ABYSS – THE WRAITHS OF EDEN

by ARTIFEX MUNDI; BIGFISH GAMES

Jud’s Game Rating:

Graphics **** Player participation (PP) **** Satisfaction Factor (SF) *****

Frustration Factor (FF) **   Fair Play (FP) ****  Tedium Factor (TF) Nil

EXCELLENT

Find your missing fiancé in the deepest parts of the ocean in Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden! Discover and investigate a forgotten underwater city that hides many spine-chilling secrets and supernatural forces which still lurk in every corner of this mysterious world. Face an ancient evil that is hiding in the deepest chambers of the once idyllic city of Eden. Hold your breath and dive into this breathtaking underwater Hidden Object adventure! (BigFish sales blurb)

There is quite a lot to this Standard version Sci-Fi/Fantasy game – it is quite long and complex, with many rooms and sites within the underwater city.  There is also THE FINAL CHAPTER which is really a Prequel – this is accessed on the Main Menu when unlocked upon completion of the Main Game.  This Bonus Game is usually only found on Collector’s Editions!

With a good basic Options, Casual/Advanced/ Expert Play Modes, Auto-Widescreen, and Auto-Tutorial, it is a little slow opening on screen so be patient through the black screen. There is a Map which shows active areas, and immediate tasks, but you cannot use it to jump from one site to the next which is a shame as you are forced to travel back and forth a great deal – this gets tiring and hard on the mouse hand after a while.  If you don’t wish to play the Hidden Object sites you can play Dominoes instead – I’m presuming that upon completion of a Dominoes alternative that you receive the required HO Item required for your coming tasks.

This is an excellent game, with an intriguing, addictive plot that keeps you searching and solving long after you should have stopped for a break.  The Graphics are imaginative, colourful, clear-ish, realistic (so believeable) considering the setting, yet fantastic with cloaked red-eyed demons that are a little ‘Dementor’-like.  As BigFish say, it is indeed ‘scary and thrilling’!  You feel compelled to get things done before dire consequences befall – even though your logic tells you that this won’t happen and that you have time to pause to go and make a coffee, answer the phone, or whatever, then come back and continue.  But of course you sit there hurrying along, anxious to complete each task.

There are a few minor problems.  Control of the Mouse is a little weak, but not too bad once you realise the problem exists – it drops back a site if you are not careful and put it too close to the bottom of the screen.  One ‘Puzzle’ involving rotating numbers was faulty and I had to Skip it.

I highly recommend this game though not necessarily for kids.  I bought it as soon as the Trial time ran out!  It has everything a game needs – intrigue, great graphics, and compulsive game-play.

Jud House  13/12/2012

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