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Our overall verdict "silver"

Now where did I leave my rusty bucket and glass eyeball? Artifex Mundi have been busy bees bringing classic Hidden Object games to PS4. So far we’ve seen such gems as Enigmatis (1 &2), Nightmares from the Deep (1& 2), Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride and Eventide: Slavic Fable. These are fun and relaxing adventure puzzlers that never fail to keep us entertained on a rainy afternoon. They’re also fantastically easy platinums. Lost Grimoires: Stolen Kingdom is the latest to make the PS4 cut and, yet again, we’re not disappointed.

If you played and enjoyed the Hidden Object games we’ve just listed, Lost Grimoires: Stolen Kingdom will be like coming home. It shines with the gothic fantasy and folk tale charm this genre is well known for. Stolen Kingdom is a tale of alchemy, betrayal and lost dustbin lids. I joke, but you get the idea. There’s a fun plot with a mystery to unravel and along the way you’ll be presented with various Hidden Object scenes where you’ll ultimately be looking for an item to help further your quest. They are gorgeous scenes, very clear with dastardly objects you’ll have a great time trying to find. It’s like Where’s Wally if Wally tripped over a candelabra and landed face down in a pile of gothic waste.

In addition to the Hidden Object scenes, there are a host of different puzzles to tackle, all very different and all fun without being too difficult. You can skip the puzzles if you do run into trouble, but beware you’ll lose a trophy for this. While we’re on the subject of trophies, this is a very easy platinum and needs only one playthrough on Expert difficulty (which isn’t as difficult as it sounds). If you’re playing just for the platinum then with a guide you can pop that bling in just a couple of hours. Even if you’re playing properly, the platinum is still easily obtainable in one very relaxing afternoon. If you’re into collectables, there are also a bunch of kestrels hidden amongst the scenes. Some of them are extremely well concealed so you’ll need sharp eyes to spot them. Grab them all for another trophy.

If all this isn’t quite enough for you, Lost Grimoires: Stolen Kingdom introduces a brand new element. Potions! I hope you’ve been studying hard under professor Snape because you’ll be looking for alchemic recipes to help you along. Each recipe will list the ingredients required to mix a diabolical concoction and when you’ve got them all and are ready to “Transmute” you’ll need to play a little mini-game of shuffling elements around a circle to match the recipe’s instructions. These get more complex as the game progresses and it’s a great gameplay extra.

Lost Grimoires: Stolen Kingdom has a smashing little story and if you’re a fan of these games you’ll no doubt recognise the protagonist’s voice. The graphics are colourful and bright and, as always, the game runs as smooth as a MacDonald’s Triple Thick Vanilla. There are no framerate issues, no bugs, no crashes, nothing negative to see here, move along and get playing.

Conclusion

A charming gothic fantasy adventure bursting with puzzles. Lost Grimoires: Stolen Kingdom is a relaxing and fun game with a very easy platinum trophy.

S J Hollis Rating – 8/10

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S J Hollis

S J Hollis has been a keen gamer since the Atari 2600. She freely admits she thought E.T. was a good game but would like to stress her tastes have since dramatically improved. She is also an author, a morning person and thinks Elf ears are sexy. Follow her on twitter @SJHollis_