Full Disclosure: While I was given a download code for the game to review and two download codes to giveaway to Gamerwife readers by Big Fish Games, all opinions expressed in the above review are my own.
Just before I left for PAX East, I was contacted by Philip from Big Fish Games about doing a review and giveaway. Big Fish Games is a popular games portal that offers casual and casino games for PC, Mac, tablet and mobile. With hundreds of games to choose from, I’ll have to admit that it took me a while to find something to review. But finally I decided on the fairy tale themed Grimm Tales: The Forsaken Bride.
In the game, you are thrust into the mysterious village of Ravenbrook where your sister is about to be married. However, just as your sister is ready to say her vows, the ceremony is interrupted by a furious bear who attacks the groom and vanishes with your sister into the woods. It is now up to you to save your sister and discover the mystery of The Abyss. Luckily, you’re not entirely alone. Along your travels you’ll meet a mysterious woman who lives in the woods and you’ll gain an adorable kitty companion who can even help you solve puzzles.
Gameplay in Grimm Tales: The Forsaken Bride is an engaging mix of classic point and click adventure, hidden object games and good old puzzles. Since the story of the game is probably the main attraction, I’m not going to go into too much detail there, but I will say that having a kitty companion was a major selling point for this crazy cat lady. The art is incredibly beautiful and the voice acting and writing are both very solid. The soundtrack is atmospheric, but not showy and I was actually very impressed with the level of quality on show.
And while we’ll all agree that The Forsaken Bride is more of a “casual” game, accessible to 3D impaired players like myself, there’s definitely enough depth and complexity to the various puzzles to keep you occupied for quiet some time. In fact, I really only managed to finish the game in under ten hours by frequently consulting a walkthrough. It should be noted, however, that I am not particularly good with “adventure game logic,” so you’ll probably take even less time than I did. Then again, there is also a strategy guide available for $2.99 if you find yourself really stumped.
While the story itself was good, I’d have to say it was fairly predictable for someone as into fairy tales as I am. But I did really enjoy the game, much more than I expected to, and I’d definitely be interested in the other similar games that Big Fish Games offers. All in all, I highly recommend Grimm Tales: The Forsaken Bride to anyone looking for an engaging game that doesn’t tax your reflexes, but can give your brain a nice little workout.
And now for the part of the review you were all waiting for, THE GIVEAWAY!! Big Fish Games has generously given me TWO download codes, good for any game on their web portal (PC & Mac only, no Collector’s Edition games). There are hundreds of games to choose from, as well as daily deals and coupons. Just follow the directions in the widget below to enter.
Giveaway ends May 22 at 9 AM (EST).