Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden – Games Review
Your fiancé, Robert, is an excellent diver and explorer! While on a personal quest of exploration, you lost contact with him. The coast guard scour the waters for him or his remains but came up empty, but you’re his fiancée and you do not give up that easily. Strapping on your diving gear, you went to the place where he last called in alone and started a search for him. You stumbled upon a mysterious underwater city in a dome called Eden, and unbeknownst to you, the city housed a terrible secret… what matters to you now is that you are confident that Robert is in that city and you’ll do whatever it takes to rescue him!
With such a gripping storyline to start the game off, Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden, developed by Artifex Mundi, is indeed a thrilling and challenging hidden object adventure game. The game provides 3 different difficulty modes that ensure replayability as once you’ve beaten the casual mode, you can replay the game on advanced or even expert!
How to play this game? Well, you’ll be exploring the underwater city and while you do, you’ll notice sparkling locations that you can click on. These are your hidden objects scenes. Like any hidden objects game, you’ll need to tap to collect the items on the list. Some items are noted in blue – this means that you’ll need to perform an extra step in order to collect the item and trust me, that extra step can be pretty hard to find. Sometimes, you need to use a screwdriver on the scene to unscrew a cage to reveal the item and sometimes, it can be as easy as tapping to unzip the bag and get your item. This is one of the many challenging aspects of the game.
Thankfully, there are a plethora of tools at your disposal. You can magnify an object by pinching out the screen while you can pinch in to zoom out. You could also touch and drag to move the screen around, just in case there is an object hidden at the very corner of the screen. There are even hints that you can use to show you where a random item on your list is at. Although you can use your hints as many times as you like, hints take quite awhile to recharge, so it’s best to save them up for the really tricky objects. If some scenes are too difficult, you can also opt to play the mini-game, Dominoes, instead, as a replacement for the hidden object scene that you want to skip.
Some objects of interest that are found in the hidden object scenes as well as outside the hidden object scenes will be added into your inventory. These items are vital to solve the many mini-game puzzles hidden around the city which will unravel the mystery behind Eden. Collect enough components or clues and you might just be able to crack the even tougher puzzles in the game. If you can’t, there’s a Skip option, but you do lose out on a lot of points. The progress for the story can also be viewed in your diary and if you enjoy the game, do consider purchasing the complete game for more scenes and other goodies too!
In short, Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden presents a very intriguing storyline with some truly brain-cracking puzzles which will require patience and dedication to solve. The underwater city looks absolutely eerie. In fact, the game’s look and feel seems to be inspired by Rapture in Bioshock. Interested? Well, try it now!
e-Rapid Games rate: 8.5/10