Well this completes the hat-trick of point and click hidden puzzles games I’ve recently reviewed. Previously I’ve had the fortune to review Eventide: Slavic Fable and Nightmares from the Deep 2: The Siren’s Call which are very similar games to Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood. The question is whilst i enjoy playing games like this, is Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood one of the better games in the genre? Guess you’ll have to read on to find out!
For the uninitiated Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood has you navigating through various 2D scenes. Within most of these very well presented scenes are puzzles that need to be completed to allow you to progress the plot. Story-wise Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood concerns itself by being set a year since the events of Maple Creek aka the original Enigmatis , you as the detective have been hot on the trail of the demonic preacher you fought one year ago. Unfortunately for you the preacher has always been one step ahead…until now. You’ve chased him to the redwood forest of North Carolina, entering the nearby Ravenwood park. However this park appears to be haunted by some terrible beast, Ravenwood park has become the theme park version of the Bermuda Triangle!
Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood has some notable differences compared to recent entries into the genre. Just like other hidden puzzle games you can skip mini games but for the hidden object puzzles you can either choose to find the objects that are listed or play a matching picture game. It isn’t explained why you have the choice, maybe one day they will explain why you have a choice. Choosing the hidden object game is more taxing as you sometimes have to combine items to access the ones you need. The mini games puzzles usually require you finding certain items and using them to get a puzzle started. There’s a fair range of puzzles to get to grip with, none of them feel samey whether you’re using a crane to create a path or moving pieces on a board to unlock an item.
The one part of Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood that stands out compared to similar games is the deductions board. You get to a point where you meet a prisoner who is able to help you in regards to evidence you find on your travels. You put this evidence under certain heading such as ‘Suspect’ or ‘Motive’ and it allows you to move further along in the story. It’s unexpected detective element which mixes up the slow-paced movement and puzzle playing.
Graphically Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood is pleasant on the eye because most of the scenes are beautifully crafted. It’s only let down by the cut scenes which have a little less polish to them. The dialogue and voice acting is good enough not to grate or detract from the story which is mild interesting and engaging enough to keep you going. There’s not much else to do besides collecting some butterflies and illusive objects but they don’t add to the chilling atmosphere. There is an unlockable story that follows the same vein as Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood, which is playable. Like similar titles Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood is a very short game, if you skip the mini games and cutscenes you could be finished in about 2 hours.
Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood is a better game than Eventide: Slavic Fable and Nightmares from the Deep 2: The Siren’s Call, so if you enjoyed playing them then you’ll definitely get some enjoyable out of Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood. Like the rest of the genre it suffers from a lack of longevity and it’s pace is quite slow but it is helped by an engaging plot. Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood is one to add to the library.
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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