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Release Date: Nov 4, 2011
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Buy Time Mysteries: The Ancient Spectres

$7.99

About the 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)

PC System Requirements

    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

Mac System Requirements

    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

Linux System Requirements

    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
13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
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.
Posted: August 3
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
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.
Posted: August 30
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
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.
Posted: August 2
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Personally, I don't mind a HOG. And I have to admit, I'm quite enjoying this one.

There's lots of moving back and forth to get various objects to complete tasks, and the 'time device' you gain quite early on can certainly assist in where you need to go to next, should you get stuck.

A nice touch is the ability to swap to a mini game if you get fed up of the hidden object path.

The only downside so far is the voice acting. it's very meh. As if the actors weren't being paid enough!!

In general though, if you want a bit of a time waster game, with some light challeneges, and something that's not too mind bending to figure out, then this should do the trick.
Posted: August 2
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
I'm not a fan of adventure games that include hidden object scenes, but this one was cool enough. Entertaining, in a way. I had already played a similar one and, for the price (I got it on sale, of course) it wasn't bad. Hidden object scenes are beyond boring, but I knew what it was before I bought it. Also the mini-games that you can escape to are boring, but that's not so bad either.

Not so cool that you can't save your game, then go back and correct something or do it better; the game saves its own progression and puts you back where you were everytime you log back in.

What unleashed my fury:
I finished the game and started the bonus adventure, called "Save Esther". I was in the doing a puzzle and decided to close the game to continue later. When I wanted to come back to the game, my profile disappeared, so all my progress (meaning, the entire game) was completely gone. Now, if I want to go back to where I was, I have to play it all over again.

Sure, it's a very short game; I played it all in 3.5 hours (plus a few times that I left it standing by to go eat or whatever), but do you think that means I want to do it all again, just because the game had a stupid hiccup and lost all my progress?

So, you can either STAY AWAY from this game and go buy something cooler, or get it on a really cool sale (I wouldn't pay 2€ for this) if you really really really like hidden object mixed with point and click puzzles.
Posted: August 9
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