An ancient phoenix summons Anna to explore a drifting ocean city, confront the Evil Colossus and save her lost tribe.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (10 reviews) - 70% of the 10 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 7, 2014

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About This Game

After vanquishing her evil twin, Pandora, Empress Anna must find her lost tribe. In a fever dream she learns they are threatened by a cursed colossus on a distant and mysterious temple city, adrift on the waves below. Helped by the ghost of Jacob and an ancient phoenix she escapes the burning palace in the clouds and finds the beautiful floating city, constructed by her lost people. But where have they gone? Only a sinister two-headed wizard and his cats remain. Can she trust him? Will he help her find the lost tribe before the colossus fully awakens?

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows Vista / XP / 7 / 8
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz Pentium 4 or equivalent
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 8.1
    • Hard Drive: 923 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
Short version: 78%
Empress of the Deep 3 makes a few bold turns in terms of gameplay, but the core features like level/visual design and puzzle mechanics remain the same. A fitting finale to a trilogy that turned out to be surprisingly good in the end.

Long version:
Empress of the Deep 3: Legacy of the Phoenix is the final chapter of a hidden object game trilogy that is defined by two things: Myst-like levels and game flow, and great visual design that just got better and better throughout the series, with this game being no exception. The same cannot be said about the gameplay which features similar puzzles and hidden object scenes as Song of the Blue Whale did.

Since this is the end of the series, it is fitting that we finally learn most of the secrets which were never properly answered before, including the whereabouts of the Empress’ people and the nature of the final obstacle she has to overcome in order to save them and claim her rightful place as their leader.

Just like its predecessors, Legacy of the Phoenix by itself is just an average game… but if we think about the trilogy as one single adventure, it is one of the most enjoyable hidden object games featured on Steam.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
It's hard to sit back, take in the ambiance, and appreciate the music and art when someone is constantly breaking in to yammer about what I'm doing at the moment. It's usually unskippable and freezes the screen for the moment, too. Just when I hit the third game and thought everyone was too dead or left behind to follow me, I pick up a talking rock that won't be quiet. And the dude I left on the other side of the island still did things like yell "YOU HAVE FOUND A MAGIC ROCK! FIND MORE OF THEM!" whenever I picked up a rock.

As for the plot, just trying to track where people's bodies are and what state they're in is impossible by the third game. It's like musical chairs and nesting dolls all at once, played by souls.

The puzzles are fine, and there's not much to complain about with the hidden-object games. Since the game is all CGI there's some objects hidden by tiny size or opacity change, but there's no penalty for the hint button.

The minigame ZEM! is sold harder than the marketing for the external game, so I feel I should include a mention.

If you have a tolerance for Captain Obvious, you should get some enjoyment out of this.

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4.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 24
I have played all three games in the Empress of the Deep series; they are all very similar and share the same plusses and minuses:

+ Beautiful artwork.
+ Intriguing Myst-like environments.
+ Outstanding sound design.
+ Fun/interesting puzzles.

- Weak story.
- Mediocre voice acting.
- Sometimes frustrating hidden object scenes (due to some objects being very difficult to see/too well hidden).

If you want to give the series a try I would suggest starting with the third game (Legacy of the Phoenix) since it has the most up-to-date graphics and UI. If you like that one, then the first two are more of the same.
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3.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
And thus, this trilogy comes to a surprisingly heartwarming and unexpected ending.

Like the rest of the games in this series, Empress of the Deep 3 does show its relative age - sometimes clunky animations, or awkward transition scenes. And it never really settles on being either fully 3D rendered or hand-drawn.

But on the other hand the awkward juxtaposition actually helps convey elements of the story much more strongly than I suspect they would otherwise. The surreal mix of magic and blatant high tech are definitely benefited by the game's strange aesthetics, and the plot snakes about in a nicely unpredictable way.

I definitely reccomend this game, and the rest of the series.
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2.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Fairly decent game for its series and (probably) the end of the Empress story.

Empress Anna has recovered her palace and is now searching for her people and trying to stop evil forces from destroying the island her people belong to.

The game comes with 3 difficulties, differences being amount of sparkle and hints.
The game has a teleport option, with a few teleporters spread across the map abd you have to collect a specific item to activate them. It does help a great deal as there is quite a lot of backtracking in the game.

The voice acting is really not good, same as the other games. in my opinion the main character is really terrible and sounds like she's really just reading from a script, complete with "where was I in my reading.. ah yes there, now I can complete the sentence" moments in practically everything she says. Some other voices are 'spiced up' to sound more magical or whatever and makes it really hard to hear what they're saying and had there not been subtitles I would have missed part of the dialogue. The standard sound settings also make some voices disappear in sound effects, so I suggest you turn the effects volume down from start.

The 3d animations are mostly really bad, which is sad as the ideas behind most of them are very neat. The still-scenes look much better.

The puzzles are decents, but I guess I've gotten more used to better HO scenes since I played the last two because the ones in this game has items almost disappear in gritty blurryness. This is the one point I was happy this game does not have Steam achievements as I ended up randomly clicking after a while, as well as using the hint button. Random clicking has no penalty as long as you click slowly enough.
I liked the non-HO puzzles better, but you better enjoy the "Find out where in this picture this small circle is from" as this game completele drown in this kind of puzzle, and some circles only look like grey-blue blurr and can be hard to place without the hint button.

It also has a few other nuisances, such as the only way to close the journal is clicking the close button in the corner and not anywhere outside of it and that if you enter a room with a dialogue, but does not do as you're supposed to and leave the room and come back to it later, the dialogue will play again, with no skip option.

I really wish there was more story in this game, outside of the main plotline. The world itself is really cool and has lots of neat details.

Bonus points for game of collecting fairies to feed my pink talking sex-toy so it could unleash its magic.

Overall a fitting game into the series, which is fairly average in terms of plot and puzzles, but pretty good with the world-building. Be aware of shortages in some areas and play only if you played the other two games and want to see the story to its (so far) end. Definitely only buy on sale. Recommended in lack of 'meh' button.
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