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
In Sakura Shrine Girls you step into the shoes of Toru, a young priest-in-training, who gets more than he bargained for when following in the footsteps of his grandfather. Toru has always been a skeptic, but when he encounters two guardian sprits at the shrines he is supposed to maintain his whole world is turned upside down. Sakura Shrine Girls features decent art, but the story is fairly predictable and the characters not that memorable. It is still an entertaining read and you can pick which one the girls Toru ends up with, but don’t expect to be blown away by anything.
Gameplay: Not bad, but unfortunately quite predictable.
Graphics: The artwork is lovely, but sprites and CGs are limited to only two characters.
Sounds: No voice acting, but the soundtrack is quite good
Shooting girls with a pheromone gun in order to provide them with euphoria is every bit as strange in the game as it sounds on paper, but somehow it works. Gal*Gun: Double Peace certainly doesn’t take itself too seriously, but it knows its audience very well, so you can expect plenty of squealing girls and fan service. However, if you look past the ecchi exterior, you’ll also find a very entertaining game with plenty of replay value. It is obviously not a title that is going to appeal to the easily offended, but if you are a fan of anime or manga and can appreciate some slightly lewd humor you’ll have fun with this game.
Gameplay: On-rail shooters are still a rarity on PC and this one is a lot of fun.
Graphics: Colorful and detailed, but also not without flaws.
Sound: Nice soundtrack and good voice acting
Assassin’s Creed is a great game that is hampered by a few small flaws that drag it down from greatness. Don’t let this stop you from experiencing a truly epic and unique storyline that will have you gripped right until the end.
Gameplay: A little rough around the edges at times, but with plenty of cool ideas.
Graphics: Some epic scenes.
Sound: Quite immersive
The Crow’s Eye might not be a jump-scare laden horror title like it first appears to be, but instead offers a compelling and interesting puzzle experience. The story is a more involved than it seems and if you stick with it you’ll also find that there is more to the university than what you might think. There is no doubt that the puzzles sometimes feel a little out of place for the setting and time period of the game, but solving them is a very rewarding experience. Ultimately this game won’t give horror junkies the frights they crave, but if you enjoy a good story and love solving puzzles then you’ve come to the right place.
Gameplay: Light on the scares, but heavy on the puzzle solving and platforming.
Graphics: Nothing cutting edge, but sets the mood nicely.
Sound: Decent voice acting and a great soundtrack
Plunder dungeons, dark forests and dank swamps in this addictive new rogue-like deck-building RPG adventure from Nerdook. Thanks to the charming visuals, stellar audio and fiendishly fun gameplay, this is a title you can easily lose yourself in for hours. It packs a ton of replay value and there is always another level of fame, a new deck strategy or better equipment waiting for you to draw you back in. While it might seem very simple at first, the game has plenty of depth without sacrificing accessibility. Fans of the genre will love every minute and even newcomers shouldn’t hesitate to grab this game.
Gameplay: Deceptively simple, but extremely addictive, this is a game that can keep you busy for a long time.
Graphics: Features the charming art-style that Nerdook titles are known for, but much more polished and detailed than previous titles.
Sound: Great soundtrack and some unexpectedly nice sound effects as well as speech
If you have fond memories of the Blade Runner adventure game released for PC by Westwood back in 1997 then you might want to sit up and take notice of Ama’s Lullaby. It is a point & click adventure featuring a command-line based hacking game by solo developer, Mercy Ground Creations. The game is currently in the final hours of its Kickstarter campaign and with only three days to go time is running out to become a backer
Queen’s Quest 2 features a different lead character than part one, but improves on the original game in all areas. There is a large cast of fairytale and folklore characters to interact with, beautiful hand-drawn locations, plenty of puzzles as well as a variety of hidden object scenes. While the game isn’t very taxing, it remains entertaining throughout and we can certainly recommend it to fans or those who are curious about the genre.
Gameplay: Neither the puzzles or hidden object scenes are very difficult, but remain fun.
Graphics: Beautiful artwork and plenty of variety.
Sound: Decent music and the voice acting isn’t too bad either
Assault your eyes, ears and self-confidence with this ultra-challenging first person shooter by The Foregone Syndicate. Desync is an all-out action fest that doesn’t believe in hand holding or pulling punches. This can make it an extremely frustrating game, but also very satisfying when you master the skills required to stand a chance. The visuals are stylish, but blinding while the music is outstanding. If you prefer playing your shooters on the easiest setting or easily frustrated, then this is probably not the game for you, but if you want to really put your skills to the test then this is the game to get.
Gameplay: Fast, frantic and very unforgiving.
Graphics: The Tron-style visuals are stylish, but a little headache inducing after a while.
Sound: Sound effects lack a little punch, but the music is excellent
Definitely one of the most engrossing, entertaining and action packed games I’ve played in a long time. Despite some minor flaws, this game is essential to any good game collection.
Gameplay: A bit slow paced & frustrating at times but has it’s moments.
Graphics: Not outstanding but for the genre it’s not too shabby.
Sound: Decent voice overs and nice music