Grim Legends 2: Song of the Dark Swan Review

Artifex Mundi have graced us with yet another hidden object game on Xbox, this time in the form of Grim Legends 2: Song of the Dark Swan, providing you with several hours of puzzling entertainment, but does it offer anything new or more of the same?

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Like most other Artifex Mundi games, this title starts off with a short intro, introducing your (usually) unseen character into the games world, more often than not under a supernatural setting. This time, you’re a doctor who has been summoned to the land of Eagle Kingdom, where a queen has fallen ill but is soon sent to the castle prison for wielding dark magic, which has been made illegal.

You’re thrown straight into the exploration, and as is usually the case with these titles, you’ll encounter some supernatural being, then you’ll follow said being to uncover the conspiracy surrounding said being, then you’ll find a way to destroy said being and bring peace back to the land. Rinse and repeat for all Artifex Mundi games. Although a common theme through all their titles, this still doesn’t detract from the quality of these titles, with intriguing stories based on folklore, where this one pays homage to a Grimm fable known as The Six Swans.

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The puzzles here are plentiful, but the game itself seems shorter than recent offerings on the Xbox. Most of the puzzles are familiar but under a different guise, so frequent players of these titles will instantly recognise them, but don’t let this fool you as some can be frustrating, leaving you aimlessly guessing and moving parts around until you solve the puzzle. With that being said, there are a few new additions to puzzles not seen before. The hidden object side of puzzles range from the standard ‘See a word, find the object’ to ‘See a silhouette, find the object’ to manipulating hidden object puzzles in order to uncover more objects to interact with that same puzzle to eventually finding the object you’re looking for.

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Grim Legends 2 offers the usual normal and expert setting, where the latter gets rid of glowing hints and a longer replenish time for hints in puzzles. Once completed, you’ll unlock a second short story that completes some unfinished answers with regards to the game.

All in all, this is just another Artifex Mundi hidden object title that’s like marmite. And if you fall in the ‘love’ category, then you’ll be pleased with another brilliant outing into their worlds, especially since these titles are the only hidden object titles on Xbox, proving that there’s no contender worthy enough of competition for them.

Grim Legends 2: Song of the Dark Swan is available to download now from the Xbox store, priced at £7.99.

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Summary

Grim Legends 2 offers more of the same gameplay that you’re used to with an Artifex Mundi game, offering slight variations in puzzles and another intriguing fantastical storyline. A few companions to help you along the way offer up new ways to solve puzzles.

Stephen Loftus

I'm a Dad to my daughter and my dog, a gamer since I was born and a TV nut since I could open my eyes! Like my taste in music, I like a wide variety of genres of games. You can e-mail me at Shteeve06@hotmail.com, or add me on xbox using the gamertag Stevee.

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