Crack open the digestives and put a pot of tea on, it’s that time again. Artifex Mundi have brought us the final instalment of the Enigmatis series. Enigmatis 3: The Shadow of Karkhala is a Hidden Object (HO) puzzle adventure. We see a lot in this genre from this publisher and you can pretty much rely on every title being enormous fun. There’s no exception here. While it’s not quite the strongest game they’ve released, it certainly does some justice to what’s become a fan favourite series.
If you’re a Hidden Object nut like me, you will have probably played the two previous games in the series. The classic Ghosts of Maple Creek and the creepy Mists of Ravenwood are both gorgeous puzzlers and well worth your time. All the games can function as standalone stories in their own right, so if you’ve not played a previous game, it doesn’t matter too much and you can still enjoy each game independently. If you’re looking for a bit more context to the overall story-arc, however, it’s worth picking up the previous games, particularly Maple Creek as it’s a splendid example of the HO genre and incredible fun.
Enigmatis 3: The Shadow of Karkhala is made up of a point and click adventure, puzzles and HO scenes. It does a great job of presenting puzzles that feel familiar in their design but are still different enough to impart some originality. Do expect a few puzzles and HO scenes that are a little more dastardly that we’re used to. You might need to scoot a little closer to the TV and use the phrase all Hidden Object fans use from time to time: “It’s not effing there”. Well it is there. You’ll just need to look a little harder this time.
In our series-long search for the game’s main antagonist, we’ve this time climbed a harsh and snowy mountainside. Aside from the occasional frozen corpse it’s very pretty indeed. As we’ve come to expect from Artifex Mundi, the graphics are just lovely. Bright and detailed, every environment is a pleasure to spend time in.
In addition to the standard and HO puzzles. Enigmatis 3 returns with its deduction board. As a detective you’ll need to collect clues, place them on the board and then fathom out the game’s mysteries. I do love a good deduction session, but unfortunately you will collect the clues organically as the games proceeds and putting them together is like pinning a tail on a twelve foot donkey that’s got its arse in your face. It’s still lots of fun though and there are some trophies to reward your detective skills.
Enigmatis 3: The Shadow of Karkhala has a very easy platinum that requires just one playthrough and the completion of the bonus chapter. There are a fair few gold trophies up for grabs too making this a great title for all the trophy hunters out there. None of the trophies gave us any difficulties and you don’t need to play all the alternative pair-matching games. The timed trophies are also super easy with the usual “cheat” for the timed pair-match which can be done in the bonus chapter. If you are hunting, we’d recommend a guide for the collectables as some of them have been hidden by an evil masochist.
Enigmatis 3: The Shadow of Karkhala is another solid Hidden Object gem. While not quite as enthralling as the two previous games, it’s a lot of fun with a very easy platinum. A great way to say goodbye to the series.
S J Hollis Rating – 7.5/10
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