Vanquish the last giant!
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Very Positive (93 reviews) - 81% of the 93 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 8, 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!

The year is 1942, and the Europe is in flames. In the midst of the grim war, an mystical artifact known as the Spear of Destiny has been discovered, and it's believed to have the power to change the destiny of the war. Some believe the Spear to be nothing more than a larger-than-life myth, but neither side wants to make the mistake of dismissing its paranormal power, so a desperate race to uncover the truth about the relic begins.

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?

Agent Walker launches with a 40% discount for a limited time.


http://store.steampowered.com//app/497580

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August 4

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?

Enigmatis 3 will be available on Steam with a 40% discount for a limited time.


http://store.steampowered.com/app/495110


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About This Game

A long, long time ago the world was the stage of the struggle between the sinister giants and the noble race of peace-keeping guardians.
After a fierce battle the giants were vanquished, except for one, whom the guardians overpowered with powerful magic and banished to a mysterious land above the clouds.

Thousands of years have passed and the world is once again on the brink of extinction.
All thanks to a boy who got hold of some magic beans powerful enough to open a path to the cloud world and put humankind in grave danger.
Taking on the role of a fledgling detective from the Brothers Grimm Institute, you’ll embark on a journey through magical worlds to find the castle of the last of the giants, and face him using your wits, magic spells, and the protection of the guardians.
The fate of the world is in your hands. Are you up to the challenge?


Features

  • Solve 83 unique tasks related to 15 hidden object scenes!
  • Explore 52 locations in 5 diverse worlds!
  • Find 400 items hidden in various locations!
  • Test your wits in 29 mini-games!
  • Find 41 collectible items!

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
    • 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
    • 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
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 (32/64bit)
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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Overall:
Very Positive (93 reviews)
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Derrick Rifkin
2.9 hrs
Posted: August 24
Contrary to the previous installment this game lets you first observe a puzzle and tell you which pieces are needed, but rather than having you collect them in a traditional hidden object game, most of the pieces you need are hidden in the actual locations and backgrounds you traverse. I'm not really sure if I actually like this approach, but overall the game is enjoyable, it's that the switches between the more common "location-bound" hidden object scenes and the more traditional ones can be quite jarring.
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Loz38
7.8 hrs
Posted: August 23
Good game. Fun story. 7/10
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talgaby
3.1 hrs
Posted: July 4
Short version: 80%
Fairy Tale Mysteries 2 shows strong, creative mechanics by mixing hidden and fragmented object scenes, plus it has an interesting (but short) take on the familiar Jack and the Beanstalk story.

Long version:
When a hidden object game gets a sequel three years after its release, it is usual to see that the two games have barely anything in common. Still, this can be a good thing—case in point, Fairy Tale Mysteries 2: The Beanstalk.

Whereas its predecessor was a fairly forgettable HOG, this one brings something new by mixing up the usual mechanics: every story screen is turned into a fragmented object game, replacing the traditional point ‘n’ click parts, but keeping the standard hidden object scenes intact. So, if you like to search for items, you are in luck, because this game has plenty of it—but not to the point where it gets tiresome.

As for the story, the title mostly says it all: someone is trying to grow a new beanstalk to let the giants escape from their cloud prison, and our protagonist, freshly from the Brothers Grimm Institution, must prevent this by getting the help of the Guardians of four magical realms. Episodic, straightforward, a little too short, but fun for a hidden object game.
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girumon.20
4.5 hrs
Posted: July 4
Ok hog for me, for time like this I wish have neutral option...
Game duration about +-2 hours (super short), each map is hog scene (have parts to collect on each map).
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silentrequiem
3.4 hrs
Posted: June 30
I really wish there was something between the Yes/No recommendation, because this wasn't an awful game, per se, but it wasn't a great game, either.

Pros:
Gorgeous graphics

Cons:
Lackluster plot
Puzzles were too simplistic

I've played a lot of this publisher's games, and this one just doesn't do it for me. I never really felt invested in the game, mentally or emotionally, and completed it just to complete it, as opposed to finding out what happens in the story. Not the best Artifax Mundi has published.
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DocCovington
10.0 hrs
Posted: June 9
Another must-buy from Artifex Mundi

I have only started this game but am already in love with it: the atmosphere, the music, the graphics, the characters. So many wonderful scenarios, underlined by a beautiful orchestral soundtrack. Did I mention the sky is in motion? Yep. This game is eye, ear and mind candy.

On the technical side of things, the UI is really intelligent! How you unlock things in order to proceed through the story is truly encouraging your investigative nature. You never feel stuck and always get excited when you make a new discovery.

Honorable mention: achievements are kept to the basics, which takes that particular pressure off you so you can focus on the actual story and gameplay and the mystery aspect of the game.

A true gem in the HO genre. Artifex Mundi has had quite a few mediocre, rather sloppily developed releases, but I suppose those are necessary to finance the bigger projects -- like this one.
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lumi126
3.9 hrs
Posted: May 8
As others mentioned before, this game has a different set up. I enjoyed having hidden object scences with a bit more purpose, and was sad that the bonus chapter was back to normal. However, more puzzles would be nice and just a more extensive main game. I finished both in 3 hours, which is way below my average game time. I would enjoy if there where more games coming with the new set up. It is a bit more involving, which is nice, as HOG tend to not have very involving story lines.
If you want a quick game for and an evening or afternoon, this is perfect.
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suntiger
10.0 hrs
Posted: May 8
I liked the first game in Fairy Tale Mysteries, but this on got a really odd inventory. When going through the various scenes, som objects were clearly something to pick up - except that is not possible until you got the proper 'quest' for it aka 'gather the required things to do xyz'. Really annoying. Strangely that was not implemented in the bonus story, but by that time I really didn't care much.
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Ginger P.
6.3 hrs
Posted: May 5
This will be a slightly new interface for those of you who follow Artifex Mundi. And if you're married to other iterations it may initially feel awkward and contrived. Every scene is now a hidden object scene -- the story will not progress until you find the specific items in play. Frustratingly, and as other reviewers have pointed out, there may be objects in plain sight that you know you will want (at some point) to pick up, but those objects will not be available until you open the part of the story to which they apply. Well, you'll just have to come back. Indeed, if you treat this as the casual game that it is, you will enjoy the game flow, graphics and voice acting, and small surprises. This game is clearly about the journey -- which is predetermined, of course, but enjoyable nonetheless.
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Batprince
21.1 hrs
Posted: April 8
I actually really enjoy the Artifex Mundi games. The wife plays through them first then I go clean up her achievement missing mess. The steampunk one is awesome, clockwork something...
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
21 of 23 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
Fans of this genre should already be a familiar with Artifex Mundi, a prolific and well regarded casual adventure game developer. It should come as no surprise that this is a recommendation. This is your second mission as a Brothers Grimm detective in this Artifex Mundi series. Your mission this time is to find the last of the giants, defeat him and save the world. You think the Grimm Brothers would help a rookie detective more....

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=595486879

The voice acting was passable and the artwork is the excellent standard expected of Artifex Mundi. The best art work in this game is in the Magical World locations. My personal favourite artwork location was Moon World but I think this is the best location artwork in Desert World:

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=598089753

I did not enjoy having to click continue on my mouse every line in the voice acting. Listening to the cut scene uninterrupted is preferable. Needing to pause the game is the only possible and useful reason. If so a pause button instead of continue is suffice.

Achievements

The achievements in this title are easier as you can 100% this game on easy, advanced and expert. Collecting all 40 collectibles would of been a good achievement to add. To get all achievements you must play the bonus game. In previous titles playing the bonus game it has been just one achievement but in this game you will be missing four; The Whole Story, Puzzle Expert ,Master Searcher and One of a Kind.

Conclusion

Currently based on the Artifex Mundi games I have played I feel that this is a weaker entry for three reasons.

1. The Mini games in this title are on the easy side and I would of liked more .For the more experienced casual adventure gamer you may not find much challenge in this one.

2. The game feels like constant Hidden Object scenes. This is because as well as the traditional Hidden Object Scenes there is Hidden Object Pieces game play in all locations. This means having to find items before you can use them on objects.

3. The story wasn't as engaging as for me personally. This is really down to a matter of personal taste/themes but I felt like this wasn't the strongest writing.

If you like the idea of easier game play, 9 Clues :The Secret of Serpent Creek , in my opinion is a better game that I recommend for more experienced adventure gamers even if the artwork in the this game is superior.Despite my criticisms of this particular title I still look forward to trying the first game in this series, the first detective mission, recently released on steam which I will still be making time to play this year...

http://store.steampowered.com/app/429600/
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2015
Game Series

"The Beanstalk," is the second installment of "Fairy Tale Mysteries." Previous game from this series is called "The Puppet Thief."

Game Visual/Audio

There isn't much can be said about the game's visuals asides from that they're nicely done. Pretty much the same thing can be said about the game's audio. The visual and audio can be adjusted in the game's option menu.

Gameplay

There are three different game difficulty modes to choose from: Casual, Advanced and Expert.

The notebook keeps tracks of the events that had happened in the game.

There are interactive items in the game, they're marked with a symbol, but sometimes these interactive items do 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.

Most of the hidden object scenes consists of traditional word list and picture items. Some of them do require little or no interaction.

Most of the game's puzzles are rather easy to solve without much difficulty. For most of these puzzles there's a reset button. However, there's definitely a skip button, for all of the puzzles. These two features are only present in "Casual" game difficulty mode.

There are eleven different achievements to unlock during gameplay. Each of these achievements comes with certain requirements before they can be unlocked.

There's at least forty decorative egg collectibles in-game, they're scattered throughout the game, most of them can be cleverly hidden in plain view.

Since this is a collector's edition game, there's a bonus chapter, but it can be unlocked only after the main story of the game's completed.

The bonus chapter continues where the main story had ended.

Miscellaneous

There are total of five 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. Badge can be crafted and upgraded with these trading cards. This feature is only available for Steam’s version of this game.

Final thoughts, I definitely enjoying playing this game all the way through to the end. The gameplay wise is very different from the previous game "Fairy Tale Mysteries: The Puppet Thief." I want to point out in order to  clear up some confusion that some might've about this game. Gogii had developed this game completely themselves. Artifex Mundi just published it.

The replay value I would say for this game is low as in every once in a while. I would recommend this game but not at the full price.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
Short version: 80%
Fairy Tale Mysteries 2 shows strong, creative mechanics by mixing hidden and fragmented object scenes, plus it has an interesting (but short) take on the familiar Jack and the Beanstalk story.

Long version:
When a hidden object game gets a sequel three years after its release, it is usual to see that the two games have barely anything in common. Still, this can be a good thing—case in point, Fairy Tale Mysteries 2: The Beanstalk.

Whereas its predecessor was a fairly forgettable HOG, this one brings something new by mixing up the usual mechanics: every story screen is turned into a fragmented object game, replacing the traditional point ‘n’ click parts, but keeping the standard hidden object scenes intact. So, if you like to search for items, you are in luck, because this game has plenty of it—but not to the point where it gets tiresome.

As for the story, the title mostly says it all: someone is trying to grow a new beanstalk to let the giants escape from their cloud prison, and our protagonist, freshly from the Brothers Grimm Institution, must prevent this by getting the help of the Guardians of four magical realms. Episodic, straightforward, a little too short, but fun for a hidden object game.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 9, 2015
This game is pretty good. It says fullscreen is optimized for widescreen but the images are a bit pixelated and grubby at fullscreen. However it won't be so bad as to stop gameplay. It does not have location hints or a travel map but in casual mode the hints button recharges pretty quickly.

This game is good for the price and will provide a couple hours of entertainment. The voice overs are not too bad and the story is good.

For the value it's worth it but would not buy it at full price. The 40% discount was nice.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2015
I didn't play the first one because I didn't realise that it was on Steam and already in my library. I wanted to try this one, published (it's the keyword) by Artifex Mundi on Steam. And you can't see that it's not them that developed it.

Your role is to search who is the hooded man that is trying to bring back giants on Earth (or into that magical world, choose what you want). Based on the fairy tale "Jack and the Beanstalk", you're going to search for beans, guardians, a traitor and a way to save Jack and stop that terrible plan.

While the story is good - I enjoyed it, the gameplay only suffers of some well-hidden objects. But that's where the frustration begins. I rarely hit the hint button during a HO game. In fact, I refrain myself to do it in a game with achievements included. Unfortunately, I was forced here to do it because of these needed items to advance in the story. And it's the same for the HO scenes. There is also a lot of objects that need to be "repaired", making you go slower for the achievement where you have to find everything under a minute. You will probably unlock it in a second playthrough, after keeping somewhere in your head their locations.

And while the graphics are really correct, though not transcending, I was disappointed in the soundtrack: I already heard it in another HO. Yet, well, it's a good track.

Another thing with the gameplay is that it's different in the main game and in the bonus chapter. The main game is showing you a list of items to find from a scene to another to build what you need - and these items become clickable when you find the use for them. The bonus chapter is more behaving like any other HO game: you don't need to find that this item will help you to click on it, you can collect it without the knowledge.

While I'll recommend the game, I'll advise you to get it with a discount - I don't think it's worthy of 10 bucks. The -40% discount for the launch was already a better price but this game will probably drop lower, so I suggest you to wait until it's 2 or 3 bucks.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
Okay story with some interesting twists on fairy tales. Lovely artwork and better voice acting than usual for Artifex Mundi. The fractured object puzzles can get a bit frustrating, since the pieces you have to find are usually in plain view, but you can't click them until you hunt around for the thing you need them for. Typical difficulty and length for a HOG; maybe three hours long including the bonus chapter. Recommended in a bundle or at a steep discount.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
The ridiculous, flat story won't inspire you to greatness, but the innovative take on the hidden-object game genre is fun and exceptionally well presented.

The hidden-object concept is not just limited to specific scenes, but indeed the whole point-and-click adventuring is hidden-object based. As times, it is a bit silly, but for fans of the genre it can be a lot of fun to be constantly hunting for objects.

In case you're worried, it's done in a way that keeps things very simple indeed. Even at "expert" difficulty, I found this game to be very easy for the genre. Oddly, the bonus chapter falls back to a more traditional hidden-object style. It's quite long, too, almost a game in itself.

The graphics, voice acting, and music are all lush, and the game engine is buttery-smooth, just as you would expect from Gogii Games.

The Grimm Brothers branding, though, is an insult to our intelligence. I doubt they would recognize this dumb narrative as a "fairy tale" of any kind. Come on, Gogii! You have a great engine. Stop pumping out this drivel and try to invest in some serious storytelling.

Finally, thank you, devs, for supporting Linux!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
Very heavy on the hidden object games and weak on the puzzle content. The hidden object had specific scenes, but then lots of searching for items in each main map location. This made it quite tricky compared to most hidden object games where the objects are created into a specific scene. Here it was very easy to miss items due to them being well hidden in the brush, or other types of patterns background that allowed it to blend in. Because of this use of the locations for hidden objects there was a lot of back and forth to find all of the items as you couldn't pick up all items in a location until you found the location where the items needed to used.

Not a bad game, though story and music weren't great and I prefer a well balanced puzzle/hidden object type of game than this. I still recommend it because it's entertaining for the time that you get to play.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2015
Fairy Tale Mysteries 2: The Beanstalk

A slightly new designed hidden-object game. In fact it has few classical hidden-object games. The story was sweet and refreshing. The riddles were a little too easy for my taste. I finished the game in about 4 hours, the only reason my game time is up to five is because I forgot to turn my PC off.
I'd say try it with the new Steam return Policy.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2015
The name alone caught my attention, I love fairy tales! The game proved to live up to my expectations and was a lot of fun.

The story is simple, you're on a quest to stop an evil force from bringing Giants back down to Earth and also save Jack. Jack is a young boy who traded his cow for magic beans, when one of the beans grows into a huge beanstalk he is captured. You proceed to meet the Guardians and aid them on your journey and they help you to stop the evil one and free Jack. With the giant destroyed everyone is happy! The bonus chapter is basically you finding the remaining magic beans so the same thing doesn't happen again.

There aren't many surprises in the story, even the identity of the evil one isn't a shock. The game play is solid hidden item fare, though items are scattered around main areas for you to find so it all feels like one big hidden item game with a few puzzles thrown in. Oddly enough, the bonus chapter does not follow the same formula, it's more traditional. Either way, it's fun and offers some challenge. Though the game is a bit easy, especially if your a veteran of this genre.

It's fully voiced with lovely artwork but it's short and easy. It's still a great game and would be a great one for young children. Older players may want to wait for a sale price, however.
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