If you’re looking for a good puzzle game with a twisted fairytale plot, you’ve arrived in the right magical realm. Grim Legends 2: Song of the Dark Swan is a Hidden Object adventure puzzler from the gods of Hidden Object adventure puzzlers Artifex Mundi. If you’ve played these games before then you’ll pretty much know what to expect. If you’re a first timer you should know that all Artifex Mundi games released on PS4 are pretty much brilliant. They are short, fun, relaxing, easy, colourful and a great way to play away a spare day – and Grim Legends 2 is simply more of that.
As plots go, Song of the Dark Swan is a particularly weird one involving mute princesses, stolen babies and, you guessed it, swans. Then again, it’s a bit naughty to call any fairytale weird when you consider the standard expectations of talking pigs and wolves swallowing whole grandmothers. Maybe people turning into swans isn’t so strange after all.
A large portion of the game involves a point and click style of play. There are lots of varied and surprising locations to visit and items to pick up and use. It’s not at all taxing and the casual mode will point you along your way with helpful sparkles and ruffled feathers. If you like your adventures to be a little bit more of a challenge expert mode is the way to go. No sparkles but you still get a hint button even though it takes a little longer to recharge. Either way, you won’t run into any problems with the difficulty.
In order to move the story forward you will need to play a certain amount of Hidden Object Scenes (HOS) and quite a few puzzles. Both are really varied. For example the HOS are a mixture of finding items from a list and picking out such things as invisible berries and item parts. The HOS are always my favourite part of these games and Song of the Dark Swan has some beautiful scenes to pick through.
The puzzles this time around do get a little bit tricky. My most hated puzzle type is sliding tiles around to make a picture. One puzzle involves just this but the goal is to place cogs in a line to power up a machine. It drove me batty. If it drives you just as psychotic, there is a skip function. Any puzzle that you have difficulties with can be skipped and any HOS can be helped along with the hint button.
Grim Legends 2: Song of the Dark Swan is a really easy game. I would recommend it for anyone who is just looking for something relaxing to play. I would also recommend it for older children, but possibly not for the young ones as there are a few dead bodies to contend with. Then again, if your kid can cope with gingerbread houses and cannibalism they can probably deal with a floater.
If you’re short on time, Song of the Dark Swan is just the ticket. It can be completed in around five hours (without cheating!) and the bonus chapter offers a further hour of gameplay. There are also plenty of collectables to find which will take you a little longer as they are well hidden. If you’re a trophy hunter you’ll be ecstatic to find out that Song of the Dark Swan needs only one playthrough for the platinum. As per the norm you’ll need to play on Expert, don’t skip anything, don’t ask for hints in the HOS, find all the collectables, scare some butterflies (okay that one is different) and complete the bonus adventure. With a guide you can play from start to finish and ping the platinum in just a few hours.
Grim Legends 2: Song of the Dark Swan is short, fun, relaxing, easy and colourful. To sweeten the deal it has a one-playthrough platinum trophy that can be popped in just a few hours. No complaints here.
S J Hollis Rating – 8/10
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