Any regular readers will surely know by now that I have come to appreciate the brilliant change of pace that Artifex Mundi’s work brings to console gaming, a break from the overwhelming supply of first-person shooters, sports games and what not. The hidden object genre hasn’t exactly flourished, but with self-publishing on consoles now a reality, they’re obviously finding some degree of success, and this can only be a good thing in the interests of maintaining a satisfactory level of variety in the releases that are being made available. Of course, if you’ve played an Artifex Mundi game before, you pretty much know exactly what it is you’re in for, but that doesn’t mean that there’s nothing new to see here, far from it actually.
Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride pits players into the role of a woman travelling back home for her sister’s wedding, unfortunately for her, not all is as it seems, and following an attack by a gargantuan bear, her sister is taken captive. And so the hunt begins, for the bear, and for the truth to bring to light a dark, nefarious presence hiding just beneath the surface of this quaint little hamlet, as well as the mysteries of an area known only as The Abyss. Now, the narrative, characters and dialogue are hardly the stuff of a AAA game, let alone something more cinematic, but that hardly has any impact upon the overall experience, in fact, Artifex Mundi somehow have a knack of still making the player care about resolving their protagonist’s dilemmas, and that, quite frankly is quite an achievement in and of itself. The major attractions to these games though, are obviously the puzzles themselves, and as usual, the team don’t let themselves down.