The sequel to Artifex Mundi’s Enigmatis The Ghosts of Maple Creek is here. The Mists of Ravenwood follows on directly from the previous game and will have you solving puzzles as you uncover the mystery of the demonic preacher. Does Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood do the series justice? Read our review to find out..
Fans of Artifex Mundi’s point and click adventure titles rejoice! Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood has found its way to Xbox One. Its been two years since our heroine, the detective, began to uncover the mystery of a demonic preacher in Maple Creek, Vermont. His trail has lead her across the country to the beautiful redwood forests of California. Upon arriving at Ravenwood Park, our detective discovers a camper in the middle of the highway that has been abandoned by its passengers. Riddled with claw marks and with the a family’s belongings scattered in disarray, the detective investigates the camper where she finds a young girl, Becky, hiding among the chaos.
Becky’s parents were abducted by a giant raven, but lucky for Becky our detective has experience in solving unusual mysteries. She takes the case and heads into Ravenwood Park to uncover what’s really going on in this seemingly idyllic tourist destination. This is the part of the game where Artifex Mundi’s traditional point and click game play mechanics come into the fold, and the mysteries of Ravenwood Park are uncovered through a variety of puzzles. In previous iterations, Artifex Mundi has given players the choice of completing hidden object puzzles by finding a list of items or switching out to another type of mini-game instead. For Enigmatis, players are given a pair matching mini game as an alternative. If one were to find themselves stuck searching for an objecting in the hidden object puzzle, they could choose to push down on the D pad and match pairs notes with icons of items that pair up together such as a finger and a fingerprint. The more items that have been marked off of the hidden object puzzle’s list, the less pairs that need to be matched for completion.
The puzzles and mini games for Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood are pretty much what can be expected from all Artifex Mundi titles at this point. The art and scenery, though, is where Enigmatis 2 stands out the most. Simply put, this is one of the most beautifully designed Artifex Mundi titles to hit the Xbox One to date. Its not perfect, however, as during some cut scenes the animation can seem a bit blurred. Additionally, the dubbing of the voices to English has left them out of sync with the character’s speech animations. Its a small oversight, but it is one that can detract from what else may be going at the moment.
Enigmatis 2 takes the story from its predecessor and runs off with it, giving players an enormous chunk of back story for the demonic preacher. The new lore ties seamlessly to the lore from Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek, especially when our detective runs into an old friend. Despite its hiccups, Enigmatis 2 is an excellent follow up and another hit for Artifex Mundi that fans of point and click adventure and hidden object puzzles will not want to miss out on.