Fulfill your destiny, become the ruler of time, and change the course of history!
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Mixed (237 reviews) - 61% of the 237 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 4, 2011

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May 27

The Dark City opens its gates!



Step into the shoes of the Monster Hunter and save the city of Lichtenheim in the third chapter of Grim Legends series!

Sylvia, the acolyte of the monster hunting Order, loses her memory. One year later the Incarceri Stone – a powerful artifact that binds Koshmaar, a horrifying creature from another world – is stolen! Sylvia and her master, Solomon, embark on a quest that will lead them into the city of Lichtenheim, where they will face the thief whose identity will come as no less a shock than the actual disappearance of the artifact.

The heroin and her mentor will need to face not only the evil forces within the gothic walls of the grim city, but also the dark secrets from the past.

Will Silvia succeed in recovering the Incarceri and prevent the Koshmaar from breaking free?

Grim Legends 3: The Dark City will be available at a 40% discount to celebrate the premiere.

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May 6

The Return of the Queen



Princess Isabella: The Rise of an Heir tells the story in which the heiress Bella and her magical friends must face a power-hungry witch whose agenda is shrouded in mystery.

All begins with an evil spell turning the protagonist's mother into stone. Our young princess, who is the only legitimate heiress to the throne, narrowly escapes the same scary fate! Bella will embark on a scary adventure in order to free the kingdom from the clutches of the evil witch.

Her journey will take her through many beautiful hand drawn locations, where countless mysteries, mini games, puzzles, and hidden object challenges wait to be solved!

Will Bella succeed? Will the reigns return to the hands of the rightful ruler?

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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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.6.8
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.6.8
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 (32/64bit)
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • 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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Overall:
Mixed (237 reviews)
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Liquid ID
( 8.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
TM2 is an aggrivating hidden object game, but tHe puzzles and object scenes are not the problem. This game has quickly become one of my most hated HOGs due to the highly ambiguous progression requirements, the lack of any major logical connections, and the absurd amount of backtracking and timetravelling to find the object or location that will progress events. It is so haphazard and annoying that I lost all interest in the story.

The story revolves around Merlin and the tragic events of the past, which you deal with in the future... aided by time travel. Yup. THe majority of the game involves fixing items and running amok to find every piece to activate the puzzles. It's infuriating that every single puzzle is blocked by a 'collect 5' type affair. THe puzzles themselves are superficial and incredibly easy here. THe hidden object scenes are the only saving grace here and require a good eye and some thinking.

But oh lord how this game will drive you up the wall trying to deduce where to go next. Often you will have an inkling of what you need to do both now and in the future because certain areas make it obvious what they are used for. But finding the right items to use in those places typically invlolves collecting from numerous odd locations around the game and through time. Some games lead you by the nose, some games gently steer you, and games like TM2 simply shove you off a cliff and tell you to fly.

Screw this game. The story sucks, the puzzles are too easy, the locations are drab, and the item collection is the worst I've been through in any HOG ever. There are tons of these types of games... so many that you should never, ever have to subject yourself to this torture. Avoid wholly.

PS - There is a game breaking bug relatively early on that will render a puzzle impossible to complete. You won't know it, but you can easily screw yourself by starting the clover puzzle before having all 5 in your inventory - which is a highly likely event. Cute, right?
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Miss Ariella
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
As game 2 of the series, this one truly rocked it! I LOVED it. It wasn't just a go this room then this room point and click, it was a go here, then go back here and do this, then go over here. It was a little hard to figure out at first, but when you got the gist of it - very cool! The bonus pack was GREAT what an unreal twist to the game! Definitely liked this one!
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Derrick Rifkin
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 12
I'm still disagreeing with the portrayal of time travel in this series.... but anyway: time travel is now a core mechanic, having only two or three location hubs, but set in different times means that doing something in one locations past may affect that locations future. An enjoyable concept. The puzzles are challenging, but fair yet again and I have to say I enjoyed the game a lot whilst playing.
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Sailor Tiamat
( 7.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
I liked it. It was a fun way to kill two hours.
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colindean2
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
I normally like AM games, but this one just wasn't up to their usual standards. It's a bit older than others I've played and it shows. The time travel aspect is good, but the story is very fragmentary, and at times the map was teling me where to go and what to do instead of the story.

I wouldn't recommend this game at full price.
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CarolAnne782
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
A great game, especially because of the time-travel aspect, but also the graphics are great, the characters' voices are very appropriate to the character, and the puzzles are interesting. Cannot stress enough how great the graphics are and how beautiful the scenery is in nearly every scene. Play it, it's so interesting!
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CrystalBooness
( 8.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
I LOVED the graphics in this game. It was an enjoyable game too. Definitly glad I bought it.
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Bob
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
A marked improvement on the first Time Mysteries game. The art work and puzzles are much improved. The way some of the puzzle involve changing the time line is quite nice. It still has a way to go though compared to the better Artifex Mundi games. The voice acting is still not great, there were a couple of places where clicking in the right places was temperamental and the plot is a bit thin with an unsatisfying ending. So this is over all okay, I'd buy some of the developer's other games first and then come back to this one if you still want more.
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Ingre
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
This is a good game actually.

Good:
+ easy controls/navigation (maps)
+ time travel
+ beatiful (partly animated) graphics
+ riddles are not explained, but still understandable (at least after some time guessing)
+ easy to progress (help functions)
+ talanted speekers
+ many different mini-games

Bad
- Music is very annoing (had to deactivate it)
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wyldrose
( 8.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
This one's a mixed bag.

Pros:
- there's lots to do
- some of the time travel effects are kinda neat

Cons:
- you can't turn off the voiceovers (separate from the rest of the sound)
- game instructions are sometimes sparse
- at least one HOP is outright buggy
- lots of backtracking to find active HOPs
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
As game 2 of the series, this one truly rocked it! I LOVED it. It wasn't just a go this room then this room point and click, it was a go here, then go back here and do this, then go over here. It was a little hard to figure out at first, but when you got the gist of it - very cool! The bonus pack was GREAT what an unreal twist to the game! Definitely liked this one!
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53 of 62 people (85%) 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
Recommended
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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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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
Recommended
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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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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18 of 26 people (69%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
I recommend this game for 2 reasons.
1st - it's just a good game. Well designed, good puzzles, nice graphics and sound. Technically polished, no bugs, everything works just fine. But if you know Artifex Mundi games, it's not a big surprise.
2nd - time travel possibility. In this game you can back to the past to change the future, what is quite exciting idea.

VERDICT:
If you're a fan of Hidden Object games, you probably played all Artifex Mundi games, so I don't need to recommend this one. I can only say that this one has quality like all the others.
If you don't know Hidden Object games, try this or any other Artifex Mundi game, maybe you'll enjoy it.

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