Fulfill your destiny, become the ruler of time, and change the course of history!
User reviews: Mixed (122 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.

9 Clues 2: The Ward will launch with 40% off to celebrate the premiere on Steam.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/369420/

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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.

Are you up for the challenge? The fate of Alice lies in your hands!

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

http://store.steampowered.com//app/363330
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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
10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
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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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
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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3 of 3 people (100%) 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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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
Solid HoG with above-average difficulty puzzles and a jolly time travelling mechanic.

Due to some very hard (for the genre) obstacles, it's not a great candidate for Babby's First HoG. Other AM games like the Nightmares from the Deep series would be a better start.


Note: I don't have gameplay hours or achievements here as my experience with this game wasn't acquired playing it on this Steam account.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
Wonderful :)
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