Lost Grimoires 2: Shard of Mystery

In the latest hidden-object puzzle developed by Artifex Mundi, Lost Grimoires 2: Shard of Mystery, you search for Fern (who has gone missing shortly before his coronation) through completing a variety of puzzles and mixing so many potions, you won’t know what to do with them – just kidding, you’ll know exactly what to do with them!  Step into the shoes of Violet and see if you can solve the latest mystery in Lost Grimoires 2!

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The Good

Lost Grimoires 2 provides a variety of new puzzles mixed in with some of the classics seen in other Artifex Mundi games.  In addition to a handful of hidden-object puzzles, there is also a Bejeweled-style puzzle mixed in through many segments of the game that result in potions being mixed, and I thought this was a really fun addition that was different from other puzzles we’ve become used to seeing.

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One of the other things I really enjoyed about Lost Grimoires 2 was it was the perfect level of challenging for this type of game.  Any time I go through an Artifex Mundi game, I want to complete it on my own – collectibles and all – with no guide.  While there were some sections I got stuck on for a bit, or a few collectibles I had to look a little bit harder for, it was doable and fun to complete.  I always look to these games to be relaxing playthroughs, and I feel that was accomplished here.

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The Bad

I would really love to see a fresh plot from Artifex Mundi.  I have reached a point of not paying much attention to the plot in many of their games because I feel like the story is almost always the same.  Lost Grimoires 2 is a visually beautiful game, I just wish there was more substance to the story.  Also, more hidden-object puzzles.  Always more hidden-object puzzles!

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The Achievements

All the achievements in Lost Grimoires 2 are achievable in one playthrough, which was a nice change from many of the recent Artifex Mundi installments.  There is only one collectible (Rose Symbols) of which there is one of in each scene.  As long as you pay attention, you can easily get these.  There are also many standard achievements, including completing the game on expert, using no hints throughout the game, and completing a hidden-object puzzle in less than one minute (the most challenging achievement in the game).  All in all, I was able to complete the game in just under four hours.

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The Verdict

Lost Grimoires 2: Shard of Mystery is, by far, the best of the recent hidden-object puzzle games brought to us by Artifex Mundi.  It’s mix of puzzles adds to the fun, and the only piece that I was really wishing for was a bit of variety in the seemingly recycled plot we’ve seen in many of their recent games.  I enjoyed playing through Lost Grimoires 2 in an afternoon, and I highly recommend it to fans of this genre.

4outof5

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