't have to think about the story too much if you're not into it. Some of the puzzles were tough, but I'm not good at puzzles anyway so that's not a very objective answer. You do have the option of skipping after you hear the hint.

All in all, good distraction, but not worth an investment of time and thought for story. The voice acting isn't that good so remember to mute it in game if it'll bug you. Buy it on sale.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 16, 2014
I give this game a 4/5 Stars.

As a HIDDEN OBJECTS Adventure game, it was one of the best of that genre that I have played. I originally assumed it was a game for children because it started out so easy, however the puzzles rapidly (too abruptly) shifted from solve in your sleep to ones I finally got frustrated with and looked up the solutions. It also had a handy Hint/SKIP Puzzle system so I wasn't too frustrated when I got stuck, but I did want to know how to solve one or two of them that stumped me, not just move past the obstacle.

The hidden objects puzzle while using a telescope to scan an area was very unique. Plus finding puzzle clues based on their scientific classification names, matching star maps, etc. were all unique for this genre.

The game was colorful, exotic, and interesting. I thought the "surprise ending" was way too obvious (again, was this game originally aimed at children?), which is why I only gave it 4/5 stars. It felt like the plot was insulting my intelligence/situational awareness, but it forced you to complete all the steps to create the race against the clock situation at the end game.

I recommend this game if you like Hidden Object Adventures!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 25, 2014
I'm writing this review fresh off of finishing the game. I wish there was an option between "yes" and "no" for a game like this.

Would I recommend at the price of five dollars? No.
Would I recommend it at a sale price or as part of a bundle? Yes.

It's a hidden item game with a few other types of mini games thrown in, so if you like the genre then find it on sale. However, I would gripe that it's not much of a hidden item game at all. The game barely had any hidden item puzzles and seemed to rely on other mini games, most had absolutely no explination. And when you did hit a hidden item puzzle you could aimlessly click on everything with no pentalty. So you could pretty much click everything and guess.

That all being said, I finished the game for the story. It was weird and required you to suspend belief but it was interesting enough, although predictable. Ending had me feeling meh, though. A lot of build up and everything was wrapped up in five seconds.

Not a bad game if on sale but could be a lot better. And yes, the voice acting is horrible.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 25, 2014
Really short, not so difficult, cute storyline and nice atmosphere... but the graphics is so bad only it makes the HoG parts HARD, because of the resolution you can't see the things you have to find. :/ So... 6/10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 18, 2014
I played this game straight through - I enjoyed it very much. It's a game based on puzzles, strategies and hidden object games. I personally love those kind of games and that's why I would recommend this to anyone who loves those type of games, too!

A lot of fun, but I won't play it more than once, haha. I usually remember story lines and I feel like this is a one-time-game.

Great game!
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 25, 2014
I was always apprehensive of Point & Click games; mostly because I couldn't think they could be fun which is far from the truth, recent titles such as The Wolf Among Us and The Walking Dead showed me how great they can be. Having an indepth and engaging story, deep characters need not also be coupled with the best graphics or modern game-play which works to shoe-horn in every aspect.
Seriously, if you've played any recent games from 'AAA Developers/Publishers' like EA or Activision, you'll no doubt see how they've attempted to cram everything from stealth elements, to puzzles to even racing into games that neither need it nor gamers who want it. Konami added forced stealth elements to Castlevania Lord of Shadows; I remember when those used to be games about combat, about adventure and fighting monsters, not about trying to copy the popular parts of other video games to 'broaden the audience'.

You may notice it says I've played about 3 hours, that is how long the game took me, being a puzzle game, it may take more or less time for others but even so, I was more interested in the story of a 3 hour, point & click game than any AAA title that has come out in the last few years.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 14, 2014
Short, but worth the fifty cents when you get it on sale.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 18, 2014
Worth the 40p when it's on sale, about 2 hours of gameplay in there. Fairly addictive with puzzles that are ranged and challenging, however it is very easy to skip and hint your way through the entire game which is a shame. Too many "find the item" puzzles for me and also some of the items were very modern which really ruined the whole "underwater city" aesthetic and emmersiveness of the game. As predicted this game isn't made with amazing graphics so don't expect much 3D or HD but regardless it has a very nice art style. However, as mentioned the "find the item" puzzles break this. Some nice voice acting and good sound with a fairly predictable storyline, but then this is somewhat irrelevant when you're playing a puzzle game. Worth it when its on sale for a bit of a challenge, provided you don't skip your way through it.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 20, 2014
As cliche as they come and then some. The instant you meet your second mystical voice from the sky (I mean the shiny orb) I know how this ends. A certain other game should have most of us wary of the pull of a random mystical orb... Needless to say though point and click stuff will never be known for depth so between this and a red box movie (Since I snagged it at $1.25) I'd prefer the game since it was something to do more than just sit around and it lasted a bit longer.
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