Posted: April 26
I would recommend this game to anyone who enjoys the genre, anyone who is looking for a relaxing gaming experience, and anyone who can appreciate a game for its art and music. Oh, and of course, likes cats...you get a cute kitten that helps you reach annoyingly out-of-reach objects.
The story promises a lot of mystery, magic and romance (although take heed gents - not much romance until the end scenes and a couple of love letters you find along the way). Initially what drew me to this game was the beautiful art-style, which did not disappoint. The voice acting was pretty lacklustre however, which was disappointing because it almost completely ruined the mysterious and intriguing atmosphere that the beautifully composed soundtrack combined with the art-style had created.
The story itself was interesting but cliche, making it somewhat predictable. Puzzles weren't too challenging, and I did get a bit tired of playing dominos to unlock necessary objects (dominos being the easier option than some other puzzle). "It's ok. I'm just in a hurry to save my sister. I've got time for more dominos." The final chapter had a LOT of puzzles, which I thought was a little over the top but was probably also serving to build suspense.
The link between some of the objects and objectives took a bit to figure out - who knew that you could use a diamond earring to cut an opening into a glass window? I didn't! The amount of times I could have used my jewelry to break into my own house when I'd forgotten my keys will haunt me forever more...Thankfully the hint button refreshes quickly (on casual mode).
Artifex Mundi have created a beautiful-looking game, and it was the combination of the art, music, story and puzzles that was enough to keep me playing until the end of the dark abyss.