Anna must find a way up to the floating Temple of the Clouds and with the help of her mystic animal guides find and save the children of light from the evil Empress Pandora.
User reviews: Positive (16 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 11, 2007
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About This Game

Anna awakens on a mysterious tiny island after escaping the destruction of her underwater kingdom. She must find her way to a mystical floating cloud city in the sky, seek out the four Children of Light and save them from the twisted clutches of the Evil Empress Pandora. Along the way she must rescue and heal enchanted animal slaves hidden in a vast temple complex suspended by massive balloons. Each animal becomes her friend and guide as she navigates the eerie halls and twilit chambers. She must use her wits to search the sprawling sky temples for artifacts and clues and rescue the children before the Empress succeeds in unveiling the darkest of plans.


Features:
• This sequel is twice the length of its bestselling precursor, with hours of breathtaking hidden object mystery and adventure in majestic city in the clouds.
• Unlock unique and beautiful animal guides to help solve each expansive puzzle level.
• Collect crystal dolphins to add to your healing powers. Use it to help your friends.
• Who can you trust? Untangle the lies of the Empress and her secret servant.
• Solve elaborate puzzles with found objects and magical artifacts to bring harmony to the ancient, mystical city in the clouds.
• Can you save the children of the Light before its too late?

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • 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
12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
I wrote a detailed review for the first Empress of the Deep and I don't feel up to writing another so I'll just quickly list the similarities and differences.

- Number 2 is slightly longer than 1, much more so if you spend time in the bonus area and playing the new ZEM game.
- Graphics are better. In fact, I've played this game more than once simply to view the beautiful scenery.
- Puzzles aren't too difficult.
- More and clearer hidden object areas than the first game.
- Story is still very cryptic.
- Still has "Area Cleared" stamped on places where you've completed everything. Such a great feature!

In my opinion, Empress of the Deep 2 is the best of the trilogy. However, as much as I love this game, I still recommend trying to find it on sale because of its short length. Really though, I think this is one of my favorite hidden object games. It's almost as if the developers took some of the lovely places I've dreamed of and placed them in their game.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
If you played the first game in this series then you will enjoy this game. If you're a fan of the genre you may want to pick a better game, however.

At a sale price I would recommend this game, at full price now. While it is improved somewhat from the last installment and does last longer, it's still very easy to finish in one sitting. The story was a little better but also more consufing, I still have no idea what kingdom Anna is even an empress of or what the heck is up with the spirits you save in this game. Obviously it's a magical world but there are still a lot of gaps.

The highlight of the game is the ZEM mini game you get to play when you finish the game. It is quite fun. But over all the game is decent, not amazing. And the voice acting still needs work.

Now I want to play the third game and see what Anna does with her magical dolphin fairy powers...
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
A classic game with still some of the best graphics I have seen. On same this week 9.9-9.15 it is a must have. Go for it you wonl't be sorry.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
Impressive. Much more detailed than the first one, but the HoG scenes are still stupid. But we have good news here: improved storyline (not perfect but much better), longer, betrayals and surprises, wonderful scenery... 7/10
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
Puzzles, strategy and hidden object based game -- I love this type of stuff! It was really fun and a lot more engaging than the first one. It had a story line that was quite lacking in the first. Defintely a game to try out if you like this genre of game.
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4 of 17 people (24%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
I got this game for 50 cents and it's not worth it if you pay the full $5. It only took me around 5 and a half hours because I wanted to get all the trophies of this one mini game. Gameplay is a little better than the first, if you did buy the first installment of this game. For everyone else who made the wise choice of not buying the first one, gameplay was about average with almost zero creativity in making it enjoyable. You can't make it more difficult so it should take an adult with a clear mind to figure out any puzzles rather easily.

The art that made the first game a little more tolerable was missing in this game but the creators tried to make it up with crystal dolphin fairies. Yeah, you read that right. Crystal. Dolphin. Fairies. The story and voice acting was again amusingly subpar. There was also the added hint of racist white savior complex to it as Anna, the girl you're directing (who incidentally is white) has to rescue the children, who happen to not be white. I suppose you could argue that one of them [italics]were[/italics] white but it doesn't change the fact that is the only instance non white people even show up in the game. Like, why did you even bother with that?
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3.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 14
Still playing, but so far:
+ They improved the graphics a LOT compared to the previous episode. The 3D environment has much better resolution and textures, so the game actually looks great (the HO scenes less so). They also used hand-drawn art for the close-up scenes, which helps a lot.
+ Still very easy puzzles and quick-charging hints. The puzzles so far were mostly recycled from the previous game.
+ The HO scenes' graphic quality improved too, they are mostly easy now. The game kept some of the unexplainable objects in the HO scenes from the previous game. (What is a rocket or a truck doing in a steampunk-ish game?)

- There's a lack of plot (exposition). In the beginning the player is repeatedly told to save the children to restore the harmony. But it's never said who these children are, what kind of harmony I would need to restore and why their saving would restore said harmony.
- The map was more useful in the previous game, it no longer shows where I am, rendering it somewhat useless.
- While I still like the general sound design, the sound of finding objects in the HO scenes gets quite repetitive and annoying.
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3.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 26
Short version: 73%
Empress of the Deep 2, the middle part of a trilogy, faithfully follows the footsteps of the first game with even more astonishing visuals, better gameplay, and a more rewarding puzzle system.

Long version:
Empress of the Deep 2: Song of the Blue Whale changed little over the previous title: it still feels like a mixture of Myst-like adventure games with classic hidden object mechanics, plus a few easy puzzles added on top.

This continuity is reflected in aesthetics that feature the same Jules Verne-like design (with greater detail); plot which takes the Empress to a sky temple where she learns more about what happened during the century she spent asleep; and gameplay that makes you explore four different temples and makes you do another lap after you are seemingly finished– although this time the goal is to free the spirits of the four seasons by rescuing a number of animal guardians.

Maybe these recurring elements will make you feel Song of the Blue Whale is just the same game packaged under a different title, but in reality it’s a solid middle pillar in the trilogy, which itself is a good, recommended series for all hidden object fans.
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