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Grim Legends 2: Song of the Dark Swan - Review

Grim Legends 2: Song of the Dark Swan is indeed another bright and colorful Fantasy HOPA, but since it is developed by Artifex Mundi, we knew we were in for a good treat. 



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Name: Grim Legends 2: Song of the Dark Swan Collector's Edition
Release Date: 28 September 2014
Developer: Artifex Mundi/Grey Wizard Innovative

You are summoned to the Eagle Kingdom to free the Queen from a deadly curse. Upon your arrival, the young Prince is kidnapped and the Queen is accused for a terrible crime involving dark magic. You must prove the Queen's innocent, rescue the Prince and unravel the mysterious secrets of the Swan and the Eagle kingdoms. While Grim Legends 2: Song of the Dark Swan is a fairly optimistic fantasy game, it definitely involves some darker aspects as well. The storyline is pretty thrilling, although it is not one of those action-packed, super fast-paced types - we found it to be very engaging and exceptionally well told.

The visuals in Grim Legends 2: Song of the Dark Swan are slightly different from those in Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride. Song of the Dark Swan featured more cartoony graphics, more vibrant and more colorful scenes; this does not necessarily worsen the game as each and every scene still looks magnificent and superbly attractive. Nonetheless, the art style in Song of the Dark Swan resembles the style of The Forsaken Bride for its boldness and creativity. The soundtracks are not a concern either; however, we found some sound effects to be arguable annoying, especially the voice of the Spirit helper. Speaking of Helpers, Artifex Mundi has taken quite an innovative route by changing our helpers every so often. Fortunately, there is no need to dress them up or decorate their living spaces.

On the other hand, we found Grim Legends 2: Song of the Dark Swan to be less memorable and perhaps, less captivating compared to its predecessor. The gameplay here is very straightforward, the tasks are not so mind-bending and length hovers around 3.5 hours, which can be considered as a little bit short. The puzzles are of the familiar types, with some interesting twists ranging from easy to difficult; the annoying issue is that the game does not provide us with a Reset button. Despite that annoyance, the Hidden Object scenes are extremely well-crafted and unarguably fun.

Grim Legends 2: Song of the Dark Swan is not flawless, but it is certainly a visually striking and an entertaining game.

Graphics: 4.5/5 Stars
Sound: 4/5 Stars
Story: 4/5 Stars
Originality: 4/5 Stars
Gameplay: 4/5 Stars
Puzzles: 4/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 4.5/5 Stars
Fun Factor: 4/5 Stars
Extras: 4/5 Stars


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