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Release Date: Nov 4, 2011

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About This Game

It is the year 1830, and a young governess named Ester has just received a letter that will change her life forever.

The message from her aunt tells Ester that her parents, whom she never met, left her an inheritance – a mansion in London. But when she goes there, it turns out that the residence is abandoned, run-down, and haunted.

When she explores the mansion, slowly learning her family’s secrets, she discovers that for many centuries, members of her family have been investigating the phenomenon of time travel. Soon Ester finds a strange object that confirms the extraordinary legacy of the Ambrose family. This is how her exciting journey, which will lead her to places – and times - she had previously only seen in dreams, begins.

During her adventure across time and space, she will discover forgotten artifacts, meet extraordinary beings, and experience supernatural events. Trying to unravel the secrets of her heritage, Ester grows ever more entangled in an ancient struggle between the wizard Merlin and his rival, Viviana.

Will the young governess change the course of history and solve her family’s ancient mystery?


  • A portable time machine – change the history according to your will!
  • 21 diverse mini-games and 16 hidden-object scenes
  • 52 beautiful, hand-painted locations
  • Time manipulation puzzles
  • 7 intriguing heroes, each with their own secrets
  • Possibility to re-play 9 mini-games and 16 hidden-object scenes
  • Additional second adventure
  • Game world encyclopedia
  • Unique wallpapers from the game (Steam exclusive)

System Requirements

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    • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: 10.6.8
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: 10.6.8
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 (32/64bit)
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 (32/64bit)
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Tentative thumbs up. It's got good puzzles and HO scenes (more difficult than usual), but it's quite buggy and the hint system is broken. Worth playing, but only if you don't have other unplayed Artifex games.

Make sure you read the forums before you play so you can avoid the worst of the bugs.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
Nice game. Bigfish style. Animation is not delicate nowadays and scene switch sometimes laggy but it's Okay. Regular mode is not vey challengable as exclamation mark shows which scene has things operatable. Adicctive.
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54 of 63 people (86%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 2, 2014
Artifex Mundi has a bunch of really great hidden object games out, but this one is probably the worst of them. It's not uncommon to have to click on a object 2-3 times to get the game to recognize that you've found something, which is pretty much a no-no when you're dealing with achievements awarded for minimal clicking. The design of the story can also be prety frustrating here, and it's not intuitive compared to a lot of their other games. Also, the achievements are a little lacking compared to A.M.'s other games... there's no tier of achievements tied in to the mini-game that substitutes for the hidden object scenes. Perhaps most egregious of all though, is the fact that several of the objects in pictures are literally hidden COMPLETELY behind other objects. No recognizable piece of the object sticking out, literally the ENTIRE object is obscured by something in front of it. Which means in several of the hidden object scenes, you're going to end up just randomly clickling around hoping to find the object behind other objects. If you want a great hidden object game, check out Enigmatis 2, Nightmares From the Deep: The Cursed Heart, or Abyss: Wraiths of Eden. All three of those games are much better in their design. Even Clockwork Tales, a smaller effort, feels of a piece with those three, and the sequel to Nightmares From the Deep, while not as good as the first, is certainly worth playing. Time Mysteries 2 feels like it was designed by different people, from the cut scenes, to the structure of the gameplay, to the hidden object scenes themselves. It's a bit frustrating when played after the standards set by those other games.
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29 of 34 people (85%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 3, 2014
You play as Esther, a lady trying to learn more about your lost family after you receive a letter from a distant relative that suggests you to investigate an old mansion, which is, of course, full of mysteries.

During your adventure you'll come across multiple hidden object scenes and puzzles of all sorts of difficulty. The hidden object scenes are nicely drawn, but it's often hard to find the objects because they're quite well hidden and undistinguishable from the others. Most scenes come with a color palette containing many shades of gold, orange or brown, and these can be incredibly difficult to complete. Nevertheless, there is a hint button that recharges almost instantly, in case you get stuck.

The novelty that this game brings is the travel device that allows you to travel to important moments in your family’s past, and the actions you do will alter the future scenes. The device also serves as an incredibly helpful map - you have different symbols for the rooms you need to visit (those that have incomplete actions), for the unexplored rooms and for the scenes that change due to actions in the past. It also serves as a fast-travel device, even within the same time.

I found the game very enjoyable and interesting, but I wouldn't recommend it to people that are beginners in this genre because the difficulty of the hidden object scenes will probably set them back.

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24 of 27 people (89%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
16.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2014
Hidden object games do something sinister to my obsessive-compulsivity. There's just something about them that's like a drug that won't let you go. After seven hours with this game, I'm almost inclined to go cold turkey.

This is the first hidden object game where I've ended up dreading going into new puzzles. Mouse clicks don't always register on legitimate items, and in a few cases objects are ambiguous-- there may actually be two of an item on screen, but only one will satisfy the game. Almost as frustrating, the game recycles hidden object scenes to an absurd degree, going back to the same well over and over again. That backtracking is really the meat, rather the gristle, of the game. It makes sense within the context of the time travel angle, and the puzzles that emerge from that, but you're visiting the same rooms and performing the same puzzles over and over again, and that wears itself out very quickly.

The rare one-shot puzzles aren't necessarily much better. Most follow a logic that is easy to work out. Others are simply baffling, accompanied by an unhelpful, cryptic comment by the protagonist if you click outside the playfield. The follow-up adventure is particularly bad for this; I'm not sure that one of them even works properly.

I get the feeling that this is one of Artifex Mundi's early efforts, because I've played a couple of their other titles and they seemed much more polished and enjoyable. I'm disappointed, because the gimmick of a family of time travelers is intriguing, and the time traveling mechanism is elegant, but the game felt like it was padded for length.
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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 25, 2015
This game is a poor showing from the normally superb efforts of Artifex Mundi. The stand-out worst part of this game was the puzzles. The vast majority were hidden object scenes, with only a small handful of other puzzle types sprinkled throughout. Most scenes were visited two or three times apiece during the game, leading to extreme repetition and monotony. This is compounded if you choose to play on Expert mode, which I always do in these kinds of games, as you're forced to make a circuit of every room you've been to periodically to see which hidden object zone's gone active after you've advanced the plot.

The Hint button is often no help on Expert mode, as it'll usually point straight to the time machine -- I'm guessing since the Hint button works on shortest path possible, and the time machine is essentially a fast-travel device -- and on Expert mode there's no indication of which room or even which year you're supposed to be investigating. (I made it probably a third of the way through the game before I just started mashing the Hint button to find the next hotspot, and straight-up turned off Expert mode about halfway through).

At one point, I even experienced a glitch, or perhaps oversight, in one of the hidden object scenes. The first time through, I had to open up a box in order to get the object inside. On my third visit to the scene, one of the objects remained elusive, until finally I gave up and pushed the Hint button, finally revealing the object to have been completely obscured by the open lid of the box (which I had no way of closing).

The story is somwhat enjoyable, at least -- untangling the web of what happened with all the time travel rigmarole was one of the bright points of playing through the game. Even this was not without flaws, though, as the game ended abruptly on a cliffhanger, with no hint that the ending was that nigh.

I wouldn't be so overly critical of this game, but I normally play HOGs with my girlfriend, and while normally we have a good, fun time with them, this game provided nothing but frustration and seriously put the damper on an otherwise romantic evening.

I'm afraid I cannot recommend this game, unless your craving for hidden object games overrides all other senses, or you can get it on the cheap somewhere.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 9, 2015
Steam is full of hidden object adventure games - this one is competing right at the top. Reason for that is because pacing is just right in this game. As soon as the map becomes available early on the game moves on like it's on rails. Sometimes you have a large list of objectives to fulfill and sometimes it slows down and forces you to calm down and catch up on your bearings/read some journal entries - but you are never completely stuck.

Handy map shows where there are actions to do - a very essential tool since the map is also a time machine and you are constantly jumping from one time point to another while still staying in the same areas. Without it the game would be quite frustrating as 'green cloud' object puzzles appear in different time points and places most of the time without any logical reason so locating them on the map is essential.

I did not complete the most demanding achievements but i must say i was tempted to really play the game cleanly and not use any hints or random clicks as the puzzles were very challenging.

All in all money and time well spent with this title. Perfect for quick 15min+ game sessions where you must also stress your brain a bit. Some puzzles are plain devilish in the way it hides item in the picture.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 30, 2014
A good quality game of its type:

The Artifex Mundi engine is very good, puzzles all good with a lot of variation. Not my favourite Artifex Mundi game and I have played all of their games that are currently on Steam, but definitely worth playing by any fan of the genre.

I should mention that apart from the game engine, which is very slick and for instance auto zooms when you need it to, it has the standard map feature which is present in all but one (the oldest) Artifex Mundi game currently on Steam which allows fast travel by clicking on the location in the map screen.

The artwork is the usual high standard I come to expect from Artifex Mundi.

The games main feature which sets it apart from other Artifex Mundi games it involves time travel, such that you have travel to the past, change something and then return to the present, or to a later time to advance the plot of the game.

So in closing I would recommend the game, as I said not my favourite, but well worth playing and playing this game did cause me to purchase and play all of the other Artifex Mundi games on Steam which is a recommendation in itself.
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2015
Another good Artifex Mundi game. I didn't experience any of the issues some other reviews are complaining about.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
Sadistic hidden object scenes, irrelevant plot with one of the worst ending in a HOG ever (wow!) and, to top it off, I encountered the worst bug you could picture in that kind of game : in one of the hidden object scenes, three of the listed items were mislabeled as others.
The first game in that series being bad already, they may serve to point out how Artifex didn't become masters of the genre overnight. Beyond gaming archeology purposes, they probably should be left alone.
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Serenity (anikototh87)
4.5 hrs
Posted: October 9
+ graphics better than in the previous game,
+ story slightly better than in the previous game

- the button click detection of the game is far from good which can mess up your achievements, thanks to a few items placed near the hint button in HO scenes,
- although it's better in many ways than the previous one, still barely average

Buy it during a sale, or in a bundle.
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6.3 hrs
Posted: September 30
far better than 1.
But still average.
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9.8 hrs
Posted: September 19
I played the 1st part, and I liked it despite some flaws. I'm glad to say that this part seems an improvement to me. The idea of time-travel and changing the flow of time is nice, if not unique. It's realised better than in the 1st part. They also got better at cutscenes, those almost didn't make me cringe. Except for the creepy lip movements from an elderly lady at the very end.

There are some appreciated attempts to make the game lovable, you know, a bit closer to actual life than they tend to be - like some passers-by when you look down from a window, or gossiping ladies in the street.

I can honestly say I laughed at the ending with it's 'men-in-black' wannabe thing. All in all, a nice game, mostly focused on hidden objects scenes. The plot is ridiculous, but logic in actions is OK, and the atmosphere and art are quite appropriate to my uncultured eye. Oh, and the game even has several 'screamers' which startled me, 'cause I was so not expecting something suddenly happening onscreen.

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8.8 hrs
Posted: September 12
Very interesting, colourfull and joyfull game. Lots of puzzles. Must have for point and click puzzle story lovers. Recommend it!
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5.3 hrs
Posted: September 8
By now I have completed this game THREE times.
The first time my game got bugged and would NOT progress so I had to start a new game. The second time the hidden object was so close to the hint button that I clicked it by accident and I had to restart AGAIN for the achievement. The third time I played through the game without using a single hint, but it didn't register the achievement.

I am done with this piece of ♥♥♥♥ game.
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7.4 hrs
Posted: August 27
A big improvement over the first game but still not that good.
The art, music and story is an better than in the first game.
During the Hidden Object scenes the game has some problems regarding when a click is counted and what part of the object you are clicking on. That means unneccessary mis-clicks and will be a negative impact on your game and chance of getting achievements.
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13.2 hrs
Posted: August 24
Second game of Time Mysteries Series. This time you are a girl raised alone try to discover her family's secret and the evil ancient specter that battled merlin long ago.

Another needle in the hay stack hidden object game with quite good graphics and sound. The small side puzzle game of this game are not that well explained some time. (Like the last water pipe puzzle. You have to not only connect point A to point B but also make sure there are no water leaking on open pipes.)

Still a very enjoyable game with interesting story, animation and wonderful voice acting.

Difficulty is a bit harder than the first game. Achievements are quite straight forward. I messed up on a few things so a quick replay should solve it and 100% in a few hours.

8.5/10... A must play game for hidden object lover and puzzle solver.
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4.5 hrs
Posted: July 19
- This review isn't written by a native speaker, thank you for your understanding –
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- Note1 : I think I got this game in a bundle on DailyIndieGame, the game alone should be at $0.60 -

Family Rating
Everyone 10+
Between Good and Must Play

- Key features below ---- Review after -----------------------------------------------

Play time needed (perfect)
About 5 hours (4h main story, 1h bonus story)
Gaming level
Achievement level
Game style
Point N’ Click (First person), Hidden Objects (HO), Puzzle
Game modes
Story mode, Bonus Story mode
One (Two if you missed anything)
Mouse only.
Yes, easier difficulties.
Unmissable / backtracking content
No. Refer to the (*) point at the end.
Glitches / bugs
About 275 Mo
Worth price
The game should deserve at least a small discount on its full price. Before buying you must accept the (*) point at the end and its length.

- Review below ----------------------------------------------------------------------

Time Mysteries 2: The Ancient Spectres is an independent sequel of Time Mysteries: Inheritance – Remastered. Like the first game you’ll inherit from your family of something that allow to time travel. But unlike the other one, the game takes place in the modern world. (In the year 1830)
As Esther, you’ll travel to London where their parents left her an inheritance: an old and abandoned mansion in London. You’ll then explore the mansion learning more your family you’ve never known and discover all their secrets. As you investigate you’ll soon discover that members of your family have been investigating the phenomenon of time travel through time. But you’ll also discover a dangerous person named Viviana.

As every Artifex Mundi game you can move freely in different area (of the Mansion) and need to solve some puzzles and find all objects in hidden objects scenes. The game has (different difficulties?) and a guest feature: every one of the family can play an independent save and resume the game where they left it. When you first play the game you’ll have a notebook where you have all your objectives as well as all your notes. You’ll also have a time travel device showing a map that allow you to fast-travel. Adding to that you’ll have a hint button that will help you in many ways but be warned that you may not use it in any puzzle or hidden object scene (HOS)or investigation scene (IS). Hints can be used to know where you need to go, where is the next interaction or to show an object or clue in an HOS or IS or to skip a puzzle. To conclude this part, you’ll also have an inventory to store useful items through your journey.

Puzzles are good and different. Hidden objects scenes (HOS) have only the classical one (as far as I remember): find objects hidden with the help of their name. Orange names mean that you need to interact directly with the scene or use an item in the scene.

One of the very good thing of this game is that there are 2 unique features you won’t find in any other Artifex Mundi game (except Time Mysteries):
• You’ll be able to freely move through time (and space) with your time travel device.
• You’re able to play a unique mini-game instead of the HOS. (I don’t really suggest it if you’re going for achievements though.)

To do so (to time travel) you’ll first need to repair it (?) and to retrieve every token to be able to travel to specific dates.

And for the mini-game, as far as I recall I think that’s a matching game: you need to click on a chain of three or more adjacent balls to remove them. (The aim is to let some kind of token to fall out of the screen or to remove adjacent balls?) Each time you remove a token you remove also an item in the hidden objects list.

(*) :
In addition to no skip or use any hint while playing every puzzles and Hidden objects scenes, there are a few more missable achievements. Two of them requires you to complete a puzzle and a hidden objects scene under one minute. And 2 other hidden objects achievements ask you to find 3 objects within 3 seconds or to finish a scene with less than 4 misclicks.

Finally if you missed anything while finishing your first playthrough, you’ll need to play the game again. I guess but I’m not sure that you need to play on the same profile to get the “One of a kind” achievement.
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