Artifex Mundi is back with a new PS4 game called Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek. If you have previously enjoyed the pirate themed Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart and last month’s steampunk themed Clockwork Tales: Of Glass and Ink, then you are going to love their new release. Come read our Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek review to learn more about this one!
In Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek you play as a detective hired to find a girl that went missing. You wake up after a storm with no memory of how you ended up in town or who you are. You’ll find a room with your first puzzle and will start to piece together the pieces. As expected, this is a hidden object game, so you’ll be given a list of objects and must find them along with an item or two that are required for progressing in the game.
There is a host of other puzzles to solve which include mind-bending riddles, proper jigsaw puzzles, swap and match puzzles… there is plenty of variety in this one! Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek never gets boring since each new puzzle feels fresh and challenging, Speaking of that, the challenge level is good since it’s not too frustrating while also throwing some harder puzzles into the mix.
There are 42 hand-drawn locations for you to explore, and each location looks like a ghost town with its own tale to tell. Between the puzzle solving you’ll conduct your investigation, finding clues as to what happened to the missing girl.
It’s hard to talk more about the puzzles or the game’s story since the mystery and the information you’ll find are what makes it a fun game that is more than just another hidden object release.
The game includes both the main campaign and a bonus campaign you can unlock after completing the main mystery. Players of all skill levels can pick up and enjoy this release as they play at their own pace. The difficulty does ramp up as you go, but the difficulty curve bump is slow and steady. There’s also difficulty settings you can change in the game depending on your preference. For example, the easy difficulty setting has no penalties for mistakes made and lots of hints at your disposal. ON the other hand, the expert difficulty issues penalties for your mistakes and hints take longer to recharge.
Speaking of hints, if you’re going for a Platinum trophy run, you cannot use the hint system. At all. There’s also speedrun trophies you can unlock for completing puzles within a set time limit. While quite achievable, these trophies are missable if you make the slightest mistake, so doing two full runs is probably the best way to go.
The game is a lot of fun, I expect nothing less from Artifex Mundi, and I do hope that we’ll eventually get Enigmatis 2 on PS4. Enigmatis: Ghosts of Maple Creek is a story you do not want to miss out on your Sony console!
|Gorgeous hand-drawn locations.|
Good variety of puzzles.
This Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek review is based on a PS4 copy provided by Artifex Mundi.
Written by: Tracey
- Contributing Editor