Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood Review

Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood takes you on a point-and-click adventure as a detective trying to solve the mysterious disappearances of a little girl and her parents.  Along the ways you’ll solve a variety of puzzles as you encounter mysterious people, giant ravens and a seemingly alternate dimension.  Artifex Mundi has used their tried-and-true formula to deliver another enjoyable installment to the Enigmatis series.

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The Good

As expected, Enigmatis 2 offers a good variety of puzzles for you to work through.  In addition to the standard hidden-object puzzles, there is a nice mix of other types of puzzles throughout the game, including the option to substitute matching puzzles for the hidden-object puzzles.

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The environment and artwork of Enigmatis 2 is excellent.  Each screen looks like a nicely done painting, which is something I genuinely enjoy in all Artifex Mundi games.  Also, for people who played the first Enigmatis game, there are a few character and plot tie-ins that bring the games together.

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The Bad

My only real issues with Enigmatis 2 both involve the hidden-object puzzles.  First, there are times that I will have an object highlighted in a puzzle and the game will respond that there is nothing to be found there.  Sometimes, it seems you have to have to circle over an object perfectly for it to register as found.  Sec0ndly, it seems that the first half of the game has almost no hidden-object puzzles.  I would like to see the mixture of puzzles spread out a little more evenly as some of the first half of the game just felt like running back and forth.

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The Achievements

The achievement list for Enigmatis 2 is pretty standard for an Artifex Mundi game, and for the most part it is a decent list.  There are two different collectibles (butterflies and “Illusive Objects”, which are visual shifts in the environment) plus achievements for things like completing each puzzle type without using any hints.  The game does require two playthroughs for the completion, one for completing all hidden-object puzzles and one for completing all pair-matching puzzles.

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The Verdict

If you’re looking for your standard point-and-click adventure, this is the game for you.  While Enigmatis 2 does not stray from the tried-and-true structure of this type of game, there really is no need for it to.  It has an enjoyable story, is visually beautiful, and has a great variety of puzzles.  Combined with a good achievement list, Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood provides an enjoyable game for an afternoon or two.

Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood is available on both Xbox One and Steam for $9.99.

3-5outof5

Developed by: Artifex Mundi
Published by: Artifex Mundi
Website: https://www.artifexmundi.com/g/enigmatis-the-mists-of-ravenwood/
Xbox Marketplace: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/enigmatis-2-the-mists-of-ravenwood/bpkf486vrkdr
Steam Storehttp://store.steampowered.com/app/284770/

A copy of this game was provided by the developer for the purpose of review

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