Eventide 2: Sorcerer's Mirror

Save the villagers from their heartache

Posted by B1ueSeptember   22nd August 2017

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Artifex Mundi has released a new point ‘n click adventure on the Xbox One entitled Eventide 2: Sorcerer’s Mirror. Among the number of popular titles the publisher has brought to consoles, how does this one measure up?

If you’ve played Eventide: Slavic Tales, you’ll remember Mary, a famous botanist who returns to her childhood home to help her grandmother fight an evil sorcerer. Eventide 2 is a sequel only in that Mary is again the protagonist and she is again fighting an evil wizard. Otherwise the stories are quite different. In this latest iteration, Mary and her niece Jenny are on vacation, enjoying the beauty of an old Slavic region and doing some mountain climbing. Unfortunately, Jenny is kidnapped, and it becomes Mary’s mission to get her back.

You’ll soon find yourself in a small village unmarked on any map. Here, you find the wizard who took Jenny. He has a strange mirror in which the villagers can converse with their deceased loved ones in exchange for a bit of life energy. Master Tvardovsky, we learn, has used this energy to become immortal as he tries to bring back his lost wife and is stringing the grieving villagers along with false promises about bringing back their loved ones.

Like most Artifex Mundi games, Eventide 2 is quite pretty. Steeped in Slavic folklore, the game highlights Slavic customs and traditions while maintaining the beauty of the area’s natural surroundings.

In addition to the game’s normal array of hidden items puzzles and mini-games, the publishers have added a new twist this time around. At different times throughout the game, you have to make a moral choice, which will affect scenes at the end of the game. Basically, you must choose to be nice or not-so-nice. Additionally, you’ll have two collectibles to keep a watch out for through the game – Imp Cards and Mirrors.

The pacing of the game is also very nicely done. In some past titles, one could waste a lot of time running back and forth between locations. That doesn’t happen with this game. You finish an area and move on to the next one without the annoyance of backtracking.

The game has a nice variety of achievements, most of which will be picked up along the way. Several are story-related while others require you to finish all the puzzles and mini-games with no hints, as well as two for finding the two sets of collectibles. To get all of the achievements will require at least two playthroughs since you’re required to make different moral choices each time. This achievement is really the only gripe I have with the game. The first time I played, I chose all the nice options and the achievement for dealing with the consequences of my actions fired no problem. Then I played again and made all of the opposite choices, but I did not receive the achievement. I’m not sure if this was a glitch or something less obvious, but it’s a little frustrating.

All in all, Eventide 2: Sorcerer’s Mirror is a great addition to the Artifex Mundi family of games. It has all the hidden object puzzles that fans love, a nice story, a great variety of achievements, and beautiful environments. Whether you’re a long-time fan or new to Artifex Mundi, this is one you won’t want to miss.

Score: 8 out of 10

Release Date: August 25, 2017
Platform: Xbox One

Written by B1ueSeptember

    Administrator Stealth David 22 Aug 2017 12:02 pm

    I missed the bonus episode again :(

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