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: Mixed (67 reviews) - 68% of the 67 user reviews for this game are positive.
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
34 of 38 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
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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6 of 6 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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
Empress of the Deep is putting you in the shoes of Anna, a young woman waking up with no memories in an underwater city. Guided by Jacob, she must find who she is, why she was awaken and who is behind the purple orbs.

Given the fact that the sequels give you some anwsers, yeah, you're in reality royalty that was destined to be the Empress of the Deep... if only your twin sister, hungry with power, didn't try to kill you. And your enemy is... her.

While the game isn't as beautiful as Artifex Mundi's products, Empress of the Deep is way better than Theatre of the Absurd, published by the same enterprise and based on the same mechanisms. But here, the plot doesn't really suffer of plotholes. Besides, the places are also less dark and way more colorfuls. Not that I don't mind dark settings.

The puzzles aren't hard but I never found a skip button. It was: "solve it or forget about finishing the story". The HOG are challenging because the majority of items aren't really seen immediately. Another regret is that the map isn't interactive: you can't go from one place to another by clicking on it.

The soundtrack is good too. The voice acting is also well done. I mean, you don't know who to trust because Jacob and the one behind the purple orbs have trusting voices.

But the best is perhaps the ending. True, it's a To Be Continued (Song of the Blue Whale is coming after). But it is a quite shocking one.

I recommend it. Because well, who never dreamed of being an Empress in a fantasy world?
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
Averagely entertaining game. I like the art through most of the game though the style makes it even harder to see the hidden objects in the puzzles. The font is pretty terrible. Sound and music is decent, though for some reason the voice of the main character annoyed me though the same person voices two other characters in the game whose voices was perfectly fine.

You control Anna, who recently woke up from coma and explores a small underwater world trying to find out who you are and what's going on. You encounter two characters who help you on your way.

Very linear story with a lot of backtracking, the hidden objects outside of the puzzles are overly easy to find. The hint button is there throughout the game so you'll never be stuck. There is no punishment for not getting puzzles right, if you mess around too much you can skip them and on the hidden object puzzles the hint button has a fairly low recharge and no penalty for use.

The map is mostly completely useless. For some reason you get a flower as a kind of achievement for every level you finish, though the flowers seem to do nothing other than be a collectable.

This is game 1 in a series, but has a decent ending in itself.

I suspect this game would be enjoyed the most by kids and pre-teens. Not a bad game directly, just very 'meh' if you're older than that, though the puzzles in this game felt harder than the ones in the 2nd game. Buy on high discount sale if at all.

Voted recommended in lack of 'meh' button.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
Sometimes they return...

Well, this game isn't the newest around. It's also quite simple, and sometimes misleading... not in the way misleading like in mischieviously putting you on a red herring. More like in, I haven't expected this.

The graphics are dated. The sound is also a bit worn, it has quite good voiceacting - though the special effect at the start of the game is overdone. The game can be finished fast.

  • Simple to follow story.
  • Not buggy, I encountered no crash during gameplay.
  • Graphics and HOS are dated.
  • Sound could have been with some less effects.
  • Story is a bit... Well, worn!

Only Recommended with strong conditions

This is a perfect game for beginners of the HOG's genre. It's not a perfect start maybe, but at least it offers a fast and very secure way to give the player some poistive feedback. Veterans won't get happy with the game, since the story is quite weak in this game.
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