Fulfill your destiny, become the ruler of time, and change the course of history!
User reviews: Mixed (141 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 4, 2011

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July 16

Welcome to the Island of Madness!



Respond to a distress call from a secluded island housing an insane asylum in the second installment in 9 Clues series!

Investigate the death of Doctor Crow and find out what secrets lie buried in the eerie, crooked halls of Mnemosyne Asylum.

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April 17

Mind Snares: Alice’s Journey is coming to Steam!



Get ready for the mature adventure game with elements of the surreal, psychological thriller and horror genres that will send shivers down your spine!

Help Alice to defeat the mysterious Shadow that keeps her trapped in his ominous, psychedelic dream land for unknown reasons.

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Mind Snares will launch on 23 April with 40% off to mark the occasion.

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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?

Features

  • 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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.6.8
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.6.8
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 (32/64bit)
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 (32/64bit)
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Frustrating!

Buyer beware, this game has some frustrating issues.

Artifex Mundi normally creates fair and enjoyable, even outright well playable games but this one isn't up to the great expectations that come with the trademark Artifex Mundi. Some riddles are bugged, or so destructively constructed that you won't find a solution after you started to dabble with the riddle. I would prefer a reset button for the riddles, because once a mistake is done you can only use hint (which also isn't always helpful). The HOS are sometimes unfair, because you can't exactly make out what is what (in one picture it was incense that wasn't found, in another a butterfly, and then there were other things so well hidden - that you can't find them without a hint).

Pro:
  • Good graphics, sound and Bonus Content.
Con:
  • Unfair riddles because there is no reseting them - some of them are unsolvable after dabbling with them!
  • HOS are overloaded and sometimes too dark to see them clearly.

Conditionally Recommended

Because of the sometimes unfair riddles that can't be set back to start (and thus can't be solved after playing around with them). In my oppinion the game has earned more a no then a yes, this is why I said no... others might have not such a bad start with the game at all... And it isn't Flying Dutchman... give it a try, when it's really, really cheap...
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
NOTE: You should play the third game in this series as well to get the full experience of the story and also closure.

That being said, this game is a HUGE improvement from the first Time Mysteries. Both with story, artwork, game play and voice acting. While the game leaves some questions unanswered from the first one, it adds more depth to the Ambrose mythos.

You play Esther, an orphan who suddenly finds out she's a member of the Ambrose family and is sucked into the time traveling adventures. Through her you learn how far reaching the Ambrose family is as well as about the great Merlin and Viviana who started the family line.

The biggest improvement to the game is how you time travel. No more rings and Time Museums, instead you have a portable device that you add time crystals too, a different one for the year and place you wish to travel to making life super easy. As such, what you do in the past can alter the future of a certain location. You can plant a sapling in the past, then go say 100 years into the future and there it is as a fully grown tree.

As you time travel you'll be solving puzzles and playing hidden item scenes which are all filled with beautiful artwork and a challenge. There is no room for boredom in this game, especially if you're after the achievements which aren't hard to acquire. The game also comes with trading cards if you're into that sort of thing.

This game left me so eager to continue the story I started part three the same day I finished this game. It was fun, challenging, interesting and kept me wanting more. I say buy it, buy it now!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
Another delightful hidden object / adventure game. Pleasantly challening with a good story. Encountered a couple bugs, but nothing major. Had a good time with this.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Good length, easy/easy-med Hidden Object game.

The story is interesting and fitted the gimmick of the time travel device beautifully. I liked the way your actions noticeably changed the environments in the future.

Graphics and sound both good and I feel it is ageing quite well. This game focuses more on collecting and on the HO scenes, which are largely easy with just one or two very hard to find pieces. There is a map/teleport system to help you get around quickly and easily. And a few easy logic puzzles thrown in too.

Achievements should be easy enough to 100%, though it may take a second partial run through.

Recommend letting your crayon-eaters play this on the easy setting to save frustration.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
I've liked other games from Artifex Mundi (the previous one in this series being the only other one I've tried and not liked so far....) but this one has been irritating. Two hidden object scenes had completely invisible items. (Masks room - quark 'found' this one clicking blindly, and Statue base - card hidden behind chest you cannot close, which I used a hint for, and then had to restart the entire game to get the achievement for not using hints). Finally, in the bonus chapter, in spite of knowing I should use the pliers to remove the melted metal, no matter where I clicked on the melted metal with the pliers, it never worked. I had to use skip puzzle to pass this. Finally, there is no tickbox for windowed mode. I had to look up a keyboard shortcut.

This is the only Artifex Mundi game I've played so far with these kinds of bugs. The previous game in the series is one in this series is one I thought was semi-bad because the Hidden Object Scenes were very pixelated, and some of them had lights phasing in and out which made it even harder to see what you were doing. I didn't think that was enough to give that game a bad review (I've given it no review), but please, please fix the problems with this one?
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