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Release Date: Oct 6, 2014

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About This Game

Time Mysteries: Inheritance – Remastered is an enhanced version of one of the most important games in Artifex Mundi’s portfolio and the first chapter of an exciting trilogy of time travel games from 2010. Vivien Ambrose, a young doctor of physics, goes to her father’s house to celebrate a recent scientific achievement. When she gets there, she finds out her dad is nowhere to be found.

While looking for clues to her father’s disappearance, our protagonist finds a strange letter, which bestows upon her an unexpected family inheritance: seven magic rings and a crystal ball. These mysterious items will grant her the power to travel through time.

The artefact gives Vivian a glimpse into her father’s fate: for reasons unknown, he has been abducted by a mysterious Time Traveller.

Our heroine goes on a dangerous journey through time and space, determined to find her father. Little does she expect that the journey will reveal an age-old family secret.

Vivien will have to use all of her wits to solve challenging puzzles, uncover dark secrets, collect the magic rings and save her father.

Will Vivien accomplish her goals and defeat the Time Traveller?


  • The Mysterious Nexus Machine – travel through time and space!
  • 27 varied minigames and 31 scenes containing hidden objects!
  • 24 atmospheric hand-drawn locations!
  • 10 mysterious characters!

The Remastered edition includes

  • Fully voiced dialogue – each character now has a distinct voice!
  • Redesigned user interface!
  • 5 all-new cutscenes!
  • Enhanced visuals in numerous locations!

System Requirements

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    • 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
    • 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
    • OS: 10.6.8
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: 10.6.8
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 (32/64bit)
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Overview: Hidden Object Game

The Average:

The game follows the same ‘formula’. Complete a level, then complete a mini game where you have to find the differences between two photos and then do it all over again. Each level consists of two areas and a few hidden object and mini games.

The Bad:

- The hidden object games are too hard, many items are practically blended into the background forcing you to click everywhere at random.

- Mini games are not explained very well

- Voice acting is awful


Artifex Mundi makes some great hidden object games, sadly this isn’t one of them.
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55 of 56 people (98%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 31, 2015
Time Mysteries: Inheritance - Remastered is a re-release of an older hidden object game from HOG masters Artifex Mundi. While one of the weakest offerings by this developer in terms of quality, it's also one of the most (probably unintentionally) hilarious games of the bunch. The story and scenes are super cheesy, and the weird lipsynching animation and awful voice acting in parts really doesn't help matters.

However, it still has some charm and mechanically it offers the same style of hidden object scenes and puzzles as the other A.M. titles, just not quite as polished. For example, I really found the lighting in some of the scenes, including the archive of artifacts you revisit over and over, really distracting. The dimming and brightnening light really just gave me a headache while I searched for objects.

The game is short and only takes a couple of hours to play through. Having played this game on another platform before it was available on Steam, I can't really say that I noticed much "remastering" and it pretty much looked exactly the same as it did as an app.

I'm still recommending the game, but only for hardcore HOG/AM fans and anyone that really likes a bit of cheese with their games from time to time. Although it's definitely not essential to play through before continuing in the Time Mysteries series — which does improve drastically in quality through the sequels — it's kind of neat to see the story develop and I liked the way the third game went back to the central hub you first encounter in this game. Also, it offers easy achievements and trading cards, which is always nice for those who enjoy collecting those.
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45 of 52 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 1, 2015
A short version:
This game is kind of outdated. It was done with Mundi's older engine back in 2010, and is amongst their first games. It's not a bad game, but their other games outclass it by far - this is not a good game to start with because it's really rough at the edges.
I can only suggest it to players who can tolerate lousy graphics, bad voice acting, a story which- by the way fits quite well into the trilogy - weak on it's own. It's a good example to see in what way and how HOGs (Hidden Object Games) of Artifex Mundi changed in the past years.

Little more in-depth:
I can't value this game as other games of Mundi - because this is a really early one and based on my experience with their newer games, they improved vastly. Take this into consideration, please - the list is more of an informative guide to the game, I don't want to bash at it.
Playing this game made me fell the same like when you go into a museum that houses some really old artifacts. They are not nice; not as sharp, as new, as fancy, as decorated or even as detailed as the new ones. Facing facts: they are worse. But it's intresting to see that this existed, and this is how something started.

For example the facial gestures are - no better word - creepy. I think they were made with a technique that renders the 3D face but shows it in a 2D setting. Because meanwhile there are no strong outlines presented (They went for the realistic feeling, not the cartoonish way) it looks like you would see a person's face with a bad stereopsis. It looks really strange compared to newer HOG games but at the same time - I've never seen this animation, so it was really intresting to see a new (at least for me) way of presentation.
Voice acting sadly was really lacking - at lots of points I had a feeling that a program read out the lines, not even a living person :\
The game's system and the order of objectives are also really rudimentary. For example you arrive to a monastery and immediately pops up an objective: get medicine for the priest you haven't even talked to.
And finally an aspect I'd love to see in upcoming games: really creative hidden object scenes and puzzles. I've had to find items in paitings, rock-carvings, murals, even roseglasses. There was also two puzzles when you had to solve a tangram-puzzle and two when you had to slide boxes to get one bigger box out of the grid. I really do hope at least the tangram ones will come up again in never games :)
Probably you realized at this point if you want this game or not. If haven't - I'm sure it was a great HOG in it's time, but in today's standards, it's rough - like the rock in the ocean that will turn into a round pebble with enough time.
I felt that I have to give a negative recommendations because this game is a nieche one - I could only recommend it for comitted hidden object gamers, most of other, new gamers to the genre would felt cheated if they would buy this game on my recommendation.
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22 of 23 people (96%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 14
It feels weird to give a game developed by Artifex Mundi a negative review, but sadly this is by far the worst game by these developers I've ever played. By concept and gameplay it's a standard Hidden Object aka Adventure-light game, with a rather bland story, lots of Hidden Object-screens and quite some (often very illogical) puzzles added into the mix. The story isn't very convincing, but it's not that bad and could support a game if the rest was executed with the high standards we've come to expect from Artifex Mundi. Sadly, this isn't the case: the visuals aren't appealing (even downright ugly in some places), the voice-acting is terrible and most important of all: the hidden object-scenes miss the mark by far. Quite often the different objects are almost impossible to spot due to their disappearing into the blurry visuals, or they simply don't match the description given. And the seven screens or so situated in the museum (the central hub of the game) are hampered by a pulsing light that gave me a headache while looking for the hidden objects.

Since this is one of the earliest games by Artifex Mundi on Steam, it probably isn't wise to compare it with their later, much more polished offerings, but just taken on its own merits, the game fails to deliver. Normally, hidden object games give a fine opportunity to score a "perfect game" as far as Steam achievements are concerned, but I gave up on this one in the end, and decided to quit it before finishing it. Happily, the later installments in this mini-series are MUCH better, and a game like this actually helps to appreciate the increase in quality Artifex Mundi has achieved since then.

Not recommended, unless you really want to play every single Hidden Object Game on Steam.
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25 of 29 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 26, 2015
I'm rating this a 6/10, or a very mild recommend. Keep in mind that it's one of Artifex Mundi's first games, just updated and remastered so they could release it on Steam. It's simple and a bit rough around the edges, with a simpler story than those their most recent releases have evolved into having, no bonus chapter, and no collectibles/clickables. But for those who appreciate their games and enjoy the Time Mysteries series, it's worth picking up on a sale for a quick playthrough and a look at one of their earlier releases. It's about 2-3 hours to play through it.
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 8, 2015
Well, this game certainly shows how far Hidden Object Games have evolved. Even with the remastering, this was painful to go through - the game uses a central hub so you get the same room with different objects numerous times; the sub-sections are rarely more than two screens, and the adventure portions are minimal. The alternative to the HOG sections is a collapse style game, which kind of works and kind of doesn't, and there are find the difference sections that are annoying. And the Hidden Object scenes aren't very good either. All in all, the only reason to play this is to see how much better Artifax Mundi has gotten in their game design over the years.
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
The worst...

Gameplay: 2 / 10 - Boring, awkward, odd, without sense

Story: 1 / 10 - I must stick it with logic part. There is not any logic in this game.

Music: 4 / 10 - most of the time it was not fitting and was very irritating. But 2 or 3 times it was "ok".

HOG: 2 / 10 - 60% of items was drawed another way than the background, it was hard not to spot them.... AND SPOONS.... That ducking spoons... Almost in every HOG segment over there you must find one...

Puzzles: 1 / 10 - maybe it is a game for players under the age of 12?

Using items puzzles: 1 / 10 - maxium items you could have is 4 I think and there was a 3 clickable / usable spots to click in the location. So... meh... babywork...

Locations: 1 / 10 - you can be only at 1 location divided to 2 "rooms" at a time. If you finish them, you can only leave the place and find 2 another, from another timeline.

Ending: 1 / 10 - We must do X! Ok, then I will go to some random location (why not?), do random stuff (hehe) and finally - don't do X, but do Y. THE END (WHAT?!)

Protagoist: 1 / 10 - irritating, not convincing and likeable and the most important - "Timetravels? Yeah, cool" Nobody would stick into a kidnapping a father and discover a time travels in a matter of seconds...

Logic: 1 / 10 - 2 most imporant issues: time travel + "you are here too late". Second one (spoiler): "my time travel device is broken, I can travel anywhere, anytime and I don't even know when -> travel exactly where he needs and always before us

Duration: ? / 10 - I can't rate this becasue of too much hate.

Achievements: 7 / 10 - pretty standard GOOD ones. I appreciate the "hard difficulty" of not using any help or be quick in some situations.

Overall: 22 / 120 (18%)

Personally I would rate this game exactly 18% :/
This was terrbile and I hate to know - my addiction of completion is leading me to 2 sequels...
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 6, 2015
Rating Artifex Mundi's "Time Mysteries: Inheritance - Remastered" is a bit of a poser. It's a remastered version of an "older" game. But, unless my Google-fu is letting me down, the original game came out in 2010. So, we're not talking about an ancient game. Anyway, the game is a casual adventure Hidden Object Game (HOG) and has its good side and its bad side. For the good, there are a lot of HOGs and mini-games here, and they're much harder than normal (I guess that's good). For the bad..., well:

- The story is pretty bad. It's much worse than AM's norm. Not only is the story silly, its "logic" breaks down by the end and there are all kind of holes in it.

- For the most part, the voice-acting, per-se, is adequate for the genre. But, at the end, the voice acting of the "villain" is just awful.

- The animation in the main story is pretty bad. When the characters talk, their mouths and lips don't necessarily move. Instead, their whole heads deform like balloons.

- Even though this game has been "remastered," the end result is not even. Speaking specifically of the HOGs, some of them are very nicely drawn, while others (the painting ones) are horrible. In the horrible ones, you can't even make out what the items are that you're supposed to be finding. Even in the non-horrible ones, the lighting and shading in some of the HOGs is bad enough that you can't even see that something exists in certain areas, let alone figure out what it is to click on it.

- All of the HOGs (badly rendered or not) are very busy and have very small items to find. Also, the HOGs, themselves, are just about all unique. There's a HOG you go through repeatedly, but the content changes (not just the items you're looking for - the actual pictures are different). I can think of only one HOG that's used twice. This makes getting the timed Achievement very difficult. Remember, these are all busy scenes with tiny items to find.

- Almost all the mini-games are entirely lacking in instructions and goals. Some of them are very hard to figure out what's even happening.

That's a lot of bad stuff for a game I'm still recommending. But, even with the problems, I found the HOGs, in general, to be good. They're definitely challenging. But, if you're interested in the game, beware the pricing. The current list price is about $10. It took me 4.7 hours to get 100% Achievements. So, I normally wouldn't pay more than $5 for it. But, with the issues the game has, I'd look for it for even less.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
I wasn't overly impressed by this game. I usually try to avoid using hints or skipping mini-games, but this game just didn't grab my interest, so I found myself using those way more often than usually. The voice acting wasn't very good, and the character's faces distorted in a strange way when they spoke. Most of the dialogue sounded very forced and unnatural. Some of the hidden object puzzles had really bad graphics, so it was hard to make things out. A lot of them also had this annoying light effect where the light was constantly going from darker to lighter and back. I liked the story, but the implementation was bad enough to make the game not so enjoyable.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 15, 2015
This game is an updated version of one of Artifex Mundi's first HOG titles and it shows its age. Voice acting is not all that good, and at times the female protagonist speaks lines which are clearly meant for another character. Graphics are simply weird -- all the voiced dialog has the actors standing still while their heads deform -- and the story is not all that interesting.
But it's still an AM game, which means that it is a well made HOG game that fans of the genre will appreciate.

As for gameplay, most locations are limited to two or three screens with at most two puzzles. The collection style puzzles are extremely simple. The HOG puzzles make up for it with the standard AM detail though. If you don't like HOG puzzles or are just stuck and don't want to use the hint button, you can play another game instead like in their other titles. Instead of the dominos alternative that their newer titles have though, in this game you can do a strange match-3 game instead of playing the HOG puzzles.

Since it's such an old entry I find it hard to recommend to anyone but a real fan of the genre, or someone wanting to play the later titles of the series. It's not a bad game, but there are much better titles available from the same developer. Hold off until you can get a discount, or if you must play it since you want to play the later games in the series.
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Posted: October 16
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2.3 hrs
Posted: October 9
Average puzzles, boring characters and story, very short playtime. Would recommend it only if you can get it from a cheap bundle.
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2.5 hrs
Posted: October 2
Time Mysteries: Inheritance is the first game in a trilogy, and it really shows it's age. Even remastered, the HO scenes are poorly defined which makes finding a lot of objects more frustrating than challenging.
The entire game is voice acted, and the quality of the acting varies from character to character. Outside of the HO scenes, the graphics are ok, but fall far short of more modern games from the genre. The music and sound are simply average, and the storyline feels simply like a device to move you from HO scene to HO scene, rather than the HO scenes being part of the story. The puzzles vary between very easy, and very tricky.
You play Vivian Ambrose, a time traveller who must recover all seven of your family rings, you do this by travelling to different time periods to meet your ancestors, help them with problems, or to prove to them that you are worthy of being an Ambrose.
If you are an experienced HO player, the game is short, the story not particularly strong, the puzzles easy for the most part, and the HO scenes poorly defined and frustrating, and overall, disappointing for an Artifex Mundi game, especially considering the price, which is more expensive that much better more modern games.

It's not terrible, certainly not bad enough to thumbs down as it is the introduction to a series that gets better, but try to pick this up in a sale or bundle.
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4.2 hrs
Posted: September 25
I really struggled with this game. I normally really enjoy these hidden object games, but this one is really rough around the edges. The mini games feel recycled. Several of the hidden object puzzles are on a canvas like scene and it's incredibly hard to make out the hidden objects. Yes, I know this is a hidden object game and it's supposed to be challenging. I frequently found myself tapping on random blobs and hoping they were objects. I'm an hour into the squeal and there are some definite improvements.

Got this in a bundle and played on a Surface Pro
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7.9 hrs
Posted: September 21
Product received for free
As a first timer to these hidden object games, I have to say that I'm glad I started with this one.

Thanks to a simple inquiry on someone else's review, I found myself receiving this game as a gift(thanks, adam1224 =] ).

As far as the game itself, it's pretty simple to breakdown.

+ Nice Atmosphere
+ Beautiful Soundtrack
+ Hidden objects are well hidden

- Lacking variety in artwork environments
- Some hidden objects are a bit TOO well hidden

= Story is OK but not thrilling
= Voice acting is decent but the main antagonist sounds like a robot
(not sure if this is intentional or not)
= Some artwork towards the end is very pixelated compared to the rest of the game


It's a decent little adventure not without flaws. I could have surely completed it sooner than 7 hours but again this was my first venture into this genre. I enjoyed getting my feet wet but I get the feeling I'll see why it's not as praised as other games in the genre(and by Artifex Mundi in particular) soon enough.

Now on to the next two in the series.

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2.2 hrs
Posted: September 19
nice game
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3.9 hrs
Posted: September 18
I recommend the game if you like HOG. Otherwise don't bother.

+ game contains mostly hidden objects scenes with a little side dish of mini-games and poin&click tasks;
+ some of hidden objects are quite well hidden, in my opinion;
+ I liked the 'find the differences' mini-game;
+ nice art (except for cutscenes);
+ not too short;
+ mostly logical point&click tasks;
+ voice acting is tolerable.

- awful, eye-melting speech animation in cutscenes;
- the plot (as is often the case with HOG).

8/10 (would be 10/10, if not for the cutscenes).
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3.2 hrs
Posted: September 2
Even by Casual hidden object game standards this was boring. The story and voice acting are boring and horrible. The characters? Might as well not be there. The puzzles are average and there are a lot of tideous hidden object puzzles. It does give you an alternative to the HOPs, but that game is just as boring. The game was a tedious effort to get through. Only buy it if it's on sale for a low, low price. Otherwise, skip it.
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