[PS4] Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride Review
On your route to your twin sister’s wedding, tragedy strikes, and she is kidnapped… by a bear? You must set out to rescue her and make sure she is safe! Read our Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride review to learn more!
Within the shadow of an ancient forest, on the bottom of a foggy valley, stands the lonely village of Ravenbrook. The folk there are cheerful and diligent, yet warily superstitious. They surround the village with countless charms to keep the evil spirits at bay, for on the other side of the forest, there lies a seemingly bottomless pit, known as the Abyss.
It is the place the villagers of Ravenbrook fear most…
Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride
Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride is another fun game from Artifex Mundi. The studio has released several games in the adventure game/point and click/hidden object sub-genre, including Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart which I thought was a good game on Sony’s home console.
They are back now with another title in the same vein as Nightmares from the Deep with Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride. The game is a mix of old school adventure game with hidden object puzzles thrown in for good measure. It’s set from a first person view, and you shift between static backgrounds. As you use your pointer on the screen, you find items and be able to use them with other items to proceed forward. Occasionally you will have to solve a puzzle or a hidden object puzzle to get the next items needed to progress.
As I said before, the story is about a set of twins, one of which is getting married. When you, controlling the other twin, finally arrive at the village where the wedding is taking place, a bear interrupts the event and kidnaps your sister, After this, you and her fiancee head after the bear to bring her back. The story is interesting, and it takes a few twists before it is over. It is pretty good overall, but I definitely had some correct suspicions with what direction it was heading.
When you load up the game, you get to choose between Normal and Expert difficulties. They both play the same, but Expert gives you fewer hints and indicators. If you have played adventure games in the past, this should be fine for you. If you are new to the genre, I’d suggest you start off by playing on Normal.
The puzzles in the game are pretty well designed and push you to think a bit outside the box without ever becoming too hard. Although I did find a few that were genuinely frustrating, but they certainly don’t impact my overall recommend for the game on PlayStation 4.
Along with regular puzzles, you’ll run into hidden object puzzles. At the bottom of the screen, there will be twelve words, and you need to find the corresponding objects for the puzzle on the screen. The objects can be pretty easy to see, but sometimes you will need to move things around or open stuff before you can find them. You may also need to combine objects to get the one you are actually looking for. For example, in a puzzle one of the words was twelve, so I had to move dice together before I could click on them to match the word.
If you are not interested in the hidden object puzzles, the game has one an option for completing a game of dominos. They put bear shields all over the board, and you need to use the dominos at your disposal building a path all over, touching each one. I preferred the hidden object puzzles as they were more interesting, but it’s good to know there is an easier out for people who are struggling.
The game, from a visual perspective is good. The backgrounds are all hand-drawn with some good attention to detail. They do a good job putting you in this world. One area where the game’s from Artifex Mundi still needs some work is the cut-scenes and voice work. It’s not bad, but not nearly as good as others in the genre. They actually have gotten better since I reviewed Nightmares of the Deep, but still not where they need to be.
The game itself took me around 6 hours to complete. I pretty much powered through the main adventure in one night, finishing the extra episode the next day. The game is short and to the point, and is voerall a fun adventure.
This one has a Platinum trophy that is not too hard to get. Most of the trophies you will be able to get in your first playthrough by completing all of the hidden object games. On a second playthrough, you play need to play all the domino games – that second run should be shorter than your first one.
Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride clicked with me pretty easily. The game’s puzzles gave my brain a nice workout without ever becoming too complicated. While this release might not be for everyone, there’s definitely a large enough group of you out there that is going to love this release! Aside from the improvements needed on cut-scenes and voice acting, Artifex Mundi is doing a good job with these PS4 adventure releases.
[review pros=”Fun Story.
Easy Platinum trophy.” cons=”Could be too simple for some.
Your cat could have been more useful.” score=75]