Artifex Mundi bring another hidden object puzzle adventure to the PS4, this time it’s the sequel to the reasonably fun Eventide: Slavic Fable namely Eventide 2: Sorcerer’s Mirror. There’s not much to link the two games in regards to story besides playing the same lead character so the biggest puzzle is whether Eventide 2: Sorcerer’s Mirror continues the slow improvement of these king of games have been demonstrating over the last few months.
Lets see if Mary can reach the bottom of another mystery. So after saving a park in the last game Mary and her niece have decided to go for some rock climbing in the mountains. Unfortunately for Jenny she is kidnapped by an evil wizard and Mary falls down the mountain. Luckily a tree breaks your fall and you can begin your adventure. You have to find Jenny and also investigate the mysterious village you have found yourself landing in. It’s pretty much a very similar story to the first game.
As you begin Eventide 2: Sorcerer’s Mirror you’ll meet the latest new function, they’ve sort of gone down the Telltale route, you actually get to make plot decisions. Now it’s a very simple mechanic, you only get two choices, effectively one good or one selfish choice. So you can lie or be honest to a barman or choose to keep a certain item instead of handing it back to it’s original owner. You have to commend the developers in regards to adding some variety, it means if you play the game again you will experience a slightly difference end game. It’s nowhere near as multiple choice as the Telltale games but it does add more of a personal touch to Eventide 2: Sorcerer’s Mirror.
You navigate through Eventide 2: Sorcerer’s Mirror as per usual via a series of impressively drawn 2D scenes. You solve a mixture of hidden object games and puzzles on your way trying to uncover whats happening. Some of the hidden object games now have you trying to find multiples of the same object, so it mixes up the gameplay a tad. Another recent addition is the ability to combine items in your inventory to make a new item to help you along your quest. The usual puzzles are present i.e. moving a series of lines to connect something, taken items out of a picture and placing them in another part of the picture, moving dials in different directions to line up a scene etc. It is never explained why the puzzles are there and why they are made up the way they are but it’s only a minor inconvenience.
Voice acting is forever the issue with these kind of games, compared to other similar titles Eventide 2: Sorcerer’s Mirror is one of the better but it is an area that needs a lot more time dedicated to it. Another common area that lets down games like Eventide 2: Sorcerer’s Mirror are the cutscenes which appear to be less polished compared to the expertly drawn 2D backgrounds. These 2 issues do not detract too much from Eventide 2: Sorcerer’s Mirror but if they were better then Eventide 2: Sorcerer’s Mirror would be a slicker title to look at and experience.
Eventide 2: Sorcerer’s Mirror is probably the best game of its hidden object genre on the PS4, the addition of multiple choices doubles the longevity whilst the plot itself is fairly engrossing. If you enjoy this kind of game then you will surely be one of the first to give Eventide 2: Sorcerer’s Mirror a go. As always the voice acting is a tad wayward but the scenery is beautifully drawn. Eventide 2: Sorcerer’s Mirror is definitely an improvement on its predecessor.
REVIEW CODE: A complimentary Sony Playstation 4 code was provided to Bonus Stage for this review. Please send all review code enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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