Eventide: Slavic Fable
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Unlike other hidden object games that are fond of featuring the usual supernatural suspects like ghosts, Eventide contains plenty of creatures from Slavic fables. Their inclusion, along with the colorful hand drawn visuals, provide the game with a unique look and feel. The story is still a bit clichéd and the game isn’t very long, but it is a lot of fun while it lasts. This makes it a good choice for newcomers to the genre, but the charming visuals and interesting locations will appeal to veterans as well.

Gameplay: Definitely an easy title, but also a lot of fun while it lasts.

Graphics: Vibrant, colorful visuals and some very cool creature designs.

Sound: The voice acting could have been better in spots, but overall the audio is good

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Eventide: Slavic Fable

Developer: The House Of Fables | Publisher: Artifex Mundi sp. z o.o. | Release Date: 2016 | Genre: Adventure / Casual / Hidden Object | Website: Official Website | Purchase: Steam

Let’s face it, ghosts, vampires and other typical monsters are a little overdone at this point, especially in the hidden object game genre. That’s why it is refreshing to see titles like Eventide: Slavic Fable that deviates from the usual cast of creatures. As the name suggests, it is a game that is inspired by Slavic mythology, which appears to be filled with all manner of weird and wonderful beings. The setting is a contemporary heritage park where the protagonist’s grandmother is the curator. Grandma invariably ends up kidnapped and you need to save her with the help of the mythical creatures dwelling in the park.

When Mary, the protagonist of the game, arrives at the heritage park, she quips “Equal parts cute and creepy. Yup. Definitely Slavic.” This pretty much sums up the visual style of the game as well because the creatures definitely fall into the “cute and creepy” category. In addition to the cool creature designs the rest of the visuals are actually very nice too, and each scene is filled with plenty of detail. I was hoping that the setting of the game would result in some unique new locations, but genre favorites such as a creepy old castle and dark forest once again make an appearance. Those who play a lot of hidden object games will have already trudged through their fair share of these locations, but at least Eventide features some of the better looking versions. In total there are 38 locations to explore and thanks to the handy map feature you can jump to any of the ones you’ve visited previously. The hand painted art style of the game fits the theme perfectly and the artists have used a rich color palette to give scenes a unique mood. The subtle animated elements added to the mostly static scenes also enhance the experience. Even the cut-scenes are done pretty well and do a good job of making some scenes feel a bit more action packed and they use the same hand-drawn style as the rest of the game.

Eventide: Slavic Fable is very enjoyable, but it is also one of the easiest hidden object games we’ve played recently. We breezed through the 34 hidden object scenes and even the puzzles didn’t prove to be much of a challenge. Of course, the game features multiple difficulty settings and playing on “Expert” mode this make things a bit trickier. Still, its straightforward puzzles make it a good starting point for players interested in the genre.

In typical HOG fashion you get to wander around collecting objects to use in your quest and talking to other characters for clues. In addition to the typical hidden object scenes where you are given a list of objects to find and a pile of junk to locate them in there are also fragmented object scenes. In these you have to assemble an important item by finding all the different components hidden in the scene. Instead of a word list these scenes provide you with a picture or outline of the different components you must find. Then there are the puzzle scenes, which can involve anything from placing tiles in the correct order to form a picture, to assembling gears or connecting pipes. None of the puzzles proved to be much of a challenge, but players who do struggle can always turn to the build-in hints for assistance.

A magical plant, called the Fern Flower, plays an important role in the tale, so it is a good thing that the protagonist is actually an experienced botanist. It also features prominently in the bonus adventure that is unlocked after completing the game. We quite liked the bonus adventure as it got straight to the point, but sadly it is also somewhat on the short side and can be completed in one sitting.

The soundtrack features some really nice tunes, but a few more tracks would have been great as the selection on offer seem to be a little limited. Due to the relatively short length of the game this isn’t really such a big issue though. The voice acting is a bit of a mixed bag as some of the lines are delivered perfectly while others sound a bit hokey. Overall it is still decent though, and much better than some of the other titles in the genre. Artifex Mundi uses about the same interface for all their hidden object games, so I’ve you have any experience with their previous titles you’ll feel right at home here. You have a journal on the bottom left corner of the screen to keep track of your objects, along with a map and hint button on the right corner. The bottom area is reserved for your inventory. It is a clean, clear interface that works well and lets you get on with the task of solving puzzles without any fuss. In addition to the bonus chapter you also get access to other goodies, such as a music player, wallpapers and concept art after completing the game.

If you are a fan of the genre and want to experience something a little different from the usual supernatural fare then be sure to try out Eventide. The story doesn’t veer too far from the genre tropes, but the inclusion of the creatures from Slavic fables definitely gives it a more unique feel. Because it is one of the easier titles in the genre, it is also a good place for newcomers to start.

System Requirements

  • 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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