Defeat the sorcerer and save your daughter!
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Release Date: Sep 10, 2015

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August 25

Hunt down the powerful artifact to save the world!






Amid the turmoil of war, the Alliance has given Agent Walker a mission of the utmost importance – track down and destroy the mythical Spear of Destiny before a sinister enemy can use its supernatural power to turn the tide of war and conquer the world!

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To complete her mysterious mission, Agent Walker will have to cross the grim battlegrounds of France while facing death, destruction, and hidden puzzles every step of the way. But with so much at stake, there's no turning back. Agent Walker will put on her detective hat and search for the location of the mysterious relic while solving puzzles and tackling obstacles. Of course, there's a sinister spy among the members of the Alliance who will stop at nothing to thwart the protagonist. Will she succeed, or is mankind already doomed?

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The Final Showdown with the Preacher!




Enigmatis 3: The Shadow of Karkhala is the finale of the highly acclaimed series developed by the Polish studio that takes the player to Karakorum – full of mystic temples, mysterious caves, picturesque villages, and inaccessible mountains brimming with wildlife.

In the aftermath of the dramatic events in Ravenwood Park, the detectives return to Maple Creek in the hope of finding clues that will help to establish the whereabouts of the demonic Preacher. Thanks to their cunning and relentlessness, they discover the final destination of their nemesis: among inaccessible mountains at the end of the world, in an ancient monastery clinging to the upper reaches of a snow-covered mountain, lies the secret that might help him seize control of the world!

Time is of the essence. Drawn into the struggle between the forces of light and darkness, the detectives will need to double their efforts to unravel the secret of the mysterious Karakorum temple and deal with the Preacher once and for all. What lurks in the ancient monastery? What grim secrets have brought the Preacher there and what is his purpose? Will the protagonists be able to stop him now that he’s more powerful than ever?

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About This Game

Queen's Quest: Tower of Darkness is an exciting adventure game inspired by one of the Grimms' Fairy Tales, taking place in a faraway realm full of magic, wonders and otherworldly creatures.

The idyllic life of the royal heiress and her husband is shattered when a demonic sorcerer arrives at their palace to kidnap their newborn daughter.
Magnus, the godfather, saves our heroine with his magic, but Prince Henrik gets turned into stone, while the intruder escapes with the royal heir.
Who is the sorcerer? Why did he kidnap the child? Is there a connection between the kidnapping and Prince Henrik's not so glorious past?

Time is pressing. To save her family, our heroine will have to prove her mettle and act like a true queen. She will have to embark on a long journey through picturesque lands, solve numerous puzzles, meet many intriguing characters and discover the truth about a terrible curse that had befallen her family.
Can she break the spell cast on her husband and retrieve her daughter?

Features

  • Test your intellect in various mini-games and puzzles!
  • Challenge yourself with 34 riddles and HO scenes!
  • A group of unusual characters will accompany you on your journey through 27 locations!
  • Solve the mystery of the princess' kidnapping!
  • Become a master by unlocking 22 achievements!

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 (80 reviews)
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Absurd Logic
2.8 hrs
Posted: July 25
In a nutshell: Skip it. Too short, awful characters, paper-thin plot, haphazard HOGs, limited locations, pathetic bonus chapter (more than usual for the genre). Not worth your time or the asking price.

I didn't go into this expecting much, but I was still let down nonetheless. Queen's Quest offers very little by way of satisfying gameplay or story, and it falls short on almost everything that should make a hidden object adventure fun.

Story
Paper-thin is an understatement. The entirety of the storyline is even more basic than something a rambling 5-year-old child might come up with. The child's version would probably be more interesting, too.

You're the queen of Generic Kingdomland, marry Generic Prince Charming, have a baby a year later (which is also somehow the baby's 1st birthday, so I guess there was some nookie going on before marriage or something), and a Generic Evil Wizard arrives to kidnap your child and turn hubby into stone. You then spend the entire game doing very un-queenly things to help absurdly-helpless people so you can reach the Generic Dark Wizard Tower and get your baby back before he performs a Generic Time Sensitive Evil Ritual Requiring A Baby As A Component. You save your baby via Generic Deus Ex Machina, and return home to completely forget about also saving your husband. The End.

The bonus chapter does resolve the husband bit, but it's even more shallow, rushed, and derpy, and contains a confusing "misplaced hint" bug when looking for the 3 balls of yarn (the hint will circle one spot when the yarn is in an entirely different location).

There's a "twist" of a sort in the main chapter regarding your husband's past, awkwardly presented in the form of a stage puppet minigame, but it's blander than stone soup and has zero influence on anybody's actions (even though one would assume the queen would be at least mildly indignant about it). It may as well not be in the story at all.

Gameplay
Clunky and awkward. Certain actions are just bizarre, like needing to burn down a potted plant with a "flamethrower" medallion to get to a locked box, when any other HOPA would have you searching for a pair of garden shears.

One of the main things that bothered me was the fact that parts of the story or specific objectives make no sense unless you remember to read your diary (which gives no indication when new entries are added). Instead of explaining the basics in dialogue or flavor text, you get oddly vague comments, like a pirate who complains his "friend" is missing, but you wouldn't know he's talking about a parrot until you read your notes.

There's an even more frustrating part in the bonus chapter. You find what appears to be a mirror, but it doesn't show up in your inventory. I was convinced that was a game-breaking bug until I noticed it appeared on the toolbar, but I had no idea what I was supposed to do with it because there was no tooltip or comment about what it was for. Apparently it's not a mirror but a magnifying glass, and you need to use it like a UV light to find invisible balls of yarn in the scene (which, again, you wouldn't even know you're supposed to look for unless you read your diary). Not even the hint button is helpful, because it just highlights the bottom of the screen, which looks like it wants you to move backwards one location, then when you do it tells you to move forward again. I finally fumbled around enough to figure out that it was hinting at the entirely wrong spot.

In the main chapter you have a Barbie-meets-Tinkerbell fairy buddy that helps you reach certain places to take or place objects, but the whole mechanic feels forced and unnecessary.

HOGs/Puzzles
Hidden Object scenes are boring. Items are easy to find because of odd scale or placement.
The puzzles are a mixed bag of too easy, unnecessarily difficult, or "this solution makes no ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ sense". Like the board with knights and dragons you have to arrange. It's basically a form of the chess puzzle where you have to position certain pieces so they don't occupy the same row or column, but with the logic part thrown out the window. The only layout that worked DID have knights and dragons in the same row/column/diagonal in multiple locations, so what was the point in declaring those rules?

Graphics
The location backgrounds are kind of nice (with the exception of HO scenes), but the character art is ghastly. Everyone looks creepily deformed, and the queen and king are Uncanny Valley incarnate. The fairy is also rendered in stiff 3D for some reason, which doesn't fit with the rest of the aesthetic.

Sound
The complete package of annoying SFX, forgettable music, and pathetic voiceovers. VOs also don't match the text in quite a few places.

Conclusion
If you're itching for a quality HOPA, this is like using poison ivy as a back scratcher. I'm actually surprised Artifex Mundi is even affiliated with this title, because it has none of the positives I usually associate with them as developers/publishers. Queens Quest is easily one of the crappiest games they've put their name to, right alongside Emerald Maiden. It's a quick 100% for achievement hunters, but that's about the only thing going for it. Otherwise, avoid.
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talgaby
2.9 hrs
Posted: July 19
Short version: 71%
Queen’s Quest is made up of a standard story, great visuals, some fairly unimaginative puzzles, and a bunch of really fun hidden object scenes; all wrapped into a roughly 3-hour-long game.

Long version:
Queen’s Quest: Tower of Darkness is almost a poster child for a standard hidden object game, as it doesn’t have one single original element, nothing we haven’t seen plenty of times already in other HOGs. But to its credit, it mixes these old elements well together.

The advantage of building from known blocks is that there are no surprises, we already know every little element. This includes the story of a young queen, whose newborn baby gets kidnapped by an evil wizard, so she travels through a set of the standard castle–forest– wizard lair backdrops to save her. (And her husband too, in one of the shortest sorry excuses of a bonus chapters ever seen.)

Gameplay is similarly predictable: all puzzles have been featured elsewhere and the point ‘n’ click parts use the safest, time-tested tasks. On the upside, the hidden object scenes are fantastic, so, in the end, the game can earn its place in a HOG player’s collection.
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garnetofeden
7.5 hrs
Posted: July 3
I give this a light recommend for those who are fans of hidden object puzzle games, but don't look here for decent story.

The gameplay mechanics are pretty simple to use. However, there are a couple of puzzles that you're supposedly able to get clues for that you end up having to guess, and that's annoying. This is a function of the storyline too, but often the logic behind things doesn't make sense or is ridiculous, even for a game of this genre. I always appreciate when they at least try to throw in a reason why you have to take a convoluted approach. This is particularly where I feel it shows Artifex Mundi wasn't primary developer. In the bonus adventure, this is even worse.

The storyline is very weak. The queen's subjects are hugely unhelpful, and the queen never seems particularly mad that her husband lied to her or promised their child to an evil wizard. I do like that there are achievements for the collectibles, and I did like the talking piggy bank characters, but that's about it. Not one of the games I'll go back to for my "comfort gaming".
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Waste of Semen
3.1 hrs
Posted: June 10
The translation isn't the best and the whole game feels kinda "sloppy" made, unfortunately...

Artifex Mundi have published better games than this one.

4/10
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Kimchi Tea
3.7 hrs
Posted: May 27
Gameplay is okay (pretty typical for a HOG), but the story is a mess of disjointed and unfinished ideas. Overall quite disappointing.
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popcorn
7.6 hrs
Posted: April 8
I enjoyed the art work of this game. However the plot was terrible.
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sgbeal
3.9 hrs
Posted: April 8
What i love best about this title is the main character's OCD. Her baby was just kidnapped by a dragon-wielding Dark Wizard and yet she'd rather search the castle for half an hour for something to apply glue with, rather than just spread it on with her finger. She is not strong enough (or is too stubborn) to push the curtains aside, and resolves to build some scissors to cut them in half instead.

Of course, such are the tribulations of HOPA protagonists. OCD in the extreme. They cannot pick up an item until they find all other pieces of it and assemble it in the place where the initially found it (as opposed to carrying it around (btw: a barrel is too heavy for her to shove aside, but she'll not hesitate to stuff a stone column(!!!) in her pocket for later use... on a high ledge(!!!)).

But without OCD, they wouldn't be the star of a HOPA game, so it kinda goes with the territory. "HOPA protagonist must be OCD or have similar disorders which prohibit them from, e.g., simply breaking a window to get at an object on the other side (instead they are forced _insist_ on finding a glass cutter)." It's a simple fact.

One true complaint so far: the "knights and dragons" puzzle's description is so far removed from the solution that one can accurately call the puzzle's rules a bald-faced lie. i eventually gave up on it, tapped Skip, and was appalled at the solution which was revealed - it violated the description text at least 5 times.

And one minor complaint: ambiguous words in HO scenes upset me. One scene wants you to find a "bow" and has both a ribbon-bow and a violin bow (right next to each other, too). Aaarrggg.

Taken with a grain of salt, and a hefty dose of mocking the protagonist for her odd ways, this journey is turning out every bit as fun a romp as most of Artifex Mundi's works. i'm liking it better than their Demon Hunter title, but not finding it as engrossing as the newer Enigmatis 2 and Eventide titles (both of which set new standards for this genre, IMO). Somewhere in between Demon Hunter and Eventide/Enigmatis. Graphically excellent. Music is... unmemorable, apparently, as i can't recall a single note of it. The voice-overs are actually quite good. The subtitles to the voice-overs have a few very minor grammatic problems, but nothing terribly distracting (look who's OCD now!).

There are some colorful characters here, like Mr. and Mrs. Piggy Bank, and some grumpy dwarves who accept the protagonist as their Sovereign Queen, yet refuse to give her the items she's searching for until she performs favors for them. As mentioned above - take such with a grain of salt, because a HOPA isn't a HOPA if NPCs simply hand you everything you need.

i had to laugh my butt off when the protagonist put her baby in her inventory. Just classic.

Oh, and having a little fairy in your inventory, useful to access certain out-of-reach places, is pretty cool.

i've gotta thumb this one up.

PS: my greatest thanks to the devs for their continued support for Linux. All of their titles i've tried (about 6 or 8 of them) have worked flawlessly on my system (currently Mint Linux 17.3).
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vynte
2.6 hrs
Posted: April 6
In this game you play as a queen who has the misfortune of ruling over the laziest, most disobedient, and most incompetent subjects ever:

A mean dwarf stole a piggy bank and won't return it until the queen returns his favorite hammer. "Look, shorty. I'm the QUEEN! Gimme back that piggy bank, or I'll cut off your beard!"

The queen wants to leave the courtyard? Nope, the guard won't let her through until a particular flag is raised. "Jerk, I'm the QUEEN! Now open this stupid gate or else I'll hoist you up that flagpole!"

A building is on fire? The fireman can't put it out until the queen fixes the watermain. "Nincompoop! I'm the QUEEN! Which means I am upper management! Crawling in the gutter is not in my job description!"

A dragon is blocking the way to the port? No royal guards in sight, the queen must dispatch the dragon by herself. "Listen, worm... I'm the QUEEN! Now fly your scaly behind out of my realm this instant before I have you made into a thousand fabulous handbags!"

The queen's ship is attacked by a kraken and the sailors on board do nothing to fend off the beast. Guess this is another job for Her Majesty. "Hey salty dogs! I'm the QUEEN! Now I command you to drink more rum and keelhaul that giant squid!"

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If you can get beyond the dopey storyline and the fact that stuff often doesn't make sense here, the game is not terrible. Just don't pay full price for this- wait until it is on sale.
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wyldrose
5.5 hrs
Posted: April 5
Mediocre, but playable. Biggest weakness is the story.
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lex
3.0 hrs
Posted: March 29
Lets keep it at this: this game doesn't work for me, it feels to static and has a really bad plot, it feels rushed to the market and I really can't recommend this one (unless you like to be disappointed).
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43 of 51 people (84%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 17, 2015
A good hidden-object game is more than just solving puzzles and looking for trinkets in a pile of rubbish. There needs to be an intriguing storyline, great artwork, and an overall high level of presentation. With the right talent, these games can be beautiful and memorable experiences. So it pains me to say that Queen's Quest: Tower of Darkness is a disappointment. While it delivers on the basic attributes of the genre, it is lacking in every other respect.

"Hello everybody!" The Evil Wizard exclaims as he makes his entrance. "I'll be taking your precious baby."
"Damn you!" Says the Queen. "I will get my child back. Just you wait!"

This is the entire storyline for Queen's Quest. In a good hidden object game, this would merely be the opening. Instead, I've spoiled practically everything. Actually I take that back. There is one minor twist, but you'll either see it coming or not even care to notice. Going further, there aren't really any recurring characters. The Evil Wizard will appear at the beginning of a new location to remind you that he's still the villain, but nobody else you meet has any significance to the plot (even if they pretend otherwise). Also, you have a fairy for a companion. Well, she's less of a companion, more of a tool. You use her to collect objects from high places.

Due to the genre's low-budget, I'm not concerned about issues such as bad voice-acting. Still, when listening to some of the dialogue in this game, I really have to wonder what everyone was thinking. However, I shouldn't complain too much, because I got a good laugh out of the delivery of one of the pirate's lines. Perhaps all of the voice-actors should have hammed it up, seeing as how there's no real story, and the incidents that occur are very bland. It also has to be said that the characters are pretty ugly. The scenes you explore can look great, but the few people you meet are just.....ick.

The bonus chapter -- a common attribute of Artifex Mundi titles -- is especially laughable. This minor addition deals with a problem that should have been resolved in the main game. Again, there's nothing in the way of story, and little in terms of actual content. There are a whopping two scenes, a few mini-games, and one hidden-object puzzle. I understand it's tradition, but after completing the bonus chapter, I think it'd be more entertaining if it wasn't included.

-----SPOILER WARNING-----

The point of the bonus chapter is to rescue your husband. The Evil Wizard turned him to stone in beginning of the main game, but you forget about saving him by the end. Thankfully, your handy dandy stone-to-flesh potion is located just two rooms away. Personally, I would have let him rot (erode?). Why? The Evil Wizard said that the husband isn't actually a real Prince. This twist is so unimportant I don't know why I'd call it a twist, but by the end of the main-game, the Queen didn't seem to care about the fate of her husband. Maybe they have a rocky relationship? Who knows!

-----END OF SPOILERS-----

I don't have any complaints about the puzzles. There are a good number of them, and the hidden-object sections are alright. However, there's nothing that really stands out. This is just as well, considering that I'd hate to recommend an altogether poor game just because it has one or two stand-out puzzles. This isn't the allure of the hidden object genre. What really matters is the presentation, and this is where the game falls short. All in all, Queen's Quest: Tower of Darkness simply isn't worth the time. There are some nice visuals, and the later scenes feature a good usage of color, but they're all part of a nonexistent plot involving uninteresting characters.

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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 16
Game Information

Queen's Quest: Tower of Darkness, is a HOPA* game, developed by Brave Giant and published by Artifex Mundi.

*HOPA - Hidden Object Puzzle Adventure.

Game Visuals

I want to mentioned that the visuals for this game is nicely done. The visuals can be adjusted in the option menu.

Game Audio

I want to mentioned that the audio for this game is well done even its simplistic and somewhat repetitive. The audio can be adjusted in the option menu as well.

Game Voice Overs

Normally, I don't have any comments to say about voice overs in games. Since that they're generally decent. But it's a different story with this game. Few of the voice overs are acceptable but while some do required a bit more effort.

Gameplay

There are only three difficulty game modes to choose from: Regular, Advanced and Expert.

Diary Notebook it has two sections. Objectives and Notes.

There is an option for locking the inventory in place to keep it stationary.

There are interactive items in the game. These items are marked with a symbol but sometime they require extra items before they can be interact with.

The interactive map allows the player to fast travel between each location quickly. It also indicates there are tasks that needs to be done at certain locations.

There is a fairy helper, she can help the individual player, by collecting items that are out of reach. The fairy helper isn't automatically given at the start of the game.

Most of the game's hidden object scenes consists of traditional word lists with some or no interaction. Some of these hidden object scenes can be played over again in the extra section.

Most of the game's puzzles are fairly easy to solve without having the need to skip any of them. Some of these puzzles can be played over again in the extra section.

Since this game is a collector's edition, it comes with extra contents, "Wallpapers;" "Concept Arts;" "Music;" "Bonus Chapter."

There are collectibles in the game. "Swords," "Hooks," "Crowns" and "Apples" all of them are scattered throughout the entire game to find.

There are twenty-two different achievements. But each of these achievements has certain requirements before they can be unlocked.

The bonus chapter can be accessed only after the main story is fully completed. This bonus chapter is the sequel to the main story. This chapter relatively short, since it took a couple of minute or so to complete it; this chapter should have been included in the main story.

Miscellaneous

There extra contents for the game can be accessed through the game's main splash page under the extras.

There are total of six different trading cards. You only get the three of those cards from the game. There are several ways to get the rest of the trading card: Purchased from Steam's Market; Trade with friends; Booster Packs and it's Booster Pack Creator.

Final thoughts, I've found this game enjoyable to certain extend. The replay value for this game is low. I would recommend this game but not at the full price.
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23 of 29 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2015
Game copy given for review

Once again another hidden object game out of Artifex Mundi's camp. This time you the queen, must go after your missing child.

Pro
A made with skill, hidden object game. Make no mistake, these developers know how to craft this type game.

The Midline
The art is ok.
Voice acting pleasent and unremarkable.
Puzzels are just more of the same. So just like every other hidden object game, that the staleness is smellable.
It's too very easy.

Cons
The plot is all over the place. Pick a genre already!
And the protagonist is completely uncompelling.

Look I love hidden object games. This by no means, not a bad game in any way. It's just not in the top 20 great hidden object games list. It's mearly ok. So if you've love hidden object games, it's worth buying. But you might want to wait for a coupon or a sale.



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18 of 23 people (78%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 13, 2015
It's a game published by Artifex Mundi, but not made by them and it shows. While it's not horrible, the story is very unimaginative, the hidden objects repeated over and over again and the puzzles either too easy or really annoying. I enjoy playing Artifex Mundi games, but this one doesn't even try to be good. Subtitles don't match the spoken words, the animations are horribly bad and the voice acting is okay at best. Get it in a bundle or heavily discounted.
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 10, 2015
One of Artifex Mundi's simpler games, very linear, but not in a railroad-y fashion. The puzzles are a mix of new challenges and old favourites common across this sort of point-and-click game. Highly recommended for children, and those wanting a bit of mindless fun
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 12, 2015
This is an incredible game and I've really enjoyed playing it. The puzzles are challengely hard even on easy level and I have spent a few hours tearing my hair out at times but I like challenges in games and the need to work hard to achieve my achievements at the end of the game. The visual artwork in the game to me was very well thought out and incredibly beautiful in places almost where I felt part of the scenes and the emotional factor was a biggie in this game too. I felt so in tune with the characters and enjoyed the happy endings knowing that I had helped achieve that. I loved the sound effects and the music and felt that it kept in line with the game and I also enjoyed the hidden object scenes. I am a huge fan of the find and seek scenes but it would have been nice to have hidden object scenes where you have to use one object to interact with another object etc. That aside, I had huge fun playing and finding items for my journey. This game is very hard to stop playing and I have still got work to do which I will tackle in good time. The only downfall for me was the length of the game and the bonus adventure was a bit disappointing as it wasn't very long and there wasn't a huge impact ending that I probably expected. I wish the game could have been longer but that's my only beef. I thoroughly enjoyed playing and I would definitely recommend it to you if you are a huge HOG fan like myself. You won't be disappointed. A well thought of, impacting and exciting game.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 10, 2015
Pretty good game. Graphics are not as good as some of the HOG games but I have experienced no bugs and translates well to modern PC's and widescreen monitors. Good game to waste time with for the price.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2015
You're a young Queen, with a baby that got kidnapped because of your husband's pact with an evil entity. Guess who have to save and the man and the kid? You!

While it's published by Artifex Mundi, this game is way behind of what they can deliver usually. But hey, look at the brightside: Artifex Mundi never published a crappy game - everything was always correct!

Why do I feel like this one isn't a great game? The Queen never smiles in the cutscene, you're not really travelling as the main settings are your castle, your courtyard, your village and a dark tower somewhere and well, I don't know but I had an hard time to find what I had to do or even the right area.

But the HO scenes are nice and the puzzles, while not new, aren't hard at all. And I would have preferred more landscapes like the dark island. That would have been better.

Still, it's not a game to reject, it's perhaps less than any other game published by Artifex Mundi but still, they're above the majority of them.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 16, 2015
Story: The royal couple of Finland (Those banners in the back ground are Finnish) have their baby girl stolen by a dark/evil wizard. The King Consort is turned into stone and it is up to the Queen to save her child, her kingdom and her husband. Simple enough story for a fairy tale.

The main game plays out in basically four chapters: the castle, the kingdom outside, the ship, and the dark/evil wizard's island. The bonus chapter is an epilogue with the added twist of using a magnifying glass to find unseen objects for one particular objective. The game is mostly puzzles and Hidden object scenes with a bit of point and click. Nothing too hard and for advanced players this game will seem easy. There are some quite cute objectives like finding Mr. Pig for his wife.

Most mini-puzzles are fairly standard but there is one per area that I can only call the "boss" puzzle. It is harder then the rest as well as non-standard fare. Those "boss" puzzles make one think and scratch the head. There is one I swear someone spiked the difficulty level on to super maximun hard. There is also no achievement for that "boss" puzzle like the others which makes me wonder if someone expects most players to skip it.

The hidden object scenes are neat, uncluttered, and generally relate to their location so it does not seem like a pile of junk just dumped there. Every Hidden object scene gets played twice and the previous finds are not there making getting the achievement "find everything in less then a minute" easy to accomplish. One last thing about the Hidden Object scenes there are morphing find clues which is quite clever.

Most of the negative reviews center on the cutscene graphics. Since I am not overly sure when this game was originally released to the public (I found YouTube videos of walk/playthroughs from about a year ago (2014), in German.) this might explain the graphics, which I personally found just fine.

All achievements can be accomplished in a single playthrough so there is no forced second playthrough just to gain missed achievements.

There are four sets of extra finds: crowns in the castle, swords in the outside kingdom, hooks on the ship, and apples on the wizard's island. They are easy to see and easy to find.

Overall this is fun family oriented game and relatively short.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 12, 2015
I've played all the Artifex Mundi games released on Steam and this is one of their weakest. Besides the usual quality graphics, and a solid selection of puzzles, there's not much going for this game.

The "plot" in this game is atrocious; it's so derivative and nonsensical. The "complications" in the story aren't thought out very well and the whole story seems like an afterthought. Artifex Mundi usually produces titles with a better story than this.

If you're into Hidden Objects games JUST for the puzzles and hidden objects, then by all means, try this out. But if you care even a little bit about the plot or characters, you might want to skip this one and try one of their other titles.
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