Popular hidden object puzzle adventure publisher, Artifex Mundi, has revealed their release schedule for the fall / winter season and it is packed to say the least. In addition to a couple of brand new titles, the publisher has also set their sights on making more of their older titles available for consoles. In addition, fans of their existing franchises can also look forward to brand new adventures for their favorite characters
Mary the botanist is back and this time it is her brother that is in need of rescuing. This means another adventure through exotic locations while encountering interesting creatures from Slavic mythology. Like previous titles in the series, Eventide 3 isn’t the longest or most challenging example of the genre, but makes up for it with its unique setting. Newcomers to the genre will get the most out of this game as it features quite a few minigames that are very familiar to veterans, but makes up for it with some nice hidden object scenes. The lush visuals and imaginative scenes also set this game apart from other titles. If you are a fan of the genre and want a relaxing adventure that will keep you busy for an evening or two, then Eventide 3 should be high on your wishlist.
Gameplay: Not that challenging and the minigames could have benefited from some more originality, but the hidden object scenes are good.
Graphics: The series has a reputation for great visuals and Eventide 3 doesn’t disappoint in this regard.
Sound: Decent voice acting and some nice tunes
Sarah Pennington is back and this time her adventures take her to a mysterious jungle where a visit to her mother turns into a showdown with the Dragon Clan over an extraordinary plant. The Secret Order 6 won’t disappoint those who are expecting more of the beautifully detailed visuals that has become a staple for Sunward Games titles. However, the game is also quite short and can easily be completed in a couple of hours. It is still very enjoyable though, and one of the better recent entries in this particular series, so if you are a fan of the genre or previous titles then this will be a good fit for your library.
Gameplay: Short and easy, but definitely entertaining.
Graphics: The scenes in this game are imaginative as well as very detailed.
Sound: Decent voice acting and a fitting, albeit limited, soundtrack
Assist Tara the apothecary, Darius the swordsman and Minu the genie as they try and take on an evil vizier in Persian Nights: Sands of Wonders. This hidden object adventure game might be light on hidden object scenes, but more than makes up for it with the adventuring elements. It features a compelling story, plenty of beautiful locations and more than enough to keep you busy. Although a little on the short side and lacking in any kind of bonus adventures, it is still a great way to spend an afternoon and definitely one of the better Artifex Mundi titles of late.
Gameplay: Hidden object fans might find it a little thin on content, but there are still plenty of inventory based puzzle solving to be done.
Graphics: Everything from the art style to the colors used are a perfect match for the setting.
Sound: Great soundtrack and surprisingly good voice acting
Scarlett Mysteries: Cursed Child is a new hidden object puzzle adventure where players take control of a young woman with psychic abilities. The game starts out as a quest to find her father who abandoned her at an orphanage when she was a child, but quickly turns into a paranormal mystery. There seems to be much less of a focus on hidden object scenes and mini-games in this title, while your exploration is also confined to gloomy areas such as train stations and factories. However, the Gothic style visuals look great and, while very short, the game remains interesting throughout.
Gameplay: The story is interesting, but the puzzles quite easy and the overall game is very short.
Graphics: The Victorian setting allows for some moody visuals, but most of the locations are not very imaginative.
Sound: Standard voice acting and nice, albeit limited, tunes
The End of Dawn is the third title in the Queen’s Quest hidden object puzzle adventure series and the second starring an alchemist instead of royalty. This time you have to go on a quest to protect the world from an evil dragon, which obviously means plenty of hidden objects to find, puzzles to solve and mini-games to conquer. The hand drawn visuals are quite detailed, but the story offers nothing new and despite multiple difficulty settings the game can be completed rather easily. It is a title that newcomers might appreciate more, but anyone who has played a couple of hidden object games before will find that Queen’s Quest 3 has very little to offer that is new or innovative.
Gameplay: Plenty of hidden object scenes and puzzles, but everything can be completed rather easily.
Graphics: Detailed hand drawn visuals, but the fuzzy cut-scenes are a disappointment.
Sound: Neither the music or voice acting really stand out
Although The Secret Order 5: The Buried Kingdom ditches the time traveling elements of the previous titles, it still offers some solid puzzles, mini games and hidden object scenes. This time the adventures of Sarah Pennington take her to a legendary buried kingdom on a quest to save her friend from the sinister Dragon Clan. The setting for The Buried Kingdom is more fantasy themed than the fourth installment, but features the same imagination and attention to detail that has made this series such a hit with fans. The Buried Kingdom doesn’t really advance the overall plot of the series much, but since it is such a self-contained adventure, it is also more accessible to newcomers who are unfamiliar with previous installments.
Gameplay: Plenty of puzzles, mini games and hidden object scenes for players to sink their teeth into.
Graphics: Lots of detailed hand-drawn locations that feature plenty of imaginative touches.
Sound: The music is good and the voice acting is decent too
No matter what your platform of choice is, if you are a fan of hidden object puzzle adventures, then Artifex Mundi has got you covered for the next few months. The publisher, known for some of the best titles in the genre, has revealed the release dates for some of their upcoming games and fans can look forward to a whopping ten titles over the next three months. These include a mixture of new releases as well as fan favorites making their debuts on other platforms. The list shows The Secret Order 5 and Queens Quest 3, scheduled for April releases on Steam and mobile, to Enigmatis: The Mists of Ravenwood due on Playstation 4 in May and Grim Legends 2 heading to Xbox ONE in June