Grim Facade: The Artist and The Pretender Collector's Edition
A mechanical dove taps at your window, bringing you a message straight from legendary inventor Leonardo da Vinci! His hometown of Florence, Italy, has been conquered by a man claiming to be a great mage. He can fly through the air, create balls of flame, and predict disasters... but his real agenda is destroying all works of art and science! A small resistance force of ordinary citizens stands against him. Will they be strong enough to stop him from wiping out all knowledge and creativity? Join the resistance and fight to overthrow the mysterious mage in this exciting Hidden Object Puzzle Adventure game!
September 19, 2014
ERS Game Studios
3 Difficulties + Custom Mode
Exclusive Bonus Chapter
Integrated Strategy Guide
Soundtracks & Cutscenes
Achievements & Collectibles
Replayable HOs & Puzzles
Sheep's Room & Leonardo's Tales
An evil mage has stolen Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings and inventions and used them to unruly conquer Florence. Da Vinci is your great friend and you cannot sit still when he asked for your help, travel to Florence and stop the great mage! The story in Grim Facade: The Artist and The Pretender has a lot of potential to be a very interesting one, with cool facts about Da Vinci’s inventions here and there in the game – unfortunately, even the greatness of Da Vinci cannot save this game. Somehow ERS-G has managed to turn a seemingly exciting story into a conundrum one. There are too many conversations and dialogues for our tastes, especially if those dialogues are poorly written and accompanied by laughable voice overs. Besides, there are not many action sequences in this game which is probably one of the reasons why The Artist and The Pretender is very slow and boring.
The gameplay in Grim Facade: The Artist and The Pretender is quite a disappointment as well. Still, we cannot ignore the fact that the game contains some nice features such as the ability to choose how to develop the conversation, the familiar store and the newly added secret chamber. However, apart from those, The Artist and The Pretender is just not very entertaining; the hidden object scenes are highly interactive and fairly fun, but the puzzles are below average. In Grim Facade 5, the puzzles are very time-consuming; this does not mean that they are challenging or brain-stimulating in any way, they just require a high level of patience and a long period of time to complete. The game also consists of several outrageous animal helpers, can we just talk about how ugly the Sheep helper is? It even has its own special room for unnecessary purpose.
It seems like the only acceptable thing in Grim Facade: The Artist and The Pretender are the graphics. ERS-G rarely disappoint when it comes to the visuals and the artwork, a big thumbs up for that. The locations in this game is as usual, beautifully drawn and brilliant colored with the right amount of details and magical special effects.