Game Review: Eventide 3: Legacy of Legends (Xbox One)

Tying up another of their game series’, Artifex Mundi’s Eventide 3: Legacy of Legends is the final entry in the Eventide trilogy. A game that sticks to the tried and tested formula meaning it’s very familiar to long-term players which certainly doesn’t detract from another quality experience.

We’ve reviewed almost all their Xbox One releases so far and rarely have a bad word to say about any of them. The point and click/hidden object/puzzle gameplay is addictive, fun and thanks to the stories and worlds created, always has enough variety to keep you coming back for more.

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Read all our reviews so far below:

Clockwork Tales: Of Ink & Glass
Nightmares From the Deep: The Cursed Heart
Enigmatis: Ghosts of Maple Creek
Nightmares From The Deep: The Siren’s Call
Dark Arcana: The Carnival
Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood
Lost Grimoires: Stolen Kingdom
Grim Legends 2: Song of the Dark Swan
Eventide: Slavic Fable
Eventide 2: Sorcerer’s Mirror
Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden
Lost Grimoires 2: Shard of Mystery
Nightmares from the Deep 3: Davy Jones
Enigmatis 3: The Shadow of Karkhala

Eventide 3: Legacy of Legends puts you once again in the shoes of Mary, the world-renowned botanist. Over the course of the previous two games she has had all she knew put into question. Magic exists and has been a part of her life longer then she ever knew. She is coming to terms with her own abilities but her brother, John isn’t so accepting.

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The pair are returning home when a massive storm hits. Out of this storm, beasts known as Zmeys arrive and kidnap John taking him to a magical city of islands in the sky.

It’s up to Mary to rescue him and put a stop to the plans of an evil sorcerer all by using a combination of magic and science. If you’ve played the previous two games, you’ll know exactly what to expect.

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Played from the first-person perspective, players move a cursor to interact with gorgeous scenes and locations to find items, uncover secrets and complete puzzles. Filled with mini-games and hidden object searches, there is little deviation from the well-trodden path and it has to be said that it is disappointing to see so many familiar puzzles.

There are no surprises here and you could argue that Artifex Mundi aren’t really trying anymore but you’d be wrong. Eventide 3: Legacy of Legends is certainly one of the more awe-inspiring games in the visual department. The world created here is so vibrant, colourful and each new location reveals new wonders for your eyes to enjoy.

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The game is substantial and not a quick complete but it does lack a bonus chapter, something most Artifex Mundi titles have. Normally unlocked once you’ve completed the main story, the absence of one here means there is little reason to continue playing beyond ‘expert’ mode.

Not only that but there is no optional mini-game to replace the hidden object puzzles. Normally Mah-jong or a memory game. Disappointing.

However, other Artifex Mundi titles have been missing these but what those games didn’t have was such a lacklustre ending. It is not a fitting conclusion for the character of Mary and her story that has been told over three games.

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All in all, Eventide 3: Legacy of Legends is another good release from a developer that has this style of game on lockdown.

Eventide 3: Legacy of Legends
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